GREATER KANSAS CITYAREA — Legendary actor Ed Asner will be spending this Father’s Day performing his national tour of FDR in his hometown of Kansas City. The show, billed as Ed Asner Live!, is a charity benefit for Friends of Sheffield Cemetery who are spearheading the restoration and preservation of the historic 111-year-old Sheffield Cemetery in Kansas City, Mo., where the 82-year-old’s family, including his father, is buried.
After the event, the acclaimed actor will tour his birthplace and pay tribute to his own father’s graveside. Asner has been quoted as saying this is a project near and dear to his heart. The Emmy-award winner supports this immense undertaking and understands the great honor it will bring to the community and the many families whose loved ones are interred atSheffield. The landmark is one of the oldest cemeteries in the area and is the only Orthodox final resting place servingKansas City. The 102-year-old chapel on the grounds of the second largest Jewish internment site forKansas Cityhas deteriorated to the extent it has been uninhabitable for the past 20 years, unable to use in inclement weather or for any religious purpose.
Friends of SheffieldCemeteryhas raised $800,000 of their $1 million dollar goal. A website set up for accepting donations is: www.sheffieldcemetery.org. The public can also contact: (913) 341-8707 for further information on this cause.