Scholarship Hall of FameProject iAM2020-01-08T12:26:39-05:00
Renewal in honor of Ed Beczynski
From Sidney mom: "Project iAM has been such a blessing to our family. They have enabled us to give our special girl the extra support that she needs to succeed and live her best life. We will forever be grateful for the hard work and dedication of the Project iAm team and extremely generous sponsors".
Renewal in Honor of Tracy Lindsay
"Through the generosity of Project I Am, Dominic has received Vision Therapy which has allowed him to hit and catch a ball now, and assist him with his reading. Dominic has also been blessed to have in home Speech Therapy, which has advanced his ability to speak and express himself more effectively.
He is currently being treated by an Integrative Medicine Doctor whom insurance does not cover, and has helped him feel much more healthy inside and out.
Our family is forever grateful for Project I Am and the generosity it has shown our family. Thank you so much for all the help you do for others!"
in Honor of Dani Herrera
Renewal in honor of our beloved artist Dani Herrera who has continuously donated her time and craft to Project iAm for nearly ten years. Dani loves hearing updates from Devin's family as to his progress and happiness through the years!
Kolden Thank You Video
Tyler Thank You Video
renewal in Honor of The Andersons
Jaxson is going to be attending the Sara’s Garden Summer program as well as ABA at home therapy during the current pandemic. The Andersons continue to active in both the Maumee community and with Project iAm. As they have consistently supported our ventures, we are able to continue to renew scholarships for children like Jaxson!
renewal in Honor of Kim Steinbock and Jenny Reese
Jacob is using his funds for treatment at Wood County Hospital as well as the Maumee ROW Clinic. Jenny and Kim continue to outdo themselves and everything they do for Project iAm. Our kids area at Acoustics for Autism was the biggest and best ever this year thanks to these hard working teachers!
in Honor of Laura Kutzli
Kolden will be using his funds for his participation in the Sara’s Garden Summer Program. You might find Laura around town helping promote and support the local music scene. At Acoustics for Autism, not only does she sign up to volunteer, but she promotes the event and spends all day taking pictures and videos for us to capture the magic of the day. Social media promotion costs companies a great deal of money—but because of volunteers like Laura, that money can be put to better use, like providing funding for Kaiden!
in Honor of Rita Seferian
Aithan is using his funding for Sara’s Garden Summer Program. Rita has been a part of the iAm family for years, although you may not see her often as she is stuck in the back of our events in charge of organizing and counting all of the proceeds we received. You might think this is an easy job, but it takes hours, even days, to make sure the accounting is correctly tallied. Having people like Rita volunteer her time to perform these important tasks, allows us the ability to give funds to children like Aithan—we don’t have to spend our funds on hiring firms or employees, and all the funding can go where we promise it will—to our iAm kids!
in Honor of Roberta Koralewski
Brennan will continue using his scholarship at the Wood County Hospital for Speech Therapy. A note from the family:
"This scholarship helps Brennan to be able to continue with the therapists who he knows and trusts and assists us with affording the higher frequency of sessions that can help him prepare for Kindergarten. We appreciate all of your support for the Autistic community and families like ours. Thank you so much for all you do."
Renewal in Honor of Lisa McGowan
Brandon is again attending speech therapy at UT and taking piano lessons with his scholarship money. Brandon and his mom continue to be active volunteers with Project iAm right along side Judge Lisa McGowan. We are so fortunate to have such great families and friends help this organization pay it forward to other families!
Renewal in Honor of TJ Stratton
"I wanted to share with you Gabriel’s amazing achievement last week at the UT preschool:
During play time, he came up to a peer who was playing with some magnets on the wall and asked him “Be my friend?” and then started playing nicely next to him. This is the first time ever that Gabriel tries to make a new friend!!! His teacher was able to capture this moment in picture (see below)." --Tatiana, Mother
In Honor of Kim Kohl
Landon has been using his renewal scholarship for his third year of a Summer Reading Program. We were saddened and shocked to lose Kim Kohl in 2017, our faithful and fun volunteer. We are proud to continue to honor her family with funding for Landon.
