“People’s need for comic relief can be a means of providing meaningful material relief to those in need,” said Nick Mavrick of Volvo Rents’ Marketing and Communications department. “Hardhat Comedy was conceived as a way both to give back to the local communities, which we serve and to promote Volvo’s caring attitude.”
The company has launched its charitable campaigns under the designation “Operation More Care,” announcing the current calendar of events for 2009. The Hardhat Comedy Tour is scheduled to stop in Tampa, Fla., July 8; Atlanta July 14; Ferndale, Wash., July 17; Denver July 22; Albany, N.Y., Sept. 19; and Bryan/College Station, Texas, Oct. 2. Additional tour dates are scheduled to be held in Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C., as well as East Edmonton, Alberta, and Shreveport, La., later in the year. The dates for these events have not been released.
“We could not be more pleased with the local response to this important charitable relief program,” stated Barry Natwick, president and CEO of Volvo Rents. “Some 20 cities across the country will have benefitted from our brand of comic relief via the Hardhat Comedy Show by the end of this year.”
Volvo Rents organizes and sponsors comedians who provide the entertainment at the events. The primary audience has been those associated with the construction industry, but all members of the local community are welcome to attend. Carmen “The Construction Comic” Ciricillo, Jerry Carroll, Julie Scoggins, Ed Fox, Larry Weaver, Matt Kazam and other comics have participated in the events.
Hardhat Comedy Shows are organized around charitable giving. Attendees must bring donated items to support a charitable organization. This comedy show in Asheville, N.C., raised more than one ton of non-perishable food items for Manna Food Bank, a local foundation providing meals for those in need.