About Laughs for Smiles
On Wednesday night, Feb. 13th @ 7:30, the Improv Comedy Club in Zona Rosa will host a charity comedy show, "Laughs for Smiles" for the non-for-profit organization Operation Smile, sponsored by Livewire Concepts Inc. of Leawood, Kansas. Operation Smile sponsors medical missions in under-developed countries where doctors perform surgeries on babies, children and young adults born with cleft palates. Something that as We Americans can take for granted. Every three minutes a child is born with a cleft — often unable to eat, speak, socialize or smile. In some places these children are shunned and rejected. And in too many cases, their parents can't afford to give them the surgeries they need to live a normal life. The surgery can last as little as 45 minutes and cost $245 but can profoundly change a young person's life forever.
The Improv is hosting some of their locally talented comedians who have also donated their talents to this great cause. Improv regular, Sean Brennan, who's been featured on local sports radio and the college circuit will be a highlight. "Laughs for Smiles" will showcase a handful of funny men including up-and-coming star A.J. Finney who will be featured at the Improv later that month in "AJ Finney's Story Time" which has been getting a fair amount of internet buzz. Blue Springs native and comedy writer Jeff Williams who was a regional finalist for HBO's Lucky 21 will be performing as well. "I can't wait to see my stand-up buddies, tell some jokes, perform in my hometown and fix some smiles! It'll be a good night."
The event will be open to the public and tickets for the show will be only $15 for admission and donations will also be accepted that night. "Laughs for Smiles" will also include a slient auction with items and packages donated by some of the local businesses in the Kansas City Area.
The goal for the night will be to raise $5000 for the charity or roughly 20 surgeries, Organizers for the event are optimistic about the turnout. "Kansas City is a place where people seem to love to give back, like the Susan G. Komen race this past fall. We are pretty confident that Wednesday night we will continue that tradition," said Livewire Concepts president C.J. Suggs.