Laughter and Love: A Funny Fundraiser Raises $18,000!
On August 1, the Merakey Foundation Junior Board presented their very first fundraising event, a night of laughter and love at the Helium Comedy Club in Philadelphia. With a star-studded line up of nationally recognized comedians, the club attracted an audience of over 200 guests. Chip Chantry from NBC’s Crazy Talk and Whacked Out Sports headlined the show with featured performers Chanel Ali from MTV’s girl code and Katie Hannigan from Laugh’s on Fox. The night of fun raised funds for the Fresh Start Recovery Scholarships. Fresh Start, a Merakey Company, housing and supportive service programs for adults were developed to work with individuals with a history of homelessness, chemical dependency, and varying degrees of behavioral health issues. After the initial 90 days in recovery, the Merakey Foundation offers scholarships to recovering individuals who require extended stable housing. The national rate of recovery from someone without secure housing after 90 days of sobriety is 4%. With continued secure housing from Merakey’s Fresh Start program the recovery rate increases to 86%.
Filled with tasty treats (donated by Federal Donuts) and laughter, guests contributed over $18,000. Jeff Pittner, Executive Director of Fresh Start, thanked everyone in attendance for their contributions that will help save the lives of those in recovery. President of the Merakey Foundation Junior Board and District Manager of Janssen Pharmaceuticals Megan Nolan introduced the goal of the new board; to collaborate with the Merakey Foundation’s Board of Directors to identify new and innovative ways to cultivate the next generation of donors. She left the audience with a challenge, “find something that matters to you and say yes. Be the change the world needs and make a difference”. The event was a fantastic first step forward for the Junior Board, in creating changes to make a positive difference.
The Junior Board would like to thank Memoir Health, Brothers Inc., Federal Donuts and Paradigm Group Consultants for sponsoring this funny fundraiser.