Dave's Spark: Start Something is a special fund that honors the memory of David Kaplan, a musician, mentor, father of three and Chicago business entrepreneur who lived with bipolar disorder. Established in 2006 by Dave's friends and family—in conjunction with the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), a national mental health agency based in Chicago, Illinois—this fund provides support to families who are confronted with bipolar disorder.
Dave's catch phrase, Start Something, is not just an expression... these are words Dave lived by. He motivated most everyone around him to do better and be better. As a musician, he lived with a creative passion, and his unique talent to encourage and educate others has been realized in Dave's Spark. He has truly "started something."
Dave was the type of person who, when faced with a difficult challenge, used his tremendous energy and dynamic spirit to find the right path or solution to the problem. Inspired by this energy and spirit, DBSA and Dave's Spark launched the Facing Us Music Contest on July 4, 2008. Open to amateur and professional musicians alike, the Facing Us Music Contest was a unique and high-profile way to achieve DBSA and Dave's Spark's shared goal: to raise awareness of depression and bipolar disorder. The Facing Us Music Contest and the Dave's Spark Creativity Center celebrate the "creative spark" and the ways in which people use creative expression to not only cope, but also to thrive, while living with these illnesses.