ORANGE, NJ — The Essex County Opioid Task Force is hosting a comedy event titled “Using Laughter to Help Make a Difference” on Friday April 12, 2019 at the Orange Elks in Orange.

The evening will include laughter, reflection and community healing in an effort to bring people together to recognize the community health crisis that opioid addiction is causing throughout the country. In 2017, more than 72,000 Americans died as a result of this disease. 

“The mission of the Essex County Opioid Task Force is anything but simple: they seek to prevent the onset of legal and illegal opioid use to prevent addiction, its subsequent disorders, and overdose deaths,” said Task Force Coordinator Robin Lavorato.

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All proceeds will be given to raise funds for the Essex Health and Wellness Recovery Center and more specifically to benefit the Task Force’s 2nd Annual Opioid Awareness Walk being held on Nov. 2, 2019.  Last year, this event had more than 200 volunteers walk from Newark to West Caldwell to raise awareness for opioid addiction.

The night will feature NJ-based comedy duo McDonald and Carney. Rich McDonald and Joe Carney have been seen on national television such as on ABC’s Live With Regis and Kelly, MTV, TruTV, HGTV and commercials. On stage, they perform consistently in New York City, Atlantic City, and at resorts and cruises along the east coast.

Only $40 per person donation will include a professional comedy show plus buffet dinner and beverages. Checks may be made to the Essex Health and Wellness Recovery Center.  Tickets can be purchased by emailing Lacorato directly at 

The Orange Elks is located at 475 Main Street in Orange.