Project Cypher was hosted from 7 a.m. to midnight on Saturday at Shakespeare’s lower level in Kalamazoo. The goal of the annual event is to raise awareness for children with special needs and to show hip hop music in a positive light. (WWMT/Cyrus Raymond)

A Battle Creek man brings hip hop artists together to raise money for a young boy with autism.

Project Cypher was hosted from 7 p.m. to midnight on Saturday at Shakespeare’s lower level in Kalamazoo. The goal of the annual event is to raise awareness for children with special needs and to show hip hop music in a positive light.

This year, the group is putting the spotlight on autism, raising money for 8-year-old Avary Frazer of Battle Creek.

“We use our talents as entertainers to bring you these special needs and disabilities and ultimately it’s on everyone in the community to educate themselves further about it but we want to be that stepping stone,” Ryan Evans, organizer of Project Cypher, said.

Over the last four years, the project has raised more than $10,000 dollars for local families.

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