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Shaking with Laughter–A Virtually Funny Fundraiser for Parkinson’s Disease

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Shaking with Laughter was founded by Karen and Marc Jaffe in 2011 and is continued by CWRU School of Medicine with event chair Marc Jaffe.

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We are excited to announce and invite you to be part of Shaking with Laughter – A Virtually Funny Fundraiser for Parkinson’s Disease on April 24, 2021. Virtual guests of the event will enjoy a lineup of comedians and musicians headlined by the very funny and innovative Randy Rainbow with emcee Marc Jaffe, Shaking with Laughter co-founder.

Proceeds from the event will support Parkinson's disease research at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, founder of the community-wide Cleveland Brain Health Initiative (CBHI) which brings together partner institutions devoted to finding new cures and ways to care for people suffering from brain-related diseases and disorders. This event will fund CBHI through established partnerships with the Jaffe Armsden Butler Endowed Fund for Parkinson’s Disease, established by Catherine Armsden and the late Lewis Butler, in honor of Karen Jaffe and her relentless pursuit of a cure for Parkinson’s disease. In addition, event proceeds will support the Meisel Family Foundation Fund in Parkinson’s Disease Research, which was established to support a community-based collaboration between CWRU and InMotion, a local organization that helps people with Parkinson's disease feel better every day.


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Randy Rainbow is an American comedian, actor, singer, writer and satirist best known for his popular series of musical parodies and political spoofs, which have garnered him international acclaim. The influencer and Internet sensation’s viral comedy videos receive millions of views across all social media and digital platforms. Check out more about Randy on his website: randyrainbow.com


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Announcing our exciting limited ticket raffle!

You can participate even if you can't attend the event! The winner need not be present. Only 100 tickets are available. Don't miss your chance! To purchase tickets and for more information, click on the tickets button. The more tickets you purchase, the better your chances are!

Win the Ultimate Pro Sports Fan Getaway for two! The package, valued at $2,700, includes:

  • Two lower-level seats to your chosen regular season MLB, NBA, NFL, or NHL game, or two grounds passes to a non-major PGA golf tournament with a 2-night weekend stay in a standard room at a Hyatt, Marriott, Sheraton, Wyndham or comparable, booking and concierge service
  • Two 2021 Cleveland Browns regular season tickets (section 132, 40-yard line)
  • Two 2021 Cleveland Indians regular season tickets (Field box seats)
  • One overnight stay in a downtown Cleveland hotel

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John Pizzarelli: John Pizzarelli is a world-renowned guitarist and singer who has been hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” The Toronto Star pegged him as “the genial genius of the guitar.” And the Seattle Times saluted him as “a rare entertainer of the old school.” Check out more about John on his website: johnpizzarelli.com

Wayne Cotter: Wayne Cotter is a veteran of the talk shows, having appeared dozens of times with both David Letterman and Jay Leno. A top nationally touring comedian, Wayne hosted the Fox Television Network series Comic Strip Live for many years and has been nominated as “Best Standup Comedian” in the American Comedy Awards. Check out more about Wayne on his website: waynecotter.com

Carmen Lynch: Carmen Lynch has been featured on a string of late-night shows including The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Conan, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Carmen has appeared in numerous primetime shows including The Good Wife, Inside Amy Schumer, and This Week at the Comedy Cellar. Check out more about Carmen on her website: carmenlynch.com

Moody McCarthy: Moody McCarthy has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Conan, and the Letterman Show. He’s also been featured on America’s Got Talent and Last Comic Standing, but gets asked more about his House Hunters episode. Check out more about Moody on his website: moodymccarthy.com

Tim Cavanagh: Tim Cavanagh is a favorite on the nationally syndicated BOB & TOM Show, Tim is a veteran headliner in comedy clubs across the country. Check out more about Tim on his website: timcav.com

Marc Jaffe: Marc Jaffe is not only one of the co-founders of Shaking with Laughter he was also a comedy writer and performer for many years. Marc has written for many top comedians from Garry Shandling to Paul Reiser and for many television shows, most notably Seinfeld.


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There are several ticket options to enjoy the event from the comfort of your own home. Tickets range in price from $50 to $200, with a post-event meet and greet experience with one of the performers for VIP ticket-holders and wine and appetizer plate thanks to Kendall-Jackson Wines and Chef Doug Katz available with two ticket levels. Ticket sales close on April 16. To purchase tickets for this event, click on the ticket link.

Food and wine pick up on April 24, 2-3 p.m. at 1975 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights at the old Katz Club Diner.

There are several sponsorship opportunities available to help contribute to the success of the event. Sponsorship support will not only underwrite the cost of the event, but will positively impact our work towards finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease. Please see below for additional information on our Parkinson’s disease research efforts. Sponsorship sales close on March 26. To partner with us on this exciting event, click the ticket link.

Sponsorship questions can be directed to Jamie Clay at Jamie.Clay@case.edu or 216.368.5853. If you would like to pay for your sponsorship offline, please contact Tina Gerber at Tina.Gerber@case.edu or 216.368.5281.

​Thank you to our sponsors!

Platinum

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Gold

Glenn Leppo

"The Usual Suspects"

Silver

Fran and Jules Belkin

Edward and Barbara Bell Family Foundation

The Frangos Group

Marc and Karen Jaffe

Harvey Kay and Lorelei Stein-Sapir

Dennis and Ginny Lehman and Family

Laura Ospanik and Stephen Robbins

Thank you to our in-kind donors!

Kendall-Jackson Wines


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If you would like to pay for your sponsorship offline, please contact Tina Gerber at Tina.Gerber@case.edu or 216.368.5281.

To learn more about our need to find a cure and our research efforts, visit: case.edu/medicine/giving/strategic-events/shaking-with-laughter

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