Part of my decision to go to The Thoughtful House was that I was going to try to fundraise money needed for the trip. I wanted to make this trip with all of my heart but I also didn't want to put our family into financial stress any more so than we already are. So I brainstormed and brainstormed about what we could do and settled on the idea of doing a benefit concert. My sister came up with the name, "Rock the Spectrum!".
Now I've done a few fundraisers, but always the money we've raised has all gone to the Autism Society of Maine. This was the first time we did one to directly benefit Brian. I think I was moved by the support at the previous fundraisers, but nothing could compare to the support I feel now.
We had two bands offer to play for free, an owner of a local restaurant that offered their space for free, and friends and family who put together raffle baskets, again for free.
I had people who couldn't make it that still sent their admission cost (and more) and people who traveled over an hour to come. I have a classmate that heard about our trip and instead of selling her textbooks told me to sell them and take the buyback money for the trip.
People who can't stand rock music came and sucked it up. My grandmother came, oxygen tank and all!
I truly can never get over the support that we do have. It really does something for you, for your soul, for your whole thinking of this situation when you are surrounded by love, acceptance, and support.
Thank you particularly to my Mom, Patty, my Dad (for cutting a rug all night long!), Sabrina, Dena, The Juke Rockets, Vicky Andres band, well everyone- Carolee & Patrick, Adra, Kim, Harley & Terri, Steven & Kristi, Gram, Felicia, and if you were there or just gave me warm words of support- Thank you!!