Highlands Ranch American Legion finds success through comedy

Special fundraiser brings in $8,700 for student scholarships

Thelma Grimes
tgrimes@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 11/16/21

After raising more than $8,700 at a special comedy show in September, the Highlands Ranch American Legion Post 1260 donated funds for student scholarships on Nov. 6. In a special presentation with …

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Highlands Ranch American Legion finds success through comedy

Special fundraiser brings in $8,700 for student scholarships

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After raising more than $8,700 at a special comedy show in September, the Highlands Ranch American Legion Post 1260 donated funds for student scholarships on Nov. 6.

In a special presentation with the Highlands Ranch Community Association (HRCA), the Legion donated $1,200 to go toward local students working to further their education.

Post President Joe Langran said during the Nov. 6 presentation that members also gave a plaque of appreciation to the HRCA for what the organization did in helping them host a special fundraiser in September.

Langran said the HRCA allowed the American Legion to use a recreation center free of charge to host a comedy show fundraiser that featured five comedians, including Legion member Eddie Schroback of Highlands Ranch.

Schroback thought of the idea for the show, coordinated with the HRCA, recruited talent and produced the event that featured headliners John Novaosad, Nancy Norton, Lisa Lane, Jacob Rupp and Schroback.

Schroback, an Army veteran, said he served 50 years ago in a unit where some soldiers stayed in Washington, D.C. while others were deployed to Vietnam. While Schroback stayed in Washington, he said many of his fellow unit members went to Vietnam and never returned.

Over the next 50 years, Schroback said, he really did not do a lot to give back to the military or work with veterans or soldiers. When he was recruited to serve on the Highlands Ranch American Legion unit, Schroback said he started looking at how he can give back and make an impact.

A comedian himself, Schroback said he went to the American Legion membership with the idea of hosting the comedy show.

“I felt like this could be my way to do something real,” Schroback said.

After the event, Schroback said he never thought the show would be such a success. The inaugural fundraiser earned more than $8,700. With that kind of success, Schroback said, the post is already taking steps to make it an annual event.

In an announcement to Legion members, Langran said the special event was the “single highest producing fundraiser in the history of the Post.”

Langran said a majority of the funds will be donated to programs helping homeless veterans. Through partnering with local VA programs, Langran said, veterans who are homeless and struggling with PTSD can get assistance in finding housing, paying security deposits and receiving assistance to get back on their feet.

The American Legion also donates funding to COTA (Children’s Organ Transplant Association), Langran said.

Langran, who missed the Sept. 25 show, said he looks forward to seeing Schroback live at next year’s event, noting that he is as funny as advertised.

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