Vancouver’s Jared Borland and White Rock’s Ben Dunnill to perform, CBC’s Belle Puri to host
NEW Westminster’s historic Columbia Theatre, now a dinner style venue, will once again be home to #StandUp4FSHD – A night of comedy to raise funds for FSH Muscular Dystrophy. The event will be held May 30, starting at 7 p.m. with 16-year-old Ben Dunnill, an up-and-coming singer that plays piano from White Rock. The laughs follow with Vancouver’s Jared Borland, frequent headliner at Lafflines ad host of “Comedy on the Corner” at The Corner in Vancouver. American-Iranian comedian and host of MTV’s Disaster Date, K-Von will round out the night.
Net proceeds raised will go directly to fund research for FSH Muscular Dystrophy through FSHD Canada. This Canadian non-profit is dedicated to funding research targeted specifically to FSH Muscular Dystrophy, the most prevalent of the nine muscular dystrophies.
“Last year’s event was a resounding success,” says Neil Camarta, Founder and CEO of FSHD Canada. “We have used funds from this event and other grassroots fundraisers like this to partner with world-class organizations leading the way for treatment and therapeutics specifically for FSH Muscular Dystrophy.”
FSH Muscular Dystrophy (or FSHD) is a muscle wasting disease that primary affects the facial, scapular and humeral muscles, but all other parts of the body are affected as well. The complexities of this disease are far-reaching as those who have this genetic condition do not know when or how severely muscle loss will take place. There is currently no treatment for this condition.
#StandUp4FSHD will be held May 30. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the show starting at 7 p.m. An onsite raffle will include a signed jersey
donated by the Whitecaps and a photo session donated by Wendy D Photography.
Tickets are available for $20 (plus tax and service charge) online at www.thecolumbia.ca and click “Events at the Columbia”. Follow on Twitter #StandUp4FSHD and like them on Facebook at StandUp4FSHD