The Durand VFW will host former Detroit Red Wing Darren McCarty’s Slapstick Comedy Tour at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16. The Durand VFW has now announced that a portion of the event’s proceeds will be donated to the Cure JM Foundation, in honor of the family of Matthew McAlpine, who is a staff sergeant with the U.S. Army with roots in Durand.
Staff Sergeant McAlpine is currently working in Arlington, VA approving benefits of active duty soldiers prior to exiting military service. McAlpine is married with three sons and one daughter. The eldest McAlpine sibling, Camden, has been diagnosed with Juvenile Myositis (JM), a rare life-threatening disease that causes a child’s own immune system to attack healthy tissue and cells. JM can cause pain, weakness, inability to walk, disfigurement, organ failure, and can even lead to death. JM can affect virtually any system of the body – the heart, lungs skin, muscles and more, and there is so far no cure.
In addition to Darren McCarty, the event will feature several other comedians. Doors for the event will open at 6 p.m. on Feb. 16, with the show starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Jim’s Pizza, Shaw’s Pharmacy & Gifts and at the Durand VFW Social Club, while supplies last.