Recap: Cherub Improv’s 2nd Annual Gala

“Over eight years ago, a lawyer, a social worker, and a media producer walked into an improv class”…and so began Cherub Improv.

The Cherub Improv 2nd Annual Gala took place on Tuesday, November 13th from 7pm-10pm at Tribeca Cinemas on 54 Varick Street. The evening featured cocktails, food, music, a live and silent auction and of course, an improv show conducted by the Cherubs, to raise money to help fund Cherub Improv’s 2013 calendar year. Guest beat the winter chill by munching on appetizers of comfort foods such as Mini Grilled Cheese, Shrimp & Grits, and corn dogs. Memorable live auction items featured Circus Training Lessons and a Portrait of Mae West. Guests enjoyed the live improv routine included an “on the spot” song dedicated to awkward gifts.

The Manhattan-based non-profit organization was founded by Jonathan Evan Goldberg, Joy Copeland Purver and Steve Van Ooteghem.

Since its inception in 2007, Cherub Improv has provided over 500 free improvised comedy performances and educational workshops to people in the greater New York area most in need of interactive comedy including: youth groups, the elderly, veterans, the homeless, hospital and hospice patients, and adults and children living with cancer. Last week, Cherub Improv took the opportunity to bring some joy and laughter to victims of Hurricane Sandy at a shelter in the city. It was filled with families who were homeless after the hurricane and need a piece of relief from their emotions. Cherub Improv performed an improve show and conducted a workshop for all those who wanted to participate.

If Tuesday night was any indication of the joy the Cherubs bring to the community, I’m in. If you would like more information on Cherub Improv, click here.

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