Summer 2014 Contest Winners
1.) Karalyn (in Honor of Allen Spencer and Anthony Beck): Karalyn was awarded a scholarship to attend therapeutic horse riding at Serenity Farms. Anthony and Allen have been gracing Project iAm since its first Acoustics for Autism in 2008. They have continuously provided music, volunteers, publicity, and assistance of all kinds to the charity.
2.) Adam(in honor of Jim Tressel): Adam was renewed the Jim Tressel Scholarship, which he will be using for his treatment at Rehab Dynamics. Mr. Tressel has been supportive of Project iAm from day one and continues to send memorabilia for our auctions and raffles every year. Mr. Tressel has always shown us such generosity and class in his giving; we are proud to have been able to even remotely returned your generosity by naming this scholarship for Adam after you.
3.) Tori (in Honor of Greg Dumas and John Utrup): Tori is using her scholarship funding for her treatment at the Sensory Learning Center. Greg and John, although living in Chicago, have traveled hours to be a part of Project iAm events and volunteer every chance they get. They have been generous in their donations to the silent auctions and with their time. Our out of town support means more than you could imagine!
4.) Ayden (in Honor of Kristen Reinbolt): Ayden will be using his scholarship money for the Mercy Autism Program. Kristen Reinbolt is the reason Project iAm has brought this area one of the biggest musical events to date, Acoustics for Autism…Plugged in! As one of the managers of The Shops at Fallen Timbers, she has been our key person in bringing these fun concerts for everyone to enjoy. Kristen is the reason we have our concerts to share with our community!
5.) Drake (in Honor of Sid Marious): Drake will be using his renewal scholarship for services at Mercy Autism Center. Sid Marious continues to be a huge support of Project iAm and spends countless hours at our events helping to make it special for everyone.
6.) Kamden (in Honor of Kristin Kinney): Kamden is just starting ABA therapy with Jenna Vendemo and has made strides in his few short sessions! Kristin is an avid volunteer, promoter, and dance floor fluffer for Project iAm and all our events. Willing to do anything the charity needs, you will find Kristin gathering donations, selling raffle tickets, and anything else in between!
7.) Alex (in Honor of Michael Glabicki): Alex is very excited to participate in the Summer Camp at the NUHOP Program this year with his scholarship money. Michael Glabicki again surprised the community when he brought himself, along with his entire band Rusted Root, for an impromptu, last minute performance which benefitted Project iAm. This fun night brought together Michael and Alex’s mother for a first time face to face meeting and a heartfelt thank you.
8.) Nikolas (in Honor of Scott Hayes). Nikolas will be attending the Ann Arbor Center with his renewal of the Scott Hayes Scholarship. Mr. Hayes has been an overly active volunteer and promoter for the charity since 2009. He has brought us countless sponsors and introduced Project iAm to a new kind of publicity that we otherwise would not have had. He has also volunteered both as a worker and a musician at every event we have had.
9.) Mekhi (in Honor of The Shops at Fallen Timbers): Mekhi received at home health care from Williams Homes, LLC. The Shops at Fallen Timbers has been our host to Acoustics for Autism…Plugged in! year after year. Their generosity and willingness to accommodate the charity in every way allows us to provide a family fun, inexpensive musical experience for everyone!
10 ) Kasam (in Honor of The City of Maumee): Kasam will be receiving his continued therapy with Dr. Baker-Bowen. The City of Maumee is home to Project iAm and its events. Without question, they have given us every opportunity to allow Acoustics for Autism to expand while keeping in its home of Uptown Maumee.
Danny (in Honor of Steven Knurek): Danny was able to continue his therapy with Serenity Farms with his scholarship money. Stevie has been a musician at every music event we have had for Project iAm. He has also selflessly given his time at other events as a hardworking volunteer. Danny made Stevie a lovely art piece to show his appreciation for his dedication to Project iAm.
Project iAm had its first Holiday contest this year completely controlled by our fans on Facebook and Twitter! Congratulations to the winners. Please check out their stories below and visit our Facebook page for future contests.
Bryar (In Honor Of McLaughlin Family): Brian and Trey McLaughlin have been supporting Project iAm events both through volunteer work and with music with Trey’s young band, Bulletproof snow, since 2009. This family hails from over two hours away, but continues to promote, attend, and spread awareness of our cause. Without supporters like the McLaughlin family, Project iAm would not have become the success it is today.
