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Political, judicial candidates ‘stand-up’ again for the ACMFF

On August 18, 2011, DHS will again bring together local and state candidates for political and judicial office for an evening of laughter at the Pittsburgh Improv. Doors to the Pittsburgh Improv will open at 6:00 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Candidates’ Comedy Night 2011, a fundraiser for the popular Allegheny County Music Festival Fund (ACMFF), which finances requests for life-enriching items and opportunities not otherwise available through traditional government funding, offers candidates an opportunity to playfully jab their opponents with five minutes of their best material.

The adult-oriented evening has proven to be a rare political win-win. The candidates will benefit from their willingness to be off-message by getting to perform for a politically savvy audience. Children served by DHS and Allegheny County Juvenile Probation win as well, as the evening’s festivities will raise much needed monies to support the ACMFF.

In the past, audiences have witnessed judges singing and dancing, U.S. senators trying stand-up comedy, and mayoral candidates mischievously mocking their opponents. With this year’s line-up, the event will undoubtedly meet the high expectations created in the past three years.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Columnist Gene Collier will return to emcee and offer his own cutting style of stand-up comedy. The list of “performers” includes Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, as well as political and judicial candidates running for election this November, including:

County Executive
Rich Fitzgerald (D)
Raja (R)

County Controller
Rep. Chelsa Wagner (D)

Judge of the Superior Court
Vic Stabile (R)
Judge David Wecht (D)

Judge of the Commonwealth Court
Kathryn Boockvar (D)
Anne Covey (R)

Judge of the Court of Common Pleas
Alexander Bicket (R)

Seating still available
Seating is still available for Candidates' Comedy Night in two categories of sections, with each section having eight seats. The sections of eight seats are priced as follows:

  • Gold Seating- $750
    Silver Seating- $500

The third section, Platinum Seating, has been sold-out.

To reserve your section of seats, contact the DHS Event Line at 412-350-3428. Tickets are sold only in sections and only in advance. Sections will be considered reserved when a check has been received. At that time, a confirmation receipt will be mailed to the purchaser.

Advertise in the event program
There is also an opportunity to secure ad space in the event program at the following donation levels:

  • Full Page - $300 (black and white)
  • Half Page - $150 (black and white)
  • Quarter Page - $75 (black and white)

To purchase ad space in the official program, please call the DHS Event Line at 412-350-3428.

Sponsorship Packages
For information on becoming a Candidates’ Comedy Night 2011 sponsor, please contact Brendan Hanschen in the DHS Office of Community Relations at 412-350-6790 or Brendan.Hanschen@AlleghenyCounty.us.

Important tax information
While we carry out a charitable purpose, we suggest each contributor consult with a tax advisor regarding the treatment of this event as a charitable contribution.

For additional information please visit Candidates’ Comedy Night 2011 web page.

About the ACMFF
The ACMFF is a partnership of DHS and Juvenile Probation that raises funds each year primarily through two events: the Allegheny County Music Festival concert at Hartwood Acres Park and Candidates’ Comedy Night. To date, more than 2,000 children’s lives have been touched by the ACMFF.

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