Comedians Cho and Elliott keep audiences laughing at Hoover Schools fundraiser

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About 200 people gathered at the Stardome Comedy Club on Tuesday night for a night of laughs that raised money to support Hoover Public Schools.

Comedian Henry Cho entertained the crowd that gathered for the Hoover City Schools Foundation fundraiser and gave an approximately 45-minute performance that included many off-the-cuff comedic interactions with the audience.

Many of his jokes related to his Korean — and Southern — heritage, but Cho also made the audience laugh with education-related comments — often at the expense of the educators and school board members in the room.

Comedian Eunice Elliott warmed up to the audience ahead of Cho’s performance, sharing her life as a single woman and her previous experience as a morning news anchor for TV station WVTM-13.

Shelley Shaw, executive director of the Hoover City Schools Foundation, said she is grateful to everyone who purchased tickets and made donations to support public education in Hoover.

“We have such a generous community,” Shaw said. “We are grateful to the Stardome for their generosity and to Henry Cho for his humor. He was perfect for this audience.”

The event’s sponsors – Hendrick Hoover Auto Mall, Shipt, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama and Culver’s – covered many of the night’s expenses, allowing the foundation to benefit from proceeds from ticket sales, the sale drinks and donations from the public, says Shaw. Total proceeds were around $20,000 before all final expenses were paid, so net income is yet to be determined, she said.

Paul Dangel, chairman of the foundation’s board, said he was pleased with the outcome of this new fundraiser and said the foundation would like to hold a similar comedy event next year.

Proceeds from the event will help fund a $30,000 hovercraft project for all fifth-grade students at Hoover City Schools, involving science, technology, engineering and math programs and teacher critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, communication and problem solving.

This year, the foundation is on track to fund more than $100,000 in grants and projects, Dangel said.

Ian Vaughn, a Pelham resident who was among the guests, said he came because he had been invited by a colleague and wanted to help schools. He thought the event was well organized and the two comedians were great, he said.

Tickets for the event ranged from $75 to $150 and included a roast beef and chicken dinner at the Ragtime Café.

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