A star-studded evening of comedy and music along with a good old fashioned auction helped raise more than $65,000 for The Bridge Center, a non-profit recreation center based in Bridgewater, Massachusetts that serves children with developmental, physical and emotional disabilities.
Ernie Boch, Jr. hosted the April 13th benefit held at Boston’s Wilbur Theatre. In addition to performances by Boch’s group, Ernie & the Automatics, five of Boston’s funniest comedians—Patty Ross, Chris Tabb, Paul Nardizzi, Paul D’Angelo and Paul Gilligan—had the near-capacity crowd in stitches.
“This was a phenomenally entertaining night,” said Ron Benedetti, a member of The Bridge Center’s board of directors. “And when you consider the amount of money we raised and the number of children and families who benefit, it’s safe to say Comedy Night was a big hit.”
In addition to comedy and music, the night included a live auction hosted by Susan Wornick of WCVB-TV. Lucky bidders walked off with prizes ranging from opening day tickets to the New England Patriots, Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins to appearances on The Phantom Gourmet and Eddie Andelman’s Sports Huddle.
“Our first goal of course was to raise money for The Bridge Center but it was great to see so many people having such a wonderful time,” said Dr. Neal Andelman, also a member of The Bridge Center’s board of directors. “Judging by the interest in this year’s show, it’s safe to say we’ll do it again next year.”
If your company is interested in becoming a corporate sponsor for an organization that wants to make a difference in the lives of young families, please contact Rob Rhuda of The Bridge Center at (508) 697-7557 or send an e-mail to info@TheBridgeCtr.org.
About The Bridge Center
The mission of The Bridge Center is to support families by providing children with opportunities to build social, emotional and physical skills so they may participate fully in their communities. Founded by the Knights of Pythias in 1963 and located in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, The Bridge Center is a non-profit (501)(c)( 3) recreation center that serves children with developmental, physical and emotional disabilities. Year-round activities include nine weeks of summer camp, therapeutic horseback riding, school vacation camps, holiday parties, Saturday programs, teen programs, vocational training, after-school activities and family support groups. For more information, you can visit The Bridge Center’s Web site at (www.TheBridgeCtr.org).