Sunday night, I produced my first comedy fundraiser event. Before I did comedy, I raised money in the political world and also did a few music events through my company Shoeshine Boy Productions but never comedy.
As soon as I agreed to do it, I regretted it. I forgot all the hard work and dedication that goes into a fundraiser. And the promotion. Man do I hate that. And the stress the night of the show, wondering if enough people will show up. And then, of course, I also had to perform. But I thought about my father and the millions of people affected by Parkinsons directly and indirectly and pushed on.
I am happy to report, it was a success. The Stand Up to Parkinsons for Parkinson's Foundation was a success. We raised almost $7,000 at the event AND I presented an oversized check for $10,000 from MY foundation (Farahvar Foundation) to Parkinson's Foundation from the year of "Better Call Paul" shirts I sold on the road.
None of it would have been possible without Allison and Anne at Parkinsons Foundation Midwest, Chris Lange, Alex Strong, Anne Ringrose and everyone at Zanies Comedy Club, comedians Joseph Antonacci and Josh Sneed, the sponsors Rosebud Restaurant Group Sugar Factory LLC. and
I am so grateful for the opportunity to raise money for a good cause and thankful to Jamie Masada at Laugh Factory who showed me the importance of charity. #blessed #charity #parkinsons #comedy
Paul Farahvar is a comedian hailing from Chicago, Ill.
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