Los Angeles Based Empowerment Comedian Ernie G and California Senator Gil Cedillo Announce 1st Annual Ernie G's Friends and Family Holiday Comedy Night

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An evening of empowerment comedy, music and spoken word poetry to raise scholarship funds, event begins Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 7:00 p.m."

CA Senator Gil Cedillo, Roosevelt HS Principal Dra. Sofia Freire and Comedian Ernie G

I feel truly blessed to be able to make a difference for these students by using the powerful gift of laughter, not only to entertain and inspire them, but to literally impact their future

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The Office of California Senator Gil Cedillo will be co-sponsoring the First Annual Ernie G's Friends & Family Holiday Comedy Night on Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. The fundraiser will create an opportunity for the newly established Ernie G Scholarship Fund to raise funds to help support and empower deserving students to finance their education. Los Angeles area middle, high school, and college students and their families are expected to gather at Roosevelt High School's historical auditorium located at 456 South Mathews Street, East Los Angeles for Ernie G's nationally acclaimed empowerment comedy show which recently made headlines on the front pages of The Washington Post.

One in five Hispanic teens drop out of high school, according to U.S. Education Department statistics, thus now more than ever, Senator Cedillo recognizes the importance of encouraging the achievement of higher education among our youth. Therefore, he is partnering with empowerment comedian Ernie G to provide the community of Los Angeles with the gift of an inspirational performance that will encourage local students to continue pursuing their education while supporting the efforts to raise scholarship monies.

"Ernie G is the perfect example of the kind of determination that my office wants to see in High School students. Clearly, Ernie G has proven highly successful in conquering the obstacles that stood in his path toward his success as a comic artist. This event is of special significance to me given that I myself am a graduate of Roosevelt High School. Role models like Ernie G are valuable in our society because young people today need leaders to look up to. I hope all students and their parents at this event join me in expressing my profound gratitude to Ernie G's contribution to the future success of all students," stated Cedillo.

As a rising star in the comedy world, Ernie G has always been about making people laugh. Now, in addition to headlining at highly acclaimed comedy clubs such as The Laugh Factory or The Improv, this Latino comedian has turned his efforts to filling high school gyms and university auditoriums. He delivers a message of empowerment to young people about staying true to themselves and pursuing their dreams. "I feel truly blessed to be able to make a difference for these students by using the powerful gift of laughter, not only to entertain and inspire them, but to literally impact their future," says Ernie G.

By incorporating his own personal story into his "edutainment" performance, Ernie G is reaching students with the tale of his very own turbulent academic journey towards college graduation. Having been asked to leave Loyola Marymount University for failing academically, he was able to go back a few years later and graduate with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Chicano Studies. His work has been seen in over 100 high school and college campuses nationwide, and as a result of his work, he is also the National Spokesperson for the Hispanic College Fund.

In addition to Ernie G's empowerment comedy performance, the event will include the musical stylings of Black Delta, a local youth rock band, the works of art of nationally recognized graffiti artist Man One, and the spoken word poetry of local high school poets.

Doors open at 6:30 PM. Minimum Donation is $5, VIP tickets are available for $20, absolutely no one will be turned away at the door. All proceeds go to the Ernie G Scholarship Fund and the Student Association at Roosevelt High School. Tickets will be available online at http://www.ernieg.com and at the door the day of the event.

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