Laughter is the Best Medicine Raises $49,000

April 9, 2012

Event Featuring Second City to Fund Cancer, Hospice Services

Laughter was the right prescription for a recent fundraiser for the Appleton Medical Center and Community Hospice Foundations, which raised $49,000 to help patients and their families receiving cancer and hospice care through services provided by ThedaCare.

The foundations teamed up to plan the March 2 “Laughter is the Best Medicine,” featuring The Second City at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center.

More than 1,100 people attended the event, which surpassed the initial expectation of 900, said Kim Beiser, foundation board member and event chair. “The community support was outstanding. It was not only a fun event to attend and appealed to a variety of ages, but we also raised important funds to support cancer and hospice services,” she said.

The funds raised were equally divided between supporting cancer services at Appleton Medical Center (AMC) and the Community Hospice Foundation, which is funding improvements at Cherry Meadows Hospice and additional projects.

A well-known comedy troupe, Chicago’s The Second City brought in more attendees than the foundations’ usual fundraisers, Beiser said.

“Laughter appeals to everyone and The Second City was a great draw. Who couldn’t use a little more laughter in their life?” she said. “It was a great event for a great cause and to top it off, we were able to raise awareness of the two foundations.”

“Laughter is the Best Medicine” also drew significant supports from sponsors, which is essential for events, said Amanda Williams, development coordinator-stewardship and special events for the Appleton Medical Center Foundation and the Community Hospice Foundation. Lead sponsors for the event included The Boldt Company, Jay & Susan Bush, Community First Credit Union, Epic, Fox Valley Hematology & Oncology, S.C., Appleton Medical Center, Theda Clark Medical Center, and ThedaCare At Home.

“Choosing comedy as entertainment was a great choice – there was no generational gap. People came and had fun whether they were 15 or 75,” she said.

ThedaCare At Home provides a continuum of home care services for adults and children, including skilled nursing, home and residential hospice care, respiratory services, infusion therapy, home medical equipment, rehabilitation and mobility services, remote monitoring and other specialty services serving individuals in 12 counties. In addition, ThedaCare At Home manages the Hospice at Cherry Meadows, a residential hospice located at The Heritage and Peabody Manor Community in Appleton. The hospice program is financially supported by the Community Hospice Foundation.

AMC is a 160-bed acute care hospital that opened in 1958. In addition to general medical and surgical care, services include the Appleton Heart Institute, a fully staffed emergency department, pediatrics, birthing services, a comprehensive cancer center, and ThedaCare Orthopedic Care, which integrates orthopedics, sports medicine, outpatient rehabilitation and other services. Appleton Medical Center is an accredited Chest Pain Center by the national Society of Chest Pain Centers.

ThedaCare™ is a community health system consisting of five hospitals: Appleton Medical Center, Theda Clark Medical Center, New London Family Medical Center, Shawano Medical Center, and Riverside Medical Center in Waupaca. ThedaCare also includes ThedaCare Physicians, ThedaCare Behavioral Health, ThedaCare At Work, and ThedaCare at Home. ThedaCare is the largest employer in Northeast Wisconsin with more than 6,175 employees. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.