Laugh Away SMA is a stand-up comedy event featuring two nationally known comedians heading into its fifth year as our flagship fundraising event. We host the show in August, the month proclaimed by the Governor of Mississippi as SMA Awareness Month. The Muse Center in Pearl, MS serves as a top-notch venue for the show, capable of accommodating 2,500 attendees.
What you get as a sponsor
Donate $2,500 or above
Business name/logo on Muse Center electronic billboard overlooking I-20
Business name mentioned on any radio or TV promotions
Business name/logo on event promo materials, flyers, etc.
Business thanked by emcee on stage
Business may have info material displayed at table at event
Business name/logo on stage banner and banner in foyer
Business name/logo prominently displayed on t-shirts
Business name/logo with link posted on Stop SMA’s website and Facebook page (over 3,100 fans so far)
The entertainment will be unlike any other event in the Jackson area. Comedian Henry Cho returns for what will be his fifth year at the show. We received tremendous feedback regarding Henry’s performance. Henry’s has become a strong supporter of Stop SMA and our mission.
Henry has appeared in television shows and films such as the movie adaptation of McHale’s Navy, Say It Isn’t So, and Material Girls. His credits also include The Henry Cho Comedy Show, a one-hour comedy special on GAC. The Tonight Show has invited Henry on multiple occasions, and Henry has hosted NBC’s New Year’s Eve Special.
Henry has toured and worked with: Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes, Willie Nelson, Lee Ann Womack, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Brooks & Dunn, and Martina McBride. Because of Henry’s commitment and support, Stop SMA has been blessed with incredible headliner performances by Brian Regan, Jon Reep, and Tom Wilson. This year’s headliner will continue this record of excellence and we are extremely excited as developments unfold for Laugh Away SMA 2014.
“Our family absolutely loved the Stop SMA Comedy Night. There aren’t many events that parents can enjoy with their teenage children. Any time that you can share a laugh with them, is just a good time. Henry Cho was hilarious!”
— Kelly Cranford, Instructor at Hinds Community College
“Our family had a great time at Laugh Away SMA. We can’t wait to go again. This is a very special cause and event. Henry Cho was terrific and the entire show was perfect.”
— Mark Baker, Attorney
“Sponsoring Stop SMA events has been very rewarding. The progress this charity is making is encouraging and the Laugh Away SMA event was pure awesomeness! Sponsor or donate NOW, the cure is close&helip;”
The City of Flowood will host its 13th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament on Wednesday, May 14 and Thursday, May 15. Proceeds benefit Stop SMA. If you are interested in participating, download the registration form.
To learn about the tournament, see the recent story published by the Rankin County Times.
FLOWOOD — Though the event itself is months away, officials say now is the time to get signed up to participate.
The City of Flowood will host its 13th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament on Wednesday, May 14 and Thursday, May 15. The Four-Player Scramble will be held at the Refuge Golf Course, and the proceeds will benefit the Flowood-based Stop SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) organization.
Tournament organizer Kay Shelton said the event typically draws a full field a month before it is held.
“We shoot for 100 teams,” Shelton said. “We normally have 106 to 110 (teams), and we normally have a full field a month out, by mid-April.”
To sign up, call Shelton at 601-420-3327 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2013 tournament benefitted the local Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDFR).
“Stop SMA is a local group here in Flowood,” Shelton said. “It’s not a Mississippi chapter; it’s its own local group. We try to choose local organizations. Our goal is to raise $60,000 to $65,000, and we normally do that.”
The tournament will be played in four flights. Following a complimentary breakfast, the first flight will begin at 8:30 a.m. both days. Lunch will be served each day from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., and the afternoon flight will tee-off at 1:30 p.m.
Businesses and other local agencies can earn valuable exposure by serving as tournament sponsors. Sponsorship opportunities are available for $10,000 (Ace Sponsor), $5,000 (Double Eagle), $2,500 (Eagle), $1,000 (Birdie), $500 (Par) and $200 (Hole) levels.
The registration fee is $400 for a four-player team, or $100 for an individual player. Each team may purchase up to eight mulligans (or “do-over” shots) for $5 each.
“We always have three awesome hole-in-one prizes, including a new car that Wilson Auto Group normally donates, Ben Nelson always gives a new golf cart, and Cowboy Maloney always provides a large, flat-screen TV,” Shelton said.
“And all 400-plus players will get nice door prizes. The businesses here in the community all donate to that, and we have a drawing for a $750 gift card to Gateway Tires.”
Up to 20 local food vendors generally participate as well, including Back Yard Burgers and Corner Bakery, who will join forces to provide breakfast each day.
Prizes are awarded to the First, Second and Third-Place teams in each of four flights over the course of the two-day event.
Registration forms can also be picked up at Flowood City Hall and mailed to Kay Shelton, City of Flowood, P.O. Box 320069, Flowood, MS 39232. Checks should be made payable to the City of Flowood.
Individual players are welcome to enter the tournament. They will be paired up with three other players to form a team, Shelton said.