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Opportunity House, KSRA Band Together for Special Olympics

Published: Saturday, May 31, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Back Country Roads brought in the crowd for the Band Together fundraiser.

Band Together, a fundraiser sponsored by Opportunity House and Kishwaukee Special Recreation Association raised more than $23,000 for Special Olympics. This was a record amount for the fundraiser and the greatest amount for any one event in Opportunity House’s 50-year history.

Held at Blumen Gardens on May 9, local band Back Country Roads performed throughout the evening to an enthusiastic crowd. Lead singers Cortney Alber and Opportunity House employee Kyle Miller put on a stellar concert.

This event was a success in a large part to Presenting Sponsor KishHealth System; Gold Medal Sponsors Blumen Gardens, Douglas C. & Lynn M. Roberts Family Foundation, and Steve and Mary Ann Steinbis; Silver Medal Sponsor NB&T; and Bronze Medal Sponsors American Midwest Bank, Castle Bank, Anderson Funeral Home, Rose Law and The Suter Company.

More than 100 individuals with disabilities participate in eight different Special Olympic sports each year through Opportunity House/KSRA. Without fundraisers and support from the community, the fees associated with Special Olympics would be cost prohibitive for many participants.

Opportunity House is grateful for those who supported the annual Band Together fundraiser through sponsorships, ticket sales, monetary and food donations, donations of auction and raffle items, and volunteering to help run the event. A special “thank you” goes out to Back Country Roads for drawing in the crowd.

Opportunity House has been helping persons with disabilities in DeKalb County work, live in homes of their choice, and enjoy community life for more than 50 years. For more information, or to make a donation, visit

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