By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88
Since 1995 the City of Boston has been home to the country’s longest-running comedy fundraiser in the United States-Comics Come Home. Funds that have been raised over the years go to the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care which provides support for patients and their families who are undergoing cancer treatment in Boston-area hospitals.
The event was co-founded by Worcester native and actor/comedian Denis Leary who has served as both host and curator. Hall Of Famer Cam Neeley, who played for the Bruins for 10 seasons, founded the Foundation after losing both his parents to the disease. Shortly after losing his father Michael in 1993, (his mom Marlene passed away in 1987) he reached out to Leary to help organize a Boston-based comedy benefit show.
This year the event will take place this November 12th at the TD Garden and 100 percent of the proceeds will go directly to The Neely Integrative Center, a new venture for the Foundation. The center, the first of its kind in the country, “will advance the research, education, and science-based integrative care and nutrition access for cancer and autoimmune diseases.”
In partnership with The Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition and Science Policy, the Foundation is looking to raise enough philanthropic support to fully fund the project in the next two years, which is estimated to cost more than $8 million dollars to complete.
Tickets are available here and feature a huge lineup of comedians including Lenny Clarke, Chris Distefano, Jimmy Fallon, Sam Jay, Robert Kelly, John Mulaney, Carolyn Plummer, and Roy Wood Jr. For more information about the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care and the Neely House please visit their website.
Hitting The Links
On September 15th, the Boston Bruins Foundation will host the 19th Annual Golf Tournament at the Pinehills Gold Club in Plymouth, MA. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation and the Boston Bruins Alumni Association.
Current players, alumni, management, and coaching staff will play alongside each other in the event. Those players expected to tee off include Patrice Bergeron Brandon Carlo, Connor Carrick, Connor Clifton, Charlie Coyle, Jake DeBrusk, Nick Foligno, Derek Forbert, Trent Frederic, Taylor Hall, Kyle Kyser, Hampus Lindholm, Craig Smith, Linus Ullmark and others.
Special Olympic MA athletes John Dunleavy and Tyler Lagasse will also be participating. Dunleavy has been in the Special Olympics for over 10 years where he swims and plays basketball. He also works within the Boston Bruins organization.
Lagasse most recently won the gold medal at the 2022 Special Olympics National Games. A graduate of UMass Lowell, Lagasse has participated in a PGA golf experience and has played alongside professional golfers.
The event is also hosting an online auction where anyone can bid on multiple items to raise money. Since its creation, the Boston Bruins Foundation has generated over $30 million dollars through various events and initiatives. The Foundation has collaborated with many charitable organizations that work on giving back to the community and advocating for helping children and their families across the state.