No Suits and ties, no cocktail dresses or ball gowns. Just a come as you are, jeans, and comfort-wear type of night. No, this is not your everyday fundraising gala. It is Greater Charlotte’s Live Laugh Give Comedy Night, to benefit Jewish Family Services. The event is being held on Sunday, June 3 at Temple Beth El, and features Gary Gulman, one of only a handful of comics to perform on every single late-night TV talk show.
Live Laugh Give Comedy Night is being touted as a night of food, fun and philanthropy. It benefits Jewish Family Services, an organization dedicated to helping everybody, especially those who need a helping hand with mental health challenges and food sufficiency. An organization that outreaches to seniors and Holocaust Survivors, and provides educational forums, workshops, and initiatives that enhance the quality of life for everyone in the community.
So, why a Comedy Night and why JFS? We checked in with our three Co-Chairs for this evening of fun and fundraising: Suzy Catenazzo, Andrea Cronson, and Diana Ades who offered their perspectives.
“Well, who doesn’t like to laugh? Laughter makes me feel good. It sets the tone and has the ability to shift me when I need to be shifted,” says Andrea Cronson. “I grew up loving comedy clubs, loving to laugh and being happy. I am committed to doing my part to heal the world. It makes great sense to me to heal the world with an organization that is already poised to do that”, Cronson said.
Suzy Catenazzo shared her perspective. “I started volunteering with JFS when my kids were little. I was a full time mom and my hours were limited, but I wanted to give back. I wanted to contribute in a meaningful way. So I became a driver for JFS. I realized I could drive people to the supermarket or wherever they needed to go, have my kids in the car with me and still be able to help someone who needed it. And it worked! A comedy night is a great concept for JFS. I look at it as an outgrowth of the Mental Health Initiative that JFS is spearheading for the Jewish Community and the other agencies of Shalom Park. And personally? I learned a long time ago that if you laugh about things that would otherwise make you angry or anxious, the problem doesn’t seem to be quite so problematic”, said Catenazzo.
They say laughter is the best medicine but it is actually true. Evidence shows that laughter draws people together in ways that trigger healthy physical and emotional changes in the body. It has the ability to strengthen the immune system, boost mood and diminish pain. And the best part? This priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use.
“Laughter is the lotion for the sunburn of Life”, says Diana Ades. “Throughout the years, I have been blessed to work with amazing organizations doing wonderful things for the less fortunate, the terminally ill and the disabled. Regardless of your own situation, I have found that there is always someone who is suffering worse than you are. Giving from the heart is what matters and when you do, it somehow heals yourself,” said Ades. “This Comedy Night is a great idea. It’s a new concept, with new committee members. In addition to having fun, I hope we can educate our audience about JFS – who they are, what they do and what they bring to the community,” Ades said.
Humor has the ability to lighten your burden, inspire hope, and connect you to others, while helping to release anger and be more forgiving. “JFS is all about strengthening and empowering individuals and families. A comedy Night is a natural fit for us, said JFS’ Executive Director, Howard Olshansky.
We hope you will join us for the Live Laugh Give Comedy Night. Sponsorship opportunities, tickets and VIP Ticket Specials, are available Now. For more information on Live Laugh Give Comedy Night, go to jfscharlotte.org.