$450,000 Raised at 2018 No Laughing Matter Charity Comedy Event
On October 16, we were proud and honored to host the first annual “No Laughing Matter" event in New York City at Carolines on Broadway which raised $450,000 and counting in support of pediatric brain tumor research!!!.
There is no way we can express the profound gratitude and amazement we still feel after this inspirational event. The generosity of so many was phenomenal and will go a long way to support groundbreaking research for children with rare and inoperable brain tumors. Our call to action to the audience that night was to "do something" to help the children and families all over the world who are suffering from this insidious disease and what they did was nothing short of incredible.
It all started when an an all-star line-up of comedians came together to benefit the research being done by Dr. Mark Souweidane and Dr. Jeffery Greenfield at Weill Cornell Medicine as part of the Children's Brain Tumor Project (CBTP). All proceeds from the evening will go directly to the CBTP to help offset the expenses incurred in the lab.
Grammy nominated comedian Jim Gaffigan, along with Erik Bergstrom, Ryan Hamilton, Kendall Ketchum, Jessica Kirson, Damien Lemon, Kevin McCaffrey and Ali Wentworth, donated their time and talent to have the sold-out room laughing out loud while raising money. Our Master of Ceremonies was local comedian Michael Dean Ester.
In addition to side-splitting comedy, the evening included an award presentation to honorees Max Chwatko and Alex Travin, creators of Comedy Kids™ followed by their side-splitting performance, and John Rivera, founder of the Cristian Rivera Foundation.
Max and Alex received the “Good Humor” award for inspiring youth to get involved in philanthropy through comedy. Max and Alex first started telling jokes to raise money when Max’s sister, Scarlett, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016. To date, Max and Alex have raised almost $50,000 for pediatric brain cancer research; they were honored by the NY Yankees during HOPE Week, headlined their own fourth-grade graduation, and inspired Comedy Kids™ nationwide to start their own fundraising campaigns.
Award winner John “Gungie” Rivera received a special award to demonstrate how unstoppable a parent can be when fighting for their child. Rivera lost his son, Cristian, to an incurable brain tumor called DIPG in 2009, and has worked tirelessly to support research at the Weill Cornell Medicine Children’s Brain Tumor ever since. He has raised more than $800,000 and he keeps going and going.
“No Laughing Matter” was generously sponsored by Tory Burch, DDB Health, Freds at Barneys, Juniors Cheesecake, Rivkin Radler and Slate Technology Inc.
If you weren't able to attend and want to help us break $500,000 you can donate here.