On December 23, 2011, Maesie Alaina Borton was stillborn several weeks before her February 2012 due date. To cope with this unexpected and devastating tragedy, her father Dustin Borton and his family turned to Tiny Purpose, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting grieving parents during their time of loss and need. The overwhelming encouragement and support received by the Borton family following the loss of Maesie inspired Dustin Borton to use his experience with car audio to start an annual event that would raise money for Tiny Purpose, so even more families could benefit from their services. Thus, in May 2014, MAB was born.
Just over a year later, the Borton family would suffer yet another tragic loss. Dustin's nephew Olin Borton (Ollie) was born five weeks premature on July 17, 2015. Ollie suffered from a critical congenital heart defect requiring open heart surgery at just six hours old and multiple other procedures. Sadly, on September 8, 2015, following 53 days on life support, Ollie succumbed to his illness.
Tiny Purpose was again there to support the Borton family, Ollie's parents and his three older siblings, both as they stood watch at Ollie's bedside during his stay in the hospital and as they began to process their grief following his death. Deeply affected by the loss of his nephew, Dustin Borton chose to rename MAB to honor both Maesie and Ollie, and announced the renaming during an unexpected and emotional speech at MAB 2016. Therefore, the MAB Car Audio Show benefiting Tiny Purpose is now known as MOB Car Audio Show.
Tiny Purpose has been there for countless families seeking solace after tragedy and continues to be a mainstay for the families of Lenawee County who have experienced the loss of a child during pregnancy or early infancy. MAB has proven to be a great audio show experience since 2014, but its deeper mission is to support the goals of Tiny Purpose as they reach out to grieving families today and in the future. Thank you so much for your continued support as we press onward into MOB 2017.