Our 2019 Holidays had a great surprise from our own Secret Angel! Tyler loved his pop up tent for ASD privacy while Drake enjoyed software to help with his ASD needs!
In Honor of Michael Glabicki
Alex has been an iAm kid for the last ten years. We are so happy that his mom Lauren is still volunteering at our events and making iAm the success it is today. Michael Glabicki, Rusted Root Frontman, is always one of the first musicians in line to come and put on a great show for our cause. Michael was the first national concert we ever had and continuously remains close to our cause.
In honor of TJ Stratton
Gabriel is using his renewal scholarship for funding for all different kinds of sensory items. Since his therapy has been doing him wonders, Gabriel's aide believes that having additional resources at home, will help him continue to progress!
In Honor of Small Box Music
Jayden is using funding for the Rehab Dynamic Summer Program. Small Box Music is a new addition to the Acoustics for Autism event and allowed us to add a quiet, 7th stage! This was a huge hit in 2019 and can’t wait to continue working with Allison and John at Small Box!
Renewal in Honor of Dani Herrera
Devin is no stranger to the Project iAm Scholarship fund. He continues to use swimming as a great ASD activity which is highly recommended by his family and doctors! We all know and love Dani and her dedication to the arts and to our Project iAm Family. Without her constant assistance and kindness, Devin would not benefit the way he does! We are so happy to see you continue to excel, Devin!
Renewal in Honor of The Anderson’s
Jaxson is using his funding for The Hopebridge Center. The Anderson’s has been a staple in Northwest Ohio for as long as any of us can remember. They have always supported Project iAm and all of our events since we began. With their help, Jaxson is able to continue receiving support at Hopebridge!
In Honor of the Maumee Mason Lodge, Northern Light #40
Terren is using his scholarship money for various ASD sensory needs to help with his growth! Four years ago, the Maumee Mason Lodge became home to our kid's area at Acoustics for Autism. This gave us a warm, safe, alcohol free place for children to do crafts, listen to music, and have all those baked goods! Thanks to the generosity of the Mason's we have continued to grow and raise funds for children like Terren!
In Honor of Jenny Reese and Kim Steinbock
Jacob is using his funds for treatment and therapy at Wood County Hospital. Over the last 5 years, you’ve definitely seen Kim and Jenny bring our kid’s area to life at Acoustics for Autism! These two amazing TPS teachers have given us a safe and fun area for all of the kids, both ASD and non, to enjoy all that this magical day brings. Without them, we would not be as successful as we are today!
In Honor of Lisa McGowan
Brandon will be continuing to use his funds for the Wolf Creek YMCA swimming lessons and piano lessons. We were so excited when Brandon got to meet his scholarship namesake, Lisa at this year’s volunteer thank you party. Brandon’s mom has seen so much progress with this fine young man. We are so proud to have them in the iAm family!
In Honor of TJ Stratton
Gabriel will be using his funding for the Serenity Farm. TJ is long time member of the Maumee Elks and came to us in 2018 with an idea that would change our wonderful Acoustics for Autism! The Elk's became our 6th stage in 2018 allowing us the the opportunity to expand our great event as well as raise more money for kid's like Gabriel!
In Honor of Anne Eckhardt
Pippa is using her funding for the Rehab Dynamics Summer Program. Anne has been a recent volunteer of Project iAm who has thrown herself into the dedication we need to continue to fulfill our mission. Without the time and energy that Anne puts into our events, children like Pippa would not be able to receive the great funding that she has!
In Honor of Chelsey Dearing
Caden will be using his funding for special ASD tools. Chelsey has been such a great energy for all of us at Project iAm and has always been one to step up and do whatever we need with our events. Thanks to volunteers like Chelsey, Caden can get the funding he needs to continue to prosper!
Renewal in Honor of Ed Beczynski
Since beginning therapy at the Finegan Family Autism Center in Toledo, Sydney has made leaps and bounds. We are so grateful that she is able to continue with their program for another year (with their acceptance of her beyond age 6) and of course your contribution to help with the costs of her tuition.
