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Battle of the Bands for Autism Awareness: A Success!

Fly By Wire

Fly By Wire opened the show!

The Battle of the Bands for Autism Awareness concert at Moe’s Southwest Grill last night was a huge success! The music was absolutely incredible, the food was great, as always, and the support was unparalleled.I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone for supporting all of the bands that played and also for supporting my project! Every Piece Counts is a labor of love and I am so thankful for the support and kind words I have been receiving.

Emma Munro joined Raised Platform to sing a Grace Potter & The Nocturnals cover!

Emma Munro joined Raised Platform to sing a Grace Potter & The Nocturnals cover!

For those of you that are new to my project, last night I organized a Battle of the Bands that was held at  Moe’s Southwestern Grill in Mahwah, NJ. The concert featured young musical talent from all over Northern New Jersey. Moe’s not only supported the concert efforts, also will be donating a portion of the day’s proceeds to Autism Speaks! In an effort to create some friendly competition between the bands playing, we asked that each band advertise the performance heavily, and day of, we would be keeping tally of who was coming to support which band. At the end of the evening, we tallied up the attendees and awarded The Escape Directors with a $100 Gift Certificate to Sam Ash. For the runner-ups, we awarded additional Sam Ash Gift Cards so all of the bands can go to Sam Ash and pick up some necessary band supplies. In addition,Guitar Center of Paramus donated the PA System that we used for the evening, and we are incredibly grateful that we had their support.

Raised Platform

Raised Platform played some great Black Keys covers!

We are still waiting to hear back from Moe’s regarding how much money was raised, but we are pretty sure that the crowd that showed up definitely took advantage of all of the great food! I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank the bands that came and rocked out with us, the staff at Moe’s for being such a big help, my family for supporting my project and my idea for having a benefit concert, my friends, Emily, Keimya and Melissa for being there for me all night, and to everyone that showed up, thank you!

Read more about the bands that played:

The Escape Directors

The Escape Directors

The Escape Directors – an alternative- rock and indie inspired quartet based in the heart of Bergen County.  Within the last year, the band has been extremely busy making their music heard and putting their stamp on the music industry. After a successful debut album “Ladders” the band decided to go back in the recording studio, this time in Cleveland, Ohio with multiplatinum recording producer Jim Wirt to record, “The Crowded Room EP” due out July 15thth!

Raised Platform – a blues- rock jam band that plays mostly covers by The Black Keys and Grace Porter and the Nocturnals.  The three-member band is in its early stages, only being together for 2 months, but nonetheless excited to get out and make their sound heard.

FlyByWire – an alternative acoustic rock band that plays mostly original songs, or what they would say “chill and jam band stuff.” The three-member band is not new to the music scene, having been together for over year and playing various events.

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

There is so much going on!

So many great things are happening that I just do not know where to begin! First off, I just want to say “Thank You!” to both the Brookside Middle School and Hillside Elementary School in Allendale, New Jersey, for holding “Dress Down” Days” in support of my project and to raise awareness for Autism. 

In addition, this Saturday, June 11th, Moe’s Southwestern Grill in Mahwah, NJ will be teaming up with Every Piece Counts to host a benefit concert. The concert will feature some incredible young talent from all over Northern New Jersey. Moe’s is not only supporting the concert efforts, but will also be donating a portion of the day’s proceeds to Autism Speaks! To create some friendly competition between the bands playing, we are asking that all that attend to let us know which band you are coming to see upon arrival. At the end of the evening, we will tally up the amount of fans that showed up for each band and will be awarding a very special prize. Paul Ash, owner of Sam Ash, has donated some great prizes to award to the winners! In addition, Guitar Center of Paramus will be donating a PA system to use for the night!

If you plan on attending…come and tell the girls at the door the band you are coming to see and then that band is one step closer to the grand prize! So, if you are in the Mahwah area, during the day or night on Saturday, stop by Moe’s Southwestern Grill and enjoy some very tasty Mexican food and live music!

Here are the bands:

The Escape Directors – an alternative- rock and indie inspired quartet based in the heart of Bergen County.  Within the last year, the band has been extremely busy making their music heard and putting their stamp on the music industry. After a successful debut album “Ladders” the band decided to go back in the recording studio, this time in Cleveland, Ohio with multiplatinum recording producer Jim Wirt to record, “The Crowded Room EP” due out June 13th!

