The Funny Bone gives back

By Jessica Graue Assistant Managing Editor jgraue@civitasmedia.com

December 19, 2013

BEAVERCREEK — The Dayton Funny Bone is giving out a lot more than laughs during the month of December.

The comedy club is doing its best to spread Christmas cheer through by donating to charities and giving out tickets for those who help.

For the month of December, the Funny Bone is teaming up with a few different organizations in the community to insure that the young and old are warm this winter. The club will be collecting donations of gloves, hats, scarves, socks, coats, blankets and anything else that could help someone keep warm.

Non-profit organizations such as Second Shelf Thrift Store and Women of Wisdom in Dayton and area businesses such as Rocky’s Pizza in Beavercreek and CC’s Consignment in Greenville are among a few others that will be helping to gather donations for the month.

“It’s important to take care of your community. Business is business, but it can be done well while helping one another. I know that it’s important to me to support those who support good causes. It’s the right thing to do,” said Rhenda Synder, marketing manager of the Dayton Funny Bone.

Anyone who brings in a donation will receive free admission to a non-special engagement show any day except Saturday for the whole month of December for each item brought in. To take advantage of this offer, call the box office at 937-429-5233 and make reservations at least the one day before the show.

The Funny Bone is taking part in other projects including Toys for Tots. They are a drop-off point for this charity that helps children. Independently, some people at the club are adopting a family this Christmas and will be helping a single mother and her two children.

On Dec. 19, the club will host a show to help a local comedian who has been in hospital for two months. Tyler Heffron, of Kettering, was diagnosed with Gullain-Barre syndrome, which has caused him to lose most of his muscle function. The benefit will help pay for Heffron’s medical bills. Raffles and a silent auction will be held, and comedian Josh Sneed will be headlining the show.

Beyond these special benefits, the Funny Bone will still hold its monthly service industry night, which is every third Thursday of the month. Anyone in the service industry profession just needs to call the box office and bring a pay stub to the show on a non-special engagement night to receive complimentary tickets. Snyder believes this is just another way to say thank you to those who work to serve.

“We decided to do this because we need to support each other. We all understand that it’s a tough job and one that deserves a thank you that often we don’t get,” Snyder said.

The Dayton Funny Bone will continue its monthly charity work next year, but hopes that people spread a little bit of some much-needed Christmas spirit.

“I hope that people never forget to take care of each other. We should be doing this all year long,” Snyder said.

The Funny Bone is located at 88 Plum St. The box office can be reached at 937-429-5233.