Fourth annual comedy show to benefit the ARC


Region – The Fourth Annual Comedy Night, featuring the area's most popular and talented comedians will be held Friday, Feb. 21 at the Portuguese Club, 13 Port St., Hudson, as a fundraiser for the Addiction Referral Center (ARC) of Marlborough.? The event also includes music, refreshments, raffles and prizes.

Thelma Sibley and Marie Cheetham, co-chairs of the event, have announced that popular comedians Dave Rattigan, Bob Seibel, and Chris Pennie will be performing.

Rattigan will be returning to host for a third time. In the past year his standup bits and one-liners have been featured in video and still photos on various web sites.? He performed at the 2013 Hampton Beach, N.H. Comedy Festival, opened for Irish comedian Ardal O”Hanlon at the Paradise in Boston, and was a judge at the Boston Comedy Festival.

Seibel is a lifetime class clown from Lynn.? He is one of the most requested acts in New England, headlining such top nightclubs as Nick's Comedy Stop in Boston and Giggles in Saugus.

A life-long full-time bachelor and full-time single dad, Pennie pulls humor from his self-described dysfunctional family and offbeat view of the world to entertain audiences at clubs and fundraisers around New England.? He has performed at a variety of comedy festivals.

Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 each and $200 for a table of 10 if purchased in advance and $25 at the door. For more information on sponsorships, tickets, and table reservations, contact Dicky Bolt at 508-733-2313 or Ernie Kapopoulos, 978-273-6710.

The ARC is a non-profit organization 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 and has continued to successfully help many regain their independence and maintain the goal of increased self-sufficiency.

Located at 33 Main St., Marlborough, the ARC provides a 24-hour hotline, on-site self-help daily meetings, and a drop-in center for sociability and training.? The ARC director and staff of volunteers also provide referrals, education, and outreach about chemical dependency to the community at large and circulate educational materials to area schools and businesses.

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

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