Susan G. Komen Charlotte Celebrates Most Successful “Laugh for the Cure”


Susan G. Komen Charlotte Celebrates Most Successful “Laugh for the Cure”
Over $135,000 raised to fund breast health programs in Charlotte Region

Charlotte, NC – More than $135,000 was raised at Susan G. Komen Charlotte’s Laugh for the Cure, making it the most successful in the event’s 17-year history. Nearly 600 people attended Laugh for the Cure, which is held annually to celebrate breast cancer survivors, and raise money for community health programs and breast cancer research. The evening, hosted by WBTV’s Molly Grantham, included a cocktail reception, a complimentary hors d’oeuvres buffet provided by Perkins Management Services, silent and live auctions, entertainment, and a comedy show featuring local comedian Ryan Van Genderen and Greg Morton from Canada.

“We are so proud to have reached our goal for the 17th-annual Laugh for the Cure,” said Stamie Despo, Executive Director at Komen Charlotte. “This will give us the opportunity to help countless people right here in our community through our grantee partners, and support breakthrough breast cancer research. Thank you to our sponsors, volunteers and supporters who made this event a success.”

The 2018 Pink Tie Guys were also recognized at Laugh for the Cure; the group consists of community and business leaders recognized for their support of the Komen Charlotte mission. Eight Pink Tie Guys are chosen annually to represent the 1 in 8 women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.

Seventy-five percent of net proceeds from Laugh for the Cure 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.

Laugh for the Cure has raised over $1.3 million in 17 years to support Komen Charlotte’s mission to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our community and invest 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 Tammy Greyshock in celebration of her 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 $1.3 million to support Komen Charlotte’s mission.


Susan G. Komen Charlotte is an affiliate of Susan G. Komen, one of the most widely-known breast cancer organizations in the world. Komen Charlotte raises funds through events such as the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®, Laugh for the Cure®, BCC Rally, Serve for the Cure, Kickin’ It Challenge, Build for the Cure,  and a variety of community initiatives hosted by corporate partners, small businesses, faith communities, schools and volunteer organizations.

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, more than $16 million has been awarded in local community health grants and over $6 million to research.

In 2017, Komen Charlotte awarded nearly $1 million to fund 17 community health programs that provide breast health education, mammograms, diagnostic services and treatment support services to uninsured and underinsured women and men in a 13-county services area.  More than 300 volunteers dedicate time and talent to educate, advocate and share the mission of Susan G. Komen.

OUR MISSION: To save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.

Event Host, WBTV’s Molly Grantham, with breast cancer survivor Mai Maye


Laugh for the Cure attendees enjoy the pre-show reception


Laugh for the Cure attendees enjoy the pre-show reception