Thousands pack Maumee music fest that helps families affected by autism

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Maumee (WTVG) - It's a huge party with a purpose. Acoustics for Autism draws thousands of people to downtown Maumee. The event features dozens of local bands.

Just like everyone else involved with the night, all the musicians donate their time and talents. While it's a lot of fun, the event also helps do a lot of good in our community.

Scott Hayes says what started with less than 20 bands has grown considerably, "It all began in 2008 with 17 bands at The Village Idiot. It has grown organically to 66 bands on six different stages. We take over all of Maumee."

Cari Langenderfer is with the band Amelia Airharts. She says she loves being part of helping the mission of Acoustics for Autism."It's such a neat, community event. The whole town supports it. To see all these people is great. It's also nice to see all the other musicians because we are all off working in separate places usually, so it's nice to be able to be with the other musicians. Every time it comes around we are very excited to be part of it. "

Even though admission is free, the event will raise tens of thousands of dollars this year. Hayes says since 2008 more than $200,000 scholarship dollars have been given to families affected by autism, "We have an all volunteer organization, no one takes a salary. Everyone does this for the love of it. It makes me very proud to be part of this city, proud of the founder of the organization who is my fiancee Nicole Khoury, and I am proud to be part of it."

Curt Conlon has a son with autism. He's volunteered at the event for the last five years, "To see everybody come together for a cause like this that affects families directly in the Toledo areas is amazing. People in this community are fantastic." There are a lot of fantastic musicians in this community too who help make sure this event continues to hit a high note.