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Shortly after the devastating floods in October, First Baptist Church of Marble Falls wanted to do something to lift the community’s spirits while also raising money to help those in need. Missions and Discipleship Pastor Norman Flowers made a few calls to his contacts in the entertainment industry, and “A Night of Laughter” flood relief comedy benefit was created.
The benefit, which featured the talents of Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Coffey Anderson and The Skit Guys, took place on Nov. 29 at the church and drew more than 400 people. The event raised over $8,400 for the Burnet County 2018 Flood Victims Relief Fund.
Though the funds raised will provide assistance for physical needs in the community, many attendees commented on the emotional and spiritual boosts they received from the event.
“I personally have been involved with flood relief since October 16, and I was tired and carried the emotions of so many on my shoulder,” said Tammy Manning, executive director of the Highland Lakes Crisis Network. “The ‘Night of Laughter’ was refreshing, belly-curling laughing, and a chance to refuel my tank. I laughed. I cried. I left joyful and ready to conquer the next stage.”
Kevin Nauman, president of the Marble Falls Independent School District Board of Trustees and the operations director for Marble Falls Area EMS, shared similar sentiments.
“The Skit Guys and Coffey Anderson were so good,” he said. “They kept the crowd entertained and laughing the whole evening. It was a great event that sent an overwhelming message of love and support to our friends impacted by the flood. I am thankful for the First Baptist Church-Marble Falls leadership team’s vision for this event and generosity in giving time, talent, and financial support to this great community, specifically to the Flood Victims Relief Fund.”
Though First Baptist Church took the lead in putting on “A Night of Laughter,” the Highland Lakes community deserves the credit for making it such a success, church officials said.
“The Highland Lakes area came together to help their neighbors in so many amazing ways,” Flowers said. “This night was one to just have fun. It was great to see people from all over the area raise money for those in need, laugh, and be encouraged. What a great night.”
Go to burnetfloodrelief.kimbia.com/donate for more information on or to donate to the Burnet County 2018 Flood Victims Relief Fund.