Preparations are underway for our 5th annual An Evening With the 'Rents stand-up comedy fundraiser!
We are eagerly preparing for this one-of-a-kind, laughter-filled fundraiser! What makes An Evening With the 'Rents unique is that the comics are all individuals or parents of children with autism who work alongside local comedians to craft their very raw life experiences into hilariously touching stories that promise to encourage and enlighten you.
Whether you have a personal connection to individuals on the autism spectrum or not, An Evening With the 'Rents is so much more than a benefit. An Evening With the 'Rents creates an electric atmosphere where everyone can leave their troubles at the door and experience freedom and community through laughter.
Additional details will be provided soon. Until then, mark your calendars for March 9, 2018 for an evening of laughter and love!
This year's lineup will include:
- Kirk Keller, Emcee
- Jennifer Adam
- Kyle Hopkins
- Cassidi Jobe
- Vonda Powell, Returning 'Rent
- Elizabeth Van Scoyoc
- Paige Weber
We send abundant thanks to each parent that braves the stage in front of the massive audience to share their stories—sharing the joy and laughter in both the trials and goodness experienced.
We also want to thank Keenan Stump and Matt Braun, Speech Language Pathologists from New Balloon Therapy Services for creating this brilliant event four years ago in support of Camp Encourage. Not only do they have a wonderful sense of humor but their hearts are full of love for those we serve.
Keenan and Matt's dream for An Evening With the 'Rents was for it to be a grassroots event; that those participate pass the torch, providing support and friendship along the way. Though we will miss them on stage this year, we are very excited and tremendously grateful for Lindy Katzer who will be producing, and to Kris Ray and Hope McPheeters, who will be co-managing this year's production. In 2018, we will also be channeling her quick wit and humor from afar, as EWTR alumnus Olivia Cytrynowicz and her family pursue new adventures in Colorado (we can already imagine the laugh-worthy stories that are yet to come from this big change!).
Thank you ALL for supporting the mission of Camp Encourage and those we serve!
When it all goes down...
Friday, March 9, 2018
Where to laugh...
Westport Plexpod's Medallion Theater
300 E. 39th Street, KCMO 64111
Sponsor this event...
With roughly 500 anticipated guests, An Evening With the 'Rents provides a wonderful opportunity for local businesses to demonstrate to the community that they value the lives of youth with autism (and appreciate the value of a good chuckle).