TVCCA Meals on Wheels to Host Virtual Comedy Fundraiser

Thames Valley Council for Community Action (TVCCA) has partnered with Franco’s Comedy for Your Cause and the Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce (GNACC) to host a virtual comedy fundraiser on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 7:00 pm. The event will raise money for TVCCA’s Meals on Wheels program, which has seen a dramatic increase in requests for services that include nutritious meals and wellness checks for homebound seniors. TVCCA delivers about 1,000 meals a day to homebound seniors throughout Eastern Connecticut.

Anyone interested in “attending" can register online at A minimum donation of $10 is required, but attendees are encouraged to give what they can. The event is limited to the first 90 registrants due to restrictions on the online platform.

TVCCA has gotten creative with fundraising for its Meals on Wheels program since the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of their signature annual event, Carnevale. May 30th would have marked the 10th annual Carnevale fundraiser for TVCCA Meals on Wheels, but with the closure of Mohegan Sun, the event’s title sponsor and host location, and uncertainty for local businesses that support the event, TVCCA cancelled it.

The virtual comedy fundraiser was the brainchild of Franco Carofano, well-known local radio personality and owner of Franco’s Comedy for Your Cause. “Due to The Coronavirus we had to cancel 22 comedy fundraisers that we had scheduled,” Carofano said. “We wanted to support our community and continue to raise money, so we turned to technology. Many of the comedians in our circle were dying for an outlet, so online comedy fundraisers made sense.”

Angela Adams, GNACC Executive Director, says that “part of GNACC’s mission is to support our local businesses and keep our community connected.  We’ve done many community events and this was a no brainer.  How can we give back to those in need but also bring some laughter into our homes?  Franco’s Comedy for Your Cause of course!!”
GNACC and Franco’s Comedy for Your Cause partnered in mid-April to host their first ever virtual comedy event to raise money for Norwich AOK. That event sold out and raised $2,790 with the tremendous help of community member Miria Gray. Gray has generously volunteered to handle the technical aspects for TVCCA’s event as well.

“Franco and I both know that we have such a pro-active and loving community, that people will come together.  He called me up and asked me ‘Are you ready to do another one?’,” says Adams.
Carofano says he wanted to do something for TVCCA’s Meals on Wheels after visiting TVCCA’s commissary and learning they had to postpone their major fundraiser. “We wanted to help.”

Many of the businesses that had already made sponsorship donations for TVCCA’s Carnevale have agreed to repurpose those sponsorships for the virtual comedy event. TVCCA is grateful for the support of Sayet + Seder Attorneys at Law; Brown & Brown of Connecticut; Brown Jacobson PC; Doherty, Beals & Banks, P.C.; and Flanders Donut + Bake Shop.

Where: Register and learn more at Participate from anywhere in the world!
When: Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 7:00 pm
How:     Be among the first 90 to give at least $10 through the event registration page.  After registering, an email will be sent with instructions for logging into the event.

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To learn more about Franco's Comedy for Your Cause visit

About TVCCA Meals on Wheels
Every day, TVCCA Meals on Wheels delivers meals and smiles to seniors in need across Eastern Connecticut. The impact that Meals on Wheels has on the seniors they serve goes far beyond the wholesome meals provided. The friendly visit and safety check that accompany each visit ensures that our clients remain healthy, safe and at home, where they belong. For over 44 years, TVCCA has contributed to the overall well-being of seniors by providing regular nutrition and daily contact with a caring volunteer. Learn more at or call 860-886-1720.

Thames Valley Council for Community Action, Inc. (TVCCA) is a private, non-profit organization that has been providing social services in southeastern Connecticut since 1965. TVCCA is well recognized as a community leader – and partner – in advocating for and meeting the needs of the region’s economically and otherwise disadvantaged citizens.  For more information visit