April 19, 2013 - Laughing For Limbs at the Paramount
What: A Benefit for Limb Preservation, Laugh to Save Limbs and Lives, was held at the Paramount Theater, Friday, April 19, a night of comedy featuring Denver's own Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald and cancer survivor Woody Roseland.
Where: Paramount Theater
When: Friday, April 19, 2013
Time: Cocktails and dinner 6 pm, show 8 pm
Beneficiary: The Limb Preservation Foundation
Master of Ceremonies: Woody Roseland
Founders: Dr. Ross Wilkins
Catering: Avenue Grill, Bayou Bob, Marlowes, Mount Vernon CC, Tony P's, Gumbo's, Pasquini's, Noodles, Fuze Catering
Entertainment: Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald, touring comedian and star of TV's Animal Planet
Music: Bird Dawgs
Auctioneer: Adam Kevil
Board of Directors: For a complete listing of the board and for information on how you can get involved with the Limb Preservation Foundation, visit www.limbpreservation.org.
Blacktie Photos by: Bob Fontneau
Headliner Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald makes the crowd Laugh For Limbs
Laugh to Save Limbs and Lives, an evening of comedy and entertainment to benefit the Limb Preservation Foundation, was held Friday, April 19, 2013, at the Paramount Theater in Denver, featuring Denver's own Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald as the headliner and Woody Roseland as emcee.
Several hundred guests gathered at the Paramount at 6 pm for cocktails, dinner, and a silent auction. Tables of items were available for bidding as guest ordered libations and sampled food from local restaurants: The Avenue Grill, Bayou Bob's, Marlowe's, Mount Vernon CC, Tony P's, Gumbos, Pasquini's, Noodles & Co and Fuze Catering. Jambalaya, prime rib and eggplant parmigiana were among the entree offerings. Bidding was brisk at the auction tables as guest waited for the main event.
At 8 pm, the crowd headed into the theater to the sounds of Dr. Conrad Tirre and the Bird Dawgs, playing pop and standards as the guests found their seats. Then Shelbi Perry, director of the foundation, took the podium and opened the evening's festivities, introducing Woody Roseland, the emcee for the show.
Roseland is a cancer survivor and a beneficiary of the Limb Preservation Foundation, and his observations about his courageous battle with the disease were told from a uniquely comedic point of view. It's rare to hear comedy about chemo, but in his words, the stories had the crowd laughing along through his pain.
He introduced Dr. Ross Wilkins and Dr. Bill Brown, who explained the work of the foundation and what it means to people who have lost limbs or are in danger of it. Then they introduced a video of a survivor whose life was changed by the work of the foundation.
Next up, auctioneer Adam Kevil took the crowd through a series of live auction items, including a trip to Vancouver that raised $4,000. Between the items and the call to action for donations, a lot of money was raised to help people who need it, and almost everyone in the house contributed.to the cause.
After the auction, Roseland took the stage again for some more stories about his recovery and how much the Limb Foundation helped him, then introduced the main event, Denver's own Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald--nationally-known touring comedian and host of a show on Animal Planet. Fitzgerald has a very endearing style and the audience took to him quickly. He told a joke about performing for an audience of Jehovah's Witnesses. He said all they wanted to hear were knock knock jokes.
After the main act, the Bird Dawgs took the stage again for the dancing pleasure of the crowd. All in all, it was a very entetaining evening for a very good cause. Cancer and trauma are nothing to laugh about... unless you're laughing to Save Limbs.
For more information about how you can get involced with the Limb Preservation Foundation, visit www.limbpreservation.org.