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Alyssa Alvin Foundation to host benefit recital

Jun 22, 2016 08:38AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

On Saturday, April 23, from 12:30-3:30pm, the Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope (AAFH) will hold its second Benefit Recital for Hope, followed by a reception, at the Village Bible Church at 847 N. State and Route 47 in Sugar Grove. 

Alyssa Alvin was a Geneva high school freshman when she was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 14 and sadly, she lost her battle with leukemia in 2014 at the age of 18. Music was a huge part of Alyssa’s life and her talent and passion was evident to anyone who heard her play. Alyssa studied piano for over 10 years and violin for 8, continuing to play her instruments and create visual art throughout the years of her difficult cancer treatments. 

Alyssa’s parents, George and Yoli Alvin, started AAFH with the intention of sharing hope and joy with young cancer patients and survivors by providing musical instruments and art supplies.

“We believe that teens and young adults facing a cancer diagnosis can benefit from having musical instruments and professional art supplies available to them. We have seen firsthand the joy that music and art brought to our precious daughter, Alyssa, as she went through her cancer treatments,” said Yoli Alvin. During long stays at the Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Alyssa looked forward to the chance to play the one electronic keyboard available to patients, and George and Yoli realized how much a need existed for the older children and teens undergoing cancer treatment.

The AAFH Benefit Concert is being hosted by Ashlee Schneider, who was Alyssa's piano teacher for many years.  Doors will open at 12:30pm with a silent auction offering a variety of lavish gift baskets donated by local businesses, including The Little Traveler, Graham’s Chocolate, Villa Verone Restaurant, Chianti’s Restaurant, The Sugar Path, and other generous local merchants.  All winners will be announced at the conclusion of the recital. 

The musical performances will begin at 1:30pm.  Everyone is invited to enjoy an afternoon of beautiful music from the students of Alyssa’s piano teacher, Ashlee Schneider, as well as students from Judith Schneider’s studio, and students from Glen’s Metea Valley High School music department.  A reception will follow the performance.  

Tickets for the AAFH Benefit Recital for Hope are $15 each and can be purchased online at, or in person at the event.