The Kansas City-Lawrence music community has a long history of helping raise money for charities and other good causes around Kansas City. This weekend, the Uptown Theater will host one of the longest running music benefits.
Saturday night, the 11th annual JayRock will help raise money for the JayDoc Free Clinic, a non-emergency clinic run entirely by medical students at the University of Kansas Medical Center. The clinic, 300 Southwest Blvd., opened in 2003. It sees more than 1,500 patients a year. JayRock helps cover a majority of expenses.
“JayRock is our biggest fundraiser,” said Jeanette LaFreniere, a second-year medical student at KU Med and the director of fundraising for the clinic. “Each year, it raises anywhere from $15,000 to $25,000, depending on the amount of sponsorship money we get and how many tickets we sell.”
The money goes to a variety of programs available at the clinic, which is open from 5 to 9 p.m. three days a week.
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“We’re open Monday and Wednesday nights, which are general-clinic nights for walk-ins,” LaFreniere said. “We triage patients to see who we can help. If we aren’t able to provide care, we have a social services department, so we refer (patients) there so they can get the care they need elsewhere.
“Tuesday nights are specialty nights and we see patients by appointment only. We have a women’s health care night, a dermatology night, radiology and diabetes care. For example, on women’s night, we can help women with care throughout their pregnancies and work with the (KU) hospital to help them get a more affordable option to deliver a baby in a safe environment.”
▪ JayRock 11, which starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, will feature performances by three bands from Kansas City or Lawrence: Hembree, the Magnetics and the Timbers. Tickets are $20 and are available through Ticketmaster. A VIP ticket is available for $35. It includes a catered dinner (a macaroni and cheese bar, sandwiches and salad) plus complimentary drinks. The VIP reception starts at 5:30 p.m. All proceeds go to the clinic.