Lakewood Cultural Center is hosting a jazz concert with the Jefferson County chapter of The Arc to raise funds for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The show is at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at the Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, and tickets cost $20.
All the proceeds will go to The Arc, and people with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other similar disabilities.
Dez Rubano and Friends will perform a collection of swing classics with some top local jazz musicians, according to The Arc director of development Genni Williams. The show has been constructed in the spirit of the big band jazz that was so popular in the 1920s and ‘30s.
Rubano — who plays percussion and vocals — has a daughter with multiple disabilities, and has been hosting benefits for the The Arc since the 1960s. The last time he performed a show like this was in 2011 for The Arc’s 50th anniversary.
Williams said the concert also coincides with the beginning of National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. During the month of March The Arc makes extra effort to raise awareness about the talents and contributions of people living with disabilities.
Susan Martin, the Cultural Center administrator, said that this is the first time the Arc has worked with the center.
“We have a lot of organizations we work with — some are just one time deals, and others have become regulars,” she said. “We help them sell tickets, spread the word about the event and provide staff and volunteers.”
Martin said organizations and nonprofits contact the center if they’re interested in having an event there, and once they agree on a date, then Cultural Center staff handles ticketing, running the box office and doing the lighting and sound.