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Happier Valley Comedy Slates New Year’s Eve Party (Take 2!)

HADLEY — The pandemic may have canceled its planned New Year’s Eve celebration last year, but local comedians are having the last laugh. On Friday, Aug. 5, Happier Valley Comedy is throwing a New Year’s Eve Party (Take 2!) and annual fundraiser where people are invited to come ring in the improvised New Year.

Tickets include entry to the party, two tickets to the raffle, finger food, and something fizzy to toast. Attendees also get the opportunity to celebrate the region’s only improv comedy theater and training program surviving the pandemic despite being shuttered for 18 months.

The festivities take place at Happier Valley Comedy’s Next Door Lounge in Hadley, where partygoers can choose from a curated selection of mostly local alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Ginger Love Cafe Food Truck will be on site, and raffle prizes include goodies from Bueno Y Sano, Animal Alliance Dog Training School, Ecstatic Rabbit Tarot, the Ekus Group, Home Depot, Trader Joe’s, and more.

This event does double duty as Happier Valley Comedy’s annual fundraiser. As a small arts nonprofit, it continues to be impacted by the pandemic with lower-than-normal show and class attendance.

“The last two and a half years have been extremely challenging for our little theater,” said Happier Valley Comedy founder and President Pam Victor. “But with the support of our community, we’re grateful to still be able to fulfill our mission to bring laughter, joy, and ease to Western Mass. and beyond.”

Tickets to the show and the raffle go on sale Friday, July 15 at www.happiervalley.com. Can’t come to the show? Donations can be made via the event webpage; 100% of the proceeds go towards Happier Valley Comedy’s annual fundraiser.

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