Comedy show to benefit the ARC


Comedy show to benefit the ARC
Dave Rattigan (photo/submitted)

Region? – The Third Annual Comedy Night, featuring the area's most popular and talented comedians, will be held Friday, Feb. 15, at the Hudson Portuguese Club, 13 Port St., Hudson.? The event is being held in support of the Addiction Referral Center (ARC) of Marlborough.? The evening also includes music, dancing, refreshments and raffles.

Thelma Sibley and Jim Saart, co-chairs of the event, have announced that comedians appearing will be the popular Dan Crohn, Dave Rattigan and Mark Scalia.

Rattigan is one of Boston's busiest comedians,

Comedy show to benefit the ARC
Dan Crohn (photo/submitted)

headlining clubs, writing humorous columns and essays, and acting in commercials, small films and web projects.? Standup fans across the country have heard his “Dave Rattigan: Thinks He's Funny” CD on XM Radio and locally on Matty's Comedy 1200.? He has also made three appearances on the syndicated TV Steve Katsos Show.? Described as edgy enough to keep comedy fans engaged, but clean enough to work in front of corporate audiences, Rattigan has performed around the Northeast United States and in Ireland.

Since starting his stand-up career in Boston in the early 1980s, Scalia has developed into a strong international headliner act.? He has entertained thousands of people across the United States and Canada at major comedy clubs, colleges and universities, as well as corporate, private and religious venues.? A two-time semifinalist in the Boston Comedy Riots, he has also performed at the Boston International Comedy Festival, the Seattle International Comedy Festival and the New Orleans Comedy Festival.

Crohn's stories of family and friends have entertained audiences from all over New England.? His interest in becoming a comedian started the day he stumbled upon his father's Henry Youngman's records at age

Comedy show to benefit the ARC
Marc Scalia (photo/submitted)

8.? A semifinalist in the Boston Comedy Festival, he has headlined at Comix at Foxwoods, and has performed with a number of well-known headliners, including Doug Stanhope, Jim Norton and Pauly Shore.

For more information on sponsorships or tickets ($20 each purchased in advance and $200 for a table of 10), contact ARC Board Chair Ernie Kapopoulos at 978-562-7090, Dicky Bolt at 508-733-2313 or Jim Saart at 978-568-8371.

The ARC is a nonprofit corporation that provides intervention and aftercare support services to individuals in the greater Marlborough area who are in recovery or seeking to begin recovery from alcohol and/or drug addiction. ?It was established more than 39 years ago as a drop-in center on Lincoln Street, by a handful of individuals who were on a quest to remain sober from alcohol addiction.? These dedicated people created a safe alternative they knew would work for them.

The ARC became a welcome haven for those who knew they were addicted and if they drank again, surely they would lose everything in life.? It became the quest of ARC members to reach out and help fellow alcoholics and addicted friends regain their independence and work toward the goal of increased self-sufficiency.

With the addition of a director and an all volunteer Board of Directors, the scope of the ARC broadened, and has become an outstanding nonprofit agency that provides many extensive services to the community at-large, as well as to addicted people and their families.? Many residents of Roland's House, the Marlborough-Hudson Homeless Shelter, find a new beginning with the help at the ARC.

Located at 33 Main St. in Marlborough, the ARC provides a 24-hour hotline, 34 on-site self-help daily meetings, and a drop-in center for those in recovery, to learn new skills and build economic security and self-sufficiency.? The organization provides referrals, education and outreach about chemical dependency to the community at-large.? The ARC circulates educational materials and available resources for multi-cultural groups and organizations, as well as offering speakers to area schools and businesses.

Proceeds from the comedy show will be used to keep the ARC operating and saving the lives all who avail themselves of its many services.

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