Fundraiser at kart raceway first in a series to raise money for autism awareness concert.
Students in the Hart District’s Yes I Can program are getting an education on fundraising, lining up a series of events to promote autism awareness, including Friday’s benefit at MB2 in Sylmar that will feature a concert by groups Urban Assault and Vokee, who are performing for free.
“We chose MB2 because the kids love this place,” said Bret Lieberman, a teacher at Golden Valley High School who oversees the Yes I Can program and advises the “Sick of Detention” production company formed by the students.
“Other than ‘Suburbia,’the Higher Level Productions youth concert series held at the SCV Sports Complex the third Friday of every month, this is where the kids want to hang on a Friday night. We want the youth to know that there are other options than hanging out at the mall.”
MB2 has agreed to donate 15 percent of Friday night’s proceeds to the Yes I Can program for every guest who brings in a flyer. Flyers - and directions to MB2 - can be downloaded from www.sponsorthemeltdown.com .
The Summer Meltdown Autism Awareness and Social Inclusion Concert is put on by Sick Of Detention Productions, which is made up of all the Yes I Can students in the Hart District.
The concert is in its fifth year, raising funds for field trips and programming for autistic and Asperger’s Syndrome students. Under Lieberman’s supervision, the students solicit performers, create posters, work with the media and produce the day-long concert to
Sponsorships for the May 10 concert are still available and anyone can make donations of cash, gift certificates or services needed to produce the Summer Meltdown Concert. For more information, visit www.sponsorthemeltdown.com  and www.higherlevelshows.com  or call Lieberman at (298-8140, ext. 1414.
Upcoming events include a March 7 fundraiser at Mountasia, a benefit night March 17 at Islands and a Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament March 29 at the Egg Plantation.