Kiwanis play gift to community

The local Kiwanis Club has a real racket going.

They've somehow convinced people to pay them good money for the privilege of being publicly ridiculed.

That's like handing over your lunch money to the playground bully then asking him to pop you in the nose in front of all your friends.

If that isn't crazy, then at least it's refreshing.

Marianna Raftopoulos thinks so. The two-term Moffat County commissioner never takes it personally when she's the butt of a joke during a Kiwanis play.

The performance is famous for skewering commissioners and other public figures.

"We probably have the starring role in most of it," Raftopoulos said. "But it's all for a good cause."

The event, scheduled for March 5-6 this year, is the club's biggest moneymaker and supports some important projects, like the local Special Olympics and the senior bus. But it serves an even greater purpose.

It brings us together. It reinforces our sense of community. And it reminds us not to take ourselves too seriously.

"Humor is the great thing, the saving thing," Mark Twain once wrote. "The minute it crops up, all our irritations and resentments slip away and a sunny spirit takes their place."

Thanks, Kiwanis, for the gift.

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