Offering a "great show for a good cause," the Rotary Club of Etowah will present its sixth annual Laughs & Libations benefit Feb. 23.
"Laughs & Libations was first offered to our community in 2013 after discussion among our club members on the need for a large fundraiser,” said Tara Currier, who is serving as the event’s co-chair along with Cartersville Mayor Matt Santini. “There are currently so many great fundraising events in our community, and we wanted to do something different. Rick Kollhoff came up with the idea of a comedy show, and we all agreed that would be a completely unique and fun event for our club.
"Now in its sixth year, Laughs & Libations has been very well-received by our community. We have been blessed with many wonderful performers through the years, and are excited to keep growing and expanding the event as able. This year will be our largest lineup to date, featuring four Atlanta-area comedians."
Starting at 6 p.m., the four-hour event will continue to take place at the Clarence Brown Conference Center, 5450 State Route 20 in Cartersville.
"[The Clarence Brown Conference Center does] a great job in transforming their ballroom into an intimate, comedy club-type feel," said Currier, adding a 50/50 raffle will be conducted prior to the comedic entertainment. "Also back serving up delicious food and adult beverages for purchase is the Original Steak & Rib House. The food and libations are available when doors open at 6 p.m.
"At 7:30 p.m., our emcee for the evening, Mo Arora, will take to the stage. Mo has been the house emcee of the Atlanta Improv, performed in the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, appeared in the Laughing Skull Production feature film 'American Dirtbags,' hosted a television show called 'Sunday Night Shorts' for 11Alive WXIA-TV and toured throughout the United States and Canada. Joining Mo in our largest lineup to date will be William Childress, Kareem 'Plug' Chapman and Jenn Snyder. These are all very different people with diverse backgrounds and content. It is sure to be a hilarious night."
She continued, "What I enjoy most about the evening is the simple fact I can attend a great night of comedy right here in my own town. We have had some high caliber comedians featured at our event, and I like knowing I got to experience some of the up-and-comers in their 'early days.' It's such a fun evening of socializing with friends and business associates, and enjoying a great show for a good cause."
To purchase tickets, which are $35 per person, see a Rotary Club of Etowah member or visit www.eventbrite.com/e/laughs-libations-2018-tickets-41144386969. Sponsorships also are still available and can be obtained by calling Currier at 770-712-8928.
"Last year, we raised around $4,000, and we hope to do that again," Santini said. "We have had a great response from the business community for sponsorship, and we are expecting a great turnout like we have had in years past. All the money raised from this event goes back into the community in support of local nonprofit groups.
"It is a great night out with friends, and it includes great food, socializing and laughter. It's Atlanta quality comedians right here in Cartersville. I enjoy watching a room full of people having a great time with the end result being money raised for local charities."
Comprised of 35 members, the Rotary Club of Etowah meets at Johnny Mitchell's Smokehouse — 650 Henderson Drive Suite 403 in Cartersville — at 7:30 a.m. every Tuesday.
"The guiding principles of Rotary are the Four Way Test:
1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
"Rotary is an international organization made up of business and community leaders for the purpose of doing good in the world and in our community. … We welcome anyone interested in membership to visit as our guest."
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