Comics Come Home
Once again, the Foundation held its Sixth Annual Comics Come Home event at Wisconsin Union Theater on December 6, 2003. Even without its scheduled headliner, SNL alum Jim Breuer, the show lived up to its billing as "Madison's Premier Comedy Event". Blizzard conditions in New York grounded Breuer and his "Heavy Metal Comedy" band, and they never made it to Madison.
But the show did go on. With six-year Comics Come Home veteran Kevin Bozeman taking over, the laughter keep right on coming. Kevin & John Farley, along with Tim Kazurinsky, Tim O'Malley, and the Second City All-Stars performed some great Improv. The stand-up acts - Chad Daniels, Nate Craig, Kumail, and CBS Star Search winner John Roy -- were excellent.
While the crowd's initial disapponitment was understandable, they soon realized that they were seeing some truly great comedy.
The Foundation comes home to Edgewood!
The Chris Farley Foundation returned to its roots (or rather, the scene of the crime) as Tom Farley addressed the student body at Edgewood High School in Madison. Edgewood is the Farley's alma mater, and where Chris first "tested" many of this comic talents. Tom Farley spoke about Chris's experiences in high school, and some of the pressures and choices that he faced. Students found that their hallways are still filled with some of the very same pressures. The assemblies ended with some classic "Chris Farley stories" that left the students laughing, and some of Chris's old teachers just shaking their heads with knowing smiles.
YES! brings the Foundation to Long Island
YES (Youth enrichment Services) of Long Island helped sponsor a Foundation speaking tour in Nassau County. Tom Farley delivered the Foundation's message of prevention and Chris's story to large audiences at four schools, and to a dinner reception of parents, teachers, and prevention specialists. The tour included schools as diverse as a public school with over 3000 students and a small, private catholic high school. All of the schools seemed to take away some lesson from the Foundation's messages and in Chris's story.
Tom Farley address students at Wisconsin's Homecoming Parade
After riding the parade route in a vintage convertible car, Tom Farley addressed students of the Unversity of Wisconsin-Madison at the Homecoming Rally. The rally took place on the Union Terrace and proved two things -- a Farley can still whip students into a frenzy, and Chris Farley is still a very popular name on campus!
Tom Farley is the MC for Madison's Red Ribbon event
The Centers for Prevention and Intervention host Madison's Red Ribbon Gala at the Alliant Center. Awards went to students, law enforcement, and professionals who have demonstrated exceptional work in the field of substance abuse prevention. The Chris Farley Student Leader Award went to Meghan Ross of Edgewood High School (also the alma mater of Chris Farley).
Foundation sponsors Tommy Boy Night in Appleton
To benefit the youth focused activities at the Appleton, Wisconsin Youth Futures Mall, the Foundation sponsors a Tommy Boy night. The activities included a showing of Tommy Boy, Chris's signature movie, and a "look-alike" contest. Tom Farley also brought along some of Chris's wardrobe from the movie.
Tom Farley speaks at Ohio State University
Tom Farley joined Henry Winkler and First Lady of Ohio, Hope Taft in speaking to kids in Ohio about being "smart and sober". The highly successful event drew over 6,000 school kids from around Ohio, and included a video link-up with other school groups around the state.
Tom Farley MC's Recovery Rally on Capital steps
Tom Farley was the MC for a Faces and Voices of Recovery rally, held on the steps of the state capital in Madison. Speakers included recovery advocates, state legistators, many personal stories, and the UW Marching Band!
September 3, 2003
Dickie Roberts premier held as benefit for Foundation
The premier of David Spade's new movie, Dickie Roberts-Former Child Star was held in Hollywood as a benefit for The Chris Farley Foundation. The movie was produced by Adam Sandler and also featured Kevin & John Farley.
Tom Farley speaks at University of Wisconsin-Madison
Tom Farley, President of the Foundation, spoke to students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison about his brother Chris, his struggles with substance abuse, and the work of the Foundation. The speech was part of the University's Distinguished Speaker Series, and took place as part of the All-Campus Party. The All-Campus Party (ACP) is a week-long celebration on this campus of over 40,000 students that consists of several events that are alcohol-free. The foundation was also a sponsor of the Film Festival and provided the movie Old School, starring another SNL alum, Will Ferrell.
Foundation sponsors CADCA conference
The Foundation sponsored a booth at the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America's Leadership Forum in Washington, DC. The popular exhibit featured clips of their recent public services announcements, and some film highlights of Chris's career. Tom Farley was on hand to answer questions about the Foundation's work and to network among the many organizations and coalitions in attendance. The sponsorship resulted in several requests for speaking and program assistance.