One action - two great Causes!

In one action: support some of the newest and most vulnerable members of our community – refugees – and help ensure that Southside Community Centerwhich has recently lost the majority of its funding from the City of Ithaca - can continue to provide support, education, and essential services in Ithaca.

Individual/Organization/Business Sponsorship for:

A Night of Extremely Vetted Comedy

A show to benefit Ithaca Welcomes Refugees and Southside Community Center Inc.

at the State Theater of Ithaca


Friday, May 5th 2017

Doors open at 7 PM, show starts at 8 PM


Event Details: Ithaca Welcomes Refugees and Southside Community Center present an evening of Extremely Vetted Comedy for your enjoyment!  We’re thrilled to have the amazing Eman Morgan as our headliner for the evening.  He’ll be joined by 4 other talented stand-up comedians for a night of laughter and fun, all while supporting two wonderful community organizations.  

All net proceeds from the event will go to:

Ithaca Welcomes Refugees (IWR) & Southside Community Center Inc.

The goal is to sell out every single seat in the State… this will provide much needed funds for IWR, and will allow Southside Community Center Inc. to keep its doors open, as it has recently lost the majority of its funding from the City of Ithaca.

Both organizations provide vital services and support

To so many people in our community - and now

we all have a chance to support them in return!


How can you or your organization be involved?

By purchasing a ticket block!

What’s a ticket block?

A ticket block is 10 tickets to the comedy show, for $220.


Can I buy more than one ticket block?

Absolutely! If you’d like to buy 5, 8 or 10 blocks and distribute 50, 80 or 100 tickets to your employees/students or family and friends, we’d be delighted! You can also make a tax-deductible donation and donate the tickets to our community pool of tickets (these tickets will be distributed to members of our community in order to make the show accessible for all – more information below).


How can I purchase tickets?

Easy! Tickets can be purchased at the State Theater box office, or online at the State Theater’s website (  You can choose to buy any number of tickets you’d like – any amount over 10 tickets will count as a sponsorship of the event.  If you’d like to buy more than 20 tickets (which is the limit on the State Theater website, you can do so in 20 ticket increments. 


What if I want to contribute to the cause, but would rather donate the tickets?

If you’d like to purchase a ticket block and donate the tickets, they will go towards our community pool of tickets (these tickets will be distributed to members of our community in order to make the show accessible for all).  The easiest way to do this is to mail a check to IWR for the amount of your block(s). 

Checks can be made out to “Ithaca Welcomes Refugees” – just be sure to put “Extremely Vetted Comedy” in the memo line!

Checks can be mailed to 315 N. Cayuga Street Ithaca, NY 14850.


If I donate the tickets, is that donation tax deductible?

Yes! We’ll mail you a thank you letter that you can use for tax purposes. Please be sure to include your name and address with your check!


How will my business/organization be recognized for being a sponsor?

We will have all sponsors names up in the lobby the night of the show, as well as having a list on our Facebook page.   You’ll also have our undying gratitude!


I still have so many questions.  Who should I ask?

No problem! Send any ticket and event questions to Rachel at, and she’ll get you taken care of.


Learn more about Ithaca Welcomes Refugees and Southside Community Center:

Ithaca Welcomes Refugees is a community initiative that fosters a welcoming and fair environment for refugees who come to our region. Our work includes resource gathering, fundraising, resettlement assistance, and education and awareness efforts. Our aim is to provide help for all refugees, with priority given to those bearing the additional burden of hate and fear.  IWR is currently working to house and resettle refugee families that have come to live in Ithaca, and also works in tandem with international aid organizations such as the International Refugee Assistance Program.  Our hope is that these efforts will continue the development of Ithaca as a welcoming host community in times of great global need.  Interested in learning more?

Southside Community Center, Inc. has been an important Ithaca institution for over 80 years.  Southside Community Center affirms, empowers, and fosters the development of self-pride among Black citizens of greater Ithaca while providing programming for all underserved people throughout the county. Southside Community Center’s programs fill the invaluable role of providing essential services—such as a safe and supervised environment, academically enriching activities, healthy snacks, and caring and supportive mentors—to young people most in need of support. Our center is located in a community that is experiencing higher levels of poverty and food insecurity, where young people face disparities in access to extracurricular activities. As part of our mission to serve the people of Ithaca, we strive not only to keep young people safe but to support their academic, social, and emotional growth, working to distribute opportunities for extracurricular growth more equitably.  In addition to educational activities, Southside Community Center provides recreation, cultural events, opportunities for political & social awareness, a food pantry, and other direct services.  Southside Community Center, Inc. is in a time of crisis and is seeking community support. 

We need institutions that make our communities resilient – when we invest in refugee support organizations, we are creating stability for all of our futures. When we invest in Southside Community Center, we are investing in an institution that has worked for decades to build a foundation of support, education, and outreach – a foundation that benefits every single person in Ithaca.  The security that many of us enjoy today could change tomorrow.  Thank you!



With gratitude,

Your bakers