Building Twentyone held their annual fundraising event, Comedy for a Cause, on April 17, 2014, which offered hilarious, clean fun for the entire family.

Money raised from Comedy for a Cause will go to provide a safe and supportive environment for teens in 7th through 12th grades, support programs that inspire passion and purpose, and continue to encourage after school and weekend activities as a healthy alternative for teens at Building Twentyone.

“As primarily a community supported youth center, we rely on donations to help us subsidize program fees,” said Benjamin Schartow, Executive Director of Building Twentyone. “Thanks to the generosity of those who attended Comedy for a Cause, we can continue to provide programs to the increasing number of youth we’re seeing at the center each year.”

The evening started with attendees being greeted at the door by Building Twentyone students, followed by gourmet hors d’oeuvres, caricature drawings, a photo booth available, and variety acts performed by Building Twentyone students.

Comedy for a Cause hosted professional comedians, Lisa Mills, also known as “Lisa Out Loud” and Chinnitta “Chocolate” Morris who had the crowd laughing all night with their clean, family friendly comedy.

Schartow addressed the crowd, sharing heartfelt thanks along with the opportunities the non-profit provides every day to positively influence youth.

“The young people who frequent the center clearly love having a place to call their own,” said Schartow. “The teen center is so much more than just a hangout. Students can get help with their homework, share about and reflect on their day, find positive support among peers and staff, create crafts, play sports, and so much more.”

As the number of participants grows, so does the need to volunteers. Building Twentyone is looking for anyone who desires to help impact young people in a positive way. For more information please visit http://www.buildingtwentyone.org/ forms/ .

Building Twentyone is a nonprofit organization committed to giving 7th through 12th grade students in the greater Lansing area the opportunity to develop life changing values, while challenging them to find their passion and purpose to be actively involved in their families, schools, and communities.

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