In Honor of Roberta Koralewski
"With the help of this scholarship Brennan will be able to continue with the therapists who have helped so much this last year and assists us with affording an increase to the frequency he goes so he can continue to develop and grow. We appreciate all of (Roberta’s) support for the Autistic community and families like ours. Thank you for all you do."
In Honor of the Turner Family
Marshall is using his funding for the Innate Health Chiropractic Services. The Turner’s not only volunteer their time to Project iAm, but they handle those pesky little things, we call taxes. Using their craft to help the charity, we are able to save hundreds of dollars so children like Marshall can receive the funding that he needs. Without volunteers like the Turner family, we would not exist today!
In Honor of The Mettler Family
Conner will be using his renewal forms for the Promedica Early Autism program and has shown great progress since he first began! As always, the Mettler family has continued to provide for Project iAm and Acoustics for Autism. As you know, monetary donations alone are not what fund this charity. Instead we have a family, with to ASD ties, that consistently give their time, their restaurant establishment, and their loyalty to the volunteers and children of Project iAm. Without all of this, Conner could not continue to receive the benefits he does. We hope this year, we are able to introduce you to the Mettler’s at Acoustics for Autism!
In honor of Rachel Dannenbarger
Kaly (in honor of Rachel Dannenbarger): Kaly is new to the Project iAm Family and will be using her funds toward treatment at the ProMedica Early Autism Center. Rachel has volunteered for every event that Project iAm has hosted since 2013. Her friendly attitude and willingness to give her time to the charity has helped us raise thousands of dollars for children like Kaly. Without Rachel, we could not succeed the way we do today!
In Honor of Dave and Mary Brownell
Brady (in Honor of Dave and Mary Brownell). Brady will be using his funding for the Early Autism Program at Mercy. Dave and Mary are staples in Project iAm family. They have consistently donated goods, their time, and their fun loving attitude to our events. Without this kind of volunteering and donating, Project iAm would not be able to help children like Brady!
Dear Project Iam,
I am writing to say thank you for the scholarship that your organization was kind and generous enough to give to me. Now I can continue to receive speech services at home and work on executive functioning skills with Ms. Katie from Exceeding Expectations. You have no idea how much I appreciate it, and how much it means to my family and I. Words will never be enough to do it justice. Project Iam means so much to me. I love your mission and what you do. Receiving this scholarship was a huge relief for me. It made me so happy because I still get to learn and grow through therapy! I love to do those things! I live life believing progress is always possible and thanks to you I can continue to learn new skills. Executive functioning skills are very hard for me. I have struggled with this challenge for years. My family and I have tried multiple things over the years and nothing worked for long until I started therapy at Exceeding Expectations. My bedroom is totally neat and transformed now and I have you to thank! I am learning so many important skills. Thanks for helping me be the best me I can be. Thank you for positively impacting my family and so many others! You are truly an amazing asset to our community. You make a difference.
Renewal In honor of Lisa McGowan
Brandon has continued to exceed expectations at the UT program. Lisa has consistently been an active member of the Project iAm family. Because of her constant contribution of time, she has brought an amazing, fun presence to all our events!
Renewal in Honor of Jim Tressel
Adam is thriving in his therapy and once again going to the Rehab Dynamics summer program. We are so happy that he has continued to advance and look forward to his summer program and that we can be a part of that progress.
In Honor of Roberta Koralewski
Brennan is using his resources from Project iAm for services at the Wood County Rehab Program. Roberta is a staple in Project iAm family. She is the first person to offer her time and effort to help make Acoustics for Autism, and every event, a special and efficient one. Roberta’s kind heart and attitude allows us to provide events that raise funding for Children like Brennan.
in Honor of Chad Turner
Ryan is attending the Rehab Dynamics Summer Program in 2018. Chad has been actively involved in Project iAm for the last several years, helping us organize, promote and focus on the mission of the charity. Without Chad, we would not be able to direct our funding to children like Ryan!
