Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine presents SHAKING WITH LAUGHTER benefit

woman blowing a trumpet and a stand up comedian holding a microphone
Event Date
Event Details/Summary

A Funny Fundraiser to benefit Parkinson's Research

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

Founded by Marc and Karen Jaffe

an event benefiting the Cleveland Brain Health Initiative and InMotion

with the support of the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University



Headliner: Bria Skonberg Quartet

Featured Performers: 

Jake Johanssen

Ray Dorsey, author of Ending Parkinson's

Marc Jaffe

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.


Individual tickets are $200 for VIP tickets which include: premium seats and a pre-show reception with heavy hors d’oeurves and an open bar, and a post-show dessert party.

All other tickets are $50 and include great music and comedy. 

All seats include raising funds for Parkinson’s research.


Sponsorships still available. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Heather McNally at 216-368-5853 or


MAKE A DONATION! Click GET TICKETS to Make a Donation to Shaking with Laughter.


The Shaking with Laughter event is a valuable tool to raise awareness and funding for Parkinson’s disease research. Shaking with Laughter is administered through Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine with proceeds supporting the Cleveland Brain Health Initiative. Capitalizing on the School of Medicine’s network of researchers and community organizations allows Shaking with Laughter to reach a broader audience and, hopefully, engage more people who share our goal of improving the lives of those living with Parkinson’s disease.

The Cleveland Brain Health Initiative connects scientists and physician-scientists across the region in a comprehensive approach to develop collaborative, impactful research that will lead to improved brain health for the residents of northeast Ohio and beyond through scientific programs, education, and community outreach.

The Cleveland Brain Health Initiative partners with local and national organizations, including InMotion, a local nonprofit that utilizes the areas of education, exercise, and healing arts to strengthen the mind, body and spirit of those affected by Parkinson’s disease, as well as their care partners. InMotion has developed a range of classes and therapies that calm the mind, strengthen the body, and soothe the spirit.

Funds generated through the Shaking with Laughter event on April 1, 2023 will support vital research that will lead to new discoveries in therapeutics and care, with the ultimate goal of eradicating Parkinson’s. 

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
  • Mort Levin
  • Laura Ospanik and Stephen Robbins
  • ABBCD Jaffe Group
  • Sherwin Williams
  • Catherine Armsden
  • Sophie Boehlen, Premier Heights

Thank you to our other donors and supporters!

  • Junkosaur
  • Gray & Company
  • InMotion
  • Doug Katz