If laughter is the best medicine, then Miami Springs was quite the healthy community on May 30 as laughter took over at the Miami Springs Optimist Club. The club hosted their very first comedy event, Rush Hour Comedy Party.
Many took advantage of the evening; some made it a Date Night for couples or a Girls Night Out and for some it was simply a fun night out with family and friends. Either way it was a great turn out, especially considering the comedy night was up against the Miami Heat Eastern Conference Finals.
For a nominal fee of only $10, laughter-seekers were first treated to appetizers and cocktails. As guests enjoyed wine and cheese or beer and pretzels, and an array of other appetizers and desserts, they were able to participate in a silent auction of Miami Dolphin memorabilia and enjoy music by DJ Rafael.
Headlining the night of laughter was Miami Springs very own, David Del Rosario. Del Rosario, now living and working in New York City, was brought in by Optimist Club Board member Karl Bithorn, who spearheaded the event. It was not so long ago that Del Rosario played baseball in Miami Springs, with Bithorn as his coach. They have remained family friends to this day. Bithorn convinced Del Rosario to donate his time to the event, knowing that all proceeds were going back to the community where he once played ball. And it really didn’t take much convincing at all.
"It was a fun night,” said Del Rosario. "He (Bithorn) had the idea for me to come down for an evening like this and I’m so glad I was able to do it. Miami Springs was a fun crowd.”
Del Rosario brought some funny friends with him who also donated their time. Comedian Marsden ONeill did introductions and got the crowd off to a good start with lots of laughter. The only female comedian in attendance was Amarie Lee. Lee used her time with the audience to call up someone from the crowd for a little dance. Unbeknownst to her, the gentleman she called on stage was longtime resident and former Miami Springs Councilman Jim Caudle. Caudle was more than delighted to join in the fun and put on his boogie shoes, if only for a moment.
The next comedian up would be “Danny Miami” Reyes. Reyes played Optimist Football many moons ago and graduated from Miami Springs Senior High, class of 2003. Reyes brought his voice and his guitar and added his own twist to some well-known lullabies, which created many laugh-out-loud moments.
Last but certainly not least, Del Rosario took to the stage. The funny man was smart and savvy. He offered an invitation to Caudle’s Wife, Judi, who joined the comedian on the dance floor for a few twist and turns of their own. He stole the show with his Antonio Banderas impersonations and his hilarious twist on the notorious Scarface Movie.
The evening was a success and no one could have agreed more than Optimist Club President Mark Bain. He thanked Bithorn for all of his hard work and he thanked everyone who came out to support the fundraiser. Bain also offered an invitation to the community. “We are here for you,” said Bain. “Most people associate the Optimist Club with just youth sports, but we are here for the entire community. We’re open to suggestions and we want to provide the community with what it wants and needs.”
The Optimist Club is a non-profit organization that focuses on youth activities in addition to continuous community involvement. Their main mission is to provide hope and a positive vision for the community and they strive to bring out the best in others. The Miami Springs Optimist Club has been giving back to the youth in our community since 1948. In recent years they have contributed considerably to other programs and community events, like Relay For Life. They are supportive of several community programs such as Civil Air Patrol, Archery, Boy Scouts, the River Cities Fishing Tournament, and many more.
Volunteers are always welcome to join and can expect to conduct positive service projects aimed at providing a helping hand. With their upbeat attitude, Optimist Club members empower us all to be the best that we can be. They believe that the giving of one's self in service to others will advance the well-being of humankind, community life, and the world. To share your ideas and to get involved, contact Optimist Club President Mark Bain at firstname.lastname@example.org.