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Cowboys’ Blue Ball Comedy Night in support of the Calgary Prostate Cancer Centre (PCC) was a success on Nov. 25 and raised $17,000. That the event coincided with Men’s Health Awareness Month was apt indeed. And apt would also describe the event’s title. Blue. Some of the material would make a sailor blush. Ball. Let’s just leave that one alone. Comedy. Most definitely. Night. Well, yes.

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Now in its fourth year, the event has raised nearly $50,000 since its inception. Taking to the stage were host Pete Giovine; Abby Roberge, recognizable from the TV show Modern Family; The Crowd Work King’s Ian Bagg; and Comedy Central’s Jeff Dye. Other highlights this night included free PSA testing, blood pressure, blood sugar, waist circumference and stress check for men ages 40 to 80 in The Man Van; the Blue Ball raffle offering prize-filled balloons for $20 a pop; a 50/50 raffle; haircuts provided by City Club Barbershop for a $20 donation; Papa John’s Pizza available with a donation; and the Gentlemen Jack Lounge serving up Old Fashioneds for $9.25.

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Among the scores of guests in attendance were Dr. Marty Duffy; Dr. Anthony Cook; former Calgary Stampeders wide receiver Don Blair; Dr. Kam Kaler; Dr. Cory Cundel; Dr. Scott Townsend; Women for Men’s Health founder, PCC board member and Mayfair Diagnostics partner Dr. Shelley Spaner and her sister, crown prosecutor Donna Spaner; PCC’s CEO Jeff Davison with colleagues COO Amanda Baxter and Shannon McCarthy, office manager; Cowboys’ Austin Rieger, Dave Urner, Scarlet Lee and Meryl Oberhofer; Jack Daniels brand ambassador Calin Manuel; City Club Barbershop’s Matty O’Donoghue; community supporters Darcy Chalifoux and Michael Kushnir; Sarah Urner; Nicole Larkin; Kassy Ehret; Amy Mielke; and others pictured.

You’ll want to mark your calendar for Jan. 27 for the fifth annual Big Ball taking place at Hotel Arts. The must-attend event will support the soon-to-be-built Dr. Jun Kawakami Pre-habilitation Clinic at the Prostate Cancer Centre as well as the Men’s Health Centre of Excellence at PCC. Tickets are available by visiting womenformengala.com.

From left: Cowboys’ Austin Rieger; Scarlet Lee; Dave Urner; producer and emcee Pete Giovine; and Meryl Oberhofer.
From left: Cowboys’ Austin Rieger; Scarlet Lee; Dave Urner; producer and emcee Pete Giovine; and Meryl Oberhofer.

From left: Sarah Urner; Nicole Larkin; Kassy Ehret; and Amy Mielke.
From left: Sarah Urner; Nicole Larkin; Kassy Ehret; and Amy Mielke.

Darcy Chalifoux, left, and Michael Kushnir.
Darcy Chalifoux, left, and Michael Kushnir.

Jack Daniels brand ambassador Calin Manuel.
Jack Daniels brand ambassador Calin Manuel.

City Club Barbershop’s Matty O’Donoghue.
City Club Barbershop’s Matty O’Donoghue.

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