A story about a tribute to Antioch educator Ron Molina contained an error. Molina did not start the Music Masters choral group.
ANTIOCH -- For 25 years, until his retirement earlier this school year, Ron "Mo" Molina was a teacher at Antioch High School. So much an inspiration, leader and true friend to his many music students, colleagues, district and community, Molina is being honored by on Saturday with a special concert being at the high school's Beede Auditorium.
The concert will feature performances by those he taught in the high school's music department throughout his career.
"It is going to be another 'Mr. 'Holland's Opus,' " said former student and friend Jason Mullen. "He's given a lot of his time and dedication to all of his students; we wanted to do something just as special for him."
During his career at Antioch High School, Molina put his music and physical education degree and teaching credential from San Jose State to work. At his alma mater, he taught choir, band, drama, physical education and coached wrestling, baseball and football.
In the music department his work included directing 10 operas and 14 musicals, as well as multiple solo appearances for several companies. When working with the school choral group, Music Masters, Molina and his group performed for companies, families and at community events, sometimes totally 200 to 300 a year.
During his tenure there the Music Masters competed nationally and internationally and was awarded 15 gold medals, six silver medals and one bronze medal. "Mo would at least make half of all the performances each year," Mullen said. "He may have worked only 25 years at Antioch High, but in actuality it has equaled probably 40 years of time."
Mullen said that he and other former students of Molina's believe that for all his work, he should be rewarded. He and others have been raising money for the past couple of months to send Molina and his wife on a vacation. They are waiting to see how much money they can raise.
So far with money being sent in by former students and crowd- funding efforts on an Internet site called fundrazr.com, they have raised nearly $2,000, but Mullen said they are hoping to raise more.
Molina was raised in Antioch and was a member of the first class to attend Holy Rosary School and the first class to attend Park Junior High. He graduated from Antioch High School in 1965.
After receiving his degree and teaching credential, he taught in Hollister for five years and at Folsom High School for five years, then seized an opportunity to come back home and teach in Antioch. Mullen has also been working with students whom Molina worked with at the other two schools to see if he can get some of those people to attend the event and perform alongside Molina's Antioch former students.
For those who cannot attend the event, but still wish to donate to Molina's vacation gift fund there are three ways to donate. One is to send money through PayPal at Mo.Tribute@gmail.com. A check and be sent through the mail payable to Ron Molina to Kelly Davis, 1922 Sharkon Ct., Stockton, CA, 95210, or by adding to the funding account at https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/6cJN8.
The group is still working to have food donated to the event; however, it is also soliciting potluck items. Mullen hopes the event will be a surprise for Molina even though he still wants to publicize it to make sure everyone who wishes to attend can do so.
What: Ron Molina Tribute Concert
When: 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Beede Auditorum, 700 W. 18th St., Antioch