Drake(In Honor Of Sid Marious): Sid Marious was the first person to offer his time to Project iAm at Acoustics for Autism in 2008. He is the official DJ of our charity…which to some may not seem like much. But, what people don’t think about, is that Sid is there from the start of the event until the bitter end every year after year, donating his time and energy for the kids of Project iAm. Sid’s selflessness does not go unrecognized, but will never be properly repoaid. Without supporters like Sid, Project iAm would not have become the success it is today.
Andrew(In Honor Of 815’s): Andrew is currently receiving treatment at the CHIPS program through Mercy Health Partners. The 815’s are a band that have been on the rise for the last two years now. Aside from the fact that they continue to be a part of Acoustics for Autism every year, they have been huge supporters of Project iAm in the community as well as behind the scenes for many events. Always selfless, the 815’s bring a sense of music camaraderie to the stage and in Northwest Ohio.
Nickolas(In Honor Of Scott Hayes): Nickolas is continuing his ASD treatment at Rehab Dynamics. Scott Hayes has donated countless hours to Project iAm not only through music, but also by being the primary solicitor of sponsors for our cause. Through his reputation for philanthropy in our area, Mr. Hayes has been able to seek out funding for Acoustics for Autism…Plugged in, for the last four years. Without this support, Project iAm could not bring our fun, family friendly, cost effective events to the area.
Jaidyn(In Honor Of Michael Miller): Jaidyn is using his scholarship money for treatment at the Promedica Autism Program. Michael Miller is not just the editor of the Toledo Free Press, but he is one of the most philanthropic people our city has. Though publicity and volunteering, Mr. Miller has continued to make Project iAm one of the most recognized, and loved charities in Northwest Ohio.
Joshua Anderson(In Honor Of Brian Bocian): Joshua will be receiving funds for his ongoing treatment at the CHIPS program. Brian Bocian is a kind and generous soul who has graciously given to Project iAm since its inaugural Acoustics for Autism. Brian has consistently and selflessly given back to this charity so that we can continue to raise funds for families like Joshua’s.
Constance (in honor of Bobby May and Jonathan Barile): Constance received a scholarship for the Nova Mind Software. Barile/May have been performing all over for well over two decades. Although certainly some of the most popular and busy musicians in our area, they are also two of the most selfless. They always find a way to perform at our benefits even if they are coming from one show and running to another. It is because of their selfless dedication to Project iAm that Constance was able to receive this funding!
Tyler (in honor of Kyle White Lay): Tyler has received funding for his therapy at the Toledo Hearing and Speech Center. Kyle White is a constant presence in the Toledo are music scene. Well respected and always playing, she has played every Project iAm benefit no matter what her schedule allows. Kyle has also volunteered for Project iAm and donated items to our various auctions and raffles from her homemade jewelry line. Kyle’s musical ability and thoughtful giving has made it possible for Tyler to receive this scholarship!
Mason (in honor of The Schiedel Foundation): Mason received a scholarship for his involvement with the Capable Kids program. Mason’s scholarhip was named in honor of The Schiedel Foundation who has been supporting various charities over the last couple of years. The Schiedel was behind the merging of Project iAm and Habitat for Humanity for a fundraiser and raised money for both charities through supporting each other.
Ben (in honor of Lenny Sniegocki): Ben received a scholarship for his involvement with the Capable Kids program. Ben’s scholarhip was named in honor of our go to guy Lenny for all of his hard work at ALL of the Project iAm events. You can either catch Lenny stapling, hanging, inflating, pounding, or duct taping something to help our events be the best they can. Lenny is a true hero and volunteer for Project iAm…and now for Ben.
Michael (in honor of Lexi Staples): Michael received funding toward his CHIP program costs. Michael’s scholarship namesake, Lexi, is the artistic queen of Project iAm. Whether you ask her to whip up a small painting or help with a flier, within hours, we have a beautiful masterpiece to help make our events special. Lexi is also the founder of the Toledo Pride festival which uses Project iAm as it’s only charity for donations as well as for volunteers. Lexi is a truly a special woman and Michael is lucky to have a scholarship honoring her!
