Staff Report

In many ways, laughter truly is the best medicine. It also can increase awareness about the plight many of our brave military members face upon returning from combat.

Laughs for the Troops is proud to present the Inaugural Comedy on the Greens Golf Tournament and Comedy Show on Thursday and Friday, September 26 and 27 at the Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club, located at 5811 Tampa Palms Blvd., in Tampa.

This two-day event promises to be the outing of the year, with 18 beautiful holes of golf at Tampa’s premier course and a dinner and comedy show featuring four headlining comedians.

Registration for the golf tournament begins Thursday, September 26 at 11 a.m., with a traditional four-man shotgun start to the tournament at 1 p.m. This tournament will host several celebrities including NFL Hall-of-Famer, Chris Doleman, but donors will also have the opportunity to sponsor teams of local veterans as well.

On Friday, September 27, the evening will include a dinner at 7 p.m. with the comedy show beginning at 8:45 p.m. The four headlining comedians that will take the stage include Tommy Drake, Phil Palisoul, Tony Esposito, and Laughs for the Troops Founder, Thomas Brown. Each of these funny-men has a laundry list of accomplishments which will ensure a night of hilarity. Patrons can choose to attend the dinner and comedy show without golfing, but seating will be limited. Sponsors can donate their golf tickets (or spots within their team) to support local veterans who want to play. “This will be the golf outing of the year,” according to Brown.

Funds garnered from the Comedy on the Greens Golf Tournament and Comedy Show will be used to assist major TBI research facilities and also aid families who need financial help once their soldiers, Marines, airmen and sailors return from combat and work to heal, both physically and mentally.

Brown, award-winning comedian and founder of Laughs for the Troops, created this organization from the hardship associated with caring for, and understanding, a family member’s struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), namely his own father, a WWII veteran who suffered from PTSD. As a child, Brown noticed things about him were different than other dads in the neighborhood. “I wonder how different it would have been if he could have received help,” Brown said.

For pricing and to register, visit http://laughsfor

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