Laugh for the Cure has record-breaking success

Susan G. Komen Charlotte’s “Laugh for the Cure” Has Record-Breaking Success

Over $231,000 raised to fund breast cancer research and health programs in Charlotte region

More than $231,000 was raised at Susan G. Komen Charlotte’s Laugh for the Cure, making it the most successful in the event’s 18-year history. Over 700 people attended Laugh for the Cure at McGlohon Theater, which is held annually to celebrate breast cancer survivors and raise money for community health programs and breast cancer research. The evening, presented by Parsec Financial and hosted by WBTV’s Molly Grantham, included a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, and a comedy show featuring comedic trio Country Cool.

Seventy-five percent of net proceeds will be invested in community health programs in Komen Charlotte’s 13-county service area. These programs include education, breast health screenings, diagnostics, treatment support and survivorship programs. The remaining twenty-five percent of net proceeds will fund research to prevent and cure breast cancer.

Komen Charlotte also honored the annual class of “Pink Tie Guys,” an exclusive group of community leaders who represent the medical community, and private and corporate sectors. They are honored for their commitment to Komen Charlotte and breast cancer advocacy.

2019 Pink Tie Guys include:

  • Navin Bhojwani, Obstetrician Gynecologist, Novant Health
  • Mark Edwards, Partner, Transaction Services, Grant Thornton
  • Martin Flores, Director of Construction, Bojangles
  • Brian Leary, President, Commercial and Mixed Use Business, Crescent Communities
  • William Miller, Attorney
  • Joe Paradise, Office Managing Partner, KPMG
  • Shawn Quillin, Diagnostic Radiologist, Mecklenburg Radiology Associates
  • Brent Uhl, Chief Operating Officer, CPI Security

Together, the Pink Tie Guys raised over $75,000 in support of Komen Charlotte’s mission. Brent Uhl of CPI Security was named “Mr. PTG” for being the group’s top fundraiser with a total of $22,100 raised.

The evening’s headline comedians, Country Cool, is comprised of three women, Trish Suhr, Leanne Morgan and Karen Mills. Each did an individual set, followed by a group set, and was coordinated by Comedy Zone Worldwide’s Brian Heffron and team.

In the event’s 18-year history, more than $1.5 million has been raised to support Komen Charlotte’s mission to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our community and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.



“Laugh for the Cure” has grown from a modest grass-roots effort started in 2002 by a group of friends in Charlotte whose lives had each been touched by breast cancer, to a national Susan G. Komen program. Laugh for the Cure was founded and led by Brian Heffron and Tammy Greyshock in celebration of Tammy’s mother, to remember loved ones she and her friends had lost, celebrate survivors and help people in the community impacted by breast cancer. Since its inception, Laugh for the Cure has grown to be the second largest fundraising event for Komen Charlotte and has raised more than $1.5 million to support Komen Charlotte’s mission.


Komen Charlotte works to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our community and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer. Each year, Komen Charlotte invests 75 percent of net revenue raised in local community health programs and 25 percent in breast cancer research. Since 1997, Komen Charlotte has invested more than $16 million in local community health grants and over $6 million in breast cancer research. Komen Charlotte raises funds through signature events, such as Race for the Cure and Laugh for the Cure, as well as a variety of community initiatives hosted by corporate partners, small businesses, faith communities, schools and volunteer organizations. Susan G. Komen Charlotte serves the following counties in North Carolina and South Carolina: Anson, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Richmond, Rowan, Stanly, Union and York. For more information, call 704-347-8181 or visit

OUR MISSION: To save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our community and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.

SUSAN G. KOMEN’S BOLD GOAL: To reduce the number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. BY 2026.


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Contact: Amanda Meyers
Director of Marketing and Communications
2316 Randolph Road, Charlotte, NC 28207
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