In Honor of Chuck Rippenhoff
Parker had his scholarship renewed for his progression and treatment at Promedica’s Early Autism Program. As you know, our organization would not be possible without the love and support of the musicians who encompass it. As we started to branch out and expand Acoustics for Autism, we thought if was only fitting for our dear friend Chuck and his pop rock band The Wow Factor to continue to play our event in our bigger areas to draw more people. Without people like Chuck and his band, we would not be able to raise the money we do for children like Parker!
In Honor of Ed Beczynski
Sydney is using her funding toward the Promedica Early Autism Program. Ed is not only a local restaurant entrepreneur in Toledo, but he is selfless when it comes to charity. No matter what the event or the task, he is one of the many people who have made it so much easier to be able to fund scholarships for children like Sydney. No matter how busy his schedule, he has been so willing to give up not only goods and services to Project iAm, but also volunteer time so that we can continue to do what we do best!
In Honor of The Mettler Family
Connor continues to excel in his treatment at Promedica’s early Autism Program with the help of the Project iAm Scholarship Fund. The Mettler family has continuously been one of the biggest supporters of our endeavor. They have volunteered their time and efforts to every event of which we have ever been involved and have loved watching Connor’s success!
In Honor of Lisa McGowan
Brandon is using his funding for the UT PMO program. Lisa is always the first person to volunteer her time to Project iAm and bring a group of fun loving friends with her. No matter what the event or the task, her physical contributions made have given us the opportunity to be able to fund scholarships for children like Brandon. No matter how busy her schedule, she has been so willing to give up her time and energy to help us continue with our mission and help so many children in the area.
Thank you - Shelby Reardon
June 22, 2017
3818 Frampton Dr.
Toledo, OH 43614
Dear Project iAm and Buster Browns,
Thank you so much for renewing our scholarship for another year. Our daughter, Shelby, has been attending Promedica’s Autism Early Learning Program since she was three years old and received her Autism Diagnosis. This program has been amazing for her! With the help of the Buster Brown scholarship, we were able to send her to the full day program and now she will be able to continue this program for another year.
This past year, we have watched Shelby grow in so many ways. She has learned how to communicate her wants and needs by using pictures and one word requests and labels. She is learning colors, letters, and numbers, as well as identifying people she is familiar with. Seeing Shelby look at a picture of her brother, sister, her dad and myself and call us by our names has been amazing. One of the biggest highlights of this past school year has been that Shelby has become fully potty trained! I had no idea how I was going to teach this task to my child who was almost completely non-verbal, but with the support of the staff at the AELP, we were able to teach her successfully. These are only a few of the many things Shelby has been learning during her time at this program.
If it was not for scholarships and grants like Project iAm and the people in the community that help keep this organization alive, she would not be able to learn and grow in the ways I know she can. Being able to be a part of an organization that truly cares about kids like Shelby who live right here in our community has been life changing.
Thank you again for all you do.
The Reardon Family
In Honor of Alysha Martin
Ben received a renewal for services due to his constant progress with his programs! There is never enough that can be said about Alysha. She started out as a volunteer and has become one of the core members of our organization. Always willing and dependable, we’ve been able to grow as a group because of Alysha.
In honor of the great City of Maumee
Kasam had his scholarship renewed in honor of the great City of Maumee. Maumee has continuously been the home to our premiere event, Acoustics for Autism, and has become part of the Project iAm family. Kasam’s family has been contributing time to whatever events they are able by volunteering and paying it forward to new iAm families.
In honor of The Andersons
Jaxson Will be using his funding for ABA therapy. The Anderson's has consistently been a part of the Project iAm family and has saved us thousands of dollars by being our official ticket vendor as well as always donating to our events. Because of the kindness and support of this wonderful corporation, we've been able to provide scholarships to children like Jaxson.
In honor of Torie Thorne
Braeden’s scholarship to the ASNO summer program was renewed in honor of Torie Thorne. Torie has continued her selfless effort to assist in all Project iAm events and has become an important part of our volunteers. Braeden’s family has also become a new addition to the volunteering efforts of our organization and has continued to grow in his treatment and therapy.
