Show Up for Comedy, Stand Up for Kids

Carly Carver, Editor

The Ashland Beacon


   Members of the community are invited to laugh, enjoy refreshments, and mingle all for a great cause at the CASA’s Stand Up for Kids Comedy Night.

   CASA’s Stand Up for Kids Comedy Night will be held on Friday, March 6 at the Delta Hotels by Marriott in Ashland. The event will begin at 7 p.m. with cocktail hour. The comedy show will begin at 8 p.m.

   Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a court-appointed child advocacy center. CASA recruits, screens, trains, supervises, and supports community volunteers who are appointed by the judge to advocate for children who have been victimized by abuse and/or neglect.

   Carol Adams, Director of CASA of Northeast KY, said the comedy contest is sure to bring a few laughs and will benefit countless children in our community.

   “The CASA Program has been operational in Boyd County for the past 20 years and recently expanded into Carter County,” said Adams.  “The fundraiser is important to CASA because it provides sustainability funding for our Boyd County office as well as the new Carter County office.”

   CASA’s Stand Up for Kids Comedy will feature an amateur stand-up comedy contest during the event, featuring local community members with the audience casting their votes via applause.

   The lineup for the contest includes Ben Cooksey, Josh Blanton, Jerri Compton, Dave Miller, Ron LeMaster, and Amanda Clark.

   Clark said when she was asked to participate, she felt it was an important and worthy cause to support.

   “The organization does amazing work for the most vulnerable among us,” said Clark. “I am honored to be a part of this event.”

   “I’m excited for the entire evening,” said Compton. “CASA is an incredibly organization with passionate staff and volunteers doing difficult work saving and changing the lives of children.”

   “After the local talent contest, Dave Daniel will emcee for the headliner, Wes Thompson, to bring the show,” said Adams. “We will have an amazing auction with an assortment of items that will appeal to people of all ages and interest.”

   “What’s been great about these shows has been learning more about these groups and what their missions are,” said Thompson. “In CASA’s case, you’re talking about advocacy for abused or neglected children. How could anyone not want to help with a cause like that.”

   Clark said she encourages the community to come out and have fun, all while supporting a great cause.

   “Do it,” said Clark. “You’ll be supporting a great cause and will have a fantastic time.”

   “Be ready for a good time,” said Thompson. “Hopefully some laughter with a solid group of individuals who are putting in some very real time and effort to make sure you’re entertained.”

   The event is $35 a person and $60 a couple. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door the night of the event.

   All proceeds of CASA’s Stand Up for Kids Comedy will benefit local court-appointed child advocacy for children involved in Boyd and Carter County courts as the result of abuse, neglect, or dependency.

   For more information contact the CASA office at 606.739.2177.