Carol Channing to star in comedy benefit for UCSF patient services

By Kristen Bole

Ernest H. Rosenbaum, MD -----

Actress Carol Channing will return to her home town of San Francisco to perform in “Love & Laughter…and Legends: Just What the Doctor Ordered,” a benefit for patient services at UCSF Mount Zion Medical Center.

The April 21 evening of comedy will include performances by Channing, who is best known for her starring role in “Hello, Dolly!,” as well as by entertainers Will Durst, James P. Connolly, Ross Turner, George Thomas and Theee Stupeds.

The event will honor UCSF’s Ernest H. Rosenbaum, MD, for his 50-year career as a skillful and dedicated healer in the field of cancer treatment. It is being hosted by the Mount Zion Auxiliary, the 130-year-old volunteer philanthropic organization that supports the hospital.

“Love & Laughter…” will take place at the Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a reception and silent auction. Performances will commence at 8:00 p.m.

This is the Auxiliary’s fifth semi-annual comedy event to raise funds for patient services at UCSF Mount Zion, including those being offered by the state-of-the-art UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Auxiliary provides resources for such programs as Art for Recovery, cancer support groups, on-campus patient resource centers, transportation, medical supplies and accommodations for low-income patients and their families.

“We have long believed the adage that laughter is the best medicine,” said Auxiliary President Meridithe Mendelsohn. “This evening enables us to also use laughter to raise critical funds for some UCSF patient services that would not otherwise be available.”

Tickets range from $75 to $150. For more information or to order tickets, call (415) 885-7354 or send an email to [email protected]  Information also is online at

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