'One Funny Ithaca Story' benefits cancer center March 19
The third annual “One Funny Ithaca Story” will be held Sunday, March 19, 2-3:30 p.m. at The Space at GreenStar, 700 W. Buffalo St., Ithaca.
The show will benefit the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes (CRC), an Ithaca-based nonprofit that serves area patients, caregivers and families, assisted in part by several campus partnerships. Tickets are $25 and are available online.
Billed as a “comic tribute to everything Ithaca stands (and sits) for,” “One Funny Ithaca Story” will be emceed by Gary Stewart, Cornell associate vice president for community relations. Featured in the storytelling lineup will be Cornell’s Joel Malina, vice president for university relations, and Cal Walker, community leader and former outreach liaison for Community Relations. Other guests run the gamut from the manager of Wegmans to the sheriff of Tompkins County.
The show celebrates 22 years of CRC community service. Special recognition will be given to the work of CRC Executive Director Bob Riter, who will be stepping down from his position. His articles about living with cancer have appeared regularly in The Ithaca Journal and on OncoLink, and a collection of his columns, “When Your Life is Touched by Cancer: Practical Advice and Insights for Patients, Professionals and Those Who Care,” is available in bookstores and through online retailers.
In 2013, Riter received a Town-Gown Award (TOGO) for the CRC’s partnership with Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine that gives doctoral students engaged in research the opportunity to meet regularly with cancer patients and support groups. In 2016, the CRC received a second TOGO for its work with the Translator Interpreter Program that is run out of Cornell’s Public Service Center.