Tupper Lake While the search for Tupper Lake teen Colin Gillis continues, a special night of laughter is being planned to help aid in the costs associated with the effort to find him.
Off The Comedy Productions will present a fundraising comedy show to aid in the funds being used to try and bring Gillis home at the Knights Of Columbus in Tupper Lake.
“The comedians offer the whole spectrum of adult comedy,” event organizer Tracy Sparks said. “This is sure to be a really great show.”
The doors will open at 6 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:30 p.m.
There will be snacks available and a cash bar. Friends and classmates of Colin will be volunteering at the event, handling raffle tickets, cleaning up and serving drinks during intermission.
“The people that knew him want to help and do what we can to keep his name out there and let people know we’re still looking,” Sparks said. “This event will be fun and it could bring some humor back to the community, if even for an hour. We want to do whatever we can to help and to keep up hope and keep searching.”
John Gillis, Colin’s father, said he appreciates the continued support the community has shown over the last few months.
“Colin is not just our kid anymore, he’s the communities kid, and that’s how everyone has treated him,” John said. “It’s been emotionally overwhelming what the community has done for us and for Colin. I can’t thank everyone enough for volunteering their time through the search and organizing the fundraisers. It’s really helped our family.”
There will five comedians from New York City, including Mike Madden, Steve Sarsfield, Matt Kelly, Shawn Gillie and Headliner Sandy Beach.
Half of the ticket proceeds will go directly towards the Search for Colin Gillis Fund and half will go to the comedians. The comedians have also purchased a 32-inch flat screen TV to be raffled off. Raffle tickets will cost $5 each.