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Laughter Prescribed at CF Foundation Benefit in Long Island

April 22, 2008

If laughter is the best medicine, the more than 400 guests at the Prescribed Laughter…Comedy for a Cure event were very healthy indeed. Presented by the Greater New York Chapter’s Long Island Office in February, Comedy for a Cure produced a great deal of laughter and raised more than $105,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Volunteers enjoy the Prescribed Laughter...Comedy for a Cure event held by the Greater New York Chapter's Long Island Office.
Event Co-chairs Mike and Holly Conklin enjoy the humor served up by local comedians at the Greater New York Chapter-Long Island Office's Prescribed Laughter event.
Adorned with colorful cutouts of court jesters, the tables in the Grand Ballroom of the Crest Hollow Country Club helped set the stage for the comedy ahead. The program, emceed by local favorite standup comedian Joey Kola, featured humorous monologues on marriage, shopping, things we do while driving and “kids today” by local comedians Nancy Whitter, Paul Anthony and Billy Bingo.

After the monologues, emcee Joey Kola continued to keep the crowd in stitches as he presented a host of coveted items to winners of the night’s raffle. Kola playfully teased each lucky winner as, one by one, they claimed their prizes. Raffle items included enticing beauty baskets, food baskets and tickets to museum and sporting events.

Even with all the good humor at the event, the guests didn’t lose sight of why they were there. Event co-chair Lisa Komitor read a letter from her 11-year-old son Joey, who has cystic fibrosis. Joey thanked the medical team of his care center “who takes such great care of me and I always know I can count on you,” and his friends and family “who have always been with me through thick and thin.”   

“We did a lot of laughing that evening, which was great,” his mother Lisa commented later. “But it was also clear that every person in that room shared something very serious—a passionate desire to find a cure for CF.”

Thanks in large part to the energetic efforts of co-chairs Mike and Holly Conklin and Lisa and Lee Komitor and volunteer Susan Mendelson, the night was a resounding success. A vote of thanks also goes to corporate sponsors The O’ Sullivan Children Foundation, the Alvin and Dorothy Schwartz Foundation, and Melrose Credit Union for their support.


The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is an accredited charity of the Better Business Bureau.