June Sladek, Founder

Hello!  My name is June Sladek.  In 2008, I was diagnosed with Triple Negative IDC breast cancer.   An invasive, aggressive and persistent form of breast cancer with a high probability of recurrence.   During this time I met incredibly brave, amazing women finding their way through varying stages of the disease.

One woman in particular had a profound impact on me.  Priscilla (Percy) was a fighter, a game changer, a rebel and an Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) patient.  She would “let me in” and change my life.

We had a benefit for Percy and with the money raised she was able to go on a cruise with her mother and daughter. They had a vacation and an experience of a lifetime. Within months my friend was gone.

As a singer and songwriter and breast cancer survivor, I continue without recurrence.
My goal is to inspire, to support, to celebrate life and to raise money with music as the platform.

Today my focus is to help 501c3 organizations meet their fundraising goals to better serve our communities, organizing performances and events, basically “gigging for causes”.  Together with other musicians who love the mission and want to give back, the Side Effects Project will catch fire and change lives!

The Side FX Project, founded by June Sladek from Mayfield Village, singer/songwriter, breast cancer survivor, launched her “band on a mission” in 2015. The Side FX Project gigs 4 causes performing to raise money for 501c3’s and individuals in need. Local performers have joined her to inspire, heal and unite through music.

The Band

The band consists of June Sladek (lead vocals, keyboard, guitar), Dianne Leonardi (flute, vocals, percussion), Eric McFadden (guitar, vocals), Doug Bukovac (guitar), Wally Spisak (bass guitar), and Jim Dudash (drums).

The Movement – Gigging for Causes

June and her band perform around Northeast Ohio and you can hire the band for your organization’s event. The Side FX Project gets involved and assists with marketing, fund raising and promotion of causes in the community in addition to supporting individuals in need.

Why Get Involved?

Are you an organization looking to raise awareness or grow your footprint? Sponsorship of a Side FX event can help you do that!