Chester Police Benevolent Association Hosts Night of Comedy and Dancing
By Leslie O’Donnell 1-25-17
Building community and positive rapport between residents and the local police is the focus of a comedy night hosted by the Chester Police Benevolent Association. “A Night of Comedy and Dancing” will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Chester Multipurpose Room, 84 Chester St.
Headlining comedians are Steve Scarfo and Ryan Gartley, both of Raymond, with dancing and music provided by professional disc jockey Bob Stackpole of Chester. Stackpole has donated his services to the Benevolent Association fundraiser.
Light refreshments will be available, and the event, open to ages 21 and over, features BYOB (bring your own bottle).
Tickets at $25 each are available by calling 887-2080. Donations are also welcome.
Tables have seating for eight, and sponsored tables are available for a donation of $100 minimum. Sponsors’ names will be listed on table centerpieces for the event and will be mentioned in the evening’s program.
“This is the first time we’re doing it all through the Benevolent Association,” Chester Police Chief Aaron Berube said of organizing the event. “We’re using the event as a tool to grow our relationships with the community.”
Comedians Scarfo and Gartley bring years of stand-up comedy experience to the evening. Scarfo is a 20-year veteran of the Boston comedy scene and was noticed by The Boston Globe at his first performance. He has worked throughout New England, including at Comedy Connection in Boston and Portland, Nick’s Comedy Stop in Boston, Laugh New England and with Laugh Riots Productions. He figured prominently in the Red Sox World Series MasterCard commercial, and appears in several movies.
Gartley is a New England native and 15-year comedy veteran who has performed from Las Vegas to Maine. He is a former semi-finalist in the Portland and Boston Comedy Festivals.
The money raised from the Comedy Night will go to the Benevolent Association for offsite education, help for officers in times of need, and a variety of activities the police plan to offer in en effort to strengthen their ties with Chester residents, the chief said. Those activities include a movie night with the police, a Cops and Bobbers fishing derby, and a KanJam event with the police and residents, perhaps with a Hawaiian luau theme this year.
The purpose of the Chester Police Benevolent Association, according to its website, is to enhance the mutual interests of both the employees of the Chester Police Department and the citizens they have sworn to protect and serve; to strengthen the partnership between the citizens of Chester and the Chester Police Department; to assist in community-sponsored activities; to aid and encourage the development of youth in the belief that service to others will advance the well-being of the community; and to act as a resource to the Chester Police Department and its members and families.
“The main focus of the event is to have a good time and to interact with our officers in plain clothes,” Berube said. “We’re working to build the relationship between law enforcement and the public, and to offer the chance for people to communicate with law enforcement as human beings.”
The Feb. 18 Comedy Night will take place regardless of weather. For more information, call 887-2080.