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Pay it Forward: Funnyman Flynn to headline 11th-annual Laugh with the Library

    Nancy Dockerty and Caron Dockerty are the event’s new chairwomen. Photo provided

   

By Amy Woods

Laugh With the Library turns 11 this year. The signature showcase of comedy that sells out every season has raised more than $1 million to promote reading among children and increase programming at the Delray Beach Public Library.
    On Feb. 3, a night of food, frivolity and fun will take place, featuring the sarcastic stylings of Kevin Flynn.
“He is so funny and so wonderful,” Co-Chairwoman Caron Dockerty said of the standup artist who has appeared in films and television shows, hosts a weekly radio broadcast and serves as executive director of the Nantucket Comedy Festival.
    Dockerty and her family spend their summers on the island, and it has become a tradition to attend the big gig.
    “I knew he was philanthropic, and I knew he would appreciate helping out the library,” she said. “I knew it was a really nice fit.”
    Not only did Flynn agree to headline Laugh With the Library for half his regular talent fee, he also booked the warm-up act, Richie Minervini, of New York’s East Side Comedy Club fame. The evening will kick off at 7:30 with an open bar and dinner-by-the-bite.
    “It is the most fun charitable event we attend every year, and we go to several,” Dockerty said. “Everyone looks forward to this night.”
    She is organizing the fundraiser with her sister-in-law, Nancy Dockerty.
    “Co-chairing with Caron is really fun and a great experience, and she’s the first person I thought of when I said, ‘Oh, I’ll do this,’ ” Nancy Dockerty said.
    The two have taken the reins from the dynamic duo of Heidi Sargeant and Becky Walsh, the original co-chairwomen.
    “We are hoping to follow in their footsteps,” Nancy Dockerty said. “We want to maintain the level of fun at  the event. We want to maintain the level of comedians they’ve gotten over the past 10 years.”

If You Go
What: Laugh With the Library
When: 7:30-11 p.m. Feb. 3
Where: Delray Beach Marriott, 10 N. Ocean Blvd.
Cost: $200
Information: Call 266-0798 or visit delraylibrary.org/laugh

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