CLC comedy night raises more than 15K

February 29, 2016

CLC Funnyraiser ComicsThe Challenger Learning Center (CLC) Funnyraiser comedy night raised more $15,000, the most ever raised from this event, to support mission scholarships for students in kindergarten through high school. The event took place Friday, February 26.

The CLC, located on Heartland’s campus, provides hands-on, real world interactive experiences through simulated space missions. The goal of the CLC is to spark interest among students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) careers by raising awareness of opportunities in those fields.

Associate Director of Foundation Relations and Events Larissa McIlvain said, “The Funnyraiser was a great success and we are thrilled to be able to help more schools attend missions at the CLC this year thanks to the support of our community.”

Guests were entertained by local amateur comics including Kevin Birlingmair, Mark Peterson, Sara Shramm, Dr. David Skillrud and Jim "Woody" Woodward.

Woodward was voted crowd favorite of the night and Dr. Skillrud took home the critic’s choice award.

In addition to the comedy show, attendees enjoyed Rosati’s and were able to win prizes in a silent auction. A few items included in the auction were passes to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, art pieces and entertainment packages.

Written by: Olivia Mulvey