SalusCare is offering a new option for people to vote for their favorite celebrity in preparation for “Laughter Is the Best Medicine Comedy Night” Saturday, July 23.
The event is totally sold out with 215 attendees, according to SalusCare Development Committee Chair Mark Atkins, but Text2Give will give everyone an opportunity to support their favorite celebrity.
It’s a unique way for folks to participate who aren’t able to attend,” he said. “They can vote for their favorite comic with their dollars by texting a message in advance to SalusCare.”
The dollars raised in the Text2Give program will be added to the live donations received the night of the event to determine the winner, he said.
Nine local celebrities each will perform a five-minute stand-up routine at the Sidney & Berne Davis Arts Center in downtown Fort Myers. The celebrity who receives the most donations will be named “Lee County’s Best Comic for 2016.”
To vote for your favorite comic, text SALUSCARE to 243725. Each comic has a day specifically set aside for them:
● Sunday, July 10 – Chris Cifatte – WINK-TV News Anchor
● Monday, July 11 – Stephanie Davis – Downtown Diva
● Tuesday, July 12 – Brian Hamman – Lee County Commissioner
● Wednesday, July 13 – Sandy Stilwell – CEO, Stilwell Enterprises; and Elaine Hawkins – President/CEO, Private Client Insurance Group
● Thursday, July 14 – Sheldon Zoldan – News-Press Content Strategist
● Friday, July 15 – Tom Cronin – Shell Factory General Partner
● Saturday, July 16 – Nancy McGovern – Lee Memorial Health System Board of Directors
● Sunday, July 17 – Tom Chase – Fort Myers “Country Lawyer”
Nationally recognized Comedian Michael Palascak of NBC’s Last Comic Standing will round out the evening with a grand finale of his humor while the votes are being tabulated.
Interior Designer Marc Collins will serve as master of ceremonies of the Second Annual “Laughter Is the Best Medicine Comedy Night” to benefit SalusCare, the region’s largest provider of treatment for individuals with mental health and substance use issues.
Leading Edge Benefit Advisors is the major sponsor for the evening with media sponsors The News-Press Media Group and TOTI Media.
“Laughter Is the Best Medicine not only showcases our local celebrities, but gives everyone an opportunity to support a charity that provides mental health and substance use treatment for more than 15,000 people per year,” Atkins said.
Funds raised at the event will be used to provide outpatient psychiatry and therapy to children and adolescents in our area whose families can least afford it. One in 10 children has serious mental health problems severe enough to impair how they function at home, in school, or in the community, according to the National Center for Children & Poverty at Columbia University. Left untreated, mental illnesses can lead to more difficult to treat illnesses and to the development of co-occurring disorders.
For more information about“Laughter Is the Best Medicine Comedy Night,” contact Todd Cordisco at (239) 791-1575 or visit www.saluscarecomedynight.org
About SalusCare, Inc.
SalusCare, Inc., is the largest, most comprehensive mental health and substance abuse treatment program in Southwest Florida, serving more than 16,000 people per year of all ages from seven locations in Lee County. The non-profit organization offers crisis stabilization, outpatient and residential treatment and an Employee Assistance Program for about 40 area companies. The majority of programs are accredited by CARF, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
SalusCare services are not free. Fees are charged on a sliding scale, based on family income. In many cases, private insurance is accepted. SalusCare is a United Way partner agency.