An Evening With the ‘Rents

Join us for the 6th annual An Evening With the 'Rents stand-up comedy benefit!

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. It creates an electric atmosphere where everyone can leave their troubles at the door and experience freedom and community through laughter.

Looking forward to an evening of laughter and love!
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6 PM, Friday
March 8, 2019
Plexpod Westport Commons
Medallion Theater
300 E. 39th Street, KCMO 64111


Jennie Davis
Joe Harman
Ryan Howell
Ventura Rangel
Wendell Wolfe
Kris Ray, Producer and Emcee
Rusty Sneary, Artistic Director
Forrest Attaway, Assistant Artistic Director
Lacey Pacheco, Stage Manager
The Magnetics, House Band
Elizabeth Boresow, Special Appearance
Elizabeth Van Scoyoc, Special Appearance


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).

Download our sponsorship form to learn more about sponsorship opportunities for this event or BECOME A SPONSOR TODAY.

Should you have any questions about this fantastic opportunity, contact our Events Coordinator, Bekah Zitron via email or 816.830.7171.




We send abundant thanks to each sponsor listed above as well as 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. In 2019, we are very excited and tremendously grateful for Rusty Sneary of The Living Room who will be producing and to Kris Ray who will again be managing this year's production (she's THE BEST!).

Thank you ALL for supporting the mission of Camp Encourage and those we serve!


Parking: Plentiful parking is available as noted on the below map in the north and south lots located off 38th and McGee Streets. There will also be some parking available on the top level of the parking garage; however, the lower levels will be closed as they are designated for Plexpod members.

Arrival and Check In: Doors open at 6:00pm for our cocktail hour and the show will start promptly at 7:00pm. Simply check in with one of our volunteers with your name, or the name of the person who ordered your tickets and you are all set. You will not need to bring a paper ticket.

Seating: With the exception of VIP ticket holders, seating will be open. Guests will be able to enter the theater just before the show begins at 7:00p.m. 

Food and Beverage Availability: Light theater snacks will be provided. General Admission guests will have access to a cash bar to purchase alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (thus be sure to bring cash). All VIP ticket holders will have access to a private room where an open bar and delicious food from The Sundry will be awaiting.

What to Bring: Most importantly, bring your laughter. And, please be sure to bring a little extra cash to take part in the 50/50 raffle. You could go home with half the pot or some stellar SWAG!

Other: Should you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to Bekah Zitron at

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