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YMA Gift Benefits Special Needs Kids in the Mahoning Valley

Special needs kids benefit from recent Youngstown Music Awards event.

Youngstown, OH, December 30, 2014 --( On Sunday evening, November 30, 2014, Youngstown, Ohio honored its regional musical heritage with the first annual Youngstown Music Awards (YMA) ceremony at the Rodeo Music Hall in Austintown, OH. A sold-out crowd of more than 1,100 revelers gathered to celebrate the area’s past & present musical creators during an evening filled with glitz and guitar riffs that pleased everyone.

Event planner Michael Kermec and his colleagues put together a groundbreaking evening that included live performances and videos from some of the area’s most talented musicians. The evening’s success resulted in a contribution to the non-profit CreativeBridge Coalition (CBC) of more than $3000. Kermec chose CBC as the event’s local charity beneficiary because of its music-based programs for special needs kids in the Mahoning Valley, and because its founders, Bill Bodine & Dan Marshall, are both former musicians from the area who remain committed to supporting kids in their home town. The featured band for the evening, Left End, also donated funds to CBC following the event.

Kermec plans to make the Youngstown Music Awards an annual event and hopes to continue his support for the local programs that CreativeBridge Coalition currently has underway at the Rich Center for Autism in Youngstown and the Fairhaven School in Niles.

For more information about CBC programs in the Mahoning Valley, contact Linda Wellendorf at or call 330-518-5872.

About CreativeBridge Coalition
CreativeBridge Coalition is a 501(c)(3) organization serving young children and those with special needs by bringing music into their lives. Music programs benefit kids by improving social skills, enhancing personality traits and developing learning capabilities. CBC raises funds through solicitation of private donations and fundraising events, and currently has projects operating in Los Angeles and the greater Youngstown area.
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