Music At Madison...
Music At Madison Donates to
By: Todd Coonce, Chief of Police
On February 19, 2005, Music at Madison held their Second Anniversary show at the Hubbard High School Auditorium. With monies raised, Music at Madison donated two automatic external defibrillators (AEDís), one each to the Hubbard Township Police and the Hubbard City Police Departments. In addition, Music at Madison made a donation in Dustin Keryanís name to the Brain Tumor Center at Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center. As Chief of Police for Hubbard Township, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the many people who made this possible.
I would like to thank my mother, Virginia Coonce.
Several years ago, she began her crusade to get AEDís for the township
and city police departments after my daughter suffered a severe injury during a
high school softball game. She had
several meetings with the school administrators who eventually purchased AEDís
for the school district. She
continued her efforts to establish some type of fundraiser to purchase AEDís
for both police departments. Over
the last few years, she received several different suggestions but nothing had
evening, while reading the newspaper, she noticed an article about Mr. and Mrs.
Keryan. They were going to
Youngstown State University to receive a diploma for their son, Dustin, who had
majored in Criminal Justice, but had passed away from an inoperable brain tumor
before graduation. My mother
thought that equipping the cruisers with AEDís would benefit the Hubbard
community and would be a good way to remember Dustin, whose lifetime dream was
to become a police officer.
mother contacted the Keryans and introduced herself.
She told them that she read the article and that she felt that this was
the perfect opportunity to do something in memory of Dustin and to reach her
goal in obtaining AEDís for the police departments.
speaking with the Keryans, they agreed that having a fundraiser with the goal of
buying AEDís to serve the community was a good way to keep Dustinís memory
alive. My mother then contacted my
brother, Rodd Coonce, co-founder of Music on Madison.
She shared her idea with him of having a music show in Hubbard to help
her reach her goal. He agreed, and
the show was a success.
deserving a huge thank you are Rodd Coonce and Jack Peterson, founders of Music
at Madison. Without their talents
and efforts, this would have not been possible.
I also wish to thank the family of Dustin Keryan; the fundraising
committee for the countless hours they worked; all the local vendors who helped
in one way or another; the Hubbard High School National Honor Society; and, of
course, the community that came out and supported Music at Madison.
Click here to learn more about the importance of Automatic External Defibrillators (AED's).