Laugh For Sight Holds Fifth Annual Charity Comedy Show Featuring Robert Klein & John Oliver at NYC’s Gotham Comedy Club

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All-star comedy lineup announced for September 20, 2010 to raise funds for vision-related non-profits and retinal degenerative disease research

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Laugh For Sight, a non-profit organization focused on raising funds and public awareness for retinal degenerative eye disease research, will host its 5th Annual Laugh For Sight charity benefit on Monday, September 20th, 2010, at the world famous Gotham Comedy Club in New York City. The show lineup will feature some of the nation’s best stand-up comedians, including legendary comedian, singer and actor Robert Klein, Comedy Central's "Premium Blend” Comic Jessica Kirson, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” correspondent John Oliver, and legally blind Laugh For Sight Co-Founder/President Brian Fischler with his guide dog Nash -- all among the several acts scheduled to perform. Multi-level sponsorship opportunities are now available. General admission and VIP tickets for the event are expected to sell quickly and will go on sale August 15 through Gotham Comedy Club.

With presenting title sponsor VisionZone, Optelec’s nationwide movement to promote ocular health awareness, Laugh For Sight 5 NYC will feature a silent auction at 7 p.m., and the live stand-up comedy show at 8:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit three noteworthy vision charities; Scheie Eye Institute at the University of Pennsylvania in support of its retinal degenerative eye disease research, Fight For Sight, a 64-year-old organization that funds promising scientists early in their eye research careers, and Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a guide dog school which provides service dogs to the blind and visually impaired.

The sponsorship packages for Laugh For Sight 5 NYC range from $1,500 - $7,500 and are available to individuals and businesses interested in supporting the cause and raising money to combat degenerative eye diseases. Each sponsorship package includes a specified number of VIP tickets, various promotional opportunities, on-site presence, social media and website visibility on http://www.laughforsight.com, inclusion in opt-in email newsletters, and recognition in press and printed materials. For more information on sponsorship, email info(at)laughforsight(dot)com.

Laugh For Sight 5 NYC will be held at the Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W. 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011, on September 20th, 2010 from 7 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. General admission and VIP tickets for the event will be available for purchase on August 15th at http://www.gothamcomedyclub.com or by calling 212.367.9000.

Brian Fischler, Laugh For Sight’s Co-Founder/President, is a nationally recognized, legally blind stand-up comedian who was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa in his early teens. Despite living with limited vision that has been declining over the years, he took a proactive stance and helped to create the Laugh For Sight organization and charity comedy show. Fischler also recently partnered with the Laugh For Sight 5 NYC’s title sponsor VisionZone where he serves as an advocate for ocular health awareness, contributes weekly blog posts, and starred as a lead actor in the short film “You’re Not Alone Anymore” about low vision.

Laugh For Sight has also confirmed the national expansion of its signature charity comedy show. The organization will premier its upcoming inaugural events in Los Angeles, Calif. at the Hollywood Improv on Melrose on November 9 and Miami, Fla. at the Ritz Carlton in South Beach on December 17. Event or multi-event sponsorship opportunities are now available as well.

For more information or to get involved in this charity event, please visit http://www.laughforsight.com or contact Laugh For Site at info(at)laughforsight(dot)com and 917-470-9559.

About Laugh For Sight
Laugh For Sight was founded by legally blind stand-up comedian Brian Fischler (http://www.brianfischler.com) and Scott Wartham. The organization is focused on raising funds and public awareness for vision-related nonprofits and retinal degenerative disease research through its signature Laugh For Sight charity benefit show, known for having a rare lineup of some of the biggest names in stand up comedy. In March 1999, Laugh For Sight hosted its 1st annual Laugh for Sight charity benefit in Beverly Hills and in 2005, the fundraiser moved to New York City’s famous Gotham Comedy Club where it now serves as its annual event venue. The success since its inception has enabled Laugh For Sight to expand its reach nationally. In 2010 it partnered with VisionZone, Optelec’s nationwide movement to promote ocular health awareness, and has added two additional benefit shows in Los Angeles and Miami. For more information on Laugh For Sight please visit http://www.laughforsight.com.

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