For those of you that were unable to travel to Dallas to attend the Stand Up for Life comedy night to benefit the Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation I am here to say that it was a complete success. When I pulled up to the Lakewood Theater last night I knew it was going to be something special. I was blown away. There the event was in bright lights and parking was no where to be found. This was just a tiny glimpse of what was to come.
You never know exactly how a fundraiser is going to turn out. Like "Lunch for Life" I certainly had my doubts. Would people come? Would they support the cause? Would it be a worthwhile event? All of these thoughts fluttered through my head. What I discovered is that much like "Lunch for Life" it turned out to be an incredible event. I had an absolute blast and, frankly, I can't remember a time when Lynley laughed harder. The other key part was that it was incredibly successful. The dollars are still being counted but I know at the very least we raised well over $6500. That is not too bad for a fun night out for comedy.
All of this, however, could not have been accomplished without the generous comedians who donated their time and effort to the event. Honor Shearer was the host of the show. She is a close friend to the Podeszwa's and she did an extradinary job putting this all together. Known as the "Soccer Mom" of comedy I found her to be hilarious but the key was her "mom-ness", dedication and warm heart which put this brainchild together. I am so thankful for all of her effort.
I would also be extremely remiss if I did not thank the comedians, all of which were tremendous and kept the audience in stitches. More information can be found on their websites and I encourage everyone to send them a short note of thanks. We could not have done this without them. It is people like this with no direct connection to childhood cancer that stand up for us that make all of the difference.
Headliner - Aaron Aryunpur - http://www.aaronaryanpur.com/
Featered - Peter Barrera - http://www.myspace.com/JokeyPeeBee
Special Guest - Justion Foster - http://www.myspace.com/justincomic
It was an incredible night of purpose!