Can You Make Staten Island laugh?

Hi everyone, Barry’s Auto Body is holding a nation-wide comedy contest that will run until December 31st, 2018; the winner will be awarded a check for $1,250.00. In addition, the winner will have the chance to donate another $1,250.00, in his/her name, to one of 9 charities listed below. At the end of the contest, we will choose the winner, but our decision will be heavily influenced by the reactions we see on social media and a voting poll on our website. But wait… there’s more- the winner will also have a chance to perform at the Looney Bin in Staten Island, New York. The Looney Bin is Staten Island’s only comedy club and restaurant! If you are interested in making a submission (or multiple submissions), check out the terms and conditions on our website to avoid any confusion. Keep reading below to learn more about the amazing charities that the winner choose from:

YMCA Drug Counseling, Staten Island-

Staten Island YMCA Counseling Service has been helping families and individuals whose lives have been affected by addiction since 1980. Their services include Individual counseling, Group Counseling, Crisis Intervention Services, Drug Screenings, Family therapy and family skills training, Vocational services and referrals, Positive alternative activities, Referrals to legal counseling, Referrals to alternative treatment programs, and Intervention with the criminal justice and child welfare systems.

Carl’s Recovery Center-

Carl’s Recovery center is a free, unbiased resource center for family members and addicts struggling with addiction. The center is open 5 days a week, some of their services include, peer-to-peer counseling, interventions, NARCAN Training, outpatient services, and 12 step meeting.

The Carl V Bini Memorial Fund-

After he lost his life on September 11th, 2001 the Carl V . Bini Memorial Fund was created in his memory to continue Carl’s belief in helping people. The Bini fund supports the community through scholarships, emergency grants and special needs assistance. The Fund holds fundraisers such as Bikers for Bini, a Golf Outing, Back to the Beach with the borough president, and their annual winter bash.

Michael’s Cause-

Michael’s Cause is a member of the Duchenne Alliance which raises awareness for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. This charity also raises money to build a strong foundation for treatments and a possible cure to save their son and others affected by this disease.

Sunrise Day Camp-

Sunrise Association Day Camps are the world’s only dedicated day camps for children with cancer and their siblings, provided completely free of charge. Providing memorable summers since 2006 for children ages 3 1/2–16, Sunrise Day Camps bring the simple pleasures of childhood back to children struggling with cancer, changing months of loneliness and isolation into summers filled with sunshine, laughter and happiness.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital-

Founded in 1962 by entertainer Danny Thomas, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is committed to advancing cures and preventing pediatric catastrophic diseases. No child is denied treatment based on race, religion or even the family’s ability to pay. Thanks to donors families have never received a bill from St. Jude.

Disabled American Veterans-

DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year.

Make a Wish Foundation-

Tens of thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters advance the Make-A-Wish® vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a critical illness. In the United States and its territories, on average, a wish is granted every 34 minutes.

Pediatric Lyme Disease Foundation

The Pediatric Lyme Disease Foundation reports that 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme disease annually. The foundation needs help funding equipment, treatments and spreading awareness about Lyme disease and it’s dangers.