The Blue LLama Jazz Club will host an October benefit dinner for area youth and families

ANN ARBOR – Enjoy a special dinner at the Blue LLama Jazz Club while supporting underserved youth and families in Washtenaw County.

On Tuesday, October 18, the Downtown Ann Arbor Restaurant and Jazz Club is hosting a benefit event for Mentor2Youth (M2Y), a non-profit organization that helps empower attendees through mentorship and positive habits.

“The work we do cannot be done alone. It’s important that people support local organizations like M2Y because we give underserved young people in our community essential resources and an opportunity to perform at their best. We hope that anyone interested in this event knows that their contribution is a bold step towards achieving their own goal. Even though the only goal we share is the love of food and the love of music, we can bridge the opportunity gap for an entire community of young people,” said M2Y Executive Director Darryl Johnson in a statement.

M2Y youth develop disciplined habits and opportunities through guided conversations with mentors, activities, guest speakers, and the game of chess. Parents in the area can get support through peer groups and community experts.

Event attendees can purchase tickets on three tiers. Each level features a three-course meal and a performance by Ypsilanti native John E. Lawrence.

Tickets cost between $150 and $500 per person and can be purchased on OpenTable here. Nearly 70% of ticket proceeds will go to Mentor2Youth’s mission, Blue LLama Jazz Club officials said in a statement.

The benefit dinner will take place from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

“We are excited to leverage our position as a downtown gathering place to connect influential organizations like M2Y with people who want to support community efforts. Many M2Y members are also our patrons, so this partnership gives Blue LLama a chance to give back to our community in a whole new way,” said Artistic Director Dave Sharp.

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