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Steak, burgers and laughter
Fundraiser for Boys and Girls Club aims for the funnybone
Bob Bigley mug
Bob Bigley

    For the fifth annual Steak & Burger Dinner that benefits the Boys and Girls Club of Bulloch County, Mike Backus decided to lighten up the evening with a change of pace for a guest speaker.
    “Last year, we had an Army colonel tell us about the capture of Saddam Hussein,” Backus said. “A couple years before that we had Ashley Smith who was held hostage in the Atlanta court shooting incident. They were great speakers who delivered powerful messages, but I was looking for a less ‘heavy’ evening this year.”
    So, Backus found a comedian. And not one whose act consists of a string of curse words. Jeff Allen will be the guest speaker for the Steak & Burger dinner on Sept. 9 at First Baptist Church and he is a self-described Christian comedian.
    “I’ve seen him on the 700 Club and if you go to YouTube, you’ll see how funny he is,” Backus said.
    Allen is a regular performer on television, in night clubs and churches and he also is a regular keynote speaker at conventions. He describes his show as “clean and hilarious” with his spiritual inspiration a fun part, as well.
    The event is the largest fundraiser held each year to benefit the club and limited seating is still available for the dinner to be held in the Perry Fellowship Hall Thursday, Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $100 and may be purchased by contacting Backus at (912) 515-4051 or at
    Backus, who is the club’s director of development, said the comedy theme also fits in with the event’s primary sponsor – East Georgia Regional Medical Center.
    “Hey, don’t they say that laughter is the best medicine?” Backus said. “Seriously, when I went to (East Georgia CEO) Bob Bigley to talk about the sponsorship he agreed very quickly to get involved.”
    Bigley said the decision was easy.
    “I can’t think of a more deserving organization than the Boys and Girls Club,” Bigley said. “They provide such a nurturing and educational atmosphere to hundreds of children every day. I’m just happy we can be part of such a great event.”

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