Children’s Music Fund hosts ‘Laughter is Medicine’ 8: CMF in CHOC

DSC_0073Irvine, CA (January 19th, 201)–On Monday, January 25th, the Children’s Music Fund (http://thecmf.org/) (CMF) will hold its 8th annual Laughter is Medicine charity event at the Improv in the Irvine Spectrum Center in Irvine,  California. The event will feature comedians Eric Schwartz and Debi Gutierrez.

Eric Schwartz (also known as “Smooth-E”) is an American comedian, musician, and actor from Thousand Oaks, California known for his energetic blend of stand-up comedy, music, and video. Eric’s viral videos and parodies have earned him international media attention and he has been featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Showtime, BET, TMZ, and The Huffington Post.

Besides her many television appearances, Debi Gutierrez is best known for being an explosively funny comedian who takes her audiences on a high-energy, heart-warming roller coaster ride through the perils and delights of life, relationships and marriage.

The Laughter is Medicine event is one of the primary fundraisers for the CMF, which was established in 2002 by Dr. Raffi Tachdjian, an allergist and pediatric pain specialist.

“Laughing, like music therapy, releases endorphins, which relieving pain and anxiety,” says Raffi Tachdjian, MD, MPH, President and Founder of CMF.”

Last year, CMF teamed up with Children’s Hospital Orange County (CHOC)  to bring a Board Certified Music Therapist into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to help these tiny babies leave the NICU faster.

“Premature babies respond amazingly well to positive stimuli. These include a parent’s voice, rhythmic and soft melodic music, and human touch. These are all things that Music Therapy can provide”, says Dr. Raffi Tachdjian.

The event is sponsored by Aire Medical, ACap Asset Management, Axelacare, and MedicoRX

Proceeds from Laughter is Medicine 8 will go to the continued support for Music Therapy in the NICU at CHOC. Tickets can be purchased here: http://bit.ly/1ZwYJwf

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