The Jefferson City Department of Parks and Recreation is trying something new to fundraise for its special programs.
"We've done other fundraisers, but not one like this," said Joe Boss, who is supervisor of Special Olympics and Friday Night Recreation at the Parks Department.
Next Thursday's fundraiser for the programs will be "A Night of Comedy and Music." Bluegrass band Lost Mountain Clan will take the stage at the Miller Performing Arts Center for the first half hour starting at 7 p.m, followed by country singer Jason Luebbering from 7:30-8 p.m., Boss said.
Lost Mountain Clan performed Aug. 21 in North Jefferson City as part of the solar eclipse festivities, and they also headlined the Heritage stage of Jefferson City's Salute to America for the Fourth of July this year, according to the band's Facebook page.
After the bands perform, comedian David Graham will take the stage. Graham is from St. Louis — born in Tulsa, Oklahoma — and his website describes him as a "six-foot-six teddy bear (who) will take any event to the next level" with clean comedy. He's been featured on Comedy Central, "America's Funniest People" and "Last Comic Standing."
"We decided that that would be an interesting avenue to try — because we haven't tried it in the past and because we knew some of the acts," Boss said of the music-and-comedy fundraising approach.
The Parks Department offers the Special Athletes Youth Program, Jefferson City Special Olympics and Friday Night Recreation, all described in the department's program and facilities guide:
All proceeds from the Sept. 14 fundraiser will benefit these programs.
Tickets for the show are $20 and can be purchased through Sept. 14 at The Linc, 1299 Lafayette St.