Sunday, April 22, 2007

HelpTheHokies.com

A Chance for You to Be Part of Helping Those at VA Tech

Brothers-

I'm part of a massive benefit to raise money for the families of those lost in the VA Tech tragedy. If you can make it, I hope to see you there.

If not, please visit helpthehokies.com to send in a donation, or to join the facebook group (a penny donated for every member)The benefit is in Strasburg, VA on 5/2 at 8PM. We're selling tickets at helpthehokies.com and at strasburgtheater.com

The Lineup:
MC: Steve Hofstetter (Collegehumor.com)
Tony Boswell (Meet the Parents)
Ellen Cleghorne (Saturday Night Live)
Tony Deyo (Aspen Comedy Festival)
Denis Donohue (Howard Stern)
Vanessa Hollingshead (Comedy Central Presents)
Jody Kerns (Sarasota Comedy Festival)
Dan Levy (MTV's Your Face or Mine)
Vince Martin (ABC Family)Phil Mazo (Idiots Guide to Jokes)
Rich Ragains (Melbourne Comedy Festival)
Thanks so much, I especially appreciate the help from those who have already donated.

Fraternally,
Steve Hofstetter
New York Phi @ Columbia University '02

(click "Read More" for full press release)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BENEFIT SHOW FOR FAMILIES OF VA TECH VICTIMS

COMEDIANS, STUDENTS COME TOGETHER TO RAISE MONEY & SUPPORT

Strasburg, VA - April 19, 2007 - The Strasburg Theater will play host to several comedians May 2 as they raise money for the families of the victims of the Virginia Tech shootings. All money raised will be donated directly to the families of the victims, with the theatre, office staff, and performers all volunteering their time.

"We're not paying for travel or office expenses or incidentals," organizer and host Steve Hofstetter said. "This money is being raised for those who suffered a loss. The last thing any of them need to worry about right now is the cost of burying a loved one."

The show has garnered a great deal of support from college students, with a facebook.com group just under 5,000 strong.

Many schools are sending busloads of students, and others have planned road trips to be at the show. Some have been donating instead, and many are volunteering their time and resources for posters, emails, and other such event promotion. Distant schools are also holding fundraising events and donating the money to the same cause.

Organizers planned a show in Strasburg so VA Tech students could come if they wanted to, but it's far enough that the students are also given some breathing room.

"It's too soon to hold a show in Blacksburg," Hofstetter said. "This is a nice alternative."

Hofstetter is also donating out of pocket according to how many students join the group, at a penny per head. The group also encourages members to do something similar.

"We've already raised $500 in donations just from the group," Hofstetter said. "But moreso, we've also been witness to thousands of students trying to reach out to those affected. Millions of people across the country are looking for some outlet for their feelings. We're hoping these donations and this show can help provide that."

Other performers include Denis Donohue, Phil Mazo, and Vince Martin, whose brother went to Virginia Tech and was killed in an accident a few years ago. The show will also feature a few special guests, who will be announced next week.

"What you are doing is great and the families would really appreciate it," said Shaquaya Jones, a student who posted to the group's message board.

Contact:
Chris Edling, Next Round Entertainment
Chris@nextroundinc.com