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Lainie's Angels - Laugh for a Cause: Lainie's Angels Presents: COMICS FOR KIDS 2007

(Full release:) New York, New York

Lainie's Angels (, a non-profit foundation and leading provider of peer support for parents of children living with cancer and blood disorders, today announced it will be having its annual spring fundraiser COMICS FOR KIDS 2007 on Wednesday, May 16th from 6:00 – 10:00pm at the legendary Caroline's on Broadway ( at 1626 Broadway, New York, NY (between 49th & 50th streets). Emceeing the event will be Ann Design, and will feature comics Mike Dillon, Ellen Karis and Rick Younger. The event will also include a cocktail hour, and a silent auction.

"Lainie's Angels is very excited to be partnering with Caroline's on Broadway and our good friend and comedienne, Ellen Karis, to once again present Comics for Kids. Laughter truly is one of the best medicines and presenting our message of hope and compassion through the talents of wonderful comedians, is a great way to spread our message about the work our parent advocates are doing, here in the tri-state area and all over the country," said Stathi Afendoulis, president/executive director of Lainie's Angels.

There are 50,000 families in the U.S. with a child who has cancer or a blood disorder. Lainie's Angels is dedicated to helping these families. That's why it's the goal of Lainie's Angels to provide an advocate - or angel - for each of these families to help ease the way. When a child experiences cancer, a family experiences cancer. Support can make all the difference during this difficult time. Its mission comes out of the personal experience of its founders, who have faced this crisis and want to share what they've learned to make it easier for others.

Lainie's Angels provides the most current information on caring for a sick child, serving as a clearinghouse for the vast and dizzying array of resources available. Lainie's Angels does not give medical advice; but it does provide support for families and help them get the knowledge they need to make the decisions they face.

"Parent advocacy is definitely needed. You need to have someone you can trust, who will give you honest answers and not just tell you what you want to hear...It's wonderful to know that I have someone I can talk to, someone who understands," says Jill Andrews, a Lainie's Angels parent.

Tickets are $150 in advance or can be bought at the door. You can reserve your tickets by contacting Stathi at or by calling (732) 906-7887.

Comics' Bios:

Ellen Karis is delighting audiences with her brand of sarcastic, observational humor, rooted in her conflict of being raised as a traditional Greek-American woman in a non-traditional modern world. Ellen jokes about her interaction with her family members and is fond of poking fun at celebrities. She has become a feature act in comedy clubs and is becoming popular in the Greek American community.

Ann Design is a stand-up comic who performs at clubs and colleges all over the east coast. She co-produces a monthly show at the Irish Arts Center in NYC. Ann has appeared on "The View" and in several television commercials.

Mike Dillon is the creator of Gateway Comedy on Long Island, and has performed at several New York City Comedy Clubs as well as the the Borgata in Atlantic City. Rick Younger is a comedian, singer, actor and has been seen on Last Comic Standing, Showtime at the Apollo, commercials for Verizon, Staples and Lowe's as well as appearing in the Broadway musical "RENT".

About Lainie's Angels

Lainie's Angels is the leading provider of in-hospital support networks for parents of children living with cancer and blood disorders. Founded by parents who have faced this crisis and want to ease the experience for others, Lainie's Angels forges innovative partnerships with hospitals and other institutions to provide resources to parents; educate healthcare staff on the needs of parents with children living with cancer and blood disorders; and reduce the stress of families facing difficult decisions.