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Kat Simmons to headline at Silly Spaghetti fund-raiser

Staff reports

Carson Valley comedienne Kat Simmons will headline the “Silly Spaghetti Night” event on Friday, Jan. 30, sponsored by the Miss Douglas County Scholarship Program.

Simmons, who left her Gardnerville home for Los Angeles in 1986, worked a number of jobs in L.A. to support her burgeoning career.

But she found she had to do comedy full-time if she wanted to be a success. She quit her day jobs and hit the road, playing small clubs in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma, with an occasional job in Southern California, Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe.

The weeks on the road started to take their toll, however, and she decided to return to Gardnerville. She met her husband, Brian Stamper, at a dance. A sales manger for a firm that produces equipment to pump concrete, he travels a lot. Simmons had no trouble getting him to relocate to Gardnerville.

They came to Gardnerville in October 1992 and their son Jonathan was born in 1994.

Simmons is producer and emcee of the Carson Valley Inn’s monthly Comedy Night Live shows. Last summer she conducted a highly successful Comedy Workshop, and will be offering another one at the inn starting Jan. 29.

Silly Spaghetti Night will be held at the CVIC Hall in Minden, with a full spaghetti dinner being served from 6 to 8 p.m. by the Miss Douglas County contestants.

The evening’s family-oriented entertainment will begin at 8:30 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet this year’s contestants for the titles of Miss Douglas County/Miss Tahoe Douglas, as each of the 11 contestants will be introducing herself and speaking briefing about her platform, education and career goals.

Fran Macias, executive director of the Miss Douglas County Scholarship Program, said, “For the past few years, the spring fashion show has been held as the main fund-raising event. The committee wanted to try something different this year and host an event that would attract more of the contestants’ family members, friends and the community as a whole. We feel the Silly Spaghetti Night will serve that purpose.”

Carson Valley artist Mimi Jobe has donated a print, which will be raffled off at the end of the evening. All proceeds raised during the event will benefit this year’s scholarship awards.

Because seating is limited at the CVIC Hall, advance ticket purchases are strongly encouraged, Macias said. Tickets may be purchased from any contestant or board member. Prices are $12 for adults and $6 for children 10 and under. Tickets include a full spaghetti dinner and the evening’s entertainment.

Additional information can be obtained from Macias, 782-6999, Teresa Rose, 265-6608, or Shirley Connole, 265-6316.