The Hollywood Wilshire YMCA (Hollywood Y) will celebrate its 10th annual Comedy For A Cause fundraiser at the Sunset Strip’s world-famous Laugh Factory in Hollywood from 8 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

Emceed by comedic actor, Rainn Wilson, and hosted by sitcom star, Mike O’Malley, the star-studded benefit will provide an entertaining evening of stand-up comedy by Hollywood’s top entertainers to benefit the Hollywood Y. The evening will begin with a VIP reception at 6:30 p.m. during which guests will mingle with the performers and take delight in hors d’oeuvres and specialty drinks provided by local sponsors. The evening will begin with an introduction by O’Malley at 8 p.m. and end at 10 p.m.

“What better way to celebrate kids and families within the Hollywood community than with a night of great comedy at the Laugh Factory,” says Rainn Wilson, star of NBC’s The Office. “I used to be a member of the Hollywood Y when I first came to Los Angeles, so to be able to spend the evening supporting its programs is of great personal pride for me – it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

“The support we’re getting from the Hollywood community, including from those in front of the camera and those behind the scenes, is amazing,” says Laurie Goganzer, Executive Director and Group Vice President of the Ketchum-Downtown and Hollywood Wilshire branches of the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles. “We’re so grateful to be able to bring L.A. community members and TV’s funniest people in the same room for the purpose of supporting kids and our youth programs.”

Comedy For A Cause brings together acclaimed comedians who volunteer their time and talent to showcase a line-up of stand-up comedy in support of the Hollywood Y’s youth programs, which are dedicated to instilling leadership qualities in its community’s children.

Only 250 tickets will be sold for this exclusive fundraising event and can be purchased for $250 per person. For more information, click here. A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are still available for this event. To sponsor Comedy For A Cause, contact Natasha Radojcic, Associate Director of Development for the Hollywood Wilshire YMCA at (323) 762-8749.

Comedy For A Cause (formerly “Comedy For Kids”) is an annual entertainment showcase held by the Hollywood Wilshire YMCA. Past talent includes comedy greats such as Jay Leno, Tim Allen, George Lopez, Andy Richter, Patricia Heaton, and Ray Romano. Comedy For A Cause is one of Hollywood’s main showcase events committed to supporting the Hollywood Wilshire YMCA’s youth programs, which provide tailored activities to develop character, leadership, health, and wellness among children and teens. More than 110,000 youth participate in Hollywood Wilshire Y programs ranging from preschool to wellness opportunities. For many low-income youth, the Y may be the only access to such activities – opportunities that provide a path to maturity, to college and to a brighter future.

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