Comedy unites communities

By Rowan Beck

On Friday, May 10, for the first time ever, the PTOs from Charlotte Central School (CCS) and Shelburne Community School (SCS) are joining forces for a fundraiser. Together they are hosting a comedic event at the Old Lantern in Charlotte. This is an adult only affair. Doors will open at 6:30 pm with the show beginning at 7:30 pm. It is a cash bar and tickets are available at the door for $20, as well as the Flying Pig and online. Profits from the event will be divided between the two schools.

The idea was hatched one day between comedian Josie Leavitt and fellow employee, Kelly Dousevicz at the Flying Pig.  There was a genuine fear that the school budgets were not going to pass; that schools would need more fundraising and both felt something new and fresh was needed. “We were really scared for what our schools could be facing down the road.” What better way than to combine towns and have a larger pool? Both Dousevicz and Leavitt live in Charlotte, but Leavitt’s business is in Shelburne. “It was a win-win for me. I could give something back to both towns.”

It was an easy fundraiser to create since Leavitt had also just begun “Divas Do Good” with her comedic troupe, the Vermont Comedy Divas. They will put on performances to benefit organizations with a social mission. Half of their proceeds from the night would then go to the charitable organization. The Divas in their entirety will not be performing at this particular event. Sally Stevens, a former Diva and teacher at SCS, will headline the show. Current Diva Autumn Spencer will perform and Leavitt will host. Comedian Colin Ryan will also perform.

The Old Lantern generously donated the space. “Lisa has been delightful to work with. She immediately said yes when she heard the idea,” Leavitt said. Dousevicz has done most of the organizing and has pulled the event together in only a few months. “Planning began in March,” she said.

All would agree this is a simple fundraiser. “It’s like a fundraiser in a box!” Josie laughed. “Once there is a venue ‘Divas Do Good’ gives all the ways to promote.” The CCS PTO and SCS PTO would concur. They have included information about the upcoming show in emails, school newsletters, and websites. The key thing is spreading the word.

“It’s a great fundraiser to do since it doesn’t require a ton of volunteers,” Dousevicz said. “It’s fun and low maintenance. Having both schools involved is great because it makes for a bigger event. We all end up together at CVU anyway.” The PTOs also agree and have stated that they wouldn’t mind doing more community events together.

Leavitt is hoping to sell out this high quality show. “It is the same caliber show that people in our communities would drive to Burlington for and it is right in our own backyard,” Leavitt smiled. Tickets can be purchased at the Flying Pig Bookstore and at the door for $20, or online at for a processing charge. Come on out for a great night of comedy and support your community.

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