The Parkland Pregnancy Resource Center in Park Hills is hosting its second annual Laughing Matters fundraiser Feb. 10 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, located at 7897 Berry Road in Bonne Terre.
The evening will feature comedian Jaron Myers of Kansas City, Missouri, along with a gift card balloon pop, silent auction and “Life at the PRC” comical presentation by Executive Assistant Linda May.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner served at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for $30 each or two for $50 by calling the PRC at 573-431-6001.
Asked how the event got started, May said, “In the fall of 2016 we had just kicked around different ideas for fundraisers and thought a comedy night might be fun. So we did this last year — just kinda stuck our toe in the water to see how it would go."
It well enough that they decided to do it again this year.
"Our comedian last year, Jaron Myers, did a really good job and everybody who came thought he was really funny. We contacted him and he told us he had some new material, so we asked him to come again this year.”
On his website, Myers says he grew up in a small town in the middle of the Bible Belt. He began playing music at a young age, learning on the piano from his mom when he was 5. In the 6th grade, Myers played the tuba in the school band and later learned to play guitar and drums. Before he graduated high school, he was traveling with worship bands and served as worship director at his church.
Myers attended Evangel University in Springfield where he studied psychology. While there, he began writing funny songs for the on-campus talent shows. After “failing out” of college, he was forced to reevaluate his future plans and pursue different opportunities.
Myers began working at a sandwich shop during the week and leading worship at churches on the weekend. A few months after leaving Evangel, a pastor in Kansas City asked him to perform his funny songs at his church's Valentine's Day banquet. It turned out to be Myers’ first paid full-comedy show.
According to Myers, he has "honed his craft and found his passion in creating a show that is fun and exciting, but also bring a message of hope and healing to those who have chased happiness and come up empty-handed."
May noted that Drs. Nilima and Sunil Chand made a donation to underwrite the cost of the evening.
“We really appreciate their donation,” she said. “Because of their generosity, everything raised at the event will benefit the PRC’s ministry.”
The Parkland PRC is a non-profit organization that offers a variety of free classes and resources geared toward helping women during pregnancy, strengthening families with young children, and educating men, women and children about healthy relationships.
“Since opening in 2005, we have assisted thousands of clients and students in the Parkland due to the strong community support we’ve received,” May said. “This year we gave away more than 13,000 baby care items to over 450 clients in need, as well as provided thousands of dollars of free medical and educational services, including pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, STD testing and parenting classes.”