In Honor of The Kim Kohl
Landon will be using his funds toward the Lindamood-Bell Center. With a smile on her face, Kim was always one of the first people to volunteer her time to Project iAm. No matter what the event or the task, she and her friends always enjoyed the events and the wonderful contribution they made to them have given us the opportunity to be able to fund scholarships for children like Landon. Very sadly, Kim just passed away unexpectedly, and we hope that the news of Landon’s progress can bring some joy to the Kohl family, just as she did to ours.
In Honor of Michael Miller
Jaidyn applied for and received a renewal of his scholarship at Serenity Farm for his Equestrian therapy. His grandmother states, "The saddest day was when Vail Meadows closed their doors for good. I had found Serenity Farm and visited their facility it is so wonderful there, but unfortunately we could not afford the therapy there. For nearly a year and a half now whenever we drive anywhere near a route toward the Horse Ranch Jai Jai says “ Nana Horse, look this way,. Nana Horse Please”. And now because of your compassion, hard work and vigilance Jaidyn can resume what he is Passionate about and he will gain more words. …
In Honor of The Wannabees Band
Parker will be using his funds for the Promedica Early Autism Program. Our organization would not be possible without the love and support of the musicians who encompass it. As we started to branch out and expand Acoustics for Autism, we found there were more and more children bands in the area who wanted to help. Our dear friend Chuck and his band The Wannabees have faithfully played our event for several years bringing entertainment to the hundreds of patrons and children. Without people like Chuck and his band, we would not be able to raise the money we do for children like Parker!
In Honor of Wilson Lake and The Rock Bass
Addison will use her funding for the Bay Park Community program. Tom Jackson has been an avid volunteer for Project iAm since our first Acoustics for Autism. His kid friendly band has performed at every event and we look forward to seeing them again for their 10th year in a row. Without the musicians we have supporting us, Addison would not be able to receive the funding that she has been awarded!
In Honor of Judge Byers
Derick is using his funds for the Promedica Early Autism Program. Judge has been a staple in the Maumee community for decades and is very active with music and young children in our area. He has been a fantastic fit for our children’s area at Acoustics for Autism, and amidst his busy schedule, he has always found the time to entertain at our annual event and add the “family friendly fun” element to a huge all day concert. Because of musicians like Judge Byers, Project iAm is able to donated money to children like Derick.
In Honor of Joe Woods
Kruze is attending the Mercy Early Autism Program. Joe is a musician in the Toledo area that has supported Project iAm from its very first Acoustics for Autism. We are fortunate to have some of the best musicians in the country right here in our hometown, and amidst their hectic schedules, Joe is always willing to play our events and help promote in any way he can. Because of the time our musicians dedicate to Acoustics for Autism, we are able to put on the greatest rock event in our area and grant money to children like Kruze.
In Honor of the Leister Family
Antonio is using his funds for the Promedica Autism Program. The Leister Family. Julie and Linda have consistently supported Project iAm through events and their business Ye Olde Durty Bird, in addition to volunteering their time and efforts. Their late Father, Reg, was an avid supporter of our project and mission, often offering to provide transportation when needed, offer financial support, and donate items to Acoustics for Autism. We can think of no better way to honor Reg and his daughters, than to give Antonio a scholarship in their name.
In honor of the Mettler Family
Conner is attending the Early Autism Program at Promedica. There are not enough words to describe the generosity of the Mettler family. Dad, Jim is the all around handy man that creates, fixes, and tweaks any need of Project iAm so that our events run smoothly. Sarah volunteers at all of our events and secures donations for everything we do. Danny has played music at Acoustics for Autism for the last 5 years. This family donates their time, energy, and love to Project iAm so that we can save our overhead and distribute money to children like Conner for his continued progress.
In Honor of Tony Parasiliti
Michael will be using his funding for the Capable Kids Summer Program. There are not enough words to describe the benefit Tony has brought to Project iAm. Most people don’t understand the huge costs associated with putting on events. Tony has saved our organization thousands of dollars by securing goods that we need to run a smooth event—this is how we are able to give money to children like Michael. Without Tony, we could not be who we are.
In honor of Dani Herrera
Devin is using his funding for the YMCA Summer Program. Dani has come to the charity in the last couple years, not only as a donor of her beautiful and creative artwork in order to raise funds for our charity, but also as a friend and volunteer. Her amazing artwork has raised hundreds of dollars for Project iAm, so that we can continue to put all of our efforts and funding directly to families like Devin's.
