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Coed Varsity National Honor Society · NHS Reflection: Autism Awareness Benefit Concert


This Independent Service Project was conducted by NHS senior Daniel Arini.

My ISP was an exhilarating Autism Awareness Benefit Concert which was held on May 5th at the Canton Little Theater from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. The concert had a ‘battle of bands’ spin on it with some of PCEP’s finest student performers battling it out for gift prizes. Even Detroit Symphony Orchestra violinist, Kim Kennedy, made a honorary performance to play several great pieces! She also told a heart felt recollection about her experiences with working with those with special needs, that absolutely captivated all in attendance.

To view her story, check out this link: http://kkennedyviolin.wixsite.com/kennedyviolinmethod/single-post/2016/09/21/A-Miracle

All of the proceeds which I raised from admission fees ($10 a person), concessions, and a bowling party raffle, were donated to the Autism Alliance of Michigan.

My ISP met many goals, including raising $400 in support of the Autism Alliance of Michigan’s community out reach programs. Also, I was successful in putting a face to Autism by talking with audience members after the show about their experiences with it in their own lives.

I would like to once again thank all of those who helped me put on such an amazing concert for this great cause! Finally, I would like to thank my older brother David, a PCEP graduate, for inspiring me to take on this project.

Testimonials from concert attendees:

“Thank you so much for putting this on.” – Sam Todd

“[After Ms. Kennedy’s recollection] There was not a dry eye in the house!” – Tony Arini

The press can contact Daniel Arini (djarini011@pccsk12.com) with any questions.
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