Originally published Friday, May 11, 2018 at 06:00a.m.
John Gunby, coach for the Bradshaw Mountain Special Olympics golf team, has organized a comedy show to raise money for local Special Olympics programs.
Called “Smiles for Special Olympics,” the comedy show will feature Mark Cordes, the Spouse Whisperer, Gunby said. Though he’s put on car shows to raise money for the programs, this is the first time he’s put together a comedy show, he said. The goal is to raise $8-10,000, Gunby said.
“We’re definitely underfunded in this area,” he said regarding the money allotted to Special Olympics programs. “The more tickets we sell, the more money the area Special Olympics makes. We’ve got about more than 700 atheletes from 7 to 67 in this whole area and all the fundraising goes to all their endeavors, track and field, basketball, bowling, golf, whatever.”
Held Saturday, May 12, at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center, 117 E. Gurley St., tickets are $25 and available online at www.prescottelkstheater.com, by calling 928-777-1370 or at the door one hour prior to the performance.
In addition to the show, there is going to be a raffle, Gunby said. People will have the chance to get rounds of golf, autographed memorabilia, gift certificates, $1,000 in dental services and an Alice Cooper autographed guitar. Gunby said he has a friend who is a close friend of Alice Cooper, which is how they were able to get the guitar.
The Special Olympics participants who benefit from the show are great people, he said. Their families also make a lot of sacrifices as well, Gunby said.
“We name them angels, not athletes,” he said. “They bring a smile to your face every time you see them. They live one day at a time. They’re very special people to me and to everyone else that has an association with them.”
For more information about Mark Cordes, The Spouse Whisperer, visit www.spousewhisperer.com.
By Jason Wheeler, follow him on Twitter @PrescottWheels, reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037