Hoodstock

Hoodstock XVIII – Saturday, October 23, 2021

On Saturday, Oct. 23 more than 180 people tuned in virtually and 220 people attended in-person at The Winslow for Hoodstock XVIII raising more than $84,000 for Unified Community Connections and the programs and services they provide to people with disabilities.

Event headliner, Roses n Rust, rocked out with music from the ’60s and ’70s with a splash of contemporary and original songs. Other performers were Anna Warns, Nick Richardson with John Lee, and The Wafflers. All musicians donated their time in support of the cause.

A highlight of the event was when O.J. Brigance, former Unified board member, presented the 2021 Samuel A. Tucker Memorial Can Do Award to Alice Ames, a woman from Unified’s Hagerstown region. Alice was honored for her strength and determination to fight cancer and her ability to stay positive through it all.

It was great to be back in-person, enjoying live music and coming together to help the community. Unified appreciates everyone for their continued support and dedication to Hoodstock despite the current pandemic.

This event would not have been possible without the generosity of 53 sponsors, the hard work from the event planning committee, the talented musicians, and all the guests (virtual and in-person), staff and volunteers who participated.

A very special thank you to event founder, Russ Causey, who started this event in 2004 in his backyard and has kept it going and growing for 18 years! Since Hoodstock evolved into a fundraiser it has raised more than $888,000 for people with disabilities in Maryland.

If you missed the event – you can still catch it on the Hoodstock Bmore YouTube channel. Click here to watch now.

Event t-shirts are still for sale as well as the opportunity to make a donation. Click here to purchase t-shirts and click here to donate.

To see photos of the event, click here to go to our Hoodstock Facebook page.

Thank you to everyone who supported this year’s hybrid Hoodstock event. See you next year back at The Winslow on Friday, Nov. 18 for Hoodstock XIX!

Thank you to the following sponsors who supported Hoodstock XVIII:

Tie Dye Diamond
Jen & Russ Causey
Melanie Dorsey, in memory of her sister Mary Elizabeth Beukema

Peace and Love Platinum
Maury Donnelly & Parr, Inc.
Anita & Nick Richardson
Saiontz & Kirk

Flower Power Gold
CMD Outsourcing Solutions, Inc.
Diane & Dave Coughlin
M&T Bank
Sandy Spring Bank

Groovy Silver
Anonymous
Amicci’s of Little Italy
Aquanetta & Jim Betts
Kathy Bradley & Sandy Goodman
Chesapeake Telephone Systems
Coach & Equipment Bus Sales, Inc.
Firstrust Bank
Gorfine, Schiller & Gardyn
Lenny Kline
Brian Lund & Family
Merritt Properties
Metro Data, Inc.
NetCraftsmen, LLC
Northern Pharmacy & Medical Equipment
SFG Wealth Management
USI Insurance Services

Media Partners
100.7 The Bay
Baltimore magazine
SouthBMore.com

“Be Cool” YETI Cooler of Cheer Champion
Emily Sutorius, State Farm Agent

Far Out Bronze
Abacus Staffing
Sheri & Barry Brill
Julie & Nathan Carper
Dimensional Health Care Associates
FASTSIGNS of Owings Mills
Kennedy Services
Matt Lenihan
MacKenzie Management Company, LLC
Leah & Jeff Maddox
Gracie & Larry Musher
Offit | Kurman, Attorneys at Law
Carol Sholes & Bob Wallace
Manette & Kevin Zinkand

Beer Partners
Anthem Bay Brewing Company
Checkerspot Brewing Company

Very Cool Friends 
Ankura
Bettie Causey
Broadband Dynamics
Dave Cooper & Family
Enterprise Fleet Management
MammoJam
Roll Up n Dye
Sobo Cafe
Noelle & Rob Wahl

Hoodstock Facts: 

    • Hoodstock is a fundraiser for Unified Community Connections
    • Hoodstock is meant to be the anti-black-tie charity event.  It is designed in the fashion of the late ’60s and early ’70s music festivals where all come casual, relaxed, and enjoy rock/folk music from multiple local and regional bands.  Hoodstock does not look or feel like the traditional gala and we think that is a good thing!
    • Hoodstock started in 2004 at Russ & Jen Causey’s and Larry & Gracie Musher’s Otterbein neighborHOOD backyard as a fun acoustic music party (no charity affiliation) with 30+ guests
    • 2005 was the first year Hoodstock served as a fundraiser for Unified Community Connections.  Still in the backyard with about 70 guests the event raised $1,200
    • In its third year Hoodstock moved to the Otterbein Swim Club to allow for more guests and better facilities.  Hoodstock was held at the neighborhood pool for the next 5 years with the last year having 187 guests and $20,300 raised
    • The next 3 years (2011-2013) Hoodstock was held at the B&O Railroad Museum with the last year’s event raising $65,000 with more than 350 guests.  Our last year at the B&O we had over 420 attend and raised more than $79,000
    • Hoodstock moved to the American Visionary Art Museum in 2014 and during its last event held there raised more than $93,000 with over 350 people in attendance!
    • Last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hoodstock held its first ever virtual event raising $80,000 and attracting more than 1,200 viewers with people tuned in from at least 12 different states as well as Thailand, Australia, Canada, and the U.K.
    • In 2021 Hoodstock moved to a new venue The Winslow and hosted its first hybrid event featuring live in-person performances and streaming on YouTube.
    • In the 18 years that Hoodstock has been a charity event for Unified Community Connections it has raised over $893,000
    • All musicians have performed for free and many have a direct connection to Unified Community Connections

Peace and Love.