If the Laramie winter has you feeling a little blue these days, Soroptimist International of Laramie has a plan to lighten the mood.
Laramie Laughs for a Cause, the club’s longtime annual fundraiser, is set for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Gryphon Theatre, 710 Garfield St. Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door.
The evening is scheduled to begin with hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and gun raffle.
The night’s comedians are scheduled to take the stage at 8 p.m., starting with opener David Rodriquez, a stand-up comedian based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Headliner Sam Adams, who is based in Denver, will follow.
At the close of the evening, guests will be served chocolate-dipped strawberries.
Soroptimist International is an organization of for professional women that works to support women and girls around the world. Board member Chelsie Mathews said Laramie Laughs for a Cause is the club’s main fundraiser of the year, and proceeds will benefit the group’s efforts to support women and girls in the local community.
Each year, the group funds a scholarship called the Live Your Dream Award, which is given to a female head-of-household who is in the midst of school or training. Mathews said the award is unique in that it doesn’t have to be used for school-related expenses.
“They can use it for whatever they want,” she said. “If they have car repairs or their child needs new clothes, they can use the money for whatever they feel they need it for.”
Soroptimist International also supports local organizations such as Climb Wyoming, Laramie Youth Crisis Center, Ark Regional Services, Albany County Safe Project and Project Graduation.
“We take those funds and donate them back into the community and really try and help support women and girls in need,” Mathews said.
She said she valued Soroptimist because of the bonds she’s built with other women through their shared mission.
“I think it’s really important for women to help each other out,” she said.
Comedian Sam Adams first tried stand-up comedy in 2001, at the age of 41. By 2009, he won the Great American Comedy Festival and turned his passion into a full-time pursuit.
He left behind a long career in newspaper journalism, covering sports in the Denver area.
Mathews said both comedians tell jokes without profanity.
“It’s good, clean comedy,” she said.
Tickets for Laramie Laughs for a Cause are available from any club member, online at www.soroptimistoflaramie.org or at First Interstate Bank, 221 Ivinson Ave., Security First Bank, 608 Grand Ave., and ACPE Federal Credit Union, 2835 Grand Ave.