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Concert raises funds for Isabel Celis search

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As the search continues in Tucson for 6-year-old Isabel Celis, colleagues of Isabel's father from the Arizona Opera Chorus held a benefit concert in Scottsdale.

"This is the most rewarding musical experience, I think, of all of our lives," said Kara Harris, a chorus member.

Harris said the event raised $2,902 for the Isabel Mercedes Solis Fund through the Tucson Medical Center Foundation.

The concert took place at the Chaparral Christian Church on Shea Boulevard in Scottsdale Sunday night.

"We want to keep everyone vigilant. Somebody is going to know somebody that is going to know something . So if you can just keep Isabel and her family in your thoughts and prayers and don't give up, don't let this fade away into a news story," said Kathleen Ganley, a relative of the Celis family.

Extended family members were on hand to give a personal thanks to the community for their support in efforts miles away in Tucson.

However, it was being so far away that actually spurred the concert. Those close to Isabel's father ,who was a part of the chorus for more than 20 years, wanted to help and show that the Valley is with them in spirit.

"We are continuing to pray, think about you, we are sending our love and our hope and we know that we are going to find Isabel," said Harris.

After the concert, donations were collected to help with search efforts. Isabel's immediate family could not attend the concert, but her father made a request of the chorus.

"Her father sent an email saying, 'Please video this so she can watch it when she gets home,'" said Harris.

Another concert is scheduled for Sunday, May 6, in Tucson. Harris said they are still working on a venue.

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