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UPDATED: 'SNL' alum Jim Breuer headlines 'Humor Helps' Nov. 22

Proceeds to benefit Emergency Winter Shelter

Posted: November 9, 2009 10:30 a.m.
Updated: November 21, 2009 12:48 p.m.
Comic Jim Breuer headlines the 'Humor Helps' fundraiser for the Santa Clarita Emergency Winter Shelter on Sunday, Nov. 22. Comic Jim Breuer headlines the 'Humor Helps' fundraiser for the Santa Clarita Emergency Winter Shelter on Sunday, Nov. 22.
Comic Jim Breuer headlines the 'Humor Helps' fundraiser for the Santa Clarita Emergency Winter Shelter on Sunday, Nov. 22.
The Santa Clarita Emergency Winter Shelter is counting on the community's sense of humor to help care for the hundreds of local homeless who will seek a roof, meals and support this season.

Christ Lutheran Church in Valencia will host "Humor Helps," a live comedic and family-friendly performance courtesy of Jim Breuer, a former "Saturday Night Live" cast member and co-star of numerous TV and film comedies, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22.

An auction and silent auction will take place at 2 p.m.

Tickets to the show cost $20. All proceeds will benefit the winter shelter, which is preparing to open on Dec. 1.

The shelter is operated by the Santa Clarita Community Development Corporation and assists people by improving their individual or family circumstances.

As Thanksgiving turkeys are purchased and family members head into town, shelter organizers ask community members to put a couple of hours aside to benefit those who do not have the luxury of putting a turkey on their table this year.

Last year the shelter was able to assist 19 families to obtain jobs, or housing or both in the 105 nights it was open. That was possible because the county was able to provide funds for motel stays and the people of Santa Clarita provided the funds for the case managers.

"However, this year the county is not able to provide as much funding for the motel rooms and the shelter needs help to fully fund the case managers," said SCCDC Executive Director Tim Davis.

"This winter, judging by the demand we see in our partner organizations, we expect the needs to be greater than any previous year," Davis said. 

"The people of Santa Clarita have always been great supporters of the shelter providing meals, materials, volunteers and funds. We need that excellent support more than ever this winter. A fun way to provide that support is to come out on Nov. 22 and be entertained by Jim Breuer and participate in the auctions."

This is the third year Christ Lutheran Church has teamed up with the local shelter to host the Humor Helps fundraiser. The goal: to get the community involved in the shelter, to raise as much money as possible, and to entertain.

Last year, the community brought in nearly $17,000 for the shelter thanks to a guest performance by Billy Gardell from the Comedy Central network and NBC's "My Name is Earl."

This year the shelter hopes to meet and exceed that amount as the shelter's financial means will be stretched due to demand in the midst of a recession and budget cuts.

Jim Breuer is well-known to comedy fans for a number of memorable comedic characters as a cast member of "Saturday Night Live" and in films like "Half Baked," but he is also a humanitarian.

In addition to his comedic roles, Breuer has also made a film about his father, "More Than Me," which takes its title from how "his whole life his dad said, 'I want you to have more than me.'"

"The movie deals with knowing that my Dad doesn't have much time left, and rather than sticking him in a home, I take care of him," Breuer said. "I shave him, shower him, help him change his clothes, all of it. The film walks you through the whole process, and how not to fear it, how it's a natural part of life, and keep their dignity along with yours. It's something I want everyone to see. It'll change lives. 

Breuer recently screened it as a work-in-progress for annual Aging Services of California Conference and Exposition.

See "Related Content" for more on Breuer's background and current and future projects.

Other celebrities have also pitched in to help the EWS, including Cher, Carlos Santana and John Muir. The silent auction will include VIP Vegas Concert Experiences, a stay at Caesar's Palace Las Vegas, gift certificates to dine at famous restaurants (Levity Entertainment Group produces The Food Networks' program "Iron Chef") and much more.

Donations of non-perishable food will also be accepted at the door to benefit Help the Children of Santa Clarita food bank.


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