Two Metropolitan Opera National Council Award Winners are coming to Kansas City to raise their voices for Friends of Johnson County Developmental Supports (Friends of JCDS.) Internationally-acclaimed operatic tenors Ben Gulley and Nathan Granner will perform at “Celebrate with Friends” on Thursday, September 22.
“Celebrate with Friends” is an evening of food, music and fund raising to support individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities served by Johnson County Developmental Supports. It takes place on September 22 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Camelot Ballroom (6635 W. 151st Street, Overland Park.)
“This event is a great opportunity to recognize the donors, volunteers and other supporters whose generosity makes lives better for people in our community with disabilities,” says Janel Bowers, development director, Friends of JCDS. “The funds we will raise at this event pay for very specific things for the people we serve such as affordable barrier-free housing, crisis funding or necessities like dental treatments that aren’t covered by other funding sources.”
“Celebrate with Friends” event
Thursday, September 22
Camelot Ballroom (6635 W. 151st Street, Overland Park.)
6 p.m. cocktail reception and silent auction
6:45 p.m. dinner, entertainment, awards and live auction
Tickets and more information: www.friendsofjcds.com/events
About Ben Gulley and Nathan Granner
Metropolitan Opera National Council Award winners Gulley/Granner (tenors Ben Gulley and Nathan Granner) have established themselves as top independent classical artists, gaining momentum in the national and international opera world singing principal roles across the United States and into the European Union. The two gents developed a strong, gregarious kinship through touring as the classical crossover artists, The American Tenors a Sony Masterworks group. Their beautiful world-class voices coupled with great humor and eye for great visual production delight fans and is quickly gaining them more opportunities to shine around the globe.
About Friends of Johnson County Developmental Supports
Friends of Johnson County Developmental Supports (Friends of JCDS) is a nonprofit organization that provides affordable, barrier-free housing options and emergency, crisis funding for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) who are served by Johnson County Developmental Supports (JCDS). JCDS is the agency of the Johnson County government that facilitates career and personal development for Johnson County residents with intellectual and development disabilities. The mission of Friends of JCDS, founded in 1990, is to enhance the lives of people with ID/DD by supporting JCDS people and programs when additional resources are needed. Through Friends, JCDS has been able to expand its base of support to meet widening funding gaps in many critical areas. Friends funding benefits more than 400 individuals each year through its many projects and activities, reaching beyond the adult clients served each day at JCDS. For more information, visit: www.friendsofjcds.com