Patricia NicolasSep 17, 2017, 11:55 pmSep 18, 2017, 10:55 am

Bellmore comedy benefit funds program that educates patients on their rights

Comedians make the case that sometimes laughter is the best medicine


It was all laughs at the Brokerage Comedy Club in Bellmore on Sunday but the cause behind the event was no laughing matter. The event raised money for Pulse Center for patient safety education and advocacy.

“We do advocacy at the bedside and we help families navigate the healthcare system for safe care,” said Ilene Corina, president and founder of Pulse.

This event has been benefiting the local grassroots organization annually for more than five years.

This year’s show included local acts like Tim Gage, Rich Grillo, and John Ziegler who opened the show and kept the crowd laughing.

The comedians said it was an honor to use their talents for a good cause

“It’s always good everybody laughs, it's a great way to raise money,” Tim Gage said.

Many felt good being able to enjoy themselves and give back at the same time

“It’s so important for patients who are in a situation where they can't help themselves. They go into hospitals and they help people. They came into the hospital and helped my husband and made sure he had the right care. It’s so wonderful so we came to support,” said Betsy Kaplan of Wantagh.

All proceeds from the event will go to the organization and its efforts to advocate and educate people on their rights as patients.

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