Fundraiser aimed at sending DABO youth group on educational trip to Washington D.C.

DETROIT—WDIV TV-4 morning anchor Evrod Cassimy is performing along with Def Jam and local comedian Shanie D in a fundraising concert and comedy show on Friday, February 28th at 7 p.m. to benefit The McKenzie Noble Community Collaborative Drug-Free Coalition’s (MNCC-DFC) Youth Development and Engagement Program.

The youth group plans to go to the U.S. Capital and visit with U.S. Congressman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) who chairs the Homeland Security Committee. The group will also visit with U.S. Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.) who will discuss with them how the U.S. Congress works and the importance of civic involvement.  In addition, the youth group will take a sightseeing tour of The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial on the National Mall.

“During the heights of the Civil Rights Movement my father took me to Capitol Hill and the White House to see where segregation was changed and voting rights established and protected,” said Rev. Horace Sheffield III, CEO of the Detroit Association of Black Organizations (DABO). “In 2020, we need our young people to know how and where to make change and how to address their concerns and change their communities for the better. That’s why we are taking them to D.C. to see power face-to-face.”

DABO is sponsoring the fundraiser for its MCC-DFC program. The year-round program enables youth to plan community programs and address issues involving substance abuse and violence that affect young people. The program also prepares the youth for summer jobs provided by DTE.

The event will be held at 12000 Grand River Avenue near Wyoming. Tickets are: $100 VIP; $50 Facilitator; $25 General Admission.  Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite  or by calling (313) 491-0003.