Variety benefits planned for July and September

• Community troupe offers retro comedy benefit in eight parts
Tribune Staff

Photo provided - The cast of “A Comedy Cocktail Party” include: (Back row, left to right): Michael McKinney, Jules Joy, Kirk Olsen. (Front): Alan Olson, Jessica Williams, Christa Collier and Sally Oberstein. Cast members Sydney Paulino and Alex Knudtson, and musicians Shawnie Olson and Hal Spence are not pictured.

Photo provided - The cast of “A Comedy Cocktail Party” include: (Back row, left to right): Michael McKinney, Jules Joy, Kirk Olsen. (Front): Alan Olson, Jessica Williams, Christa Collier and Sally Oberstein. Cast members Sydney Paulino and Alex Knudtson, and musicians Shawnie Olson and Hal Spence are not pictured.

Eight Homer nonprofit organizations will benefit from a never-before-tried effort that involves a dozen Homer entertainers who’ve volunteered to ham it up in a medley of musical skits offered throughout the summer at Alice’s Champagne Palace.
“A Comedy Cocktail Party” is Homer’s live version of several popular old TV series. Think Jed Clampett getting a High Tunnel. Or Love Boat meets Deadliest Catch.
From the folks who brought you Old Songs and Duct Tape, Lipstick and Chapstick, this evening of champagne, appetizers and humor will keep you laughing as some old television favorites are reinterpreted and presented by actors, musicians and surprise guests.
The first show of this local musical comedy is July 5, and will run every Thursday from 7-9 p.m., July through September.
A different nonprofit organization will receive the proceeds from each of the eight performances. The nonprofits include; Pratt Museum, Homer Council on the Arts, Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, KBBI, Homer Chamber of Commerce, Kachemak Bay Equestrian Assoc. and two others.
The idea was conceived by Sally Oberstein and is meant to be an out-the-box way of contributing to groups as they raise funds and gather with visitors and locals alike to laugh together.
“The ones (nonprofits) who struggle the most aren’t in a position with finances or volunteers to support alternative activities – something extra that is needed for fundraising,” Oberstein said. “The load is already so huge. Really, the way you get back on top is by putting money into fundraising. Yet, fundraisers can be risky as well. People get tired of the same old thing.”
In Oberstein’s business of operating eco tours across the Bay, people would often hit her up for donations. Local businesses get squeezed by the many rounds of requests.
“I thought to myself, is there a way to get fund raising from Outside?” Oberstein asked.
Lodge owner and artist Mike McBride established fundraisers in New York and Chicago for Homer groups several years back that proved successful.
“We pulled it off,” Oberstein said. “His was very outside-the-box thinking at the time.”
The “Comedy Cocktail Party” is an attempt at a new lineup of entertainment that hasn’t been done in the past to benefit both visitors to the area and locals.
“We get a lot of local people, as well as visitors, as the shows,” Oberstein said. “But we’ve never done it with the idea of having each show for a different nonprofit organization. We’re all really excited about it.”
The comedy is written by Oberstein with the help by Michael McKinney and Alan Olson. Skits will change each night, and nonprofit groups may introduce the evening’s entertainment with a silent auction. Well-known personalities from the community will make appearances.
Call Alice’s for reservations at 235-6909.

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