October 5, 2006

"Music For Mattie" Will Be 10/15

Mattie MillsThe only words I can ever remember writing that were harder for me than what I am about to tell you, were the words I wrote for my father's funeral in 1987.

Mattie MillsMattie Mills, a woman I consider one of San Diego's finest entertainers, and an even greater person, has been fighting breast cancer since May.

There will be a "Music For Mattie Benefit Concert and Survivor Celebration" at 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 15, at Humphrey's By The Bay.

I am honored to be able to call Mattie one of my friends, as I have known her since 2000 when she and her group The Heroes were the house band for a new musical called "La Jolla DNA," for which I served as publicist, photographer, videographer and web content creator.

Becoming friends with The Heroes eventually led to me meeting a former member of the band, Eve Selis, who sent me the e-mail below recently.

I shot these photos of Mattie when The Heroes played at Viejas Casino's DreamCatcher Lounge in 2002.

If you've never had the good fortune to hear her sing in person, check out a video I shot of Mattie performing "At Last" with The Heroes in 2002 at Humphrey's Backstage Lounge.

Music for Mattie

Benefit Concert and Survivor Celebration

Sunday, October 15, at 4 p.m.
with Tim Flannery, The Steely Damned, Burt Brion, Rockola and The Heroes
Humphrey's By The Bay
VIP tickets $75 (first 3 rows)
General Admission $30 in advance, $35 at the door
Click here to buy tickets online

Mattie Mills is one of San Diego's shining lights and one of this citys most respected women. She has been singing in the popular band, The Heroes, for 19 years and has done countless charity events, giving her time and talent to help this community in so many ways. More importantly she's the mother of 4 children. On Mother's Day of this year, she found a lump in her right breast. Since then she's had 3 surgeries including a double mastectomy and on August 16th started 4 months of aggressive chemotherapy.

I sang with Mattie for more than 8 years. We remained friends after I left The Heroes in 1999, but over the past year Mattie and I have gotten very close again. We are writing a book together and developing some ideas for TV shows. This cancer is a huge shock that has deeply affected our families and friends. I have been doing annual fundraisers for City Of Hope Breast Cancer Research since my sister Gabrielle was diagnosed a few years ago. Now this -- and every day more and more women (and men) we know are being stricken with this terrible curse so it's time to fight back. Heroes' bandleader Tom Boyd and I both hit upon the idea of a fundraiser for Mattie separately, as Mattie would never in a million years ask for help like this, but this is something that she certainly needs and deserves.

We also think this could reach a much bigger scale because as we look for the much-needed breast cancer-specific support services here in San Diego, we are shocked to find them lacking. (At least for a city of this size.) So we'd not only like to take care of Mattie and make sure she's covered financially for the next 6 months, we'd like to establish what could turn into an annual event to help breast cancer support organizations.

We're looking for volunteers to help the day of the show and asking people to donate things for the silent auction. If you can help in any way please e-mail eve@eveselis.com.


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Posted at 1:21 AM in DMG's Friends, Music, San Diego