An Update on Joey (From Susan and Greg Silloway)
A BIG thank you for the support Project iAm provided Joey. He is enjoying piano lessons. He had a recital in May and totally rocked it. I attached a picture. Wish I could send a video but it would be too large. Maybe he can join Arctic Clam one day!!
Thank you again for the support you and Project iAm provided!!
Susan and Greg Silloway
In Honor of John Grafing
Ian is using his Project iAm funds for summer camp through Camp Courageous.To put on a musical extravaganza, like Acoustics for Autism, Project iAm relies on the generosity of time and donations in an effort to raise as much money as possible. John has dedicated his time, equipment, and patience to us for the last three years by commandeering our party tent and music area. His professionalism and kindness make it possible to save the costs associated with an all day event and his willingness to do so is the reason Ian can receive the funding he has.
In Honor of Shannon Mohr
Jonathan will be using his funding for the Promedica Early Autism Full Time Program. Shannon came to Project iAm as a manager of a local restaurant who wanted to volunteer for events, and eventually has lent financial support in the form of donations and sponsorships in order to have events cost the charity as little as possible. She is always willing to help, fundraise, and solicit assistance for Project iAm so that we can continue to give money to our ASD kids!
One of our Camp NUHOP Contest Winners 2016
One of our Camp NUHOP Contest Winners 2016
In Honor of PricePro.co
In January, just at the crux of our planning period for Acoustics for Autism, our home headquarters fell victim to a break in. Although there wasn’t a huge loss, Price Pro.co stepped up to the plate and funded a security system for Project iAm, in an effort to help with our mission statement and keep our costs low. Without this kind gesture, Project iAm would have had to invest money that would have taken from our kids, like Adrian. Now, because of their generosity, Adrian has an opportunity to continue with his treatment choices throughout the summer.
In Honor of Alysha Martin
Ben is using his funds for the Promedica Early Autism Program. Alysha has been actively supportive of Project iAm for the past several years. However, in the last year, she has stepped up to the plate above and beyond anything anyone could have imagined and it has given our team a sense of security and lack of anxiety knowing we have been able to trust Alysha with such important duties. Without volunteers like Alysha, Project iAm would not be able to continue with the mission statement that we have strived so hard to protect and adhere to and children like Benjamin would not be benefitted from the program.
in Honor of Buster Brown's
Shelby will be using her funding toward the Promedica Early Autism Program. Little did we know in 2008, that Project iAm would grow and earn the respect it has over the last 9 years. Acoustics for Autism started out as a little event and has grown into something we never expected. If it weren’t for the businesses in Uptown Maumee and their graciousness, we could not stay loyal to our home and allow this event to grow. Katie and Zeke from Buster Browns have opened their doors to us and allowed us to provide additional venues for our musical extravaganza.
In Honor of Torie Thorne
Braeden will be using his funding for the ASNO summer program. Torie has given so much of her time to Project iAm that she has become one of our go to people for anything we need. At our events, we have pure love and chaos and Torie is able to problem solve and bring much needed light heartedness to the everyone involved in making our events a success. Without people like Torie, Braeden would not be able to receive funding, as our events would be nothing without Ms. Thorne!
In Honor of Chad Turner
Ryan is using his funding for the Promedica Early Autism Program. Chad has been actively supportive of Project iAm since we started. However, in the last year, he has stepped up to the plate above and beyond anything anyone could have imagined and it has saved Project iAm thousands of dollars in web services. Chad’s willingness and desire to help the Foundation has been an asset for which we could never thank him enough and because of Chad, Ryan is able to receive funding to help with his treatment.
Joshua and Nathan
In Honor of Gayle Ashbridge
Joshua and Nathan are using their funding for Allen's Martial Arts. Gayle has devoted countless hours to Project iAm and all of our events. There’s never a time we have to ask her for anything, she simply reaches out and says “put me where you need me”. She has been an avid supporter of this organization in every way that is necessary to succeed. Having the loyalty and support from people like Gayle, make it possible for Nathan and Joshua to receive funding from Project iAm.
