Tickets are now on sale for the show for $75 including buffet dinner at the Broadway Palm Theatre. VIP tickets also are available for $100 with premium seating and a private reception with Nealon prior to the event. A limited number of show only tickets are available for $35 each. VIP reception and silent auction begins at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by Nealon’s comedy show at 8 p.m.
Tickets are available at Edison National Bank at 13000 S. Cleveland Ave. in Fort Myers (M-F 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.); Bank of the Islands at 1699 Periwinkle Way on Sanibel (M-F 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.); HOPE Clubhouse at 3602 Broadway Ave. in Fort Myers (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) or online at www.hopeclubhouse.org.
The Broadway Palm Theatre and its co-owners Will and Andrea Prather, who also is a member of the HOPE Clubhouse Board of Directors, have generously agreed to sponsor the show. The News-Press Media Group, NBC-2, ABC-7, ReachFreq and Susan Bennett Marketing & Media, L C., are the media and promotional sponsors of the show.
“We are so thankful to Kevin Nealon for agreeing to lend his considerable talent to our cause, said Event Chair Allyson Ross. “Because of the generosity of Kevin, our sponsors, and loyal friends of HOPE Clubhouse, we’ll be able to offer more help to those living with mental illness in our community.”
Nealon has special ties to Southwest Florida since his parents live in Southwest Florida.
It is the second time Nealon has donated his talent to HOPE Clubhouse for a comedy show. Nealon appeared at the Broadway Palm in 2010 for a charity comedy show after his mother was honored as a Grande Dame by the PACE Center for Girls – Lee County.
“Laughter truly is the best medicine for those living with mental illness. I was very touched that one of the HOPE Clubhouse members in the audience who hadn’t spoken since entering the program suddenly began speaking for the first time after hearing my comedy routine. That’s more rewarding to me than anything,” Nealon said.
Nealon is best known for his nine-year stint as a cast member of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” and has received critical acclaim for his role in the Showtime series, “Weeds.”
“Weeds,” which just ended an eight-year run, has been honored at the 2006, 2007 and 2009 Golden Globes with nominations for “Best Television series Comedy or Musical.” In 2007 and 2009, “Weeds” was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.” In the show, Nealon plays a stoned accountant and business advisor.
Nealon’s second standup special for Showtime, “Whelmed . . . But Not Overly,” debuted in August.
On the big screen, Nealon recently starred alongside Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston in Just Go With It, a film about a man who enlists the help of his receptionist and her kids to land the woman of his dreams.
HOPE Clubhouse is a model of rehabilitation for people living with severe mental illness such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and clinical depression. HOPE Clubhouse opened its doors in March, 2010 and has 76 members. HOPE Clubhouse, the only one of its kind in Southwest Florida, fills a significant gap in the mental health system by offering opportunities for meaningful work, education, friendships and access to housing in a supportive, caring and dignified community setting.
HOPE Clubhouse is one of more than 350 clubhouse programs worldwide, based on the principle that meaningful work is critical in bringing positive change to the lives of those living with mental illness. Clubhouse staff help ‘members,’
For more information about HOPE Clubhouse, call Webb at 239-267-1777, or visit www.hopeclubhouse.org.