13th annual Acoustics For Autism expects record numbers – AutismSTEP
MAUMEE, Ohio — Music filled Downtown Maumee on Sunday for the 13th annual Acoustics for Autism.
“It’s the biggest party Toledo has,” said Dave Carpenter, the co-founder of Acoustics For Autism.
Project iAM held the first Acoustics for Autism in March 2008, to raise money for families affected by autism.
“Today is all about the kids,” said Alysha Martin, the treasurer of Project iAM. “All funds raised go to local families to help out with things that insurance doesn’t cover. So that could be swimming lessons, that could be music lessons. Whatever it may be that benefit that child, we cover the cost.”
What started as a small concert at the Village Idiot, has grown into seven stages in Downtown Maumee, hosting nearly 100 bands.
The 13th year meant to new goals for the event.
“Last year, we had about 10,000 people and raised about $90,000. So the goal this year is to raise $100,000,” Carpenter explained.
Project iAM picks children based off of scholarship applications.
The money stays in Northwest Ohio, and covers individualized forms of therapy, that insurance companies don’t.
“What works for one kid might not work for another. So, the manifestations of the disorder are all over the map, so people try a lot of different things,” explained Scott Hayes, Project iAM’s director of fundraising.
Since Acoustics for Autism is free, Project iAM fundraisers through drink sales, silent auctions, and cash donations.
“Money is made from just the kindness of people. The Karma Boxes are big, and people bid on things, and that’s where the money comes from,” Carpenter said.
It also depends on the generosity of local musicians to keep the show going.
“I would say all the bands love this day, because musicians remember, are always working on Friday and Saturday nights so we do it on a Sunday so they can come out and see all the other musicians, all their buddies out in other bands,” Hayes said.
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