In Honor of Jeff Birdsell
Hadi is involved with services in the Promedica Early Autism Program. Jeff Birdsell came to us originally as a beer representative and has become so much more to our organization. Jeff has spent countless hours offering his assistance, donating goods, and spending extra time to publicize and make sure our events run smoothly. Having an organization that is 100% volunteer run, can only work with people like Jeff a part of it!
In Honor of Micki Smith
Lincoln is using his funding for Speech Therapy. Mrs. Smith came to us in the last couple years and is one of the most faithful and hardworking volunteers we have ever had. Ms. Smith has consistently volunteered at every event before, during, and after she was needed. Her dedication and time to Project iAm has allowed us to raise the funds to help children like Lincoln!
Karys and Kai
In Honor of Bruce Boerst
Kai and Karys are using their funding for continued therapy at the Firelands Medical Center. Bruce has been a right hand man of Project iAm for several years now. He singlehandedly rallies the troops and provides several volunteers for all of our events. He is trustworthy and loyal and takes time away from his job and his many responsibilities in order to help all of the children that Project iAm seeks to fund. Without his tireless volunteering, Karys and Kai would not have been able to have the funding available to them that they are.
In Honor of Brandon Saba
Mackenzie used her treatment funding for the SAIL program. Brandon is a manager and Bar 145 and has been actively involved in Project iAm for the last few years. Brandon comes to us when there is an event that needs some special Project iAm attention and has earned thousands of dollars for our organization by allowing us to be involved. He is an avid fan of this charity and supports us personally and professionally. Without Brandon, we would not have the funds we have to help Mae and all of our Project iAm children!
In Honor of Micki Smith
Muhaimin used his funding for his treatment received from the Promedica Early Autism Program. Mrs. Smith came to us in the last couple years and is one of the most faithful and hardworking volunteers we have ever had. Ms. Smith has consistently volunteered at every event both before, during, and after she was needed. Her dedication and time to Project iAm has allowed us to raise the funds to help children like Muhaimin.
In Honor of Kristi Marie
Trevor is using his funding for the Early Autism Program at Promedica. Krisi’s vibrant and cheerful attitude toward life and love came to us a few years back as she volunteered not only as a musician, but also as a hard working team member for Project iAm. She is always promoting, donating time and money, and spreading the word of our organization and what it stands for.
Ethan and Mara
In Honor of Rachel Southworth
Ethan and Mara will be using their scholarship for Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatments. Mr. Southworth has continuously supported Project iAm, even from Atlanta, Georgia. Rachel and all the Skid Row guys have used social media to introduce Project iAm to fans across the world. In addition to the donations they have given, the mere idea that these busy rock stars would take the time to support a local charity in Toledo, Ohio, has meant more to us than they will ever know. Without the continuous support of Mr. Southworth, Mara and Ethan would not be able to receive a renewal of this scholarship.
In Honor of David Baker
Mr. Baker came to us in the last couple years and is one of the most faithful and hardworking volunteers we have ever had. Mr. Baker was never a person who said “maybe” but instead just a simple, “you know I’ll do whatever you need”. His full time career as an attorney and his avid community involvement, especially with children, made him one of the most respected young men in our area. Much to our devastation, Mr. Baker suddenly passed away a couple weeks ago, just as our committee had decided we wanted to honor him for his dedication to Project iAm. It is very regretful that we could not share our gratitude with him personally, but we hope this scholarship will give his family comfort and inspiration as to the great young man they raised.. His dedication and time to Project iAm has allowed us to raise the funds to help children like Oliver.
In Honor of Alan Mueller
Cedric will be using his funding toward his summer program. Mr. Mueller came to us in the last couple years and was one of the most faithful and hardworking volunteers we ever had. Mr. Mueller didn’t come from much, often had to borrow money for transportation to events, and never complained about a thing. He offered his time during all hours of every event and was so grateful to be a part of this organization. It is because of him, that Cedric is able to receive funding today.
