Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Businesses Donating Tickets

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Businesses Donating Tickets

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In preparation for its Topeka Remembers 9/11 performance, "The Front Men of Country Music," local businesses are helping to ensure that as many military families as possible are able to attend the concert.

Melissa Jarboe, founder of The Military Veteran Project, a nonprofit, volunteer-driven charity committed to funding research toward post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries, as well as assisting with suicide prevention for pre and post-9/11 veterans, has so far received 40 tickets donated by Vision Bank, Blue Dot Services of Kansas, Topeka Smiles and Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds and Palmer, LLP to pass on to military families.

"With our men and women who serve, when they put on their uniforms every day, they don't ever expect anything for their service," Jarboe said. "And us at Military Veteran's Project, we didn't expect anything either, but when Larry called and said he had 40 tickets to distribute to military families, it really in a way felt like he restored my faith in humanity."

Larry Gawronski, the executive director of the Topeka Performing Arts Center, said that the donations totaled $1,200 so far and were collected with very little convincing on his part.

"We just sent out a letter, asking folks to show their red, white and blue appreciation, and before we knew it people were returning the forms with checks attached," Gawronski said.

The concert, performed by Front Men country musicians Larry Stewart of Restless Heart, Richie McDonald of Lonestar and Tim Rushlow of Little Texas, will be 7:30 p.m., Sept. 13, at the Topeka Performing Arts Center, 214 S.E. 8th Ave.

Jarboe also said she believes this concert will be a battle buddy building event, and that anytime you get men and women who have served together in a room, friendships and bonds are built based on their shared experiences.

"The day of the concert doesn't matter, the concert could be on Sept. …

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