Balboa school sponsors during a fundraising event

Balboa School sponsors with Karen Organization a Benefit Concert and Art Fair to assist over 1,500 Burmese refugees who are working to rebuild their lives after ethnic and religious persecution forced them to flee their homeland. The Karen Organization, provides social services and cultural preservation opportunities. Balboa School is supporting their efforts by being a sponsor to their annual Concert and Art Fair on Nov. 8, 6:00 – 10:00 at San Diego Mosaic, 1402 Commercial Street, San Diego, CA, 92113.

Join us for performances by Bryan Bangerter. William, Erin McLaughlin, Trevor Davis, Family Wagon, and DJ Sean Sand. A video presentation will be screened to raise awareness about persecution in Burma and the refugees’ challenges. We invite you to come and visit the Art Fair and Silent Auction featuring art by Jeff Allen, Wes Bruce, Christopher Konecki, Kristina Micotti, and Aubrey Perkins. Artwork created by KOSD’s After School Programs and HOMESPUN: Born in Burma…Made in America will also be a highlight of the Art Fair and Silent Auction. HOMESPUN is a venue for practitioners of the traditional technique of Burmese weaving to come together, practice their craft, and transfer that knowledge to the younger generation of resettled refugees from Burma.

Beverages will be provided by Ballast Point Brewery and Coffee & Tea Collective. All proceeds will go towards Karen Organzation’s First Generation Youth Program; furthering their opportunities to connect to their community through service and achieve their academic, professional and personal dreams and goals. The communities from Burma are vibrant, creative, and caring. This event promises to be one to remember. Please consider attending as this is an event sponsored by our school and a great way to teach our younger generation of the importance of giving back. Many of these refugees have school age children. I am sure we will all be able to relate to their plight.