Comedy benefit for first responders’ trauma support, Sunday

Press release

By on Tue, May 26, 2009

The Fun & Funny Fundraiser for the First Responders Support Network takes place Sunday, May 31 at the Half Moon Bay Brewing Co. in Pillar Point Harbor.

The First Responder Support Network (FRSN) mission is to provide treatment programs that promote recovery from stress and critical incidents for first responders and their families. The FRSN is a collaboration among emergency service peers (police, fire, corrections, dispatchers and emergency medical services), mental health clinicians, and chaplains who volunteer their time. We encourage you to contact us if you or someone you know is in need of some assistance.

There are two ticket levels: $60 for food and comedy, or $40 for just comedy. The doors open at 1:00 for the food buffet from 1:45 to 3pm. Seats open fpr the comedy at 3:00 and the show runs from 3:30 to 5:30.


West Coast Post-Trauma Retreat (WCPR): The WCPR program is for first responders whose lives have been impacted by their work experience. The WCPR residential program provides an educational experience designed to help current and retired first responders recognize the signs and symptoms of work-related stress including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in themselves and in others. WCPR is a part of the First Responder Support Network (FRSN), a non-profit organization with a skilled and experienced clinical and peer staff specifically trained in trauma recovery. Licensed clinicians, chaplains, and peer support members from police, fire and EMS have joined our team and volunteer their services. Our goal is to help emergency service professionals and retirees regain control over their lives and either return to work with a new perspective on stress and coping, move on with their lives if that is a more appropriate decision, or simply enjoy retirement.

Significant Others and Spouses (SOS): The SOS program is for emergency responder partners and spouses who may also be affected by these critical incidents (resulting in secondary or vicarious traumatization), but may also experience their own depression or anxiety symptoms and need a program to address their needs. In addition, Significant Others and Spouses may have their own trauma history, which is re-activated when his/her partner experiences a traumatic event. Please contact us for a confidential conversation.

Training: The WCPR staff are frequently called upon to speak about critical incident stress. Please contact us if you are interested in a presentation.

Outreach: WCPR staff are available to speak with anyone concerned about an emergency responder. There is no charge for the outreach. The call is confidential.

West Coast Post-trauma Retreatsm
4460-16 Redwood Hwy, Suite 362
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 721-9789
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Blue Blanket Improv (BBI) is a dedicated group of improvisational actors and comedians. We devote our time and skills to bring low cost (or free) entertainment to the residents of Half Moon Bay, San Francisco and the entire Bay Area.The members of Blue Blanket Improv receive no money for their services. They perform for the love of their craft and the applause of our audience.Performing in outdoor venues around the Bay Area, from beaches to parks to anywhere they can hang their eponymous blanket, Blue Blanket Improv is committed to inspiring laughter in others, bringing theater to those who might not attend otherwise, and giving back to their community. And did they mention, they do it for free? Their shows are appropriate for all ages, so bring the whole family and a picnic basket and make an afternoon of it!
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