The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 27, 2012

Laughing it up for a good cause

By James Neal, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — The public is invited to laugh it up for a good cause Tuesday at the All Hallows Evening of Comedy, a stand-up comedy and silent-auction fundraiser to benefit an Enid family living with multiple sclerosis and the National MS Society.

According to the National MS Society, one in every 750 Americans will be diagnosed with MS. For people with a family history of MS, the risk rises to one in 40.

Tiffany Harvey, one of the event organizers for the All Hallows Evening of Comedy, said she’s always known about MS, but its impact wasn’t felt until a close friend was diagnosed with the disease.

“A dear friend of ours was recently diagnosed with MS,” Harvey said. “He is a guy who works with his hands, and we knew there were going to be a lot of struggles coming up for him and his family.

“We were going through the National MS Society and learning more about it, and we knew we wanted to do something to help them out through their process and some of the struggles they’re facing.”

Harvey said the idea for a fundraiser “started out small,” but soon grew due to the support of local businesses and individuals.

“Because of the support we’ve had throughout the community, especially when we started asking for sponsorships and donations, it just grew by leaps and bounds,” Harvey said.

The event now is scheduled to include two stand-up comedians, Alex Hardin and Justin Smith, both of Hennessey, and a silent auction.

Auction items include custom-made furniture, a date night basket, guys’ basket, girls’ day-out basket, kids’ basket, photography packages, guided youth turkey hunts and more.

The evening’s activities also will include a live pie auction. The high bidder will win the pie and the opportunity to throw it in the face of one of the following: Attorney Dalen McVay; Undersheriff Jerry Niles; Enid Fire Chief Joe Jackson; state Sen. Patrick Anderson; and state Rep. Mike Jackson.  

Attendees are encouraged to wear a Halloween costume.

Tickets are $20 for admission and dinner, catered by Panevino. Raffle tickets will be sold for $10 each for a chance to win 100 pounds of beef, donated by a local producer.

The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Cherokee Strip Conference Center in Enid.

For more information, contact Harvey at (580) 402-5633, or email tiffany.ann.har