Comedy night to benefit Coleman Professional Services

Contributed EVENT PLANNERS — Committee members involved in planning the second-annual comedy night fundraiser to benefit Coleman Professional Services are, from left, Kristy Price, Coleman Professional Services chief officer of Jefferson County, and Bonnie Willison, Kelly Bozeman and Almanda Gregg. Beth Rupert-Warren also is a committee member. The comedy night will be held Aug. 17 at St. Florian Event Center in Wintersville and feature three comedians from the Pittsburgh-based Slapstick Production Comedians.

WINTERSVILLE — Pittsburgh-based Slapstick Production Comedians is coming to Jefferson County for the second-annual comedy nght benefitting Coleman Professional Services. 

They will be performing Aug. 17 at St. Florian Event Center in Wintersville to help raise money to respond to the growing need for immediate access to mental health, addiction and housing services in Jefferson County provided by Coleman, planners explained. 

Three comedians will perform that evening. David Kaye and Bill Benden, who have both appeared on Comedy Central, and Auggie Cook, a “clean” keyboard comic, will provide the laughs. 

The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. when doors open. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and nonalcoholic beverages will be provided, and a cash bar will be available.

There also will be a gift basket auction and a 50/50 drawing. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 each and are available by going online to https://www.colemanservices.org/events/comedynight.aspx or by contacting Bonnie Willison by phone at (740) 996-7039 or by e-mail to bonnie.willison@colemanservices.org.

“Coleman’s mission of improving the lives of the people they serve, regardless of their ability to pay is serious business, but as laughter can be wonderful medicine, this evening of fun and fundraising is a great way to support Coleman’s mission in Jefferson County and have fun,” a press release notes. One hundred percent of the funds raised will stay in the local community, it adds.

Coleman Professional Services is a nationally recognized nonprofit provider of behavioral health and addiction recovery services, according to organizers.

To achieve its mission, Coleman’s vision is to foster recovery by having immediate access to services, regardless of the ability to pay, to build independence by providing safe, decent housing for homeless persons and to change destinies, by offering employment services to its clients. 

Coleman has two locations:  3200 Johnson Road and 740 N. Sixth Ave., both in Steubenville.  To access services, call (740) 996-7100. The 24-hour crisis line is (740) 996-7127.

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