JCC’s 25th Annual Eat. Bid. Laugh! An auction and epicurean event to feature performance by comedian Iliza Shlesinger

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Comedian Iliza Shelsinger

Sid Jacobson JCC has announced its 25th annual Eat. Bid. Laugh! An Auction & Epicurean Event.

The fundraising event will be held on Thursday, March 26, at 6:30 p.m. at Fresh Meadow Country Club in Lake Success.

This year’s event will include a performance by comedian Iliza Shlesinger, tastings from leading local restaurants, and extensive silent auction prizes. Tickets go on sale this week and can be purchased at eatbidlaugh.org.

“We are so excited to celebrate the 25th year of this amazing event that gathers donors, sponsors, and participants to support the vital social service programs at the JCC,” says Connie Wasserman, associate executive director, Sid Jacobson JCC. “The funds raised at Eat. Bid. Laugh! help to create transformative and sustainable programs that meet the needs of all in our community.”

Last year’s event surpassed all others, raising more than $1.6 million, which went towards the event’s mission of helping enhance the lives of those who rely on the JCC’s quality services. Funds raised at Eat. Bid. Laugh! An Auction & Epicurean Event benefit the Sheldon A. Sinett BASICS Fund.

Maintained as an incubator fund, BASICS has the goal of funding Sid Jacobson JCC’s social service programs. Impacting thousands in the community, BASICS has funded more than 70 new programs within the last 14 years. These programs serve all individuals and populations, regardless of their religious affiliation, some of which include those experiencing food insecurity in Nassau County, the first of its kind young-onset Alzheimer’s program, special needs programs including vocational training, and those recovering from addiction looking to reintegrate into the community to sustain wellness.

“This year’s live performance will be by Netflix comedian, Iliza Shlesinger. Iliza won Elle Magazine’s Woman in Comedy two years in a row and will be a great addition to the evening,” says Bridgette Troisi, Assitant Director of Development, Sid Jacobson JCC.

Iliza is one of today’s leading comedians. In 2019, she premiered her fifth Netflix stand up special “UnVeiled,” which delves into her journey of getting married. Her past specials include “War Paint,” “Freezing Hot,” and “Confirmed Kills.”

Her most recent special, “2018’s Elder Millennial,” was the subject of her Fan-U-Mentary “Iliza Shlesinger: Over & Over” and gives fans an inside look into what goes into making a stand-up special. On the acting front, she will next be seen co-starring opposite Mark Wahlberg in the movie “Wonderland,” directed by Peter Berg, and recently wrapped production on “The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show.”

Both will premiere on Netflix in 2020. Her first book, “Girl Logic: The Genius and the Absurdity” (Hachette Book Group), is a subversively funny collection of essays and observations on a confident woman’s approach to friendship, singlehood, and relationships. Her new podcast AIA: Ask Iliza Anything offers up her unique perspective to listeners, answering their questions on virtually any topic.

For more information about Eat. Bid. Laugh! An Auction & Epicurean Event or to purchase tickets starting this week, visit eatbidlaugh.org or contact Bridgette Troisi, Assistant Director of Development at 516.484.1545 ext. 141 or btroisi@sjjcc.org.

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