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Comedy show will raise money for disabled veterans

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By Michele Roberts

Members of Lancaster County EMS, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department and the city of Lancaster Fire Department are coming together for a night of fun and comedy to raise money for the Disabled American Veterans Chapter in Lancaster.

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The “Tribute To Veterans – A Variety and Comedy Show” will take place on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Bundy Auditorium at University of South Carolina Lancaster.

Sherri Brady, training coordinator for Lancaster County EMS, said this is the first event of its kind although the idea had been talked about for some time.

“We’ve been doing a lot of practicing and we think this will be a hit,” she said. “We are all looking forward to raising money for disabled veterans, and we’re hoping to get as much support as possible from the community.”

City of Lancaster Fire Department Chief Chuck Small said he was pleased to have his department involved in the event.

“We have veterans within our department and we want to support them,” he said. “This is a great team effort to do just that within the emergency services divisions.”

Larry “PawPaw” Adams with Lancaster County EMS said as a veteran, he was glad to be a part of the show.

“I think this is a really good thing for the community,” he said. “Although I live in York County, I have a lot of family here, including my EMS family, and I think this is a wonderful way to honor our veterans.”

Tony Graham, also with Lancaster County EMS, channeled “Claude,” a character he will play during the show, when asked why he was participating.

“Well, you know, the reason they want me to do this thing is cause I was around when Uncle Sam was,” he said, wearing a tall patriotic hat and flashing a toothless grin. “I hate that he’s gone on now, but I’m still here and that’s why they need me.”

Brady said that so far news of the event has been spread mostly by word of mouth and that more than half of the 400 tickets available have already been sold.

“We just want to encourage anyone who wants to come out to the show get their tickets as quickly as possible because they’re going fast,” she said. “And since all the money is going to the veterans, we are definitely hoping to sell out.”

Tickets are $10 in advance and may be purchased by calling Brady at (803) 416-9910 or Janie Demby at (803) 416-9912. 

There will also be a limited amount of tickets available for purchase at the Lancaster County Administration Building at 101 N. Main Street.