By Tyler Stevens
The founders of the Jasmine Nyree Educational Center will host a fundraiser for the center on Thanksgiving night featuring R&B group Jagged Edge and Grammy-nominated singer Jon B.
The fundraising concert be held at the house of Joey and Christy Porter, advocates for children with special needs and founders of the Jasmine Nyree Educational Center.
All proceeds will benefit the privately owned center for children with special needs so it can provide better equipment and advanced technology. Opened in August 2011, the center serves people between the ages of three and 21 with developmental disabilities.
NaTesha Johnson, owner of event organizer Upside Productions, has worked with the center on several occasions, but this is the first time for an event featuring a concert.
“(The center) is really focusing on bringing awareness to the cause,” Johnson said. “This offers a great opportunity to reach out to a younger generation.”
The event is open to the public and selling out quickly. Still available are $75 general admission tickets, which offer a close view of the performance area.
For those interested in a more personal experience, VIP tickets are available at $150 each. VIP admission allows attendees a chance to meet with the evening’s performers before the concert begins.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Nov. 22 and at 6:30 p.m. for VIP ticket holders. The show starts at 8 p.m. Southern-style cooking will be available for purchase for those in attendance.
Tickets are available at the Jasmine Nyree Educational Center (6800 District Blvd.), Jasmine Nyree Day Center (801 18th St.), Studio 555 (2215 Brundage Lane), and Upside Productions (1701 Westwind Drive, Suite 204).
For more information on the event, call 661-281-5007.
— Litalia Yoakum