In Honor of Jeremy Fitzgerald
Preston will be using his funding for the Early Autism Program at Promedica. Jeremy is the owner of Bar 145 and has been actively involved in Project iAm for the last few years. Jeremy has allowed our organization an opportunity to host fun events filled with music, which stays true to our mission. Because of his support, we have raised thousands of dollars for the Project iAm Scholarship fund and are able to help Preston in some way.
In Honor of Katie Howard
Hagan is receiving treatment through Mercy Health Care for ABA therapy. Katie came to us in 2012 with our involvement with The Shops at Fallen Timbers and Regis Hair Salon. Not only was she involved through her employer, but she then became one of the most integral parts of our organization. Ms. Howard has consistently volunteered at every event both before, during, and after she was needed. Her dedication and time to Project iAm has allowed us to raise the funds to help children like Hagan.
In Honor of Julie Stevens
Brandon's scholarship money will be used for his family for a seminar teaching the family and Brandon how to interact with one another. Julie has been a part of Project iAm since the beginning, both through her employment at Georgette’s and for simply being a volunteer.Julie’s willingness to help and make the efficiency of Acoustics for Autism a smoothly running success, is beyond compare.Without Julie, Brandon, and our other Project iAm children, would not receive the funding they do.
Isaiah and Jeremiah
In Honor of Jeremy Thomas
Isaiah and Jeremiah will be using their scholarship money for treatment at Rochelle Allen's Special Ninja's. Jeremy is a selfless volunteer who has donated countless hours to Project iAm and Acoustics for Autism. He has been a part of this organization for over 5 years and you’ll see him doing everything from running merchandise to putting up snow fencing. Is the quintessential “yes man” and takes his responsibilities very seriously. Jeremy’s heart and soul belong to this charity and we are so grateful for him!
Renewal In Honor of Sid Marious
Drake will be using his scholarship renewal for his summer at the Capable Kids Program. 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.
In Honor of Mike Toth
Chloe will be using her funding at the Promedica Autism program. Being a drummer isn’t easy. Being a drummer that let’s other drummers use your drums is really not easy. Michael has selflessly donated his drums and his artistic ability to Project iAm for various projects, including our upcoming Joan Jett Concert. Michael has been a loyal fan and supporter of Acoustics for Autism and has continued to give tirelessly to this organization so that Chloe, and our other ASD kids, can get the help and treatment they deserve!
In Honor of Daryl Robinson.
Marisa used her scholarship funding at the Promedica Autism Program.
Not only is Daryl selfless in his time dedication to Project iAm and Acoustics for Autism, but he has continuously helped this event and all the drummers by the use of his drums and assistance with the bands. Mr. Robinson is an asset to this charity and the community and it is our pleasure to honor him with this scholarship named after him.
In Honor of Paul Accetola
Gabe will be using his funding from Project iAm for his continued therapy at Wood County Family Resources. Paul Accetola was a friend, contributor, and volunteer for Project iAm, known for his constant generosity. Paul would dedicate hours, not only at events, but also by making our "Vault keys" by the hundreds for our events. Unfortunately, Paul lost his battle with cancer just before Gabe was awarded this scholarship. We hope he feels the gratefulness from up above.
In Honor of Mike Dibling
Joseph is using his scholarship money for the Mercy Autism Program. Mr. Dibling is new to the Project iAm family, but his generosity has allowed our Acoustics for Autism event in March to grow, while still allowing us to attain our mission. Allowing his property for our event, at no cost to us, has greatly contributed to our goal of raising money for our scholarship fund, while keeping our overhead low. Mr. Dibling is an amazing person and we are so thankful for his contributions to this organization!
In Honor of Sean McMahon
Jovan has been using his funding at Toledo Children's Hospital. Sean has not only actively volunteered though music, but he also has constantly spread the word and awareness of Project iAm. Without his help and enthusiasm, we would not be able to have the successful events we do!
In honor of Mick Mason
James is using his funding for ABA therapy with Jenna Vendemo. Mick has volunteered at every event as a musician as well as works with children with ASD through guitar lessons. He has always made time for Project iAm and the children we support!
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!