Join us for the first inaugural Crack Up Cancer 2020 in Ft. Lauderdale!
Comics include John Consoli, Dean Napolitano, Al Romas & Theresa Carissimi!
Proceeds benefiting The Kendra's Kisses Foundation
Saturday, April 25, 2020 at the Savor Theater, 503 SE 6th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
- General Admission Tickets: $40 per person
- VIP Tickets: $125 per person (Includes 90 minute cocktail, appetizers and seating in the first 3 rows. Space is limited!)
- VIP Doors Open at 5:30pm
- General Admission Doors Open at 7:00pm
- Showtime 7:30pm
The show is R rated and parental guidance is suggested for anyone under 21.
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Ft. Lauderdale, February 20, 2020:Long running Crack Up Cancer Comedy Benefit has paired up with the founder of the Kendra’s Kisses Foundation to host a comedy show that will take place on April 25, 2020 at the Savor Theater in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. All proceeds from the show will benefit Kendra’s Kisses, the Kendra Vermont Foundation. This foundation was established in May 2007 after Marc and Christy Vermont’s four-year-old daughter Kendra passed away from a malignant brain tumor. “We felt that an organization that was able to give money directly to the families dealing with childhood cancer was necessary” says Marc, an Assistant Fire Chief with Oakland Park Fire Rescue. “While Kendra was getting cancer treatments, the focus of your life shifts from everyday problems to the survival of your child. If you are unable to work so that you can be with your child, you should not have to worry about how you are going to pay your bills”, said Vermont. “During our time in need, the South Florida community pulled together for us so that we could spend every day with Kendra and we did not have to worry about where our mortgage payment was coming from”, said Christy a nail technician in Hollywood. Marc and Christy are the President and Vice President of Kendra’s Kisses and work part time at it raising money through events such as this comedy show.
Kendra was initially treated at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, FL. When the doctors there had discovered that Kendra’s tumor was more advanced than originally suspected, alternative treatments had to be found. The Vermont family went to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee where they had an open cancer research protocol that would treat the Medulloblastoma with aggressive treatment administered through a port surgically placed in her head. Kendra had also received high dose cranial-spinal radiation and three cranial surgeries. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a special place because the entire hospital is funded by grants and donations. If a patient does not have insurance or funding, the hospital never charges a patient for services. They even provide housing for the families of the patients. Even with all that they offer, in order to be with your child, it is difficult to maintain a steady income back at home. “You can’t just quit your job, sell your house and car, and move to Memphis”, said Christy. “The world does not put everything on hold when you are dealt the blow of childhood cancer. Bills still need to be paid and that is where Kendra’s Kisses steps in with its grant program.” “It is wonderful to be able to make an immediate impact in these children’s lives.” says Vermont.
While on vacation in 2017, Marc and Christy met Jack and Jessica Bevilacqua who are the founders of Crack Up Cancer. Jack and Jessica have hosted Crack Up Cancer in Tampa for the past 13 years. They all came up with the idea to do a South Florida show benefitting Kendra’s Kisses after Marc and Christy were invited to attend a show in Tampa. The host comedienne Theresa Carrisimi is a local comic that has been a finalist for Florida's Funniest Comedian 2 years in a row. Al Romas, Dean Napolitano and John Consoli are nationally recognized comics that round off the night with some high energy comedy.
Tickets to the show can be purchased at crackupcancer.brownpapertickets.com. General admission is $40 and VIP is $125 per person. The VIP package includes a 90-minute premium cocktails open bar, appetizers and seating in the first 3 rows. VIP doors open at 5:30pm, general admission doors open at 7:00pm and Showtime is at 7:30pm. The show is R rated and parental guidance is suggested for anyone under 21.
About Kendra’s Kisses:Kendra’s Kisses is a Florida 501c3, non-profit organization dedicated to provide assistance in the form of social, emotional, and financial support to families and caregivers in need when a child or children of that family is diagnosed with a life threatening illness. More information can be found on their website at www.kendraskisses.org. If you would like to make a donation or volunteer, you may do so on the website.
About Crack up Cancer Comedy Benefit:Crack up Cancer Comedy Benefit was founded in 2007 as a way for Jack Bevilacqua to honor hisparent’s fight and eventual defeat at the hands of cancer.That first year, the event had 85 people attend and raised $1800, but has grown steadily to nearly 900 people and $30,000 raised annually.2020 will be its 14th year in Tampa Bay and they have cumulatively raised over $250,000 for local cancer patients and their families.Crack up Cancer annually features some of the best local and touring comics in the country.Crack up Cancer is affiliated with Cure on Wheels, Inc., a 501c3 from St. Petersburg that is an all volunteer cancer fundraising organization whose mission it is to support local cancer programs and donate annually between 95-100% of all profits to these local causes.Visit www.crackupcancer.com or www.cureonwheels.org for more information.