Jeff Robinson, Michelle Lobdell and other volunteers came together eight years ago and enlisted comedians to help raise money for cancer research, advocacy, prevention education and patient services.

Jeff Robinson, Michelle Lobdell and other volunteers came together eight years ago and enlisted comedians to help raise money for cancer research, advocacy, prevention education and patient services.

On Feb. 27, the Strand Theatre will be the site of the eighth annual "Comics for a Cure" fund-raiser.

The show will begin at 7 p.m. and features three stand-up comics.

Robinson, public information officer for the city of Powell, is the emcee for the night and will kick off the evening with his own stand-up comedy routine.

Tickets are $20 and are available at the Strand Theatre, Beehive Books and by calling Robinson at (740) 815-0642. Concessions will be open and a cash bar available for refreshments.

All money raised will go to support Lobdell's Relay for Life team, which is participating in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life on March 26 at Ohio Wesleyan University. Also planned are a 50/50 raffle at the event and a live auction.

The event typically brings in $13,000 to $15,000, said Robinson, the volunteer chairman.

"It's a great event for a great cause," he said. "Hopefully, we'll allow people to be aware of not just those who've lost their lives to cancer, but those who've survived. Hopefully, there will be a greater number of survivors from the work we're doing."

"Everybody's life has been touched by cancer," he said. His mother died at 35, three days before his 12th birthday.

The comedians this year are David Kaplan, Dan Swartwout and Darryl Rhoades.

Robinson said the show is rated PG but Robinson said parents should use their own discretion whether to bring children.

"I've told the comedians to treat it like a corporate or charity event," he said.

Last year's event sold out so Robinson encourages people not to wait until the last minute to purchase tickets.

For more information on the event, see the Comics for a Cure site on Facebook, he said.