Arts & Entertainment

Press Releases

Summit Area YMCA Hosts 6th Annual Auction & Comedy Fundraiser, Raises Over $110,000

04a7b8644f2b4d2d0d35_lol01.JPG
8e6a02e255440978b3f2_lol1.JPG
192a5cb5a055fd32103a_lol2.JPG
b1dab51ddb8b6574dfcd_lol3.JPG
0fba65f36f58225e630a_lol4.JPG
eda8712878efc8e2698a_lol5.JPG
8e7ebb8a95a3b118f39e_lol6.JPG
04a7b8644f2b4d2d0d35_lol01.JPG

On November 3rd, 2017, nearly 400 friends and neighbors in the community gathered at the Hilton Short Hills for the 6th Annual Laugh Out Loud Charity Auction and Comedy Night (LOL) fundraiser. Attendees not only enjoyed a night of laughter and drinks, but more importantly supported programs at the Summit Area YMCA. From special needs programs to sponsoring fitness memberships for military families, participants in the event made a meaningful impact with every raised paddle.

The Summit Area YMCA serves families throughout Summit, Springfield, Millburn, Short Hills, Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Gillette and Stirling, and strengthens its communities through a variety of programs including wellness and nutrition, childcare and education, youth and adult enrichment, volunteerism projects and more.

The event raised over $110,000 from corporate sponsorships, donations, ticket sales and auction purchases. The funds raised will support a number of programs at the Summit Area YMCA including special needs programs, college and career mentoring for high school students, weekend meals for elementary children and their families in need during the school, and subsidized memberships for military families.

Sign Up for E-News

“The LOL event is a great way to support meaningful programs at the Y. By raising your paddle, you aren’t just buying a fun gift or package for yourself—you’re also helping a family get the childcare they need because they only have one parent in the household. You can help a child with special needs feel included and welcomed in a safe space. You can help a teen get the support they need in preparing for colleges and jobs.” said Paul Kieltyka, President & CEO of the Summit Area YMCA. “When all is said and done, when those show curtains close, we go back to reality where those very real problems exist in our communities. This night helps shine a light on those problems, and encourages people to take action.”

The sold-out event featured comedy headliner and emcee Adam Sank as well as top comedians Leah Bonnema and John Fugelsang.

“The Summit Area Y does so much good for the community,” said Sank. “My family and the entire community always comes out to support this event because it's so important to raise funds for these programs.”

Assisting Sank emcee the auction portion of the evening was Sank’s sister and Event Chair, Laura Gump, who complemented Sank’s humor as they presented auction packages including tailgate packages for a New York Giants game, gingerbread house decorating party, catered lobster dinner party, and in-home private group yoga package. Sank brought further levity to the evening with his retellings of family stories, trips, and the guests’ annual favorite: the reading of his mother’s hilarious emails.

Bonnema and Fugelsang brought even more laughter to the evening with tales of a trip to Iraq for a comedy performance, riotous and relatable relationship stories, parenting obstacles and imitations of political figures, rendering even the most conservative guests to break into laughter.

Sank literally had guests “laughing out loud” as he requested attendee, Summit Mayor Nora Radest to “dedicate a day to Adam Sank” for doing so much for the community. “I’ve probably raised over a million dollars for the community by now!” he said, raising more laughter from the crowd.

 “As with most requests,” said the Mayor, “I will certainly consider it.”

“It doesn’t even have to be anything fancy,” said Adam, “Have some Chippendales dancers carry me down Springfield Avenue, and then of course when we get to Kent Place Boulevard, we’ll have to stop because that bridge still hasn’t been finished.” A comment that raised raucous laughter from a crowd familiar with the infamous bridge.

The Summit Area YMCA is grateful to its platinum sponsor Capital Group as well as the many other businesses and individuals who so generously supported this event.

Founded in 1886, the Summit Area YMCA holds as its central tenets youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Excitement for the furtherance of the Y’s objectives radiated from enthusiastic supporters throughout the evening.

See photos from the Laugh Out Loud Charity Auction & Comedy Event at www.thesay.org/2017LOLphotos

To take part in more Summit Area YMCA events, please visit the website calendar at www.theSAY.org/calendar or www.theSAY.org/specialevents

To donate to the Summit Area YMCA, please visit www.theSAY.org/give

###

About the Summit Area YMCA 

The Summit Area YMCA is one of the area’s leading 501(c)3 charitable organizations. Founded in 1886, the Summit Area YMCA has a history steeped in working side-by-side with our neighbors to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income and background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Each year, we serve more than 10,000 individuals with our free and fee-based programs and services in an area spanning the communities of Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Millburn, Springfield, Short Hills, Summit, Gillette, and Stirling. Through the generosity of our members, donors, and partners, we are able to offer financial assistance for our programs and services to those with demonstrated need. To strengthen your community and provide others with the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive, make your tax-deductible donation today at www.theSAY.org/give.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Berkeley Heights

I will draw on my experience to deliver a great future for Berkeley Heights

May 22, 2018

I am impressed with the day-to-day leadership of our Mayor and Town Council and I hope to help them continue to do great work. As I have been doing my research since deciding to run for a seat on our Town Council, I have learned a few things about all the work that has been happening in recent years.  For example, while plans for the Stratton House development were recently announced, our ...

