Laughter good medicine for hospice


Posted: Jul. 12, 2018 12:01 am

NEWTON — We’ve all heard the adage “Laughter is the Best Medicine” and professionals at the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice agree. The hospice joins with event sponsors Pike County Light & Power and Davis R. Chant Realtors to welcome the tri-state community to its premier Comedy Night on Saturday, July 14, at the Best Western Inn at Hunt’s Landing, 120 Sixth St., Matamoras, Pa.

The event will feature the talent and comedy of Chris Roach, Peter Sasso and Missy Allan. Proceeds from the evening will support the programs and services of Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice.

Guests may choose to register for the pre-show buffet dinner presented from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Best Western Inn at Hunt’s Landing’s Edgewater Restaurant and Lounge for $50 per person, or to attend the Comedy Night only at 8 p.m. for $35 each ($40 at the door).

Throughout the evening a cash bar and concession will be available and guests are welcome to place their winning bids at the event’s silent auction. Get a sneak peek of the Comedy Night silent auction items at www.karenannquinlanhospice.org/comedy; early bids can also be placed.

An additional event feature beginning at 6 p.m. and open free-of-charge to the community, is an impressive vendor presentation in the venue’s vestibule featuring the wares of area crafters, entrepreneurs and businesses. Comedy Night tickets are available at www.karenannquinlanhospice.org/comedy or by calling 973-383-0115.

The Comedy Night’s featured entertainers include Sparta resident Missy Allan, who likes to make people laugh and unlike others she happens to make a living at it as a professional comedienne. More recently she has parlayed her comedic talents into fundraising. Allan had first-hand experience of the care provided by Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice and visited the organization with a need to give back.

She presented her impressive comedic resume and knowledge in show production as a starting point to this first Comedy Night — Laughter is the Best Medicine fundraising event. Missy Allan performs all over the country doing shows at venues such as Catch A Rising Star and The Stress Factory, but considers Sparta home.

Headlining the event is Chris Roach. Roach is a comedian and actor born and raised in New York. Roach has brought his unique and self-deprecating sense of humor to some of the biggest and best-known stages such as The Borgata in Atlantic City.

Roach is a regular on the Kevin James show, a comedy series for CBS, “Kevin Can Wait.” The show centers on newly retired police officer Kevin, played by James, who discovers he faces much tougher challenges at home than he ever did on the streets. Roach plays Mott, one of James’ friends. Roach also wrapped CBS’ “Limitless” as Maurice, opposite actress Jennifer Carpenter and actor Jake McDorman.

The evening will also feature Peter Sasso, undeniably one of the industry’s most versatile entertainers. His rapid-fire stand-up is met with non-stop, raucous laughter and hysteria by audiences of all ages. As a comedy juggler, Sasso entertains audiences with his quick wit and diverse juggling skills. Audiences are mesmerized as they laugh along to his side-splitting “Gravity Defying Comedy.”

“The level of comedy that Chris and Peter bring to this event ensures a fun night,” Allan said. “In addition to the passion for the work they do, a true sincerity and community spirit shines through from both Peter and Chris as they signed on to support Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice.”

“The Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice professional team has embraced patients and family members throughout Pike County, Pa., for decades with hospice care and bereavement counseling. This community has championed our mission as a leading care-provider in the area and we are pleased to present ‘A Night of Comedy’ to area residents,” said Cecelia T. Clayton, MPH, executive director of Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice.

The Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation is passionately dedicated to providing hospice care for the terminally ill and bereavement counseling for those who have lost loved ones. The organization serves Sussex and Warren counties and northeastern Pennsylvania; call 800-882-1117 to reach any of itsservices at either office, Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Ave., Newton, and Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 104 Bennett Ave., Milford, Pa.

Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice is an independently owned hospice program and proud to be the preferred hospice provider for Newton Medical Center and area Atlantic Health Care System. The hospice was founded by Julia and Joseph Quinlan.

The award-winning Home for Hospice is located in Fredon. The Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center is open to hospice families and the community for bereavement support, counseling and educational opportunities; it is located at 5 Plains Road in Augusta with satellite offices in Pike and Warren counties.

For hospice programs, events, and more information visit www.karenannquinlanhospice.org or Facebook.com/KarenAnnQuinlanHospice.org.

If you go …

What: Comedy Night to benefit Quinlan Hospice

When: Saturday, July 14, at 8 p.m. (pre-show dinner 6-8 p.m.)

Where: Best Western Inn at Hunts Landing, 120 Sixth St., Matamoras, Pa.

Admission: $35 advance, $40 at the door, $50 with dinner

Reservations, information: 973-383-0115 www.karenannquinlanhospice.org/comedy


 



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