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Concert takes foundation fundraiser to 'next level'

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The Heinzerling Foundation will host its second annual Rock the Foundation fundraiser from 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 18 at Woodlands Backyard, 668 Grandview Ave.

This year's event will feature a concert by national Americana singer/songwriter Paul Thorn.

"Our first Rock the Foundation last year was a great success and featured a local band. We decided as an organization we wanted to take the event to the next level with a national act," said Brian Asbury, director of development and public relations for the Heinzerling Foundation.

"We had an anonymous donor step forward and provide the money to pay the band, which was huge for us," Asbury said. "It means everyone who attends the event knows that every dollar will go directly to the foundation. There are no event costs for us."

Tickets are $50 each and include the concert, food provided by the DK Diner and beer provided by Four Strings Brewing Co.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at heinzerling.org/ rockthefoundation.

Based in southwest Columbus near Grove City, the Heinzerling Foundation provides 24-hour residential care for 208 individuals with severe developmental disabilities.

The Heinzerling family of Columbus started the organization in 1959 to provide housing for children with severe disabilities, Asbury said.

"At that time in society, there were institutions for people with disabilities, but no place for people to stay," he said. "Originally, the foundation addressed the needs of children under age 6."

Since the late 1970s, the foundation has provided residential care for both adults and children, Asbury said.

"Our residents receive occupational and physical therapy to work on mobility issues and develop life skills," he said. "Every day the adults go to an activity center and the children go to school."

Much of the proceeds raised by Rock the Foundation will go to pay the cost of the 250 field trips offered to Heinzerling residents each year, Asbury said. Funds also will be used to help pay the cost of communication devices used by residents and tools and toys youngsters use at the facility.

Rock the Foundation was designed to draw a younger demographic, he said.

"A lot of people don't know about us and our mission," Asbury said. "We have 540 employees and are one of the largest nonprofit employers in central Ohio."

The Grandview business community, "has really stepped forward to support Rock the Foundation," he said. "Woodlands especially has been so supportive offering us the use of their stage.

"Our hope is to get even more Grandview-area businesses involved next year and keep this event growing," Asbury said.

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