Judeo-Christian Outreach Center Presents:
The 37th Annual Black & White Gala
You’re invited! Come celebrate Judeo-Christian Outreach Center’s 37th anniversary at the annual Black & White Gala on Friday, October 6th. It will be at The Westin, Virginia Beach Town Center. The evening will feature a cocktail hour with silent auction and inspiring dinner program featuring comedians Joy Julian and Cletus Kassady.
Joy always wanted to try stand-up comedy, but instead pursued a career in education; first as a high school English teacher and then as a librarian. However, one day, Joy had a slight interruption. In 2008, Joy was diagnosed with Stage 1 Triple Negative Breast Cancer. After undergoing a lumpectomy, 8 rounds of chemo and 33 treatments of radiation, Joy is now cancer free. As a result of having breast cancer, Joy decided to start crossing items off of her “bucket list”. A friend enrolled her in a stand-up comedy class, and the rest as they say is history. Joy now performs for clubs, corporate events, country clubs and fundraisers all over the East Coast.
She loves telling her story through humor. Joy says, “It’s a small way to encourage other women who are fighting the same fight.” Joy continues to teach, allowing for great stories for the stage. In addition to breast cancer and education, Joy has plenty to say about her family, weight loss (and gain), marriage, and more. Joy’s style of comedy is clean with a bit of an edge, yet it resonates well with mixed audiences. Joy has appeared on Happily Never After, Monsters & Mysteries in America, and Ice Cold Killers.
This versatile and clean comedian, actor and motivational speaker has entertained audiences throughout the country with a style that is full of energy, humor, and relatability. Whether delivering his timely, refreshing brand of stand-up, hosting an event, engaging audiences as a speaker or acting Cletus is sure to provide an unparalleled experience.
Cletus’ unique point of view and comedic delivery have provided him the opportunity to entertain audiences throughout the country and on national television. He has entertained churches, colleges, numerous corporate groups, and charities using his wit as a comic, his ability as an actor and his gift of gab as a public speaker. He has recently toured the country as a part of the Real Comedians of Social Media Tour and the Slightly Problematic Tour, has a podcast that can be heard on all digital platforms called “This Ain’t Church”, and has worked with greats in the music and comedy field including Marvin Sapp, Johnathan McReynolds, KevOnStage, John Gray, Mike Epps, Tony Baker and D.L. Hughley. You can currently catch him playing the role of Deacon Charles in the KevOnStage Studios produced sitcom “Churchy” found on the KevOnStage Studios App and on Facebook Live and YouTube each morning at 7:15(ish) doing his morning show “C U in the Morning”.
Presenting Our Emcee…
Barbara Hamm Lee
Barbara Hamm Lee is the executive producer and host of Another View, a weekly talk show that examines today’s issues from an African American perspective, and airs every Thursday at noon on 89.5 WHRV-FM. She is also the owner of Sharing Info, LLC, a media/communications consulting company that specializes in diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) training, located in Norfolk, Virginia.
She is very involved in the community, serving as a board member for the Let Freedom Ring Foundation, Virginia Humanities, and the National Center for the Prevention of Community Violence. She is a former chair of the board for the YWCA, South Hampton Roads, and the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Board of Commissioners.
Barbara is married to Maxie Lee, has two daughters and a granddaughter and attends First Baptist Church, Berkley.
Celebrate with Us
Live & Silent AUCTION
Donate a gift certificate, experience, gift basket, etc. for the auction.
Online bidding begins Sept. 29th. Stay tuned…