Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Colton Amster, the owner of Redline Restorations, is responsible for daily operations and project management at the motor vehicle restoration facility. Moreover, Colton Amster has made donations to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, which runs the Easy Breathing Program.
The Easy Breathing program was established to assist pediatric care providers, parents, and patients with the effective management of asthma. Its goals include improving patients’ overall health and reducing their medical expenditure. The program achieves these goals by offering participants an evidence-based approach to the recognition, classification, and treatment of asthma.
One eighth of children in Connecticut have asthma. However, many of them experience underdiagnosis or undertreatment. Since its inception, the program has made possible the screening of over 125,000 people, of whom it has diagnosed 35,000 and put them on asthma treatment. Moreover, there have been decreases in asthma-related outpatient visits, emergency room visits, and hospitalization. These have resulted in cost savings for children’s Medicaid.
Colton Amster operates Redline Restorations, an automotive restoration facility in Bridgeport, Connecticut. In addition, Colton Amster has supported the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
On May 14, 2016, Make-A-Wish Connecticut hosted the annual Walk For Wishes at Beardsley Zoo to celebrate its 30th year. More than 1,000 people attended the walk, which sought to raise funds for children with life-threatening illnesses. In total, the donations amounted to $70,000, enough to fulfill the wishes of seven children.
The MCs of the event were Anna from Star 99.9’s Anna & Raven Show Mornings and Kristi Olds from News12 Connecticut. More than 30 kids whose wishes had been granted attended the opening ceremony so that they could share their experiences with the guests.
The event also featured a celebration of the wishes of Max and Nicholas, seven-year-old Stamford twins who are fighting a life-threatening illness. Nicholas wanted to go to Atlantis, which he did in April, while Max wanted to meet the Nascar Driver, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., which he was set to do in the near future.
A well-established Bridgeport, Connecticut, entrepreneur, Colton Amster guides Redline Restorations and focuses on the restoration of vintage automobiles. Colton Amster recently oversaw the move of his vintage car showroom from Fairfield Avenue to a larger-scale Black Rock warehouse that dates back to the 1930s.
The historic, nearly breaching 90,000-square-foot brick facility initially held a Ford dealership and was most recently an ABC siding and roofing business. Prior to its re-opening, it sat boarded up and vacant for six years, and Mr. Amster described being drawn to its “character and charisma,” despite the decay that had set in. An extensive process of renovation included clearing out dumpster loads of debris and even moving out a family of raccoons that had made a home on the site. Particular efforts were made to preserve the original brickwork.
The spacious warehouse now encompasses two floors, including a 12,000-square-foot showroom for vintage restored vehicles and a storage space designed for car owners wanting a secure spot to park their wheels. Also incorporated are a client’s lounge and six separate mechanic’s bays for restoration work. The upper floor houses a quieter area that is available for events such as weddings and corporate functions.