You may have heard of someone named J.K. Simmons ... who won a Golden Globe AND an Oscar this year for his performance in Whiplash. He's a Detroit native and will be throwing the first pitch at the Tigers season home opener this upcoming Monday afternoon.
Simmons is going to be doing a small meet and greet this Monday morning at the Motor City Casino in Detroit, and it's open to the general public! Tickets are $50 per person, and can be bought here, with all proceeds benefiting the Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO).
From the press release:
Academy Award winner and Detroit native J.K. Simmons will headline an intimate fundraiser that will raise awareness for and benefit Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO) from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at MotorCity Casino Hotel-Sound Board (2901 Grand River Avenue). Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Donations are $50 per person and seating is limited to the first 150 registrants. The lifelong Detroit Tigers fan will be in town to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the team’s home opener that afternoon.
The fundraiser was originated by Simmons, who hand selected NSO as a nonprofit beneficiary during his brief visit in Detroit. Simmons has philanthropic ties to NSO, which has provided life-changing and supportive programs to positively impact the lives of the community’s most vulnerable neighbors for 60 years. It will begin with introductions by NSO President and CEO Sheilah P. Clay and Board Chairman Ray C. Johnson. Simmons will follow up his remarks with a Q&A session and a meet-and-greet with audience members. WDIV-TV Morning News anchor Rhonda Walker will serve as the event moderator.
Born in Detroit in 1955, J.K. Simmons studied voice and composition before working for years as a stage actor, eventually making his way to Broadway. He turned to TV and film as well, with a wide range of roles in projects like Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Gift, Spider-Man, Juno and Up in the Air.
Having already been honored with a slew of critics' awards, in 2015 he earned a Golden Globe and an Academy Award in the category of supporting actor for his role as harsh jazz bandleader Terence Fletcher in the 2014 film Whiplash.
In the film For the Love of the Game, Simmons played the role of Detroit Tigers' manager Frank Perry.
NSO offers homeless recovery and mental health services, addiction treatment, early childhood education, youth programs, crisis intervention and suicide prevention to individuals and families in Wayne and Oakland counties. NSO is proud to call the historic Bell Building its headquarters and home for 155 formerly homeless individuals.
The meet-and-greet with J.K. Simmons fundraiser is sponsored by MotorCity Casino Hotel.
I loved Simmons in Whiplash, and he was great in Juno and Spider-Man as well. I'm excited to announce that I'll be attending this event, so look for a follow-up post from me soon!
What's your favorite J.K. Simmons TV show or movie?