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Night of Comedy benefit raises $80k for Northern Westchester Hospital’s education program

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Health education program supports more than 36 Westchester schools


More than 450 people attended Northern Westchester Hospital’s (NWH) first-ever Night of Comedy at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center, and -- laughing till it hurt -- raised $80,000 for the hospital’s school-based education programs.

“We are grateful to NWH Night of Comedy Co-Chairs Lisa Schwartz, member of the NWH Board of Trustees and her brother Scott Horwitz, the event’s comedy director and emcee, who worked tirelessly to make this event a success,” said Keeva Young-Wright, President of the NWH Foundation. “I also want to congratulate our amateur comedians for their outstanding performances and thank our sponsors for their generosity. We’ve never had so much fun raising money!”

“Now the world knows that NWH has a funny bone and a heart of gold,” said Mr. Horwitz. “Lisa and I are thrilled to support this important cause and have the opportunity to work with an amazing group of amateur comics. Who knew a urologist, a pediatrician, a pharmacist and a compliance officer could be so hilarious! ”

Hospital staff get in on the act

In addition to Mr. Horwitz who served as emcee, performers included NWH urology chief Warren Bromberg, MD; NWH pediatrician Douglas Krohn, MD; inventor Gina Luongo O’Connell; NWH pharmacist Ron Peragallo, RPh; PTA President Vikki Salese; NWH/Northwell Health Corporate Compliance Director and Privacy Officer Eric Sandhusen, MPH; real estate attorney Wally Schwartz; and businessman and aspiring comic Lucas Zelnick.

Event sponsors included Abigail Kirsch, The Bristal Assisted Living, indaba/Cape Classics Fine Wine, Life Time Athletics, Millstone Spirit Group, René Leon Catering, party rentals from Thomas Fox Catering, and Whole Foods.

NWH’s School-based Health Education Programs provide free health and nutrition learning to pre-school, elementary, middle and high school students in over 36 Westchester schools. In 2018, the program reached more than 11,600 students through over 350 programs on nutrition, anxiety, vaping, healthy relationships and more. The program is funded largely through philanthropy, and the money raised by the Night of Comedy will be used to develop curriculum, content and teaching materials.  For more information about NWH’s school based education programs, visit:

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