LAKE PLACID - Feeling like you need more fun in your life? The Literacy Volunteers of Essex and Franklin counties may be just what you need.
In a planning meeting for the nonprofit organization, the Literacy Volunteers board members gathered together to share ideas for raising funds.
"We kept telling stories that had happened to us as something funny," explained board member Shirley Seney. "We really had a fun afternoon with lots of laughter. All of a sudden it donned on us."
What came out of the meeting is "A Sunday Laughter Afternoon and Fun Fundraiser," which will be held March 22 at The Greenwood, 89 Greenwood St. from 2-4:30 p.m.
"There's so much going on in the world that's so serious, so worrisome, that we need to have an afternoon of fun and laughter."
The event will have tables set up with four people at each who will share with one another tales of funny moments in their lives.
"We've all had something funny happen to us at some time or another," Seney said. "We're hoping friends will bring friends and [share] stories that have happened to them personally throughout the years."
Later, each table will decide which story is the funniest and that person will get up and repeat their story for the entire audience.
Whoever is considered to have the best story will win a dinner for two to Jimmy's 21 Restaurant. The second place winner will receive a "Pretty Good Joke Book," and the third place winner will receive a whoopee cushion.
The admission is a $10, tax deductible donation to the Literacy Volunteers, which Seney said is a good program.
The Literacy Volunteers is "a group of individuals who volunteer their time to teach people to read," Seney explained. "It's amazing the numbers of people who can't read."
Seney added many people are now coming here from overseas and are learning the English language.
"We all take for granted reading and writing and being able to sit down and read the newspaper," she said. "It's important that those living among us are able to do the same thing."
The fun fundraiser is something the Literacy Volunteers have never tried before and Seney is hoping people will come out and support them.
"We're hoping that the community will just stop by. Even if they don't want to participate, stop by and just see what we're about."
For more information or to reserve a seat, call 546-3008 or 483-9366. You may also send $10 to Literacy Volunteers, 3265 Broad St., Port Henry, NY, 12974.