Hoodstock XIII, Unified’s family-friendly music festival, where guests wear jeans and tie-dye and enjoy live music from the 1960s and ’70s, was held on Saturday, October 22 at the American Visionary Art Museum. Hoodstock began in 2004 as a neighborhood event and has since grown into a major fundraiser for Unified with 400 people attending this year and raising a record $81,000 for Unified’s program and services to help individuals with disabilities.
Local band Roses n Rust once again headlined the event, playing music of both classic and modern artists. The Wafflers, Gumboot, and Drum Dr. Dot also performed as part of this musical happening. All of these bands donate their time, and many band members have a relationship with Unified, whether a board member, parent, family member or friend. In addition to the music, guests enjoyed dinner, beer and wine, raffles and a silent auction.
A highlight of the evening was when Baltimore Ravens Senior Advisor for Player Development and Unified board member O.J. Brigance presented this year’s Samuel A. Tucker Memorial Can Do Award to Tim Bailey.
Many thanks to Hoodstock committee members Russ Causey, Larry Musher, Barry Brill, Angela Strauch Lane, Matt Lenihan, Carol Sholes, Nick Richardson, and Lauren Bussard for all of their hard work in making this event such a success. A sincere thank you also goes to our lead sponsor Melanie Dorsey and her husband Daniel Standish. Special kudos go to Unified staff and volunteers and to all the people who came out this year to support Hoodstock XIII.
Mark your calendars for Hoodstock XIV on October 7, 2017 at the American Visionary Art Museum.
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