Comedy Show sells out week early

ST. MARYS – The SGL Warriors Elk County Relay For Life team will be presenting their sixth LOL Stand Up Comedy Show and dinner at the Edgewood Hall in St. Marys on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 6 p.m.Co-captain of the SGL Warriors and event planner Bill Babik said tickets for the event sold out earlier in the week."This is the first year we are sold out this far ahead of the event," Babik said. "It's going really good and we will continue to host the event."Babik and co-captain Brian Reid plan to host another comedy event in early March of 2012.Special guest comedian Paul Venier, the "One Man Comedy Tornado," will be providing the entertainment for the evening."We have been told this guy is the best," Babik said. "We have seen him and he is very funny."According to Babik, Venier has performed on the Late Night Show with Jay Leno and other national broadcasts. "He's hard to get," Babik said. "You have to book him six months in advance because he books up pretty fast."Venier will perform for two hours starting at 7:30 p.m."We started out at Elk Casino with 250 people and now we are getting up to 350 people for the event," Babik said.All of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the American Cancer Society.The SGL Warriors raised the most money out of 29 teams in Elk County last year with over $16,000. "We tried a lot of different things to raise money for the American Cancer Society and we just tried this and it was very successful," Reid said.The SGL Warriors are composed of 23 volunteer members who will all pitch in to help with the event.Aside from being sponsored by SGL Carbon, Elk County Drywall has been sponsoring the SGL Warriors since they started back in 2007."They have been very good to us," Babik said.The American Cancer Society funds cancer research and has supported 46 Nobel Prize winners."They have come up with a lot of cancer treatments and cures for some types of cancers," Reid said. "They also provide support for people diagnosed and rides for people to get treated."The Elk County Relay for Life is strictly a volunteer-based organization. "A lot of the funds come back to the community and what doesn't goes into research," Babik said. "All of the money goes back to the Relay. We have a lot of fun doing this and a lot of people get together."Raffle tickets will be available offering chances to win a variety of donated prizes including Pittsburgh Steeler tickets, eight Steelers player prints autographed by the artist William G. Hobbs of Butler, a fire ring, Steelers game jersey and more.For next year's event, tables can be reserved if eight or more tickets are purchased by a person or group.