Shaking with Laughter

On Saturday, April 1, 2023, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine will host Shaking With Laughter to benefit Parkinson's disease research at CWRU School of Medicine. Case is the founder of the community-wide Cleveland Brain Health Initiative which brings together partner institutions devoted to finding new cures and ways to care for people suffering from brain-related diseases and disorders.

This event supports CBHI through established partnerships with the Jaffe Armsden Butler Endowed Fund for Parkinson’s Disease. The partnership was established by Catherine Armsden and the late Lewis Butler, in honor of Karen Jaffe and her relentless pursuit of a cure for Parkinson’s disease. In addition, event proceeds will support the Meisel Family Foundation Fund in Parkinson’s Disease Research. The Meisel Family Foundatiohn was established to support a community-based collaboration between CWRU and InMotion, a local organization that helps people with Parkinson's disease feel better every day.

Learn more about the Cleveland Brain Health Initiative.

Shaking with Laughter 2023

Date: April 1, 2023
Location: Maltz Performing Arts Center, Case Western Reserve
Sponsored by: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine to benefit the Cleveland Brain Health Initiative 

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Headliner: Bria Skonberg

Featured performers:

Marc Jaffe is not only the founder of Shaking with Laughter, he was also a comedy writer and performer for many years. Marc has written for many top comedians from Garry Shandling to Paul Reiser and for many television shows, most notably Seinfeld.

Sponsors and in-kind donors

Thank you to our sponsors!

Headliner sponsor

  • Leppo Rents

VIP reception sponsor

  • Albert and Audrey Ratner

Opening act sponsor

  • Marc and Karen Jaffe
  • Dennis and Ginny Lehman
  • Talan Products
  • Allan Goldberg Family
  • Susi and Peter Meisel

Emcee sponsor

  • Fran and Jules Belkin
  • Judy and Mort Levin
  • Laura Ospanik and Stephen Robbins
  • ABBCD Jaffe Group
  • Sherwin Williams
  • Catherine Armsden
  • Sophie Boehlen, Premier Heights
  • Steve Kimmelman, Redwood
  • Ellen and Mark Hoffman

Thank you to our other donors and supporters!

  • Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • Ark Jewelers
  • Dave Coulier
  • Marc Jaffe
  • Mark Cendrowski
  • Junkosaur
  • Gray & Company
  • InMotion
  • Doug Katz
  • Cleveland Jazz Orchestra
  • Tri-C Jazzfest