Local Comedian and Marine Corps Veteran Produces Comedy Show to Raise Funds and Awareness to Help Stop Soldier Suicide
22. The average number of veterans and service members who take their lives each day.
(Charlotte, NC – March 19, 2018) Imagine someone who served their country through military service and survived the battlefield, only to make it home to die in crisis. Crystalle Ramey, a Marine Corps veteran and Charlotte comedian thinks this is unacceptable, so she set out to do something about it. This spring, she will bring together some of her fellow comedians, who are also veterans, to perform at Comedy for a Cause, a benefit comedy show that will raise funds, and bring awareness to Stop Soldier Suicide, a veteran-founded-and-led 501(c)3 nonprofit headquartered in Raleigh. The event will be held on Wednesday, April 18th at 8:00pm (doors open at 7:00pm) at The Comedy Zone; 900 N.C. Music Factory Blvd. in Charlotte. This show will be the inaugural event for what will be a 22 city tour across the country.
“About a year ago, I learned about the work Stop Soldier Suicide was doing to help prevent military and veteran suicide through their ‘22 Push-up Challenge’ on social media. I was devastated, yet not totally surprised, to learn how prevalent this issue is in the military community” said Ramey. “We have solid training to transition us into the military but no strategy to transition back to civilian life, and to say that it is tough would be an understatement. I knew that I had to get involved and help in any way that I could. As a comedian, I’ve seen the positive impact that laughter can have. My hope is that it will have a healing effect for those who attend this show. I also want to give a special thanks to Brian Heffron, and the team at The Comedy Zone for graciously allowing the venue to serve as host for this kick-off event.”
Other comedians scheduled to perform at Comedy for a Cause alongside Ramey include:
· Jamie Ward (U.S. Army) from Atlanta
· Zo Myers (U.S. Army) from Greensboro
· Anthony Crawford (U.S. Air Force) from Denver
Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Stop Soldier Suicide. Those who can’t attend but want to show their support can purchase tickets that will be donated to a service member or veteran. Donors will receive a specially designed dog tag as a token of appreciation for their support. Tickets are $25 for the Golden Circle seats and $20 general admission.
To find out more information on Comedy for a Cause, including how you can purchase tickets to the show on April 18th, please visit bit.ly/SSSComedyForACause.