Christopher Rinaldi for Town Council - Leadership, Judgement, Experience

My name is Christopher Rinaldi.  As a long-time member of the Republican Party, I am running in the Republican Primary on June 5th for Township Council and Republican Municipal Committee of Berkeley Heights.

As a follow-up to my Candidate Statements from the last two weeks, I would like to share with you a few areas of direct work experience garnered over the past 25 years that I believe ...

Redevelopment: Taking the First Step Together While Protecting Berkeley Heights

Redevelopment. It’s something that takes careful planning, foresight, the ability to negotiate for the most favorable outcome, and, of course, patience. I’m proud to say that we’ve been able to reach all of these milestones. Tomorrow, on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, we as a community will take the first step together in the culmination of these efforts, when the ...

How the Holi Color Festival Came to Summit; Event Planner Shares Her Story

May 21, 2018

Back in India, Holi was a holiday observed by almost all states. The holiday would be declared at all educational institutes and offices. It's a two day spring festival also known as the festival of colors. The festival signifies the victory of good over bad, the arrival of spring with the fragrance of flowers in the air and aura of warmth and happiness.

Holi festival is the time ...

Rain Didn't Dampen Our Vision for Art in the Park

The rain did not dampen our vision for Art in the Park!! Columbia Middle School was transformed into an art paradise, filled with an array of artists whose talents are nothing short of magical! The Peppertown Park Art in the Park Committee would like to thank all of the artists who came to our very first Art in the Park event. We are in awe of your creativity and immeasurable talents! You all ...

Mindfulness Meditation Session Begins Program on Nutrition at New Providence Library

May 23, 2018

Dr. Kavita Kewalramani, a board certified Internist at K Primary Care and Medical Nutrition Center in New Providence, will start with a short mindfulness meditation session, followed by the latest research on how mindful nutrition helps to improve your health and weight. Dr. K will also share a recipe for healthy protein bites which will be sampled by the audience, and discuss her weight loss ...

Amazon’s Career Choice program wins “Community Excellence” award

EDISON, NJ - Amazon’s Career Choice program recently received the “Community Excellence” award from the New Jersey Community College Consortium for its impact on the local community.

Steven Johnson, Amazon’s Director for Associate Development, was on hand to accept the award and lead a panel discussion on how the program provides trained, motivated employees for ...

Michelle Greco: The Logical Choice

Credentials and Expertise.  These are basic qualities that any headhunter, supervisor, manager, or hiring partner demands when looking for a new work colleague to bring on board.  

It comes as no surprise, then, that the Berkeley Heights Republican Municipal Committee (RMC) engaged in the same analysis and looked for these essential criteria to fill Republican ...

Fallout Continues from Lawsuit Against Mountainside; Police Chief on Administrative Leave

May 19, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Police Chief Allan Attanasio is the latest member of the police department to suffer repercussions from a complaint filed against the borough on May 11.  Attanasio, who is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit, was “placed on administrative leave,” on Thursday by Borough Administrator and former Police Chief James Debbie, said  Lt. Joseph ...

Video Shows School Board Member In Altercation With Police at Traffic Stop in South Orange

May 16, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Maplewood School Board Member Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad got into an altercation with a South Orange police officer who stopped her for speeding last month, in which she used profanity, complained when she was issued a ticket and called South Orange Police Chief Kyle Kroll “a skinhead cop.”

Lawson-Muhammad also appeared to suggest that she would ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_c2872dd7b6bba99b4cf7_ducky_drop

Wed, May 23, 12:00 PM

Passaic River Park, Berkeley Heights

The Ducks Are Here

Arts & Entertainment Giving Back

Thu, May 24, 9:30 AM

Junior League of Summit Thrift Shop, Summit

Here Comes Summer! Junior League of Summit Thrift ...

Giving Back Green

Fri, May 25, 9:30 AM

Junior League of Summit Thrift Shop, Summit

Here Comes Summer! Junior League of Summit Thrift ...

Giving Back Green

Sat, May 26, 9:00 AM

Miller-Cory House Museum, Westfield

Aunt Carrie's Attic Sale

Giving Back Other

Sat, May 26, 2:00 PM

New Providence

Memoir Writing Workshops @ NPML

Arts & Entertainment

Thu, May 31, 11:30 AM

Canoe Brook Country Club, Summit

Fortnightly Club Scholarship Luncheon

Food & Drink Giving Back

Don’t Make These Three Mistakes About Social Security

Social Security has been around for decades and it’s not about to disappear. Why? Social Security is not an entitlement ("gift") that can be taken away - it’s a forced savings scheme that Americans pay into in their working years in order to secure a pension for life. Ideally, Social Security should not be your sole source of income in retirement but even comfortable ...