On Sunday December 8th, our nonprofit improv comedy fundraiser event took over Station North's The BIG Theater.
Baltimore Improv Group (BIG) presented "WINTER WONDERYESAND: Yule Laugh Your Cash Off" as a winter themed, expanded universe, improv-marathon featuring over 12 hours of uninterrupted, sidesplitting improv comedy shows.
The astonishing end result? $36,000 raised to support local improv comedy programs.
Terry Withers serves as BIG's Managing Director. Withers started improvising in 2007. He is past teacher and performer of New York City's The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre founded by comedy performers Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh.
"I am so proud of BIG's community and team of volunteers for the fantastic work they did on our annual fundraiser, WinterWonderYesAnd! " said Terry, who also teaches improv as a faculty member of BIG University and tours the nation with a few different improv shows.
"We raised even more than we've announced previously, $36,000! That's over 25% increase from the previous year's fundraiser. Thanks, everyone, I'm overwhelmed!"
The money raised will go to aggressively pursue Baltimore Improv Group's mission by underwriting the 100% free shows initiative, a robust scholarship program, upcoming space improvements and many more programs meant to enrich life in the Baltimore region through the practice and enjoyment of improv comedy.
In addition – as announced by Central Baltimore Partnership and our January all-theater meeting – Central Baltimore Partnership's work with Partners in Government, and the community, has "resulted in State approval that provides significant investment in four key North Avenue projects aimed at further galvanizing the renaissance of the area for creative and entertainment uses". This includes our brand new storefront and neon sign at The BIG Theater!
View our photo gallery by volunteer photography Isara Fey at WINTER WONDERYESAND, our 2019 fundraiser:
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