Comedy Night In Fort Lauderdale Raises $53,000 For Crohn’s And Colitis Foundation Of America

Guests packed the house at the Fort Lauderdale Improv Comedy Club for an evening of laughter, fun and philanthropy at the 5th Annual Comedy Night fundraiser in support of The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (“CCFA”). The sold-out event raised more than $53,000 to benefit CCFA’s efforts to find a cure for these digestive diseases that affect more than 1.4 Americans each year.(Photo Credit: CCFA)

The event featured a stand-up performance by comedian Paul Mecurio, an Emmy and Peabody award winner known for his HBO show, his Comedy Central appearances and his popular podcast.

“The evening was incredible,” said Marc Gillman, president of the board of directors for CCFA’s Florida Chapter. “There was so much love in the room and everyone had one common hope – to find a cure!”

The night began with a silent auction, cocktails and dinner. Opening for headliner Paul Mecurio were performances by Alex Seligsohn and Benji Gene.

“We could not have been more thrilled about the support we received from the community for this event,” said Sabrina Kurzman, who organized the event with her daughter, Samantha, and son, Benjamin. “I became involved with the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America when my son Benjamin was diagnosed with the disease. I knew I had to do all I could to help find a cure for this disease my child was living with. To see all of these people come out and support this phenomenal organization is just amazing to me! I am truly appreciative for all who are playing an integral role in helping to support research to find a cure for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis through their efforts on behalf of CCFA.”

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(l to r) George Pattikas, Eilene Brodie, Joanie Stein, Amy Goldberg and Sabrina Kurzman (Photo Credit: CCFA)

CCFA was founded in 1967 with the dual goals of curing Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and improving the lives of children and adults affected by the diseases. This non-profit organization is devoted to supporting research programs, educational programs, support services and fundraising initiatives. In fact, 82 cents of every dollar spent by CCFA goes to one of their “mission-critical programs.” There are 40 CCFA chapters nationwide and more than 50,000 members. CCFA does not receive any government support and relies on the support of its members and donors.

For more information about CCFA, click here or call 800-932-2423. For more information on the Florida Chapter of CCFA, click here or call 561-218-2928. To donate to CCFA, please click here.

Amy Goldberg, Sabrina Kurzman and Sloane Gillman (Photo Credit: CCFA)

Amy Goldberg, Sabrina Kurzman and Sloane Gillman (Photo Credit: CCFA)

(Photo Credit: CCFA)

Donation presented to Marc Gillman of CCFA from the MORT Foundation (Photo Credit: CCFA)

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(l to r) Danielle Motola, Hayley Tartell, Jodi Tartell, Olga Palmer, Irwin Geduld and Paul Tartell (Photo Credit: CCFA)

This article originally appeared on askmissa.com

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