Healthy Laughs to benefit PHC
October 28, 2011
Having no health insurance is nothing to laugh about, but the People’s Health Clinic is using laughter to provide uninsured Summit and Wasatch county residents quality medical care.
On Thursday, Nov. 3, the clinic will present the Healthy Laughs fundraiser, a night of comedy at the Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St. The event will feature comedians Frances Dilorinzo, Dennis Regan and Ron Pearson.
Dilorinzo has appeared on "Last Comic Standing," "Comics Unleashed" and "Girl’s Night Out." Regan, known for his writing for "The King of Queens," has also appeared on "Late Show with David Letterman," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and A&E’s "Evening at the Improv."
Headliner Ron Pearson is known for his work with "That ’70s Show," "The George Lopez show," "The Drew Carey Show" and "Chelsea Lately."
"We are very lucky to have these wonderful comedians who will come perform," said Jenny Dorsey, the clinic’s events coordinator. "We were brainstorming and wanted to present a fundraiser that was really fun. Since we love to laugh, we decided a comedy evening would be right up our alley."
Park City resident David Williams, who, along with his wife, is a supporter of the People’s Health Clinic, contacted the comedians.
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"David has been a stand-up comedian and he knew them," Dorsey said. "We talked to him about doing a comedy fundraiser and he took the ball and ran with it."
Tickets for the fundraiser are $60, and, all the proceeds will be given to the PHC’s general fund.
"We couldn’t have done this without our sponsors Waldorf Astoria, Skullcandy, Swire Coca-Cola, Intermountain Park City Medical Center, Park City Medical Center ProHealth Lab, Park City Specialty Clinic. The Yard and Teasley Plastic Surgery," Dorsey said.
The People’s Health Clinic was established in 2000.
"We are a safety-net clinic and provide well visits for adults and children," Dorsey said. "Since 2000, we have provided pediatric care, chronic-ailment care, pre-natal care and basic vision for our patients.
"All our doctors donate their time with us because they believe in our mission and the service we provide."
The only thing the patients need to do when they make an appointment is to show proof of residency.
"It’s the kind of the same thing they show when they go and apply for a library card," she said. "The only thing the clinic asks is a $15 donation from patients, which many do, but can’t afford."
Dorsey said it’s a travesty that in this age, health insurance costs are still out of reach for some.
"One in five of the community’s residents, our friends and neighbors, don’t have health insurance," she said. "I have seen people who haven’t had health insurance put off going to the doctor because they are afraid of not being able to afford further treatment if something is wrong.
"I really do feel healthcare is a right," she said. "We need to look out for our friends and neighbors and help them stay healthy. Thank goodness we live in a community where the founders of our clinic saw the need and were proactive. We can be proud to be in a community that has partially solved a national dilemma."
Healthy Laughs, a fundraiser for the People’s Health Clinic featuring comedians Frances Dilorinzo, Dennis Regan and Ron Pearson will be held at the Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $60 and include admission and an after-party reception with champagne and chocolates. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.peopleshealthclinic.org or by calling (435) 333-1871.