Autism Sings raises over $5K for charity

NEWPORT, KY (FOX19) - Twenty-nine Greater Cincinnati rock bands performed at Thompson House Newport for the Autism Sings Kentucky benefit, raising over $5,000 for the Autism Speaks charity.

Organized by Rockstars Glued in coordination with Thompson House, Autism Sings Kentucky's goal was to bring together the Greater Cincinnati music scene to help raise money for Autism Speaks - the leading autism science and advocacy organization.

Proceeds from ticket sales and raffles from the Saturday's event brought in over $5,000, with tallies from the silent auction and offsite donations not yet available.

All three stages of the historic Thompson House were utilized for the event. Regional rockers Black Cloud Syndrome and Shotgun Surprise, along with up-and-comers Cinema Sleep, helped pack out the Rockstar Lounge Stage.  Crowd favorites such as Sinful Crow and 5-Thirteen played The Parlor.

Bands One Day Alive, The Last Troubadour, Livid, and Detrimental closed out the show in The Tommy Gun Theater.

Autism Sings Kentucky was the idea of Rockstars Glued personalities Billy Tomlin and Jamie "Bella" Hensley, who made a vow with their friends on New Year's Eve to do more to raise awareness of Autism.

Both Tomlin's son as well as the son of fellow organizer Joelinda Acevedo are autistic. With the help of family, friends, and the kind people of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, they succeeded with their goal.

Though a great deal of buzz for the event was created by the bands and organizers, local personalities and the media also gave support. 96Rock morning personality "Fin" provided an unexpected boost to the event when he talked about it on the air. ClassX Radio interviewed some of the bands performing in the weeks prior to the benefit.

Interested parties can still help out with donations. U.S. Bank will continue to accept funds for "Autism Sings" at all of their branches. As well, FOX19 News-sponsored donation-texts allow those interested in giving money to text "AUTISM" or "AUTISTIC" to 41919 in order to donate. These options will be available through the end of August.

Performers included: Tall Stars 45036, Tall Stars 45209, Melodic Connections, Livid, Detrimental, The Last Troubadour, One Day Alive, Tangled Luck, Black Cloud Syndrome, Shotgun Surprise, Kill Box, School of Rock, Gabriel's Hounds, Lift the Medium, Sinful Crow, See You in the Funnies, 5-Thirteen, Rio and the Ramblers, One Day Steady, Eversole, Desensitized, Escape the Silence, Origin of Ashes, Sideshow Romance, Dead August, and When Things Get Sketchy. MCs: Chandra Johnson and Meyers Cage.

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