Ninth Annual "Laughter is the Best Medicine" Comedy Gala brings popular speaker and entertainer Jeanne Robertson to Hunt County


January 14, 2014 - It has been said that laughter is the best medicine. Combining humor with the philanthropy of Hunt County’s citizens, Hunt Regional Healthcare Foundation members hope to laugh their way to better healthcare for Hunt County at this year’s gala, where nationally renowned comedienne Jeanne Robertson is slated to be the featured entertainer.

The Ninth Annual "Laughter is the Best Medicine" Comedy Gala will be held March 29, 2014 at the Sam Rayburn Student Center in Commerce on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce.

The foundation’s signature event, the gala uses laughter to bring together supporters from across several communities in Hunt County. This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever thanks to the draw of popular speaker and entertainer, Jeanne Robertson.

Heard daily on Sirius/XM Radio's Family Comedy Channel, Robertson is the recipient of every top honor in the speaking profession. Toastmasters International named her the recipient of its 1998 Golden Gavel Award, given annually to one individual for accomplishments in leadership and communications. She is the only female professional speaker who has received this honor. Other recipients include Lowell Thomas, Walter Cronkite, Earl Nightingale, Art Linkletter, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Tom Peters, Mark Russell, Ken Blanchard and Zig Ziglar. The National Speakers Association also named Robertson its 2012 Master of Influence.

Author of the books “The Magic of Genie,” “Mayberry Humor Across the USA,” and “Don’t Let the Funny Stuff Get Away,” Robertson has also produced seven comedy DVDs and CDs. Her humor is most often praised for being filled with reality-based stories, which illustrate her wit.

"We are very excited to bring such a dynamic entertainer to what is already an exceptional event,” said Alicia Wittkopf, director of the Hunt Regional Healthcare Foundation.

“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 Wittkopf.

Proceeds from this year’s gala will benefit the Tubby Adkisson Mobile Mammography Coach, which began operating in May of 2013. 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.

Tickets for the gala are priced at $100 and seating is limited. Invitations to the event will be mailed on Feb. 17 and will offer foundation friends the opportunity to purchase their tickets by mail. General ticket sales will begin March 17.

A reception and silent auction will take place the evening of the gala, along with the raffle of an exquisite piece of diamond jewelry donated by 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.

To learn more about the event or for sponsorship information, visit the gala website. 

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