Get ready to share some laughs at the Dick Kellett $5 for the Fight Comedy Night, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 15.
The event, named in honor of Kellett, former business agent and 66-year member of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562, who was a founder and longtime president of the North County Labor Club. Brother Kellett passed away in 2020.
The evening, hosted by the St. Charles County Democratic Central Committee, the St. Louis Labor Council and the Tri-County Labor Club, begins at 7 p.m. at the Grand Opera House at 311 N. Main St. in St. Charles. Greg Upchurch, owner of the opera house, has graciously donated the space for event.
This is the second year for the event, said Morton Todd, chairman of the Democratic committee. The last comedy night was in 2019 when UAW Local 2250 workers were on strike. That event, which was put together rather quickly, raised about $1,000. There wasn’t an event last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to acts by local comedians, the event will feature raffles, a 50/50 drawing, a cash bar and snacks. Todd said the committee will soon be sending a letter out to unions and other Labor friendly allies about table reservations and sponsorships.
“We’re trying to keep the number of attendees at this year’s event tight because of the pandemic,” said Todd, a Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562 retiree and longtime member of the Tri-County Labor Club. “Hopefully we’ll be able to open it up more fully at next year’s event.”
Todd said he expects some general admission tickets to be available to the public as the date gets closer. Those tickets will be $25 per person. All proceeds will benefit the $5 for the Fight Fund, which provides assistance to union members in need.
For more information or to donate items for the raffle, contact Todd at 636-288-4373.