CHESHIRE — Abilities Without Boundaries will host a fundraiser with the Special Olympics of Connecticut Saturday to benefit a new music therapy program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Organizer John Ingrassia said the program, which started in January, involves him playing music with some individuals singing along and others just listening. The local musician said he occasionally teaches them to play instruments and would like to teach more.
“It touches their lives a lot,” Ingrassia said.
Abilities Without Boundaries and Special Olympics of Connecticut will host the Music Matters fundraiser at Aunt Chilada’s, 3931 Whitney Ave. in Hamden today to support the program. The event begins at 5 p.m. and the cost is $20 per person. The fundraiser will feature live music, food and drawings for prizes. Ingrassia will perform with his band and several students.
“The students I currently teach have been practicing for a couple of months,” he said.
Hamden Police Officer Jeremy Brewer, a liaison for Special Olympics of Connecticut, will emcee the event. Brewer has known Ingrassia since high school and they were once in a band together.
“I thought, let’s do something completely out of the box. Let’s get these two organizations together,” Brewer said. “It’s just magic.”
The goal of the fundraiser is to raise money to provide equipment and instruments for participants. The program will also accept instrument donations, Ingrassia said.
Brewer said believes this can be the beginning of a new partnership and hopes to make the fundraiser an annual event.
Donations and inquiries can be made by emailing johningrassiamusic.com.
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