Evening of Laughs Raises $20,000 for Armenian Cultural Center


HAVERHILL, Mass. — On Friday, May 10, the Armenian Apostolic Church at Hye Pointe hosted a comedy night with nationally known comedians Lenny Clarke and Friends to support the Family Life and Culture Center at the church.

The new church and cultural center are the result of a merger between two local churches in the Merrimack Valley, Holy Cross Apostolic Church of Lawrence and St. Gregory’s Apostolic Church of Haverhill, creating a new unified church named The Armenian Apostolic Church at Hye Pointe. Parishioners of both churches represent the unification of two Merrimack Valley church communities who have worked tirelessly over the past 20+ years to acquire land and construct a new Family Life & Cultural Center and Sanctuary.

Many community members had been seeking a non-traditional event that would appeal to family and friends who are not part of the community, and the committee thought laughter would be a great start. Over 250 people attended this event which was billed as “Just Laugh,” so that people could come, have fun and laugh.

Lenny Clarke has also supported other Armenian organizations like the Knights of Vartan, to support local Armenian projects. His continued support really shows the commitment to helping people.

All three comedians are from Massachusetts. The night opened with Clarke and friends intermingling with pre-show fans!

Johnny Pizzi, a comedian and master magician, was also the master of ceremonies and kicked off the event keeping everyone in stitches while also entertaining in between the sets. Kelly MacFarland entertained the crowd by sharing her life experiences in a unique and playful way. Johnny Pizzi followed with his comedic charm and magician skills. Lenny was the headliner and had the crowd rolling in the aisles!

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Clarke’s material and his perspective is very much old-school, while being delivered in the vain of the modern-day comics. Using his ability to relate to the day to day life while creating laughter for everyone! Lenny & his friends were also very respectful of the church environment they were speaking in, showing an understanding and respect for various cultures.

In addition to ticket sales and raffle items there was a silent auction which showcased Armenian and non-Armenian auction items for people to bid on!

For more information about the Armenian Apostolic Church at Hye Pointe visit https://www.hyepointearmenianchurch.org/.

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