The Annual Comedy Celebration began when Loraine Boyle, IMF Board member and wife of the late actor Peter Boyle, reached out to Susie Novis and Dr. Brian Durie with a profound desire to help make a difference. Having established the Peter Boyle Memorial Fund, she invited Peter’s colleagues and friends to put on a comedy show in his honor to raise myeloma awareness and funds for the IMF.
This year, Amy and Steve Weiss joined the event as co-chairs. Together with Loraine, they rounded up an exceptional cast of comedians to come out in support of the IMF. As in previous years, the event was hosted by Ray Romano, this time with Jimmy Kimmel, and featured appearances from Jason Alexander, Brad Garrett, Doris Roberts, Bob Saget, Fred Willard, and a special musical performance by Tenacious D with Jack Black and Kyle Gass.
In addition to the stellar show, the IMF welcomed attendees to enjoy a pre-show cocktail party and silent auction that made a significant impact on the overallsuccess of the event. Items up for bid in the auction included guitars signed by Sting and Meat Loaf, boxing gloves from Mohammed Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard, and a fantastic assortment of trips, memorabilia, jewelry, and more that were graciously donated for the cause.
VIP guests were also treated to a post-show champagne and dessert reception that lasted well into the night. The IMF would like to thank our presenting sponsors, Celegene and Millennium, as well as the nearly 30 additional event sponsors for their generous support.
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