Giving Back: Comedy night out benefits Assistance for Single Parents

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, January 18, 2017

DESTREHAN — Tasha Bourgeois said she likes to stand out.

That’s how the Metairie mortgage broker came to be known for her giant pink moving truck, which she lends to clients for their moves and uses as advertising for her company.

Debra Reider said she likes to be different. As the executive director of the non-profit, Assistance for Single Parents, which works to help families with support and fellowship, sometimes she has to think outside the box for fundraising ideas.

They also like to laugh and have fun.

That’s how these two women came up with the idea of a comedy show fundraiser last year. Now they are preparing for a bigger and better second one.

“We were bursting at the seams last year, so we had said, ‘let’s go a little bigger,’” Reider said. “It was so much fun we said, ‘let’s do it again.’”

The night of entertainment will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Jerusalem Shriner’s Hall, located at 1940 Ormond Blvd in Destrehan.

It will feature adult comedians, a male beauty pageant, dinner, dancing, a photo booth, silent auction, raffles and fun.

It’s BYOB, but no ice chests will be allowed inside. Ice will be provided.

Tickets are $25 per person. A $300 donation for a table of eight includes reserved seating, a server and a table-decorating contest. A $500 donation for a table of eight includes the above plus appetizers and a limo ride to the event.

Reider said last year’s event raised more than $7,000, all of which went to a variety of programs hosted by Assistance for Single Parents.

The organization holds an annual school uniform giveaway, employment workshops and seminars, distributes refurbished computers and offers support to families.

“We don’t have enough money to pay their rent or their electricity, so we try to find ways to save them money,” Reider said. “We give out new school uniforms and collect gently used ones to give away.”

Reider said they are working on more fellowship opportunities for parents, including support groups.

The comedy night was one of the most successful fundraisers to help the group with its mission.

Bourgeois said she and Reider met at another fundraising event and became friends.

“I told her if she ever needed me to do anything, to give me a call,” Bourgeois said. “I’m always willing to lend a hand.”

Reider said the two sat down and brainstormed ideas.

“I’m a single parent, I love having fun,” she said. “To go downtown is expensive. We wanted to try to find something local and fun — that more than anything.”

Said Bourgeois: “I like to stand out and be different. I think outside the box.”

Reider said she has booked local comedians Rhonda Estelle Bordelon and James Cusimano. There will be a DJ for dancing.

Last year’s highlight was the male beauty contest, where men dress up and vie for donations.

“Anyone can enter,” Reider said. “You can be girly or burly.”

For more information, call 985-233-1173 or email