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Photo by Chuck Pustelnik BA ’91, MS ’04

After Saturday night’s “Artists for Autism” concert, the musicians pose with the $25,000 check presented to Canisius to benefit the Institute for Autism Research (IAR). From left to right: Robby Takac, Goo Goo Dolls; President John Hurley; Singer-songwriter Cassandra Kubinski; Chis Lopata, PsyD, Co-director of the IAR; Marcus Thomeer, PhD, Co-director of the IAR; Armand Petri, music producer; Mary Ramsey, 10,000 Maniacs and John Rzeznik, Goo Goo Dolls.



The Goo Goo Dolls headlined a concert to benefit the Canisius College Institute for Autism Research (IAR) on Saturday in Buffalo State’s Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall. The concert, “Artists for Autism,” also included performances by Mary Ramsey of 10,000 Maniacs and singer-songwriter Cassandra Kubinski.

The concert was the vision of famed music producer Armand Petri. Petri’s son, AJ, is autistic and participated in one of the IAR’s programs. After seeing great improvement in his son’s social and communication skills, Petri wanted to help create greater awareness of this resource in the community.

Watch a video clip of Dr. Thomeer and President Hurley accepting the check for the IAR during the concert.

Submitted by: Public Relations