There is nothing funny about cancer, but there was plenty to laugh at during last weekend’s Night of a Thousand Laughs benefiting Gilda’s Club Louisville.
The evening kicked off with a few heartfelt words from cancer survivor and Gilda’s Club board member Tyler Beam, who attended the event with his gorgeous wife, Michele.
Then, it was time to bring on the funny.
Among the locals who were brave enough to stand center stage at Actors Theatre and do a solo comedy routine: Dan Cimba, Adrienne Johnson and J.P. Davis.
The first-timers were in good company with veterans Mark Klein, Brad Lanning, Ted Mitzlaff and Hurricane Summers, but based on audience feedback, there didn’t seem to be a rookie in the whole crew. My gut still hurts from laughing so much. Congratulations to Dan, J.P. and Adrienne for putting themselves out there for such a great cause.
Project Improv also represented at the event and did a great set with Brown-Forman’s Tim Laird. (Later in the show, it was my turn to go under fire and get roasted. Oh wow. )
After the comedy performance, guests enjoyed drinks, appetizers and tunes by DJ Reggie Regg.
A number of people helped to make this event successful, but there’s a reason why Stephanie Fellon was called out on stage and given flowers. The event chair worked so hard to make the evening a success and succeeded for sure.
Save the Date
Tracie Cutting and her 12-year-old daughter Gracie will host Couture 4 a Cure at 2 p.m. on June 5 at Hurstbourne Country Club.
The event – which was conceived by Gracie – will include a fashion show and golf scramble that benefit Indian Summer Camp for Kids with Cancer and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
The fashion show will feature girls ages 2 to 12 modeling fashions from JB & Me and The Peppermint Palm. The golf scramble is an executive nine-hole course for kids and adults.
Tickets to the fashion show are $25 per person. For more information, contact Gracie and Tracy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 502.889.6406.
Registration for the golf scramble is also $25 per person. Contact Gus and Malcom Cutting for more information at Malcolm.Cutting@BeamGlobal.net or 502.541.9827.
Much Heart, Les
It’s been almost a decade since I first met Les Cohen. The Frank Sinatra sound-alike first sent me a quick note when I was just a rookie writer for Velocity, a young adult publication. We’ve been friends ever since, though it was until recently that we reconnected after losing track of one another for far too long.
The 87-year-old and I had lunch in the dining room of the St. Matthews complex where he lives. True to form, Les was the life of the party. He also bragged on me like a proud parent to the staff and his fellow residents, which made me blush – and grin like a lil’ kid.
I don’t have any family living in Kentucky and miss them often, but if home is where the heart is, because of friends like Les, I’m right where I belong.
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Angie Fenton is Managing Editor of The Voice-Tribune, a Blue Equity company. She is also an entertainment correspondent for WHAS11′s new morning show, “Great Day Live!”, which debuted August 22 on Louisville’s ABC affiliate. Additionally, Angie is an entertainment correspondent for the Saturday Morning Show with Ron ‘n’ Mel Fisher on 84WHAS (840 AM) and has served in the same capacity for Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks; Breeders’ Cup; and Circuit of the Americas during the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in November 2012. Angie also serves as an emcee, host, voiceover professional and on-camera commercial talent.
Angie has a bachelor’s and master’s in English from Central Michigan University and began her career as an adjunct professor at her alma mater. She is the youngest of five — four of whom were adopted, including Angie, and none of whom are biologically related. She is also a Michigan native who moved to Kentucky in June 2002. Angie is owned by two dogs — Herbie and Yoda — and feels lucky to have loved and been loved by many more, including Pooch, Jessie, Onyx, Jack and Big Bud, who took his last breath on Christmas Day 2012.