ON July, 19, New Westminster’s historic Columbia Theatre was the place for big laughs and an even bigger fundraising total for FSH Muscular Dystrophy research. While donations are still coming in, $7,500 was raised at the comedy night featuring comedians Dino Archie and Carter Hortie.
“The response was heart-warming,” says Neil Camarta, founder and CEO of FSHD Canada Foundation. “The momentum for this event kept growing until the event day with local sponsors jumping on board to help. The funds will go to research projects specifically to find a treatment for FSHD.”
Funds were raised through ticket sales, donations, an on-site raffle and 50/50 draw as well as online contesting. The evening was dedicated to Ann Hardon, a Coquitlam resident who also had FSHD and passed away from other health complications in June.
“I am thrilled the event was so successful, especially because we dedicated the night to our friend Ann,” says event organizer Asifa Lalji, who also has FSH Muscular Dystrophy. “This event did more than raise money and awareness for FSHD. It reminded us that anyone with challenges needs two things to help them get through it – support and a sense of humour. Both were overflowing that night!”
Plans are underway for the 2015 #StandUp4FSHD Comedy Night.
Photos: Event organizer Asifa Lalji and headliner Carter Hortie. / Hobson and Krystal from WISH Events.