This very nice letter was written to Seacoast.com
Comedy for a Cause
March 24 — To the Editor:
I am writing to express my deepest gratitude to the hundreds of local citizens who attended our first annual St. Patrick’s Day Comedy Gala at the Portsmouth Music Hall on March 18 to support two great causes: The Dan Healy Foundation and Veterans Count.
The list of those who made it such a rousing success is too long to include everyone here but I must thank Richard Smith, owner of Cuzin’ Richard Entertainment, and his featured artists: three hilarious comedians, P.J. Walsh, Joey Carroll, and Jim McCue, the supremely talented Irish step-dancers of Murray Academy and McDonough-Grimes Irish Dance, and Bagpiper Extraordinaire David O’Connor.
I also want to thank our sponsors: 92.5 the river, Beara Irish Brewery, Blue Mermaid, Boston Comedy Festival, Cuzin’ Richard Entertainment, Living Innovations, Newcastle Technology Advisors, New Hampshire Magazine, NH Public Television, and Seacoast Asset Management, plus the always supportive Seacoast Media Group and The Edge, and the Dolphin Striker Restaurant for their wonderful after-party.
Most importantly, I want to thank Gold Star Mother Natalie Healy for single-handedly raising a genuine American hero, Senior Chief Petty Officer Daniel Healy. Natalie’s only son, Navy SEAL SCPO Healy was killed-in-action in Operation Redwings, a daring rescue mission to retrieve four of his fellow Navy SEALs stranded in hostile territory in Afghanistan, a mission featured in the movie Lone Survivor, as well as all Gold Star Parents whose children made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our liberties.
As a proud founding member of the Dan Healy Foundation and co-founder and immediate past president of the Seacoast Chapter of Veterans Count, I was thrilled when our firm was asked to be the presenting sponsor. This provided me the opportunity to choose my two favorite charities, The Dan Healy Foundation and Veterans Count, as co-beneficiaries of this wonderful inaugural event, at which I hope to see you all again next year. Slainte’!Mark Sullivan
CEO, Seacoast Asset Management, Portsmouth