art of wellbeing: laughing for good
Mental Health Connecticut (MHC) and presenting sponsor KÔTA are proud to announce the success of our annual fundraiser for 2016 – Art of Wellbeing: Laughing for Good which took place on Saturday evening, November 5, 2016 at The Cabaret Theatre at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT.
Now in its fourth year, the Art of Wellbeing explores the infinite ways in which the arts, from music and painting to poetry and drama, play a powerful role in health and wellness. This year we invited you to look at comedy as both an art form and pure healing fun while we raise much-needed funds for Mental Health Connecticut! We are excited to share that over 125 individuals attended this event and filled the room with laughter. Thanks to our attendees, performers, sponsors, and donors- we were able to raise funds to support our mission of improving mental health for all Connecticut residents.
The evening’s entertainment included an introductory standup comedic performance by Jamie Kennedy and an original production from Artreach and Sea Tea Improv, both award-winning and nationally-known organizations based in Connecticut. Guests also enjoyed a live jazz quartet during the opening reception, gourmet food stations, an open bar, and a chance to win exciting prizes donated by our Presenting Sponsor, KÔTA and MHC’s Board Vice Chair, Kim Pita! Congratulations to our three winners!
about our entertainment
Jamie Kennedy – Known for his television show The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, his role as Randy Meeks in the Scream films, and his starring role in Malibu’s Most Wanted, Jamie Kennedy has continued to showcase his talent in comedy since his career began in 1989. Honing his skills on the comedy circuit, Jamie landed his first big break being cast in Baz Luhrman’s Romeo + Juliet alongside Leonardo DiCaprio as a punked-out rival to John Leguizamo. Since these early days, Jamie has worked alongside some of the biggest names in Hollywood. While doing what he does best alongside legendary comics such as Steve Martin in Bowfinger you see a harder side of Jamie Kennedy the actor as a street hustler who attacks Greg Kinnear in the Oscar nominated As Good As It Gets. Across his acting range, he always maintains his crafted ability to add much-needed comedy into dramas, seen in The Three Kings with George Clooney, The Boiler Room with Vin Diesel, and Tony Scott’s Enemy of the State, playing a comedic techie in charge of protecting national security alongside Seth Green with Will Smith and Gene Hackman.
Jamie Kennedy is a true renaissance man, covering the genres of comedy, drama, animation, reality, horror, action, and thriller. Jamie stands now with the experience of being a part of over 40 films, totaling a gross of over 2 billion dollars in world-wide box-office sales. Jamie has incorporated all this knowledge and fifteen years of experience in the industry with his own production company, appropriately titled Jamie Kennedy Entertainment, where he and his team produce and own all its own content.
Artreach is known nationally for its comedic productions and its 30+ years of success in healing hearts and minds while busting mental health stigma. Since 1985, Artreach’s theater troupes, The Second Step Players and Comic Alchemy, have created and performed original comedy about mental health issues, mining their own life experiences and transmuting them into comic gold to create personal and social change. Touring performances reach audiences from all walks of life; mental health providers, nurses, students and the general public. Artreach offers year-round classes in the arts to help people enhance the quality of their lives through creativity.
Described as “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest meets Saturday Night Live!” Artreach performers not only entertain audiences, but spread a positive message of hope and recovery.
Sea Tea Improv is a professional and award-winning comedy company of more than 30 members who perform and teach comedy in New England and across the U.S. Based in Hartford, CT, Sea Tea Improv performs and teaches improv, sketch, and stand-up comedy. Performers and instructors have trained at the country’s premier comedy schools, including the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, Second City, ImprovBoston, with Kevin McDonald from Kids in the Hall, and more. The team just opened Connecticut’s first-ever improv theater, the Sea Tea Comedy Theater, in downtown Hartford.
Punch Line Sponsors
Open Mic Sponsors
Wit and Wellbeing Sponsors
Ed & Carol Peltier, Chris Thomas, and Michelle Agler
Mental Health Connecticut’s spring event focuses on wellbeing in the workplace as well as the methodology of wellbeing.
Mental Health Connecticut hosts various events across Connecticut to advocate, educate, and serve our community.
Assist with administrative tasks and external correspondence designed to educate the community about mental health issues, as well as other volunteer positions at our organization.