Laughter is the Best Medicine Comedy Gala to celebrate diamond anniversary at tenth-annual event


Hunt Regional Healthcare Foundation friends and patrons are gearing up for a night of glamour and entertainment as the organization celebrates the diamond anniversary of their annual charity gala. The Tenth Annual Laughter is the Best Medicine Comedy Gala will be held February 28, 2015 at the Sam Rayburn Student Center on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce, where guest humorist Rabbi Bob Alper is scheduled to be the featured comedian.

Headlining comic Rabbi Bob Alper has been called the world's only practicing clergyman doing stand-up comedy intentionally. Rabbi Alper performs internationally, from the famed Hollywood Improv to London theaters. He has appeared on Comedy Central, Good Morning America, and Showtime, and was featured on the television entertainment show Extra.

Rabbi Alper is the author of the book, “Life Doesn't Get Any Better Than This,” which the Detroit Free Press awarded four stars and called “a volume of spiritual gems.” An ordained minister, Rabbi Alper has served in congregations for fourteen years, which he says prepared him for a successful career as a stand-up comic.

The foundation’s signature event, the gala uses laughter to bring together supporters from across several communities in Hunt County. This year’s event marks an important milestone for the foundation as they honor the decade-long tradition with a diamond-studded theme.

Philanthropist and friend of the foundation, Jerry Ransom, has signed on as the event's headlining sponsor, along with L-3 Mission Integration in Greenville.

A live auction will take place during the dinner portion of this year’s gala, in addition to a silent auction that will run during the pre-event reception. Auction items will include one-of-a-kind life experience packages such as a private Fredericksburg winery tour for two, along with traditionally popular items including Dallas Cowboys autographed memorabilia and more.

“We are delighted to offer our guests something different this year,” said Janet Peek, chair of the foundation’s special events committee.

“During the cocktail reception, gala attendees will be able to bid on a variety of luxury items and will then have the opportunity to experience the excitement of a live auction thanks to the work of our committee members and Beckey Thompson, auction committee chair,” she said.

Proceeds from the gala will benefit the Tubby Adkisson Mobile Mammography Coach. The mobile unit makes scheduled visits to businesses, churches and other locations, bringing state-of-the-art digital breast cancer screening to the more than 65 percent of Hunt County women that do not receive yearly mammograms.

The gala will also help fund the FitSTEPS for Life® program, a free fitness and counseling program designed for cancer survivors and patients currently undergoing cancer treatment. The program addresses each individual’s specific needs to help improve their quality of life and survival rate. Research shows that patients can improve their survival rates by as much as 50 percent by exercising during and after treatment. 

“The gala is an important night for healthcare in Hunt County and is a large component of helping the foundation support the mobile mammography and FitSTEPS for Life® initiatives of Hunt Regional Healthcare,” says Alicia Wittkopf, executive director for Hunt Regional Healthcare Foundation.

A raffle will take place the night of the event, where one lucky ticket holder will go home with a pair of 2.25-carat diamond earrings donated by Jan and David Williams of Taylor Brothers Jewelers in Greenville. Raffle tickets are priced at $10 and are available for purchase at Taylor Brothers Jewelers, from any HRHF board member or in the foundation office located on the first floor of Hunt Regional Medical Center.

Tickets for the event are priced at $100 and seating is limited. Invitations have been mailed and will offer foundation friends the opportunity to purchase their tickets by mail or online. General ticket sales will begin February 16.

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