A local woman has found a way to turn her family's biannual reunion into a fundraiser.

A local woman has found a way to turn her family's biannual reunion into a fundraiser.

This Dizon family, with roots in the Philippines and members scattered across the globe, holds a family location in a different local with a different host every two years.

The family was scheduled to come to Columbus this year, with Aireen Aguilar acting as host.

Aguilar has turned the reunion into the Dizon Concert with a Mission, a fundraiser concert that will feature a reception, a silent auction and a presentation on Nueva Ecija, a region of the Philippines.

The concert, featuring members of the Melegrito family, a branch of the Dizon family, will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. July 5 at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 6176 Sharon Woods Blvd. All are invited to attend the concert.

Money raised for the event will benefit the Guimba United Methodist Church, a 100-year-old church in the Philippines attended by Aguilar's ancestors and relatives.

"Our grandparents were the pillars of that church," Aguilar said. "We're trying to help back."

To organize the fundraiser, Aguilar enlisted the help of family members. The Melegritos, who perform at weddings and churches, were asked to perform a concert.

Another family member volunteered to bring an angklung, a traditional Asian instrument, which she will teach audience members to play.

Other family members sponsored baskets or donated items for the silent auction.

During the concert, which will feature classical music and Broadway tunes, 20 themed baskets will be put up for silent auction.

The concert will be free, and silent auction tickets will be $1 each.

Aguilar said she will be happy with any amount that is raised through the event.

"Dollars go a long way in the third world," she said. "We want to make sure they have a roof over their heads when they worship."

jnesbitt@thisweeknews.com