Rotary Club Tim Conway benefit a hoot and a success

Tim Conway poses with fans Matthew, Guinevere and baby Anderson Cramer at a pre-benefit show cocktail party at The Boathouse in Edgartown. — Photo by Susan Safford

Last Friday, June 1, The Boathouse Club in Edgartown hosted a “meet and greet” cocktail party entitled “An Evening With Tim.”

“We had an excellent turnout, over 100 people,” said Dee Lander, president of the Rotary Club of Martha’s Vineyard, which was a major sponsor of the event.

Attendees paid $100 to meet Tim Conway, the actor, comedian, and writer who has won six Emmy Awards, and comedian Louise DuArt, headliners at a benefit Saturday evening at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. The tickets included premium seating for the Saturday night event.

Mr. Conway addressed the group and strolled comfortably through the crowd with Ms. DuArt, a comedic impressionist and part-time Island resident who also performed Saturday evening. The two have appeared together for the past decade in the TV show “Together Again,” and currently in the live comedy show “Tim Conway and Friends.”

Mr. Lander said that there were more than 500 attendees at the Saturday show. He said the laughter was “almost constant. It was a successful weekend. We raised a significant amount of money, approximately $10,000. Fifty percent will go to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, and 50 percent will go to Island charities.”

The recipient charities are Humanateen of the YMCA of M.V., the Martha’s Vineyard Boys and Girls Club, Vineyard Power, and BravEncore, which supports theater at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School.

One of the highlights of the Saturday show, according to Mr. Lander, in addition to the live skits and the standup comedy, was the five-minute video clips of TV shows that Mr. Conway and Ms. DuArt have appeared in.