“OK, so the comedy will also go to the cats, we promise!” comedian Rick Carino joked when Patch told him about the headline of this article.
This Saturday, starting at 8:30 p.m., Carino will host his third comedy benefit night for the Meriden Humane Society at Ryder’s On Main. He promises a night full of laughs for a good cause.
To do this, the 1989 Platt High School graduate has put together a diverse lineup for the show. Besides himself, a 4-year stand up comedian, local and national comics Davin Rosenblatt, Howie Mason, and Gary Pettinella will be on stage.
Rosenblatt is a seasoned performer from upstate New York who has traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan as a comedian. Mason started four years ago and Pentinella is the new guy. Both hail from Connecticut.
“I like to give the newer guys some time in front of a good crowd because good stage time is hard to get when you’re starting out," Carino said.
The two previous shows have netted the Humane Society between $2,000 and $3,000 each, according to the organization's director Marlena DiBianco. She said the money is used for spaying and neutering animals at the shelter.
The Meriden Humane Society, DiBianco explains, is a non-profit organization that does not receive financial backing from the city or state. The no-kill shelter relies only on donations.
Aside from attending benefit nights, DiBianco encourages all who would like to help that the organiztion is always in the need of donations in the form of food, cleaning supplies and everyday necessities. It has more than 36 volunteer dog walkers as well as 27 cat caretakers who provide assistance on a daily basis and are always on the lookout for more. Email Marlena DiBianco at email@example.com for volunteer opportunities.
If you’re planning on attending the benefit this Saturday, March 5th here are some quick facts about the event:
- The show starts at 8:30 p.m.
- It's for ages 21 and over and the show may contain adult language
- Ryder’s On Main is located at 467 West Main Street (203-237-1575).
- Tickets are available at both Ryder’s and Meriden Humane Society (311 Murdock Ave-203-238-3650) for $15. Tickets may be available at the door. Call Ryder’s to reserve a table.
- There will be a 50/50 raffle. Ryder’s will be serving complimentary samples from its new menu and the kitchen will be open for regular orders. There will also be five dollar martini specials.