Special needs children benefiting from Jazz in Woods - KCTV5 News

Special needs children among those benefiting from Jazz in the Woods

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Nineteen-month-old Logan Dempsey is a curious toddler who can now wheel himself virtually everywhere he wants to go.

But getting to that point has taken extensive therapy from the Lee Ann Britain Infant Development Center.

His mother, Jillian Dempsey, is proud of the progress that her son has made.

"He has severe eating issues and he is finally able to eat regular food instead of just baby food. He is learning to sit," Jillian Dempsey said.

Logan and other children at the development center are among that will benefit from funds raised at this weekend's Jazz in the Woods festival.

Jazz in the Woods is the Midwest's largest free music festival and will be held Friday night and Saturday. A 5K and Kids Fun Run will be held on Saturday morning, and KCTV5 anchor Carolyn Long will be there. KCTV5 anchors Karen Fuller and Brad Stephens are also participating in Saturday's events. 

The Lee Ann Britain Infant Development Center is one of four charities that will benefit from donations made at this weekend's events. 

The developmental center has been helping children for 42 years. It provides physical, occupational, speech, music and aquatic therapy.

"We help kids with their motor skills, so learning to roll, learning to sit, walk, crawl and jump," said center director Amy Milroy. "We really help families learn to keep their expectations high to help them help their children achieve as much as they possibly can."

The other charities benefiting from Jazz in the Woods are the Sunflower House, which helps child abuse victims and works to prevent child abuse in Johnson and Wyandotte counties; Operation Breakthrough, which provides quality child care for the children of the working poor in the inner city; and the Future of Hope - Overland Park South Rotary Club Foundation, which supports children's charities.

The 25th anniversary edition of Jazz in the Woods will be held at Corporate Woods in Overland Park. It starts at 6:30 Friday night.

"It's a huge family-friendly event with great jazz music, lots of good food. It's a free event. That's one of the amazing things for families in Kansas City to have a great music event that's free," Milroy said.

For more information on Jazz in the Woods, the events and the charities, click here.

Last year, more than 25,000 people attended the festival and raised $50,000 for charity.

Jazz in the Woods is a Take 5 to Care event. For more details, click here.

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