Star Power

June 13, 2016


BUFFALO, NY - Buffalo’s own Goo Goo Dolls lent their star power to Canisius in April when the rock band headlined a concert to benefit the Institute for Autism Research (IAR). “Artists for Autism” raised more than $25,000 for the IAR and included performances by the multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated Goo Goo Dolls, singer-songwriter Cassandra Kubinski and vocalist Mary Ramsey of Jamestown’s 10,000 Maniacs. The musicians also debuted a new version of Kubinski’s original song “Not So Different.” Downloads of the song, now available on iTunes and Google Play, also benefit the IAR.

Famed music producer and Fredonia native Armand Petri arranged the “Artists for Autism” concert to increase awareness of the IAR. Petri’s son improved his social and communication skills after participating in one of the IAR programs.

Pictured above:

“Artists for Autism” musicians present the Institute for Autism Research at Canisius with a check for $25,000. Pictured (l-r) are: Robby Takac, Goo Goo Dolls; Canisius President John Hurley; singer-songwriter Cassandra Kubinski; Chis Lopata, PsyD and Marcus Thomeer, PhD, IAR co-directors; Armand Petri, music producer; Mary Ramsey, 10,000 Maniacs and John Rzeznik, Goo Goo Dolls.           

Photo courtesy of Chuck Pustelnik BA ’91, MS ’04



Download “Not So Different” from iTunes here.

Download “Not So Different” from Google Play here.