Tri-State Rocks (TSR) brought IN’s vision to the CT, NY and NJ area. Held in December 2017, at the famous Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, the benefit performance raised and donated over $55,000 to local youth-oriented charities and outreach programs. Beloved Z107 DJ Maxwell and esteemed judges Kara DioGuardi, Leslie Stifelman (musical director of Broadway hit Chicago), and Pete Ganbarg (President of A&R of Atlantic records) presided over the evening. Fifteen finalists wowed the audience, which included youth groups from lower-income areas whose travel and tickets were underwritten by generous donors. Since the competition, finalists have continued to give back by working with Inspired Nation on volunteer opportunities. Notable press from the event includes: Fox NY Channel 5, Journal News, and iHeart Radio ads reaching millions of residents in the trip state area. 

Winner: Lilou Bouhier

Runners-up: Meghan Kerrick, Katelyn Steel, and Steven Thomas

Finalists: Alyssa Lynn Catalanotto, Luis Chavez, Isabella DeNapoli, Despina Drougas, Robbie Filosa,
Amaya Harrism, Griffin McIntyre, Alicia McMillan, Jayce Schwartz, Jared Seda, Jake Wild

2017 Sponsors

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Tickets generously donated to school groups by:


Official 2017 Tri-State Rocks Hotel Partner:


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2017 Beneficiaries
Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital

Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health
Network is the children’s hospital for New York’s Hudson Valley and Fairfield County in Connecticut.

The hospital provides children and their families with lifesaving and life-changing services, many of which are found nowhere else in the region.  These services include a comprehensive pediatric hematology and oncology program; the area’s most advanced pediatric cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery service; the region’s only pediatric organ transplant program as well as its only Level I pediatric trauma and burn service; the area’s only dedicated pediatric intensive care unit and its regional neonatal intensive care unit, which cares for the region’s tiniest and sickest newborns.

Combined with world-class pediatric care is a special healing environment developed from the point-of-view of patients and families as well as doctors and nurses.  The special environment puts children and their families at ease and gets the whole family feeling better.

A donation made to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital enhances services and ensures the hospital stays on the cutting edge of medical technology and research.

For more information, please visit MariaFareriChildrens.org.

Kids in Crisis

Kids in Crisis provides 24-hour support to help children and families resolve conflict. Crisis Counselors work through any situation and meet face-to-face for intervention
and assistance. For those who need more than short-term counseling, Kids in Crisis offers its two emergency shelters in Cos Cob, both licensed by the State of Connecticut: the Crisis Nursery for infants and young children and the Teen House for adolescents. These homes, complete with a fully-staffed, state-of-the-art medical clinic, provide therapeutic care in a safe, nurturing environment for up to 20 children at any one time.

Additionally, Kids in Crisis provides prevention programs throughout Fairfield County, Connecticut. The prevention programs include SafeTalk, a series of workshops for elementary schools, which teaches children to be safe from bullying and abuse, and TeenTalk, which offers student outreach counselors to area high schools to help adolescents with personal and family pressures.


The mission of ArtWorks, The Naomi Cohain Foundation is to improve the healthcare
experience of pediatric patients by providing programs in the creative and performing arts. ArtWorks provides children and young adults facing chronic and life-limiting illnesses, and their families, access to empowering and expressive art programs.

Founded by Daniela Mendelsohn, ArtWorks is inspired by the life of her late cousin, Naomi Cohain. At the age of 14, Naomi was diagnosed with late-stage Bone Cancer and found herself spending more and more time in the hospital setting. Working closely with an art therapist, her creative moments became more significant and Naomi’s passion for the arts provided a vital emotional outlet and source of comfort throughout her illness. Naomi’s story lives on through ArtWorks, inspiring others and serving as a testament to the healing powers of the creative process.