A year of firsts for ‘Stand Up For Kidz’


“Stand Up For Kidz” is an adult comedy fundraiser for Greene County’s child advocacy center, Michael’s House, located in Fairborn.

Greene County News Report

FAIRBORN — Tickets are on sale now for the adult comedy benefit “Stand Up For Kidz” benefiting local children suffering from all forms of abuse.

The fourth annual show will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 22 at the Dayton Funny Bone at the Greene. Doors open at 6 p.m. Seats are $15 each with all ticket proceeds from the show and door prize entries going directly to Michael’s House Child Advocacy Center in Fairborn.

It is a warm and welcoming environment that provides a single place for investigations to occur in a comfortable, child-friendly and private setting. Many children also receive on-going therapy services at Michael’s House.

“Although our facility was donated by generous community supporters, it still has day-to-day expenses,” said Elaine Mercurio, development director at Michael’s House. “We are working to meet those needs through two major annual fundraisers, our comedy show on July 22 and our ‘Family Fun Day’ on Aug. 29. Our events are organized entirely by volunteers and all performers donate their time and talents. We are very fortunate.”

The “Stand Up For Kidz” comedy show benefit has continued to grow since it began in 2012.

“We are thrilled to be back in Greene County for our first show ever at the amazing Funny Bone,” said show founder Jack Wilson.

The venue also selected Michael’s House as its “charity of the month” for July. The Funny Bone will have a featured $6 drink called “Michael’s Dream” (Smirnoff sour fruit punch vodka, blueberry schnapps, blue curacao, sour and Sprite). A portion of every drink special ordered in July will go to the organization.

“We just can’t say enough about the wonderful folks at the Funny Bone,” Wilson said. “Michael’s House serves all of Greene County, so this is the ideal venue for our comedy show.”

Wilson is taking his first turn as the headliner act for the event. Other featured comics include Joanna Augenstein, Dale Bloomquist, Tracy Cooper, Gary Offill, and Jay Snyder.

“Another first is our emcee Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer,” Wilson said. “I hope everyone will come out and cheer the Sheriff on for his comedy show debut. If we’re lucky, he might even tell a few jokes.”

In addition to the Dayton Funny Bone, sponsors for the Michael’s House 2015 community support campaign include: AJ’s Automotive; Andes Drive Thru; Bar Louie; BD Mongolian Grill; Beavercreek Golf Club; Books $ Co.; Cherry House Café; Cheryl’s Cookies; Christopher’s Restaurant; Clifton Mill; Dayton Dragons; Dayton Eye Associates; Edible Arrangements; Esther Price; Fairborn Pet Grooming; Family Video; First Watch; Flying Pizza; Giovanni’s; Golden Jersey Inn; Headlines; Holiday Inn I-675; Hollon Flowers; Home Depot; Jamie’s Tire Service; Knollwood Garden Center; Mary Kay Cosmetics/Mary Alice Paxson; Massage Envy; Merry Maids; Murray Bail Bonds; Ohio Lottery; On the Go Prints; One Eyed Jacks; Pain Alternatives; Rave Cinemas; Ritter’s; Salon EXP; Scene 75; Shear Therapy Salon; Sleep Number; Sunkissed Tans;Shwartz Jewelers Fairborn; Texas Roadhouse; TGI Friday’s; Value City Furniture; WalMart; Woodhouse Spa;and Yoga Loft. Any business or individual interested in becoming a sponsor can contact Cheri McGee, co-Chair, at 937-318-8146.

For more information about the fundraisers, Michael’s House, or sponsorship, visit www.standupforkidz.com.

Greene County News Report compiled by Amanda Crowe.