Comedy club benefit helps give back to St. Peters flood victims

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MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. – Many families are struggling financially to renovate their homes after flash flooding July 26-28 damaged many properties in the St. Louis area. As a result, friends of flood victims in St. Peters held a benefit night Wednesday at a comedy club to help out.

“They don’t want any help, but their bills are going to be almost $100,000 just to redo their house and it’s like a second mortgage on a mortgage they already had,” said Sara Thompson.

Thompson hosted the benefit for her friends at the Funny Bone, the couple wanted to remain anonymous. Thompson said that over the past three weeks the couple have spent their time helping other flood victims in their housing estate, but the benefit is a way to give back.

“They had lost almost everything in the floods about three weeks ago and there are not many places to go to get help,” said Denise Sullivan, sister of one of the flood victims. “They are proud people and they don’t want to ask anything of anyone.”

Sullivan said it’s been hard watching her family through this crisis. Funds from the benefit went to help Sullivan’s family.

“So they can put their lives back together, rebuild their lives, and their biggest goal is to help the people around them and their neighbors,” she said.

Thompson said the funds from the benefit are a start.

“It’s just a small drop in the ocean for what they need, but it’s a start,” she said.

Thompson said she hopes the silent auction and comedy benefit will remind the couple that they are not alone during this difficult time.

“It makes you forget things, you know you’re stepping into this little world when they start talking and you can understand a lot of the things they’re saying,” Thompson said. “They’ll keep it light and they’ll make jokes about things that might upset you or you know it takes you to a different world.”

Families who have been affected by flooding and need help can visit the FEMA Recovery Center at Ranken Technical College. They are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

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