Summit Area Volunteers Laugh Out Loud


The event planning committee for Laugh Out Loud -- An Evening Of Comic Relief with the Summit Area YMCA gathered this week to finalize the details to transform the Summit YMCA’s Hubbard Gymnasium into a comedy club on the evening of Saturday, November 3.  Over 20 volunteers and staff have planned this fundraising event of laughter, dessert, drinks and live auction with Adam Sank and two other New York City comedians -- Robin Fox and JL Cauvin.  Members of the committee include (listed from L to R in the back row):  JoAnn Hansen, Charlotte Bashforth, Carolyn Klimas.  Middle row:  Lisa Meyers, Maria Nolting, Terri Clinton, Tiffany Escott, Laura Gump.  Front row:  Anjali McCormick, Cecilia Aristizabal, Patricia O’Byrne, and Patty Lambert.  Not present:  Carolyn Hough, Joyce Klimaski, Deb Grassier, Melissa Pauls, Miggy Vasquez, Gaddi Layden,  Mary Weldon.

Laughter is the best medicine for helping to build strong communities and is often the key to what the Y does to accomplish its mission to promote healthy living, nurture youth development, and inspire a sense of caring and social responsibility among members in the community.  Funds raised will provide much needed Y Cares financial assistance scholarships for children, adults, and seniors who are eager and willing but may be unable to participate in the YMCA’s health and wellness programs for financial reasons.  The YMCA has an open door policy and welcomes all people regardless of age, gender, race, or financial circumstance. 

Six local area restaurants have also agreed to donate up to 15% of the proceeds of the bill for those Summit Area YMCA members who eat at or order from their eatery on specially designated days leading up to the LOL event.  These include La Pasteria, Beacon Hill Tavern, and Village Trattoria in Summit, Friendly’s in New Providence, and Trattoria Di Francesco and Delicious Heights in Berkeley Heights.  Restaurant redemption coupons can be picked up at one of the Summit Area YMCA’s three local branches (Summit YMCA at 67 Maple Street in Summit, Berkeley Heights YMCA at 55 Springfield Ave in Berkeley Heights, and The Learning Circle at 95 Morris Avenue in Summit) the weeks of October 15 and October 22.  Major sponsors including Investors Bank, Merck Animal Health, Merck Consumer Care, Smythe Volvo, Sysco, Hunter Technologies, Sum It Up for Girls Lacrosse, and Batavia Café. 

The Summit Area YMCA is one of the area’s leading charitable organizations whose programs and services are open to all through financial assistance programs made possible through the generosity of its members, donors and partners.  To help the YMCA help others, please make your tax-deductible donation at

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