Nonprofit wins grant from Stephen Colbert fund

January 1, 2015
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Nonprofit wins grant from Stephen Colbert fund
Comedian Stephen Colbert, center, partnered with Ben & Jerry’s on its AmeriCone Dream flavor. Photo via

Sometimes laughter and ice cream are the best medicine.

The Ada-based nonprofit Healing Improv has received a $10,000 grant from The Stephen Colbert AmeriCone Dream Fund, according to the nonprofit’s Facebook page.

Healing Improv helps grieving and troubled people work through their pain through free comedy improv workshops.

“It was completely unexpected and an amazing end-of-year surprise,” the post says.

Colbert, the star of Comedy Central’s recently ended “The Colbert Report” and soon-to-be host of “The Late Show,” inspired the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor AmeriCone Dream, which was introduced in 2007 through a partnership between Colbert and Ben & Jerry’s.

Colbert donates his proceeds from the sales of AmeriCone Dream to the fund, which supports charities.

Healing Improv

Healing Improv is run by executive director Bart Sumner, an instructor and performer at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre.

The nonprofit exists to “give people a chance to break free from stifling grief with others who understand, through laughter, energy and love,” Sumner writes on its website.

“For over 25 years, I have been a teacher and performer of improvisational comedy. In the year after my son died, it was this improv that kept me sane. By its nature, improv deals with the here and now. Every week in rehearsals and performance was like a small vacation from the thoughts of grief that consumed all other aspects of my life,” he writes.

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