SNL comedian takes stage in Milwaukee to fight cancer

Bayshore Community Foundation and Stan Kass, philanthropist and president of Skylark Vending will host “Laugh It Up Milwaukee 2012: Stand Up to Cancer” on Saturday, Jan. 21

Bayshore Community Foundation and Stan Kass, philanthropist and president of Skylark Vending will host “Laugh It Up Milwaukee 2012: Stand Up to Cancer” featuring Saturday Night Live comedian and writer Seth Meyers. The event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center starting at 8:30 p.m.
The event, which is presented in memory of Kass’ wife, Lee, will benefit the JCC and Gilda’s Club of Southeastern Wisconsin.
“The JCC believes in partnership and the power of community as we see so many of our friends and neighbors experiencing challenges in their lives,” said Mark Shapiro, executive director of the JCC. “At this year’s event, thanks to the generous support of the Bayshore Community Foundation, we’re using stand-up comedy to stand up to cancer in partnership with Gilda’s Club.” 
The evening will mark the first annual presentation of “Laugh It Up Milwaukee,” an event designed to show the power of organizations coming together to meet the needs of the Greater Milwaukee community. 
The relationship between Gilda’s Club and the JCC began in 2010 after Gilda’s Club suffered devastating losses to their facility by flooding.
“The JCC has been a good friend and community partner to Gilda’s Club, having reached out to us in 2010 with a location to deliver our free program of cancer support,” said Trish Haudricourt, executive director of Gilda’s Club of Southeastern Wisconsin. “Now, the JCC is home to our first ‘Living Room,’ a warm and welcoming environment where those living with cancer participate in support groups and healthy lifestyle activities.  Our program of cancer support adds another facet of ‘wellness’ to the comprehensive wellness program the JCC currently offers its members.”
Meyers began his tenth season on SNL as a cast member this fall and his fifth season as both head writer and “Weekend Update” anchor.  Before focusing his attention solely on “Update,” Meyers was a regular player in sketches, performing numerous characters and impressions, most notably, an uncanny portrayal of Senator John Kerry for the show’s satire of the 2004 Presidential election.  Meyers served as the host of the 2010 and 2011 ESPY Awards on ESPN, and was the keynote speaker at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner last April.  Over the past seven years, Meyers has been featured in ten films, most recently in the 2011 movie I Don’t Know How She Does It.
Reserved tickets for the 21 and older event are available for $75 or $100, Tickets include a cocktail and dessert reception beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the JCC.  Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 800-595-4TIX (4849).

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