Adam (in honor of Jim Tressel): Adam is the lucky winner of the Jim Tressel Scholarship, which he will be using for his treatment at the CHIP program. Mr. Tressel has been supportive of Project iAm from day one and continues to send memorabilia for our auctions and raffles every year. Mr. Tressel has always shown us such generosity and class in his giving and we are so very sad to see him go. All the best for you Coach Tressel…we are proud to have been able to even remotely returned your generosity by naming this scholarship for Adam after you.
Devan (in honor of Shelly Nyitray): Devan will be using his scholarship money to fund his Capable Kid’s summer program. Shelly Nyitray has been a long time supporter of Project iAm since our first event. The thing is however, she volunteers and helps us all the way from Chicago! Shelly is so excited and has such enthusiasm when it comes to obtaining gifts for our auctions and raffles and does all of this work without ever having been able to attend an event. Shelly is a true giver and we are proud to honor her in this way.
Aiden: In Honor of Joe Loeffler. Aiden is the lucky recipient of a scholarship and is using it for the CHIPS program. Joe Loeffler is one of our faithful volunteers who has dedicated his time and finances to Project iAm since our inception. Through all of his own tribulations, Joe has always been there for us no matter what physical pain he was enduring. Joe and his dedication to our charity will be greatly missed. Joseph Loeffler, March 8, 1961-January 30, 2011.
Noah: In Honor of Jim Beeson. Noah is using his scholarship at the Rehab Dynamics Summer Camp. Jim Beeson was one of our first supporters and helped at our premiere event by allowing Project iAm to accept funding through the Collingwood Center Aquatics program. Jim has helped children with Autism express themselves inside and out of the pool and has been an avid volunteer and friend.
Ryan: In Honor of Ronnie Sayyah. Ryan is using his funding toward a communication device. Mr. Sayyah has been an avid supporter of Project iAm from the beginning…even though he lives in New Smyrna Beach, Florida! His graphic arts design has been the face for many of our posters, web materials, and merchandise. Ronnie even flew into town to volunteer for Acoustics for Autism…Plugged In!
Grace: In Honor of Maumee Quickprint. Grace is using her scholarship money at the Toledo Hearing and Speech Center. Maumee Quickprint has been a great local business in uptown Maumee for years. They have shown so much generosity to us for our events that is has enabled us to save money and give it to children like Grace instead of using it for business expenses! Due to their dedication and hard work, we were able to successfully present Acoustics for Autism…Plugged In!
Aidan: In Mickey Thompson. Aidan is using his funding at the University of Toledo Kinesiotherapy Center. Mickey Thompson is a special little boy in New Jersey who is living with ASD just like Aidan. Mickey’s father has selflessly devoted time to Project iAm in honor of his son, including donating an amazing one of a kind item to Acoustics for Autism so that we can raise money to distribute to the children in our area, like Aidan. Thanks to Mickey and his struggles and accomplishments, we our spreading the good Project iAm name from coast to coast!
Joselyn: In Honor of The Lord Grizzly Brown. Joselyn is using her scholarship toward treatment at the Kaufman Clinic. If you listen to WIOT, you know who Grizzly Brown is…but if you’ve ever been to a Project iAm musical event, you know how much he supports us. Grizzly is one of Toledo’s most beloved radio deejay’s and we are fortunate enough to have him give Project iAm immense plugs whenever he can! Without his support and enthusiasm for our foundation, we would not have had the great success with our musical events that we have had. We love you Griz and keep Toledo rockin!
Shamus: In Honor of Dave Carpenter. Shamus will be using his funds for the ASNO program. Project iAm was initially formed for a benefit; the name, Acoustics for Autism, was created one night while Nicole and Dave were talking music and helping children. Dave is the musical organizer behind Acoustics for Autism and has donated his time and energy to making it a success. Always a performer at all our events, Dave and his wife Rebecca have given Project iAm more than one could ever imagine.
Ethan and Mara: In Honor of Rachel Bolan Southworth. Ethan and Mara are twins using their funding toward biomedical treatments with the Biometrical Energy Center Program. Mr. Southworth, better known as the bassist and songwriter for National Recording Artists, Skid Row, helped make our dream this fall a reality. When asked if Skid Row would come and support Project iAm, without hesitation, Mr. Southworth agreed and did everything possible to promote our event. Because of the national notoriety of Skid Row, Project iAm was able to attract supporters from all over and gain attention in places we normally could not have.
