Stand Up Comedy Fundraiser For Chicago Kids
On 27 February 2013
“Stand Up for Schools” is a year-long fundraiser produced by The Mikey O Comedy Show “Comedians for Communities” initiative with the sole purpose of raising money for kids in Chicago. More than 14.000 elementary students in the area, coming from low-income families will be helped by this event. The fundraising event consists of four stand up shows, the first one taking place on February 28.
Mike Oquendo, the founder of “The Mikey O Comedy Show” is no stranger to charity work. “I started ‘Stand Up for Schools’ as a way to empower local schools to raise money for immediate dollar needs. At the end of all our shows, we say we need to support arts education…We have a huge deficit in funding for the arts and maybe this will help buy some trumpets, brushes or some scripts for acting”.
The comedians who will be performing on February 28 are Joey Villagomez, Michael Issac, Ken Garr and MoNa. They all hope to raise as much money as possible, so kids have the opportunity to enjoy extracurricular activities like sports and art, or don’t be forced to share the only five computers school can provide. Joey Villagomez, who has a 14 – and 10 – year – old in the Chicago public school system says: “I am a product of Chicago public schools, and I see how much money the government gives, and there’s so much gang violence. To keep kids in schools and keep the schools running is very important to me.”
This event is supported by parents, community members and two non-profits, „Youth Guidance” and „Chicago Voyagers”. Jorge De Leon from Chicago Voyagers thinks Stand Up for School „will will assist in lowering costs for more kids to be able to participate in trips and other educational activities”. We salute this altruist initiative and hope there will be raised as much money as possible.
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