#AdvocacyMatters: An unusual approach

April 22, 2022 / #AdvocacyMatters

As an organization, we are fortunate that the core aspects of our work are supported by direct and specific federal grants. This stable funding keeps our most vital activities moving without disruption. These federal grants are supplemented by other grants which allow us to expand our work into other areas, or bring on staff members for specific purposes. Any work we wish to accomplish beyond those must begin with us raising the necessary funding.

Our fundraising efforts come in a few varieties… from our year-end fundraising drive to the “donate” button being featured on our website and emails. Event-based fundraising, like 2021’s Duck Derby, allows us to engage with our supporters while also supporting our work. These events can bridge the gap between our organization and the communities we serve, allowing all to enjoy a shared sense of purpose and joy.

This summer, we are thrilled to be offering another new way to both engage with us and support our work… all while having a great time! DRO Board Member Matt O’Nesti is a successful comedian and he envisioned an evening of comedy for a good cause, all supporting our work.

So on Saturday, June 4th, we are pleased to be presenting “Don’t Call It Standup” at Madlab Theater in Columbus. This event will feature comedians who also happen to have disabilities; sure to share some unique perspectives with all those in attendance. This event is intended for an adult audience of those 21 and older, and we have to tell you that the views expressed by the comedians on stage are not necessarily shared by Disability Rights Ohio, DRO leadership, or our Board of Directors.

Tickets go on sale on Monday, May 2nd, and you can learn more about this special evening at disabilityrightsohio.org/comedyshow. We’ll have plenty more to share with you over the next few weeks, so be sure to stay tuned. Because #AdvocacyMatters so much to us, we don’t mind trying things that are a bit unorthodox if we think they will raise awareness and help grow our mission. It’s going to be a great night of comedy… just don’t call it standup.

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