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Staff and supporters of Winthrop’s CCFK joined together for Comedy Night at Paparazzi Restaurant in Westbury to raise funds for the Center’s psychosocial programs and services.
Laughter took center stage on June 13 as comedians Billy Lynch, Joe DeVito and Chris Monty entertained an overflow crowd at Paparazzi Restaurant in Westbury for The Cancer Center for Kids’ (CCFK) Comedy Night. Event proceeds benefitted the Center’s psychosocial programs and services.

Stand-up routines that took gentle aim at the challenges of living in New York City, marriage, and bachelorhood meshed well with the ambiance generated by this informal gathering of family and friends of the CCFK. Cocktails, dinner, and raffle prizes that included tickets to Stand Up/NY were part of the festivities.

Since the CCFK’s mission is to foster hope and healing among its children and their families, it seemed particularly appropriate for laughter to be the main event. Humor, after all, can lighten one’s burdens, inspire optimism, and support both physical and emotional health. So, too, the CCFK’s psychosocial programs nourish spirit and soul, mind and body, and offer children with cancer a place where they can relax and be creative while they deal with some of the toughest times of their lives.

The CCFK is a lifeline for kids with cancer and blood disorders. Its unique delivery of care enables most patients to be treated in a family-centered, nurturing environment without the need for hospitalization. Therapeutic programs like Family Support, Music Therapy and Kids Club are offered free to patients; since these services are not reimbursed by insurance companies, successful fundraisers like Comedy Night take on even more significance.

After the last comedian left the stage, then-CCFK Development Specialist Elizabeth Urbanski expressed gratitude to longtime CCFK friend and supporter, Paula Sesto, who helped create and organize the event. “And to our comedians,” said Ms. Urbanski, “thanks for lending your talents to our noble cause. You helped prove that laughter really is the best medicine!”

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