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Gridiron 41 receives big laughs and big money

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The Ad & Press Club of Southwest Louisiana was poking fun at local politicians and news makers on Saturday night at the 41st Annual Gridiron Show.

Even KPLC's 7 News Sunrise Team got in on the action.

Every year, the Ad and Press Club pulls together to not only get some big laughs but to raise big money for scholarships at McNeese State University and SOWELA.

The theme of this year's show was "Louisiana: The State We Are In." The show was dedicated to cast member Tracy Beaugh, who died of cancer.

Members prepare for months with script writing and rehearsals. Most of the cast members and volunteers have day jobs, but they said all the hard work is worth it when the audience is laughing.

This is Joy Pace's first year to direct the show.

"The enthusiasm is very catching, I'll say. And it's very different than theatre, which has been my experience in directing. But it's a lot of people that are very interested, and of course, sarcasm and the spoof of everyone is what's fun. This is just pure fun," said Pace.

"The adrenaline starts pumping in you and the people are loving it. It's a little different than the Friday night, which is kind of like our dress rehearsal. Because Friday night, the roastees aren't in the audience. Saturday night, they are, so sometimes the people are around them are afraid to laugh ... But the roastees are dying laughing so then it gets everything going. The night of the show is just so much fun," said Pam McGough, Ad and Press Club president.

This year, the Ad and Press Club awarded both McNeese State University and SOWELA with $15,000 for scholarships. 

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