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Blue Bunny hosts kids' comedy night for Pan-Mass. Challenge

Posted by Sarah Favot  July 19, 2011 10:00 AM

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Children's book author Leo Landry with Blue Bunny Bookstore manager Janet Reynolds. Photo provided by the Blue Bunny Bookstore.

The Blue Bunny Bookstore will host a kids’ comedy night on Friday with children’s book author Leo Landry to benefit “Team Chuckle," which will be competing in the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge next month. 

The Friday event will be co-hosted by Catching Joy, a nonprofit organization that promotes volunteerism for children and their families. Robert Brennan, a Catching Joy board member, is one of Team Chuckle’s founders.

Landry, who lives in Easton, will be reading from his new book, “Grin and Bear It.” He was happy to join the effort when he heard how closely the theme of the comedy night matched his new book about a bear that has to overcome stage fright to realize his dream of being a comedian, according to a press release from The Blue Bunny.

After the reading, children can pay a dollar to stand up and tell a joke or funny story. All of the money raised will be donated to Team Chuckle, a Boston-based team of comics and their families riding in this year’s Pan-Mass. Challenge on Aug. 6 and 7. 

The Pan-Mass Challenge raises more money than any other athletic fund-raising event in the country. More than 5,000 cyclists will ride this year with the collective goal of raising $34 million to support adult and pediatric cancer care and treatment at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund, according to a press release from the Pan-Mass. Challenge.

Children who attend will be able to contribute a written version of their joke or riddle to one of Catching Joy’s laughter boxes, which are light-hearted care packages put together for local pediatric hospital waiting rooms. 

Joy Surprenant, founder of Catching Joy, was looking for a way to help children contribute to this year’s Pan-Mass. Challenge and suggested that The Blue Bunny host the Kids Comedy Night. 

The Blue Bunny Bookstore has partnered with Catching Joy in the past on projects that promote reading and philanthropy for children. 

“Whenever Joy has an idea to help kids get more involved with the community and helping others, we’re happy to provide a venue,” said Blue Bunny manager Janet Reynolds in a press release. “That’s what we’re about, too, so our missions mesh well.”

Landry will sign copies of “Grin and Bear It” during the evening. A portion of the book sales will also be donated to Team Chuckle. 

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Children and adults are welcome to share jokes, riddles, and funny stories. Refreshments will be served. Call 781-493-6568 for more information. 

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