Adina's Angels Land at Gotham Comedy Club

When Paula Berkowitz's husband, son and daughter died within a four-month period, she determined to make something good come out of it. She founded The Adina's Angels Fund at Friends of Karen to help families who have a child with a life-threatening illness. On Oct. 26, 2011, improv empress Marion Grodin hosts an array of all-pro comics at Gotham Comedy Club to benefit The Adina's Angels Fund at Friends of Karen -- a side-splitting evening for a heart-warming cause.

New York, NY, September 29, 2011 --( Out of Grief Comes an Event to Benefit Children’s Charity Friends of Karen

How do you go on after the unimaginable happens? In February 2010, Paula Berkowitz’s husband died of non-smoker’s lung cancer. A few months later, her son Justin died unexpectedly. Just two weeks after that, her 17-year-old daughter Adina lost a four-year battle with leukemia. Most people would be consumed by their own pain – but not Paula. She determined to make something good come out of all this. Friends of Karen had helped the family throughout their ordeal, and so Paula founded The Adina’s Angels Fund to “give back” to Friends of Karen. It has raised over $50,000 so far to help support Friends of Karen’s programs for children with a life-threatening illness and their families.

On Wednesday, October 26th, “An Evening at Gotham Comedy Club” will continue that mission. Hosted by improv empress Marion Grodin, a hot favorite at comedy clubs nationwide, the show will star a variety of irresistible comics. Tickets for the show are $125 (including a cocktail reception, priority seating, and open bar during the show) and $75 (including two drinks). Gotham Comedy Club is located at 208 West 23rd Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues) in New York City. Gotham guests can park around the corner for $15 for the evening.

“I invite you to a great laughing event to help support Friends of Karen in this endless fight for critically-ill children and their families,” says Paula. “During the worst years for my family they made sure we didn’t have to go through it alone.”

Be an Angel and come for some laugh-out-loud fun – what a way to end the day. All-pro comics, auction, raffle, and surprises. For details, go to and click on the photo in the middle of Adina and her brother.

Friends of Karen provides the support families need to stay stable, strong and able to cope throughout the course of their child’s life-threatening illness. It is the only organization that provides emotional, financial and advocacy support to families of a child with cancer or another life-threatening illness, from diagnosis through treatment. Friends of Karen has touched the lives of over 10,000 children in the New York Metro region.

Friends of Karen
Lisa Dashman