Laughter is the Best Medicine: Night of Comedy supports children with disabilities

By Published On: September 28, 2018

September 28, 2018:  Helping people recharge and find respite are major goals of local Colorado Springs non-profit, Special Kids Special Families (SKSF). “Comedy and laughter gives some relief from sadness and pain and places a positive outlook on difficult situations.  You could say it’s the best medicine,” says Linda Ellegard, SKSF Executive Director.  Humor is contagious and lightens burdens, connects people, inspires creativity and improves physical and mental health.  SKSF is inviting the public to come laugh, smile and join the fun during their 7th Annual Night of Comedy event on Saturday, October 20th at the Hotel Elegante Conference and Event Center.  Featured comedian, Nancy Norton, 2018 Boston Comedy Festival winner, is a professional speaker and Registered Nurse that adds hilarious healthcare anecdotes and humor about her life experiences that will leave the audience in stitches! Guests will also be entertained by classical guitarist and composer, Shane Groothof, who is the Executive Community Liaison and lead mentor at the Colorado Springs Conservatory.  Abbie Burke, FOX21 News morning Anchor will host this year’s event as Master of Ceremonies.  Funds raised during this event will help support Zach’s Place at the Laurie Hillyard Family Center, SKSF’s founding program.  Zach’s Place is one of only two licensed daycare facilities in the state of Colorado with the focus and training to provide both respite and daycare for children with intellectual, physical and emotional disabilities. Admission (/person) includes comedy and musical entertainment, a fantastic silent auction, raise the paddle auction, special Zach’s Place kids’ performance with 3 course plated dinner and a free well drink ticket.  Media sponsors include FOX21, Colorado Springs Gazette with Platinum sponsors: A Rise Above and Aveanna Healthcare/PSA Healthcare; Gold sponsors include A Physician’s Home Care, NuStar Energy, RPS Healthcare, The Shandy Clinic and Warren Management Group.

Special Kids Special Families is a non-profit umbrella organization with several unique programs designed to support people with disabilities of all ages from early childhood through adult as well as their families and caregivers. SKSF offers three main programs including, Child & Family Services that encompasses Zach’s Place;  Adult Services offering day programs and Host Home opportunities for adults; and foster and adoption placement for children with disabilities and special needs.

For more information about the event or SKSF programs call (719) 447-8983 or visit

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