Mondays Dark Raises More than $135,000 for Las Vegas Charities in 2015
MONDAYS DARK, created and produced by Mark Shunock, star of "Rock of Ages" at The Venetian Las Vegas, celebrated its two-year anniversary with a high-energy performance including music, comedy, dance and a surprise performance of "Electric Youth" by pop icon Debbie Gibson on Monday, Dec. 14 at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Of the $58,600 raised on Monday, $39,600 (all proceeds from ticket sales) will be split evenly by the 11-featured charities of 2015: The Center; Blind Center of Nevada; Dress for Success Southern Nevada; Olive Crest; Keep Memory Alive; ORION Cancer Foundation; United Way of Southern Nevada; Three Square Food Bank; Las Vegas Labrador Rescue; Project 150 and Home Aid Southern Nevada. This equates to an additional $3,600 for each 2015 charity on top of the money each raised at their individual events earlier in the year. In 2015 alone, MONDAYS DARK events raised $136,767 for all 11 charities. From the two-year anniversary event, the $19,000 raised from silent and live auctions will stay with MONDAYS DARK as the organization prepares to kick off 2016 events in January.
The 11-featured 2016 charities and event dates are: Injured Police Officer's Fund (Jan. 25); Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas (Feb. 15); Fire Fighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation (Mar. 21); The Foundation Assisting Seniors (Apr. 25); Though The Eyes Of A Child Foundation (May 16); Habitat For Humanity Las Vegas (June 20); USO Las Vegas (July 18); Make A Wish Southern Nevada (Aug. 15); Shiloh Horse Rescue & Sanctuary (Sept. 19); Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada (Oct. 17); Broadway In The Hood (Nov. 21); and the 3rd Anniversary Bash will take place in December.
"Our two-year anniversary was an amazing night. What a thrill to bring together so many fantastic entertainers - including a surprise visit by Debbie Gibson! - to play to an audience 1,400 strong, while bringing together 22 local charities under one roof," said Shunock. "Every month we put on what I think is the best entertainment value in town, raising about $10,000 for each charity. And we do it $20 a person, 90-minutes at a time."
For further information about MONDAYS DARK and to purchase tickets, visit www.mondaysdark.com. Stay in touch with #MondaysDark on social media via Facebook www.facebook.com/mondaysdarkvegas, and on Twitter @Mondays_Dark.
A native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Canada, Shunock is a former member of the Canadian Hockey League. After his hockey days ended, he spent almost 10 years living in New York City performing on Americas premiere stages. He is currently starring in the smash hit "Rock of Ages" playing at The Venetian and The Palazzo in Las Vegas He played Timon in "Disney's The Lion King," for which he earned a Helen Hayes Nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He is the creator/producer of MONDAYS DARK, a monthly variety show featuring Las Vegas Strip headliners and performers, with 100 percent of all ticket proceeds going to local charities. Twitter @MarkShunock; www.markshunock.com.
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