‘Comedy for a Cause’ to benefit police foundation

By: | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published October 10, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Sit back, enjoy some laughs and help a good cause at the West Bloomfield Police Foundation’s “Comedy for a Cause” event Oct. 19.

The show, in its second year, is the foundation’s main event. The evening includes dinner and a comedy show. 

The headlining act for the comedy show is Dwayne Gill, a Michigan state trooper and stand-up comedian. Gill, a Detroit native, has been performing since 1993, and his comedy has taken him all over the country. 

“Comedy for a Cause” benefits the West Bloomfield Police Foundation, which started as a way to raise money to help police officers, department staff and their families, but has expanded to benefit local community members.

“We began to raise money to have funds available in case something happened to one of our officer’s families,” said Curt Lawson, WBPF president. “As we move forward, we’ve had a lot of success in raising money, (and) we’ve expanded out to helping people in the community in need.”

The police foundation will sponsor families around the holidays, buying presents for kids and participating in Coats for Kids.

“We’ve been a very successful nonprofit group with a lot of great support in the community, and we want to keep doing that,” said Lawson.

In the past, the police foundation has paid bills for families, bought classrooms supplies and helped bullied students get new wardrobes.

“When it’s brought to our attention, we try to help everybody that needs help,” said Christina Koziarski, WBPF vice president. “A lot of people in West Bloomfield are struggling.”

Lawson said that just because West Bloomfield residents can’t see people struggling doesn’t mean it’s not happening. 

“People wouldn’t think that there are people struggling in this community because it’s an upper-middle-class community, but in fact there are people who are struggling,” said Lawson. “That’s where we’re heading — to help those individuals.”

The WBPF has helped people outside of the community, too. Last year, the foundation bought school supplies for a teacher in Pontiac as a Christmas present.

The goal for this year’s “Comedy for a Cause” is to raise $25,000-$30,000. The show is the foundation’s main event and biggest fundraiser. Throughout the year, the foundation hosts other small events and fundraisers.

“Comedy for a Cause” tickets are available on the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation website. Tickets cost $30. A catered dinner from Crispelli’s in West Bloomfield is included.

For more information, visit www.wbpolicefoundation.org.