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Giving Smilesday!

Giving SMILESday – Tuesday, December 1st

Our goal is to raise 10K before December 31st! 

And here’s why: Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain. It fires up and then cools down your stress response and increases your heart rate and blood pressure. The result? A good, relaxed feeling. Try it – take a minute and laugh right now.  Just force out a great big laugh!  I bet you are still smiling. That good feeling is just a short term benefit.  And in the long run…laughter has been proven to improve the immune system and to relieve pain.

Funny Bones Improv exists to make children laugh. It is our goal to help sick children and their families find some relief from a very stressful situation.  We need your support, right now, to help us continue our mission.  

Giving Tuesday is a great day to contribute and if you donate $50 between now and December 3rd you can reserve a seat at The Kids Table! You have until December 31st to make a donation for a 2015 tax-deduction.  We would love to see you at our party…but if not, we are relying on you to give to our year-end campaign by the 31st.  

Thank you for your support and…keep smiling!

Janet Wilson, Executive Director Funny Bones Improv



Join us at The Big Over Easy!

NEW ORLEANS – Join Funny Bones Improv in the kids tent at The Big Over Easy.

The Big Over Easy is a fundraiser to support families dealing with the challenges that come with childhood cancer. This family friendly event is set for Sunday, November 22 at The Rusty Nail (1100 Constance Street- Warehouse District).

Patrons will enjoy access to La Cocinita, District Donuts & Sliders, Petite Rouge Coffee and other brunchy food trucks, mimosas, and a Bloody Mary Bar compliments of The Rusty Nail.

Live entertainment includes performances by Peter Harris’ A Brunch Supreme, the Lagniappe Brass Band, and DJ Brice Nice.

The Kids’ Tent by Margie Ayers will offer young brunch-goers fun games, activities, and face painting. Keeping in the theme of New Orleans, families can second line to the silent auction table where bidders will have a chance to take home restaurant & spa packages, Jazz Fest tickets, and original works of art.

This year’s event will support the Julian Haney Medical Trust. Julian Haney entered the lives of Susan and Blake Haney Thanksgiving 2012 and his parents have been thankful ever since. Just a few months shy of his third birthday, Julian was diagnosed with PreB cell acute leukemia. A trust has been set up and all funds from this event will be used for expenses resulting from his treatment, physical therapy and long term care.

Here’s the link to the Facebook Event page for updates and more info.

Conducted Story

Conducted Story – it goes like this…

CHICAGO – Here we are in Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana playing Conducted Story.  It goes like this: players form a line on the stage. A title for a story and a story genre is obtained from the audience. The lead player starts the game by pointing to a player, who needs to start telling the story. At any point in time the lead player can switch to another player, who needs to continue the story flawlessly, even if the switch happened in the middle of a sentence or even in the middle of a word.

See where your combined imaginations can take you!