While Victim Services does some serious work, last week they proved they can have fun too.
On March 14, Lacombe Victim Services raised upwards of $4,000 through the annual St. Patrick’s Day Comedy Cabaret. Lacombe Victim Services Coordinator Debbie Barron said she was pleased with the outcome. “I think it went really, really well; I think we had a good turnout,” said Barron.
Three comics, Liam Creswick, Shawn Gramiak and Paul Zveen performed for the event. The entertainment was well received by those who attended and the audience had no trouble doling out laughter.
Speaking before the show, Police Chief Steve Murray said how he had been asked what the connection between comedy and the serious work that Victim Services does is.
Murray said there is no connection and that is kind of the point.
Barron agreed with Murray and said that because of this, it is appropriate to have a comedy evening as a fundraiser.
“We need to rejoice to make up for the bad stuff that we see,” said Barron.
Barron said there were about 200 people in attendance. She added the silent auction items were greatly sponsored and 50/50 ticket sales were also very high. It is important to support Victim Services, Barron said, because Victim Services supports the community.
“We provide a valuable service to the community,” said Barron. She added most of Victim Services are volunteers in the community who go out whenever needed, whatever time, whatever day of the week. Without the community’s support, those volunteers can’t be trained and Victim Services can’t do its job.