Raised Platform – a blues- rock jam band that plays mostly covers by The Black Keys and Grace Porter and the Nocturnals.  The three-member band is in its early stages, only being together for 2 months, but nonetheless excited to get out and make their sound heard.

FlyByWire – an alternative acoustic rock band that plays mostly original songs, or what they would say “chill and jam band stuff.” The three-member band is not new to the music scene, having been together for over year and playing various events.

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

A Special Post for a Special Little Boy

Elephant for Gavin's Gang

Today, I have a very special blog post, dedicated to an adorable three-year-old boy named Gavin from Pennsylvania. Last fall, Gavin was diagnosed on the Autism spectrum. His family and friends have joined together to create a team, called Gavin’s Gang, to support him, raise awareness, and walk in the Autism Speaks Benefit Walk . I am truly inspired and touched by Gavin and his family. One of Gavin’s favorite animals is an elephant, so I would like to dedicate this elephant in the puzzle of “LIFE” to you Gavin!   xo Kate

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

‘Every Piece Counts’ Benefit Concert to be held at Moe’s Southwest Grill of Mahwah, NJ on 06/11

I am very proud to announce that Every Piece Counts will be teaming up with Moe’s Southwest Grill of Mahwah to host a concert benefitting Autism Research and Awareness. Some of Northern New Jersey’s finest musicians will be playing alongside some of the finest Tex-Mex that New Jersey has to offer. The live music for the evening includes The Escape Directors, four piece rock outfit from Mahwah, New Jersey, StandStill, high school rockers from Ramsey, FlyByWire, and Raised Platform, rock bands representing Northern Highlands Regional High School and the Upper Saddle River and Ho-Ho-Kus areas respectively. Moe’s has agreed to donate 10% of the days sales to Autism Speaks, directly benefiting my project.  Be sure to bring your friends and family, this will be an awesome time! The show will start at 5 PM and will end at 9 PM.

To learn more about the event, check out the Facebook Event Page!

Too learn more about Moe’s Southwest Grill of Mahwah, become a fan on Facebook!

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Teachers ‘Dress Down’ For Every Piece Counts

Dress Down Day at Hillside School in Allendale, New Jersey

Teachers and Faculty at Hillside Elementary School 'Dress Down' for Autism.

This past week has been so busy – so many wonderful things have been going on with the project. Today, Hillside Elementary School, of which I once attended, held a “Dress Down Day” where teachers and staff wore casual attire for the day in support of Every Piece Counts and Autism Speaks. The event was a success with most of the teachers and administration participating. I am so grateful and appreciative of the community’s support and involvement in this project. Also, Sarah over at Autism Speaks has sent me all the fan mail she has been receiving and I must say, I am so touched and happy with all the letters and good wishes.

With regards to the puzzle, lately I have switched my attention to the sailboats and will soon start working on the clown fish. But I will be putting the puzzling on hold this weekend since I will be away at a music festival in Connecticut.

Thank you all so much for your support, I really appreciate it!

Happy Memorial Day!

-Kate

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Every Piece Counts – Teaser Video

I have been hard at work for the last month on the puzzle, and although I still have a significant portion of the puzzle left, I wanted to share this time lapse video that my family and I have created. Before even starting the puzzle, my family purchased a GoPro camera that we were able to mount to the ceiling to document the puzzle process from start to finish! When the puzzle is completed, I will be releasing the full video, which will be approximately approximately 250 hours of puzzling compressed into 10 minutes of video.

If you’d like to share this video, please share this blog post or the direct link to the video: http://vimeo.com/everypiececounts/teaser

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Hot Air Balloon Progress!

 

This past week I was able to spend a good chunk of time on the puzzle. Here is a picture of a more updated version of the hot air balloons and animals, and here is photo from several weeks ago that you can use as a point of comparison. As you can see I have been really working on the blue sky. The sky is always tricky but if you really just sit down and focus it is not too hard.

I have also been working on sponsorship and have been making lots of progress. Autism Speaks also called and told me that checks have been coming in all week as a direct result of the newspaper articles. The transactions should clear within the next week and the checks will appear on the donation page. So, thank you very much to everyone who is supporting the project!

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2011 in Uncategorized