Luke and Lily: In Honor of Mike Crompton. Luke and Lily are twins and using their funds toward the CHIP’s Program. Mr. Crompton has continuously supported Project iAm with his Wendy’s franchise by not only financial means, but also by helping get us national exposure. Due to all his dedication and hard work, we were able to successfully present Acoustics for Autism…Plugged In! and we have new ventures for the future
Mason and Maddox: In Honor of Napoleon Harley-Davidson. Mason and Maddox are twins and using their funds toward their treatment at Toledo Hearing and Speech Center. Napoleon Harley-Davidson and Karen Huss have supported us from day one without any asking on our part. Always willing to help promote, they also sponsored a Harley run for Project iAm at this year’s Acoustics for Autism…Plugged In!
Alex: In Honor of Michael Glabicki. Alex is using his scholarship money toward the CHIP program. Michael Glabicki, the lead singer and genius behind the band Rusted Root, has been an avid supporter of Project iAm since our beginning. Michael has played two concerts for Project iAm, the second at his request. Because of his influence on the music world, he has brought national attention to Project iAm and helped bring people who would have never given us a second look to our events.
Brian: In Honor of Zak Ward: Brian is our second quarter recipient of the Toledo Hearing and Speech program scholarship. Zak Ward is our wonderful web designer who has donated a plethora of hours to making our websites what they are today! Zak also gets thrown into all the “roadie” positions at all our shows. Thank you so much for everything you do.
Cahill: In Honor of Chuck Foreman. Cahill is our second quarter recipient of the HOPE program scholarship. Chuck Foreman is known as the wristband man at all of our events! He has donated countless hours selling wristbands and supporting us in any way he can!
Zade and Faris: In Honor of Moussa Salloukh and Jeff Gase. Zade and Faris are our second quarter recipients of our Spotlight Family Scholarship and are using funds toward two communication devices. Namesakes Moussa and Jeff have supported Project iAm by naming us their charities for the Fat Tuesday, St. Patrick’s Day, and Cinco de Mayo parties. Due to their faith in Project iAm, we have also been chosen as the charity for Red White and Kaboom at Promenade Park for July 3 & 4. 2009
Jack: In Honor of The Wagner Boys. Jack is our second quarter recipient who is using funds toward the use of an HBOT machine. The Wagner boys (Sam, Teddy, and John Paul) saved $200 toward buying a Wii this year. When they won the Wii at Acoustics for Autism, they donated all their hard earned money back to Project iAm!
Zane: In Honor of Brian and Nancy Sniegocki. Zane is our first quarter recipient of the HOPE program scholarship. Brian and Nancy have not only selfless given and volunteered to Project iAm, but are solely responsible for our being chosen as the charity for the 2008 and 2009 Lucas County Rib Off!
Aidan: In Honor of Tom Sullivan and Nikki & John Schafer. Aidan is our second quarter recipient of the ASNO summer program. Tom “Sully” Sullivan and the Shafers have always kindly provided a home for Project iAm through The Village Idiot. Without question or hesitation, these fine people allow us to have our meetings, benefits, and concerts at their establishment. Thank you for continuously supporting Project iAm and our recipients!
Lydia: In Honor of Linda Wilker. Lydia is our second quarter recipient of the CHIPS program scholarship. Linda Wilker has been a constant supporter of Project iAm since our debut. Her faith and support of us allows us to continue providing funds to our families!
Austin: In Honor of our Chicago Volunteers. Austin is our second quarter recipient of the SAIL program scholarship. Nina Elliot, Allison Parasiliti, and Shelley Nyitray. We are so lucky to have supporters in cities outside of Toledo. Our faithful friends in Chicago not only get us amazing prizes for raffles at our events, but also have driven countless hours to volunteer for us. We thank you for not only helping us, but for getting those great Chicagoans to wear our wristbands!!
Ashley: In Honor of Pam Myers: Ashley is our first quarter recipient of the Toledo Hearing and Speech program scholarship. Pam Myers, and all of the people at Toledo Hearing and Speech, have supported Project iAm from before day one. Through volunteering, countless information, and willingness to help us with anything we need, Pam has been one of the people who have kept us going from the start!