Thank you and kudos to the Emerging Leaders Committee at the Berrie Center, for organizing yet another successful, out-of-the-box fundraiser—this time in the basement of a sushi restaurant in the East Village for a performance of an improvisational comedy troupe playing a Japanese game called Batsu!.
If you haven’t heard of Batsu! (a nightly experience on the lower level of the JeBon Restaurant in the East Village), it is quickly becoming an only-in-New York experience for live comedy and fresh sushi. When Rachel Vass, a 26-year-old marketing professional and a member of the Emerging Leaders Committee, saw the venue and the show earlier this year, she thought it might make a wonderful fundraiser for the Berrie Center.
And so it did. Between personal contacts, social media and the growing buzz of Batsu!—it was standing room only on the night of October 29, the Berrie Center fundraiser. “I had to call before the event to see if they could possibly accommodate all the people who wanted to come,” said Rachel. “It really was a fantastic event. And where else can you see really wild, interactive, improvisational Japanese comedy—and raise money for the Berrie Center and type 1 diabetes (T1D) at the same time.”
The Emerging Leaders Committee is a group of energetic, 20-something professionals with T1D, who volunteer their time and talent to support the Berrie Center—and at the same time, each other. The committee is co-chaired by Berrie Center patients Brittany Saul and Alex Corbacho, and it organizes an annual fundraiser. Over the last couple of years, the committee sponsored events such as PaintNite and Soulcycling for the Berrie Center.
“We are grateful to have such a creative and committed team of young professionals working on behalf of the Berrie Center,” said Tori Bender, the Berrie Center’s Communications and Outreach Program Coordinator. “This group has an incredibly unique, fun, and successful approach to fundraising."