This evening I attended a fundraiser. Yes, fundraising is a staple of life in a teacher’s world. But this fundraiser was special to me for a variety of reasons. First, it’s organized by a group of my former students that I love dearly. Second, it’s organized for our school’s Army JROTC students–and my son being a former JROTC student makes it near and dear to my heart. Third, it’s for scholarships for students who might not otherwise be looked at to receive scholarship money to help them in continuing their education. So this fundraiser is firing on all cylinders for me.
My son, the Marine Corps JROTC cadet (this picture was from his sophomore year–he eventually earned top rank for his battalion as its commander).
The icing on the cake though? We had a night of laughs at The Comedy Club.
Groups of my colleagues were scattered throughout the room to see the evening’s host, Feraz Ozel, along with Michael Rayner, Paul Reiser, and Lachlan Patterson. And this evening of laughter to the point of crying was sorely needed. One of my best friends and her S/O attended with me. And since we both work so hard as teachers (she and her boyfriend both teach elementary) as well as working hard as union advocates for our teachers and our profession, we were all about letting our hair down for the evening for such a great cause. It’s a win/win situation.
I have always considered myself lucky to live within easy distance of Hermosa Beach’s Comedy and Magic Club. And I often chastise myself for not going often enough to enjoy such top-notch live entertainment. This was my first visit in nearly four years. Even I have to admit that four years is four years too many. I have always walked away from CMC with a smile imprinted on my face. And I mean “walked” literally. I live within walking distance of this fabulous place. But tonight, I used my son as my own personal Uber driver. He dropped me literally at the front door.
I’m familiar with Paul Reiser, as I’ve even seen him at CMC before. He is a class act. I loved the introduction to Ozel, Rayner, and Patterson though. The entire evening was filled with laughter, friends, and fun. And it was all for a good cause.
Feraz Ozel (2018)
Michael Rayner, juggler, (from 2009)
Paul Reiser at The Comedy Club (2014)
Lachlan Patterson standup (2017)
“King of Comedy” by REM