The serious mission of raising funds for brain cancer research took a decidedly lighter note April 20, 2016 when comedian Martin Short brought his trademark antics and legendary characters to a packed house as the headliner for The Broach Foundation for Brain Cancer Research’s 5th annual “Stand-Up for Brain Cancer” Gala benefiting The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Proving that laughter is the best medicine—at least for the evening—Short had the sold-out crowd of 500 roaring with laughter with hilarious cameo appearances by Franck, his well-loved Father of the Bride character, and Jiminy Glick, from the television series Primetime Glick.
The evening’s emcee, Chuck Yates, provided his own Texas brand of humor while Dr. Frederick Lang delivered an inspiring message about his research into the causes and treatment of brain cancer at MD Anderson Cancer Center.
“I am so grateful to have the continued support of loyal sponsors and friends who have been with us since the beginning,” said Jamie Broach Byrd. “It’s a testament to the inspiration and impact James had on our lives and community, and the legacy he left in the work taking place at MD Anderson Cancer Center.”
Thanking presenting sponsor Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors and guests, Byrd noted that despite the fundraising challenges organizations are currently facing, the gala was a record-breaking success raising $750,000.