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2nd Annual Comedy for a Cure Raises Awareness on Sickle Cell Disease

Comedy for a Cure

By Naomi K. Bonman

LOS ANGELES, CA—Like the old saying goes, laughing is a good source of medicine. It has the magic tip in making one forget about their current worries. On Sunday, September 27, The Mentortainment Group will be collaborating with Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California, AEOM PR, AND Crack Em’ Up Comedy to present the 2nd Annual Comedy for a Cure: A Benefit and Awareness Show for Sickle Cell Disease. The show will be held at The Comedy Store located at 8433 W. Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood.

The host for the night is comedian and sickle cell survivor, Six Foota Slim. He will be telling his story as well as keeping you entertained between each set of comedians. Those that will be blessing the stage for the evening include London Brown, HBO Ballers; Edwonda White, Def Comedy Jam; and DC Ervin, NBC Last Comic Standing. In addition to laughing your butt off, there will also be a special what’s Da Count Awards Presentation as well as a red carpet hour hosted by Lacora Stephens.

Patrons interested in attending must be 21+ to enter the building. You can get your tickets now and save 5 bucks at $25 or purchase your tickets at the door for $30. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California. For more information, please contact Melinor Moore at nmoore@aeompr.com, Nichelle Murdock at nichellemurdock@gmail.com, or Kelvin Taylor atthementortainmentgroup@gmail.com.

Jack & Jill of America Foundation co-sponsors free college fair

PASADENA, CA- Jack and Jill of America Foundation, Inc. is co-sponsoring a free college fair at the Pasadena Convention Center on Wednesday, September 30 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Local students and parents will have the opportunity to meet with over 200 college and university representatives. They can attend college prep workshops on SAT versus ACT, college sports recruiting and writing a personal essay for college applications.

Jack and Jill of America Foundation, Inc. is the philanthropic arm of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.  Since 2008, the Pasadena Chapter of the organization has brought representatives from several colleges, including historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), to Pasadena to expose more area residents to a broader array of college options.  The Jack and Jill-sponsored events have always included information regarding admission requirements and financial aid.

“While we are an organization for mothers, when we started out, it was our fathers’ auxiliary that took the lead on organizing our college fair,” says Annette Starks, Foundation Chair for the Pasadena Chapter.  “As our event grew, we moved the venue from Polytechnic High School to Pasadena City College to the Pasadena Convention Center.”

In recent years, Jack and Jill has expanded the number of students reached by partnering with Pasadena Unified School District on the event.  Additional sponsoring partners for this year’s event include the City of Pasadena, Pasadena City College, Pasadena Educational Foundation and Pasadena Learns.

Obituary: Ida Elizabeth Verrett Newell

Ida Elizabeth Verrett Newell

Ida Elizabeth Verrett Newell

Ida Elizabeth Verrett Newell, 76, of San Bernardino, CA, passed away on September 4, 2015 in Moreno Valley, CA. Born in New Orleans, LA on November 14, 1938; she was the daughter of the late Leo Sr. and Lilla Verrett and sister to the late Darryl, Gloria, the late Leo Jr., Lynn, Merlin and the late Michael Kevin.

She graduated from J. S. Clark High School, New Orleans, LA, in 1956 and married the late Cleve Newell, Jr. in 1959. They lived together in New Orleans, LA, and gave birth to their first son, Cleve III in 1960 before relocating to San Bernardino, CA. Their second son, Tyrone LaMarr, was born in 1962.

In addition to being a full-time mother, she earned her Associate Degree from San Bernardino Valley College and dedicated herself to St. Anthony School and Church where she was the President of the Parent and Teacher Association and head coach of the girls’ basketball team. Ida loved music and dancing and was an avid sports fan.

For recreation, she enjoyed bowling, watching thoroughbred horse racing and hanging out at casinos and with her dearest friends. After her sons completed college, Ida dedicated herself to community service where she was elected to the Northwest Redevelopment Project Area Committee and worked for Catholic Charities and the City of San Bernardino.

She is survived by her sons, Cleve III of San Bernardino, CA, and Tyrone LaMarr of New York, NY; two sisters, Lynn Riley and Gloria Moore, both of Shreveport, LA; one brother, Merlin Verrett of New Orleans, LA; dearest friends Maria Wilson of Rialto, CA and Cynthia Green of San Bernardino, CA; and many other relatives and dear friends.

The Memorial Service was held on Monday, September 21 at Mark B. Shaw Mortuary, 1525 N. Waterman Avenue in San Bernardino.