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Mystic Valley Elder Services’ Bellyful of Laughs returns – raises more than $42K

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  Nearly 400 people came together on April 8 at Anthony’s of Malden at Mystic Valley Elder Services’ (MVES) 13th rendition of its comedy show Bellyful of Laughs to laugh for the good cause of helping older adults and people with disabilities live safely and independently at home. This year’s sold out event helped MVES raise more than $42,000.Comedians Steve Sweeney, Will Noonan and Jim Ruberti made people laugh, and attendees enjoyed games, laughter, prizes, good food and old and new friends. Malden Mayor Gary Christenson warmed up the crowd by welcoming them as he does every year.

  MVES CEO Lisa Gurgone thanked everyone for coming out and making it a great night. “It is wonderful to see our community come together to support the important resources Mystic Valley provides throughout our communities,” she said. “Our dedicated staff, volunteers and partners provided essential care and support to our consumers and their families throughout the COVID pandemic. Mystic Valley is lucky to have fantastic, supportive friends who participated in this great event in order to expand our reach and impact as an organization.”

  A special thanks to ABC Home Healthcare Professionals for their lead sponsorship of this event, as well as MVES supporting sponsors Brookline Bank, Melrose Cooperative Bank Charitable Foundation and Natale Company & SafetyCare. Thanks also to the ongoing partnership and support of the members of the Zonta Club of Malden in making this event a success every year.

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Mystic Valley Elder Services CEO Lisa Gurgone and Malden Mayor Gary Christenson are shown at the 13th rendition of Bellyful of Laughs. (Photos Courtesy of Mystic Valley Elder Services)
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Comedian Will Noonan entertained the crowd at Bellyful of Laughs.
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Comedian Steve Sweeney entertained the crowd with his abundance of humor.
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Jeannette Sheehan (center), founder and owner of ABC Home Healthcare Professionals, gets a good laugh from the comedians along with her friends.
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Mystic Valley Elder Services Chief Executive Officer Lisa Gurgone welcomed guests to the 13th rendition of Bellyful of Laughs while comedian Jim Ruberti looked on.
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