For the second year in a row, the fight to end Alzheimer's disease will be receiving some help from Wise Crackers Comedy Club at The Clarion Hotel, 300 Meadow Ave., Scranton.
A fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association "Walk to End Alzheimer's" will be held on Friday, August 17, at 8 p.m. featuring three comedians: Emily Galati, Brian Scolaro, and Yury. In addition to a basket and 50/50 raffle, Sylvia Kolosinsky, fundraising committee member and community relations coordinator at Oakwood Terrace, a memory care community in Moosic, said that half the proceeds from the evening will benefit the upcoming "Walk to End Alzheimer's."
"It's important especially for us because we have our residents (at Oakwood Terrace) that have some form of memory impairment, but in addition to that, it is, of course, worldwide," Kolosinsky explained.
"It's ‘The Walk to End Alzheimer's' because that's our goal. We need to find a cure. Basically, the monies are used for research…Everyone gets together, both Lackawanna and Luzerne counties."
The annual walk is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support, and research, and will be held locally at Sno Mountain, 1000 Montage Mountain Rd., Scranton, on Oct. 6.
Last year's comedy benefit drew about 60 people, Kolosinsky said, but they hope to gather over 100 guests this year so that the event can expand into the hotel ballroom.
"It's an absolute fantastic evening. I attended last year, and the next day when I got up my jaw was sore from how much we were laughing. We had a really good evening and a fun evening…It's a really good night out. It's just kind of a win-win situation – it gives you a night out and then it makes you feel good that you're doing something to help somebody," Kolosinsky emphasized.
"That was my first time ever at the comedy club last year. It was really, truly New York entertainment. It truly was…It feels like you're in New York City for half the cost, if not more."
For the $15 tickets, committee Chairperson Brenda Colbert can be reached at 862.3618.
"We had a meeting this morning and one of the girls commented that the person who was at The Clarion when they booked the dates said, ‘You've really got the good comedians that particular night.' So we're kind of lucky that we got three good ones," Kolosinsky added.
"Friday night gets busy, so we're hoping that we do get a good turnout."
What: Alzheimer's Association Fundraiser featuring comedians Emily Galati, Brian Scolaro, and Yury
Where: Wise Crackers Comedy Club at The Clarion, 300 Meadow Ave., Scranton
When: Friday, August 17, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.
Tickets and info: Call Brenda Colbert at 862.3618