This year, all proceeds of Free to Laugh Tucson will go to Sold No More (formerly Streetlight Tucson), an organization dedicated to abolishing sex trafficking in southern Arizona. Sold No More focuses on public awareness and education in order to prevent more children from being victimized. Sold No More also works with law enforcement agencies and those working with youth in order to help identify and rescue girls caught in sex trafficking and direct them toward the care they need to heal and be restored to the life God intended for them.
What's the purpose of this Free to Laugh event?
Some 100,000 children and youth are being sold for sex in the United States, most of whom were picked up as runaways. Over 1,000 girls run away each year in Pima County, and according national statistics, 1/3 of these girls are approached by sex traffickers within 48 hours of leaving home. We believe that if governmental agencies, churches, businesses and individuals stand up in our community to address this issue, we can make a difference and save many young girl's futures.
The two parts of the name adequately describe our purpose:
- Free to Laugh: We will give ourselves freedom to laugh together in celebration of some remarkable people on the front lines of the fight to end child rape for profit.
- Laugh to Free: We take pleasure in the fact that our evening of laughter will provide freedom to victims of this unspeakable evil through a significant donation to organizations that specialize in survivor care.
How does Free to Laugh work?
Free to Laugh is a citywide event that enables anyone who cares about the cause to make a difference. Because 100% of the $20 ticket price goes to child trafficking prevention programs, everyone who attends a show is part of the solution!
100%? Yes! Every penny collected through ticket sales will go to Sold No More in Tucson. This is possible because of generous donations from concerned individuals and organizations that cover all our event expenses. This is another of Free to Laugh's distinctive features, and we are looking for people who believe in this cause to help us raise the remaining funds needed to put on this event.
Where will Free to Laugh be held, and who are the headliners?
The event will be held in the 2,000 seat auditorium at Victory Worship Center. We hope to sell out! Comedians for the night will be three of the best in the country:
Is this event appropriate for children?
All Free to Laugh comedians are "clean," which means they do not use inappropriate language or sexual innuendo. While the humor is definitely geared towards adults, older children will also enjoy the show.
When deciding whether to bring your child, please keep in mind that the topic of child sex slavery will be mentioned at times during the program.
Where did the idea of Free to Laugh originate?
Free to Laugh: Laugh to Free began at Bethany Bible Church in Phoenix as a simple plan to use clean comedy to bring people together in the fight against child sex slavery. The event was more successful than they imagined and raised tens of thousands of dollars for the cause. Since then, Free to Laugh comedy events have been held in several cities around the U.S., all raising thousands of dollars to help local organizations on the frontlines of the fight against sex trafficking.