Hoodstock Celebrates 15th Jamiversary Raising more than $86,000
Oct 29, 2018
More than 350 guests decked out in tie-dye and blue jeans attended Hoodstock XV, a family friendly charity music festival, held on October 13 at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. Four bands performed including Gumboot, Kaos, The Wafflers and returning headliner Roses n Rust. Music featured classic artists from the 1960s and ‘70s with a splash of contemporary. Dinner, beer, wine, raffles and a silent auction added to the fun. Hoodstock began in 2004 as a neighborhood event in the backyard of former Unified board member, Russ Causey and wife Jennifer’s home in Federal Hill and has since grown into a major fundraiser for Unified. This year Hoodstock celebrated its 15th Jamiversary by raising a record-breaking $86,000 for people with disabilities.
President and CEO Diane Coughlin thanked everyone for attending and helping to support the 1,000 individuals Unified assists in reaching their goals and thriving in the community. Coughlin then introduced the Samuel A. Tucker Memorial Award, explaining how Sam Tucker exemplified how we are defined by our abilities not our disabilities and how he lived a meaningful and fully integrated life.
Baltimore Ravens Senior Advisor for Player Development and Unified board member O.J. Brigance with wife Chanda presented this year’s Samuel A. Tucker Memorial Can Do Award to newlyweds John Dunn and Lynette Earles, who met through Unified at the Crossroads Day Program and married this past July. In Mr. Brigance’s remarks he said, “Some of you may recognize John, as he’s a Hoodstock regular and one of the original ‘wheelchair dancers’ of Hoodstock X. You might also recognize him for his smile. John always has a smile on his face, but his smile got bigger and brighter in May of 2017 when he started to date Lynette.” They are a true testament of what one can do. The happy couple thanked everyone and spoke of how excited they were to receive the award and know they have many more adventures to come.
A special thank you to event chair Russ Causey and his committee: Kathy Bradley, Barry Brill, Lauren Bussard, Briana Czerwinski, Angela Lane, Matt Lenihan, Larry Musher, Nick Richardson and Carol Sholes. We also appreciate the bands for donating their time, Unified staff and volunteers, our many generous sponsors and everyone who contributed to this year’s event.
Save the date for next year, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 at the American Visionary Art Museum.
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