The Knights of Columbus and Catholic Campus Ministry are presenting a Valentine’s Day dinner, concert and fundraising event at the Our Lady of the Lake Parish Center at 6 p.m., Feb. 13. Tickets for the event are $20 and include dinner and a concert.
According to a release, the event will raise funds “to take 14 high school and college students to World Youth Day in Poland this summer.” The World Youth Day event features a gathering of between 2 to 3 million youth from around the world, as well as an appearance by Pope Francis. This year’s event is set for July in Krakow, Poland.
The food will be served at 6 p.m. and be provided by the barbeque chefs from Gettin’ Basted, who were named 2015 Grand Champions of the Rockin’ Ribs Festival, as well as champions of the Kansas City BBQ Society.
Once dinner is over, the concert featuring Tony Melendez, as well as the Voices of Glory from the show “Ayo,” will begin.
Melendez, an acoustic guitarist and singer who was born without arms, has attended World Youth Day 10 times, and will be performing this year. The Nicaragua native was born without arms due to thalidomide, a drug prescribed to his mother to help with morning sickness during her pregnancy.
After coming to the U.S., Melendez followed in his father’s musical footsteps, learning how to play guitar and harmonica using his feet.
Joining Melendez will be Michael, Avery and Nadia Cole, also known as the Voices of Glory. The siblings began singing in 2007 following an accident where their mother was hit head-on by a drunk driver. They were eventually picked to perform on “America’s Got Talent” where they finished in the Top 5. They currently headline their own show “Ayo” at the Hughes Brothers Theatre in Branson.
Tickets are limited, and can be purchased by calling 417-334-2928.