Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Colton Amster is the owner and operator of Redline Restorations, an automotive restoration specialist based in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Beyond his professional activities, Colton Amster engages with a number of local organizations. He has made a number of contributions to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
Each year more than 200 volunteers provide much needed assistance to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center locations in Hartford, Waterbury, Farmington, and other areas of the state. In order to best help the medical center in its various operations, volunteers are provided various forms of training, among other valuable benefits.
Volunteers can contribute to the hospital on an ongoing basis, which necessitates a minimum one year commitment. Other volunteer positions include summer volunteer, research volunteer, and pet therapy volunteer. An individual’s responsibilities as a volunteer can range from leading an arts and crafts session to providing clerical support to the medical center’s office staff. Other jobs include reading to children and working in the medical center gift shop. For more information on volunteer opportunities, visit www.connecticutchildrens.org.
Wounded Warrior Project
For the last 13 years, Colton Amster has led activities at the Bridgeport, Connecticut, automotive restoration facility Redline Restorations. When he is not managing operations at Redline Restorations, Colton Amster supports philanthropic organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project.
The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) supports a number of organizations engaged in research beneficial to wounded American soldiers as part of its grant program. The WWP has contributed more than $9.1 million to nearly 90 unique organizations addressing subjects related to the mind, body, and economic empowerment. The 2015 grant cycle provided funds to several important organizations, including the David Lynch Foundation in New York City and Atlanta, Georgia’s Shepherd Center Foundation.
As a grant recipient, the David Lynch Foundation manages Operation Warrior Wellness (OWW), a service providing comprehensive support to veterans and their families. The program is especially lauded for its sleep improvement project, which seeks to improve the quality and duration of sleep among soldiers. The Shepherd Center Foundation, meanwhile, is home to the SHARE Military Initiative, a rehabilitation center for 9/11 service providers living with severe brain injuries or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A full list of WWP grant recipients can be found at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Bridgeport Police Memorial Car and Bike Show
Colton Amster owns Redline Restorations in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he and his employees restore antique and luxury automobiles to their former glory. Colton Amster and Redline Restorations support The Bridgeport Police Memorial Car and Bike Show each year.
The Bridgeport Police Memorial Car and Bike Show, otherwise known as Wheels and Shields, raises funds for the construction of a memorial for Bridgeport, Connecticut’s fallen officers.
The show features dozens of beautiful cars and bikes, some of which are very old. All vehicles are welcome, and there is no cut-off year for eligibility. Each vehicle requires a $10 dollar registration fee, which helps support the memorial.
Wheels and Shields features giveaways, raffles, and guest speakers. It culminates in judging and awards. There are judging classes for pre- and post-war antiques, muscle cars, imports, motorcycles, and more. The best of show and people’s choice awards recognize the best of the best each year.