The Children’s Brain Tumor Family Foundation Hosted “No Laughing Matter,”
a Laugh-Out-Loud Fundraising Event that raised $450,000 for Research
Comedian Jim Gaffigan and an All-Star Comedy Line-Up Donated Time and Talent to
Help Raise Research Funding for Rare and Inoperable Brain Tumors at Weill Cornell Medicine
The room was filled with laughter infused by hope on Tuesday, October 16 at Carolines on Broadway as the Children’s Brain Tumor Family Foundation hosted “No Laughing Matter,” a night of comedy to benefit the Children’s Brain Tumor Project (CBTP) at the Weill Cornell Medicine Pediatric Brain and Spine Center. Three-time Grammy-nominated comedian Jim Gaffigan performed along with some of the nation’s funniest names in comedy today – plus a touching youth performance by the original “Comedy Kids™” Max Chwatko and Alex Travin. The inaugural event raised $450,000 to benefit the groundbreaking research of Dr. Mark Souweidane and Dr. Jeffrey Greenfield, co-founders of the CBTP.
Performances included Master of Ceremonies Michael Dean Ester, Ali Wentworth, Kevin McCaffrey, Kendall Ketchum, Erik Bergstrom, Jessica Kirson, Damien Lemon, Ryan Hamilton and Jim Gaffigan, all of whom so generously donated their time and talent to support the cause.
“We are so grateful to the Children’s Brain Tumor Family Foundation, the dinner committee, the performers, the honorees, the sponsors and the volunteer staff who made this event such a tremendous success. We are so humbled to be the beneficiary of such a big event in New York City, and we were completely blown away by the support,” said Dr. Jeffrey Greenfield.
The purpose of the event was to raise much-needed research funding for rare and inoperable tumors while honoring the brave children and families who have been impacted by a pediatric brain tumor diagnosis. The incidence of brain tumor diagnoses among children has been increasing over the past 40 years, yet little progress has been made in advancing cures. Brain tumors are the most common tumors found in children, and also the most fatal.
In addition to side-splitting comedy, the evening included an award presentation to honorees Max Chwatko and Alex Travin, creators of Comedy Kids™ followed by their side-splitting performance, and John Rivera, founder of the Cristian Rivera Foundation.
“No Laughing Matter” was generously sponsored by Tory Burch, DDB Health, Freds at Barneys, Juniors Cheesecake, Rivkin Radler and Slate Technology Inc.