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Local programs ‘band together’ for Special Olympics fundraiser in Sycamore

Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

SYCAMORE – For many Special Olympic athletes, there is no off-season.

The Opportunity House and Kishwaukee Special Recreation Association’s Special Olympics program serves more than 100 local athletes with developmental disabilities who participate in nine different sports year-round.

The organizations will host their fourth annual Band Together fundraiser Friday to help pay for these sporting events and the equipment.

The event will feature live music from local bands Drift Away and Back Country Roads.

The night will consist of food, drinks and an auction. It will be from 6 to 11 p.m. at Blumen Gardens, 403 Edward St., Sycamore.

Special Olympics coordinator Marc Johnson said the money raised will directly benefit the local athletes.

“It gives our athletes an opportunity to play sports and be accepted and gain that independence,” Johnson said.

The Opportunity House/KSRA Special Olympics offers sports to athletes ranging in age from eight to 63.

The community plays a vital role in the success of the program, and community members can help by simply showing up to Friday’s event, Johnson said.

Tickets to the Band Together fundraiser are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

For tickets or information, contact Johnson at 815-991-2990, ext. 120.

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