Sunday April 23, 2017
at the Fox Theatre
Thank You for Serving: The Benefit is a special event honoring veterans and raising money to provide treatment and services for those returning from the military. Executive Producer, Suzie Sexton, says she is aiming to sell out The Fox Theatre for this event. “I’ve been accused of being overly optimistic, and yet what are you doing this April 23rd that is more important than helping veterans?” In the spirit of Florence Foster Jenkins, she is donating 200 tickets to local veterans in need for them to be able to attend the show.
The event features headliner Tommy Blaze, who is smarter, funnier, and cuter than Dr. Phil as he jokes about the ultimate battle of the sexes—marriage. Blaze is a veteran of the comedy stage. He has been called America’s premiere relationship comic. For over two decades, he has entertained audiences from all walks of life. Blaze has performed in such diverse arenas as television, film, comedy clubs, colleges, military bases, casinos, cruise ships, and churches.
Tommy sums up his broad appeal with a simple statement: “Wherever you find men and women together, that’s where I’m needed.” He has appeared in the NBC mega-hit Friends, and movies like Me Again and Marriage Retreat. Sexton says, “We are honored and privileged to have Tommy perform stand up. He is so busy with his Hollywood filmmaking career that he rarely performs standup anymore.” Blaze’s most recent film success is God’s Not Dead 2.
To round out the talent, there will be emcee David Fitzsimmons, feature comedy act Butch Lord, a veteran from Dallas, Texas; Michael Garvey, from Annapolis, Maryland, a decorated veteran who was shot twice in Afghanistan, was awarded the Purple Heart and who now does comedy with his service dog Liberty: a dance performance by senior tap group The Rodeo City Wreckettes; Hip hop by the award winning Egokillaz; and music by Los Guapos, featuring U.S. Army Veteran Engel Indo, Janee Starr, as well as local musician Kate Becker and her band.
Enjoy the Show & Support Our Veterans
Music! Dance! Comedy! And it’s all for a wonderful cause—to make our community a safer place while at the same time the audience is entertained by a first class show. Our mission this year is to raise money (hopefully a lot of money) and awareness about the problem of veterans committing suicide.
Sexton is a comedian, writer and producer. Her sister was murdered in an unsolved mugging in Chicago in 1980. Since then, she has worked and volunteered in various capacities to reduce violence. Her fundraisers have raised money and awareness for charities such as Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse, Tucson’s January 8th Memorial Foundation, Dancing in the Streets AZ, Hope for Haiti, Shared Hope, The Tucson Musician’s Museum, and Social Sitter.
Twenty (20) veterans a day commit suicide, a rate much higher than the general population. This year the show will donate proceeds Rally Point, a local nonprofit that assists veterans and their families. It provides mental and behavioral health services for veterans, including suicide prevention and peer support. The secondary beneficiary will be Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse.
Join us at the Fox Theatre on Sunday, April 23, 2017
The show starts at 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:00pm. Tickets are $60 (VIP), $30, and $20 (students and military with ID). Tickets can be purchased at the Fox Theatre Box Office, 17 W. Congress; on the Fox Theatre website; or by phone at (520) 547-3040.