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DHS News Newsletter July 2009

Judicial, mayoral candidates compete for laughs at second annual Comedy Night

July 2009

On August 20, 2009, DHS will bring together judicial and Pittsburgh mayoral candidates for an evening of laughter at the Pittsburgh Improv. Candidates’ Comedy Night 2009, a fundraiser for the popular Allegheny County Music Festival Fund (ACMFF), will feature judicial and mayoral candidates running for political office in November’s general election offering up their best five minutes of material.

The fun-filled event will be a rare political win-win. The candidates will benefit from their willingness to be off-message by getting to perform for an audience of politically savvy community leaders. At the same time, children served by DHS and the Allegheny County Juvenile Court win since the evening’s attendees will raise much needed monies to replenish the ACMFF, which finances requests for life-enriching opportunities not otherwise available through traditional government funding.

The ACMFF is a partnership of DHS, the Allegheny County Children’s Court and Juvenile Court and the Allegheny County Parks Department and its Office of Special Events. Each year, two events – the Allegheny County Music Festival concert at Hartwood Acres and Comedy Night – help replenish monies for the ACMFF. Donations totaling $263,000, collected since 2000 through these two events, have already changed the lives of 1,077 children in Allegheny County.

Comedy Night, modeled after the Stu Bykofsky fundraiser in Philadelphia, helps to raise additional money for the ACMFF and hopes to bring levity to the general election season by allowing office-holders and candidates alike to perform stand-up comedy routines, tell stories, sing, juggle, dance or even perform magic tricks. Last year’s Candidates’ Comedy Night raised a much-appreciated $38,000.

With Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Columnist Gene Collier serving as emcee, the list of “performers” includes Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato and candidates for the City of Pittsburgh Mayor and the Supreme, Superior and Commonwealth courts. For a complete list of candidates who have confirmed for this year’s event, please see the highlighted box on this page.

Doors to the Pittsburgh Improv will open at 5:00 p.m. and the show will begin at 8:00 p.m.

Seating still available

Seating is still available for Candidate’s Comedy Night in three categories of sections, with each section having eight seats. The sections of eight seats are priced as follows:

  • Platinum Seating- $1,000
  • Gold Seating- $750
  • Silver Seating- $500

To reserve your section of seats, contact the DHS Event Line at 412-350-3428. Tickets are sold only in sections and 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.


Participating Candidates:


Judge for Supreme Court:
Jack Panella- (D) – confirmed
Joan Orie Melvin- (R) confirmed

Judge for Superior Court:
Anne E. Lazarus- (D) - confirmed
Kevin Francis McCarthy- (D) - confirmed
Robert J. Colville-(D) - confirmed
Judy Olson- (R)- confirmed
Sallie Mundy- (R) - confirmed
Temp Smith- (R) - confirmed

Judge for the Commonwealth Court:
Linda S. Judson- (D) - confirmed
Patricia A. McCullough- (R) - confirmed
Kevin Brobson- (R)- confirmed

Mayor City of Pittsburgh:
Franco Dok Harris- (I) - confirmed
Kevin Acklin- (I) - confirmed

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