By Jeremy Golant, Business Staff ’17
This past Saturday, several cast members performed in the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC)’s floorshow in Rodin’s rooftop lounge. The event featured a number of performing arts groups who helped to raise funds and awareness for the cause. The “FIMRC Spectacular” entered its fourth year, having in the past raised over a thousand dollars for water coolers in El Salvador.
Mask and Wig’s cast performed for roughly ten minutes, entertaining the audience with a few seminal bits including “Is He Jewish?” and “Neighborhood,” as well as a new bit that had its debut in this year’s Fall Show: “Updog.”
Junior cast member and floorshow director Andres Martinez described floorshows as “[allowing] us to be more visible to people who would not normally come see our shows or who have never heard of us.” He added, “Last month we performed downtown at a reception for lawyers and judges and last week at a welcome event for medical students from Germany. [Our audiences] all agree on one thing, the comedy and entertainment that Mask and Wig provides has been alive for 125 years and doesn’t show any signs of stopping.” Andres concluded, “We also love to perform at charity events like this one [FIMRC] because we believe it is imperative for us to give back to the community at Penn and outside that has so graciously embraced us through the years.”
Sophomore Grace Xu, a member of Penn Lions, agreed, saying that the group similarly performs for myriad festivals, shows, and other causes, primarily as a means of “[bringing] good luck and prosperity” to the focus of the event.
Jenny Yan – one of the event organizers – summarized the night as “a huge success! More than 100 people attended the event, and in total, we raised over $1000!” The money will be used to purchase an exam table, provide medications and prescriptions, set up therapy classes, and promote general health education for mothers and women in the Limon, Nicaragua community.