A benefit for Amanda Knox will be held at the Comedy Underground, January 27th.
Amanda Knox fundraiser to be held Jan. 27
Amanda Knox Appeal Fund Benefit at Comedy Underground
A fundraiser for Amanda Knox, whose recent trial in Italy for the murder of her roommate ended in her conviction, will take place Wednesday, Jan. 27, 8:00 pm- 10:00 pm, at the Comedy Underground in Pioneer Square. Money raised at the “Amanda Knox Appeal Fund Benefit” will go toward the cost of her appeal, a one year process. Her family is already in debt nearly $1 million since Knox was first accused, over two years ago. Six professional comics will perform for free, including Renee Perrault, also the MC. They will avoid political jokes involving any aspects of the trial.
Perrault, a Renton resident, worked with Amanda’s father, Curt, and step-mother, Cassandra, at the downtown Macys corporate division, then the Bon Marche, in the 1980’s and ‘90’s. They have remained in contact.
“I was part of a large circle of work friends from Bon Marche who have celebrated many major milestones in life together, including a baby shower for Curt just prior to Amanda’s birth,” said Perrault.
“Renee came to us and said, ‘I have this idea,’” said Cassandra about the fundraiser idea. “We thought it sounded great. She’s done everything. (It was) her idea, her brainstorm, her everything. Our family is of course very grateful to those who organize fundraisers and to all who attend. We appreciate Renee and the comedians who want to help bring Amanda home.”
Cassandra said many of Amanda’s family members will attend, and Curt will say a few words of thanks.
Perrault believes that laughter has its place, even in the wake of the emotional tumult Amanda’s Arbor Heights family is experiencing now after her guilty verdict and during her appeal process.
“Comedy and tragedy run close to each other,” said Perrault, who retired from the corporate world over four years ago. “There is humor in all aspects of life.”
She also added, in a humorous tone, “I wanted to help, and I have no other marketable skill to offer.”
The Comedy Underground is located at 109 South Washington Street. (206) 628-0303.
Tickets are $50.