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Sit to Feed the Hungry promises less movement, more donations

Sitters at the first event in 2009

Blacktop Comedy, a Roseville improvisation theater, is presenting its fourth annual Sit to Feed the Hungry Thanksgiving morning from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. All proceeds will benefit Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS).

 Sit to Feed the Hungry will be held at the finish line of SFBFS’ Run to Feed the Hungry event, located at the intersection of 57th and H streets in Sacramento, Calif. Participants are urged to register before the event; however, all are welcome to attend. Blacktop Comedy has not set a minimum donation but those who contribute $10 or more will receive an event T-shirt.

 Blacktop Comedy Owners Paul Burke and Betsaida Lebron organized the Sit to Feed the Hungry as a means to engage less physically active community members in the larger Run to Feed the Hungry event. Burke promises the only movement required for the event will be the act of sitting down.

 “There are many people out there who want to be involved, but they are scared away by the amount of physical activity required for the Run to Feed the Hungry,” said Burke. “I want those people to feel included in the event. They can still show up and they can still get an awesome T-shirt, but they don’t have to worry about breaking a sweat.”

Blacktop Comedy will be providing many seats, but participants are encouraged to bring their own sitting devices to ensure there will not be a shortage of chairs. In addition to the free T-shirt with a $10 donation, participants can expect hot coffee and muffins as well as the camaraderie of like-minded sedentary philanthropists.

SFBFS is expecting over 27,000 participants in this year’s Run to Feed the Hungry event. Run to Feed the Hungry has become a mainstay in Sacramento’s culture since its inception in 1994. Both the Run to Feed the Hungry and the Sit to Feed the Hungry provide direct funding for SFBFS’ wide variety of community services, which are especially important during the holiday season when temperatures drop and local families go without basic necessities.

“Sit to Feed the Hungry is a creative and funny way to show your support for local families,” shared Blake Young, President/CEO for SFBFS. “Thank you to the runners and walkers who participates in this year’s Run to Feed the Hungry and also thank you to everyone who sits on the sidelines to raise funds for families in need as well.”

Blacktop Comedy raised over $300 at last year’s Run to Feed the Hungry, and Blacktop Comedy owners Burke and Lebron are hoping for a much bigger haul this year. All money donated to the event goes straight to SFBFS; coffee, muffins, seating and T-shirts are paid by Blacktop Comedy alone.

“We will not be profiting from the Sit to Feed the Hungry,” said Lebron. “Our sole reason for holding this event is to get more donations for individuals and families in need this holiday season. We want Blacktop Comedy to be a positive force in the community and to bring joy to the Sacramento area in as many ways as possible.”

Those interested in participating can find out more information on Blacktop Comedy’s event page, located at www.blacktopcomedy.com. Burke and Lebron would be happy to answer any questions about the event or Blacktop Comedy and can be reached at info@blacktopcomedy.com or (916) 749-3100.

Blacktop Comedy is located at 7311 Galilee Road, Suite 150, in Roseville, Calif. The comedy theater opened July 2011 with a mission to provide the greater Sacramento area with phenomenal improvisational comedy. Blacktop Comedy also aims to be a friendly, supportive environment for prospective comedians and actors to learn and grow. Since its inception, Blacktop Comedy has been a very active member of its community and has held several fundraisers for local individuals and organizations. The comedy theater is proud to count itself as a member of the Roseville and Rocklin chambers of commerce, the Sacramento Area Regional Technology Alliance (SARTA) and the League of Sacramento Theaters.

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