Saturday, September 21, 2019

Best Adult County Fair Hosted by Hilarity for Charity

Best Adult County Fair 
Hosted by Hilarity for Charity, 2019
By: Brooke M. Westlake-Kelley

Seth & Lauren Rogen, Brooke Westlake & Aubrey
Hilarity for Charity County Fair 2019
A big “Thank you!” to Lauren & Seth Rogen for hosting this wonderful event through their non-profit, Hilarity for Charity, and for all they do to bring awareness while helping others deal with Alzheimer's. They are truly great people and doing great things for others. It's not every day you meet people who are passionate about this cause who bring awareness with comic relief. My grandma and I always said laughter was truly the best medicine. Feel free to check out Hilarity for Charity's website:

This blog piece includes links to videos I captured of certain events and links to the celebrities who were gracious to come out and help partake in this one of a life time fundraising event. 

Seth & Lauren Rogen conducting and Interview at 
Hilarity for Charity County Fair, 2019
People Magazine featured a great write up about the Hilarity for Charity County Fair. "Seth Rogen and Wife Lauren Host Star-Studded Carnival for Alzheimer's Awareness." Maria Shriver and the Today Show did a wonderful clip that captured the evening.

But what is the experience really like? (AMAZING) What is the energy like? (Intense) What is the party like? (Crazy good) What were the highlights? (Every single part of the event) How did this night differ from any other fundraisers I have attended? (Like no other).....

Aubrey & I at Hilarity for Charity County Fair 2019

Well, for starters, it was a girl’s trip. My baby boy, Adam Hamilton (7 months) stayed home with daddy. For me this meant a night’s rest. Anyone will tell you having a baby is a lot of work. That includes a lot of lack of sleep. This was also my second time away from the baby, while my husband stayed home to man the house and take care of our boys. 

I brought my friend Aubrey. Aubrey whom I met through my Criminal Justice advisor at the University of Nevada Reno. A year ago when I told her that my husband and I support Hilarity for Charity, she was excited to hear about this cause. She was thrilled when I invited her to go with me for the 2019 event! 
Hilarity for Charity Board Photo:
County Fair 2019

Packed VIP at the ROW DTLA for Hilarity for Charity County Fair 2019
We flew out of Reno Saturday morning and arrived at our hotel The Millennium Biltmore, ditched our bags, and arrived at ROW DTLA, which provided a nice outdoor venue for the Hilarity for Charity County Fair. Right away you could see a big Ferris Wheel and the Yoyo Swing. You could smell food and feel excitement as we waited in line to get our VIP tickets.

This particular location in Los Angeles is in an area that is gaining traction thanks to revitalization. The buildings were built between 1917 to 1923.  This current revitalization of an urban district has some perks to it, including shared office spaces, new restaurants shopping and a large enough location to hold a Hilarity for Charity County Fair. To see what new things the ROW DTLA will be doing, you can check them out on the following links: Main website:, Instagram:    
Facebook: It would be fair to say that not only is the Hilarity for Charity County Fair raising funds and awareness about Alzheimer’s, Hilarity for Charity is also providing money that goes back right to their community for areas like the ROW DTLA.
Hilarity for Charity Instagram Picture: Aerial view of the ROW DTLA

After Aubrey and I got our VIP wrist bands and game tickets, we headed inside. I was hoping to see Lauren & Seth Rogen. Aubrey noticed Seth off to our left giving an interview, and then suddenly I realized Lauren was standing next to him, and I didn’t recognize her because her back was to me. She was dressed in a cute blinged out blazer, black top, and red shorts. Aubrey and I waited about 15 minutes while they conducted interviews and did some video reals.

Hilarity for Charity Board and the Clows from the County Fair 2019
(SIDE NOTE) I just want everyone to know, if you have not met Lauren or Seth, that they are two incredible people, easy to talk to and extremely passionate about the fight against Alzheimer’s, as I am. Lauren has a very sweet personality and remembered who I was. I value that she took the time to speak with me and I value that her and Seth took the time to take a photo with Aubrey and I. When I first met Lauren in 2016 she was compassionate and caring. I even got to tell her a little bit about my late Grandma Bev’s story, whom I had cared for. Lauren said to me, “You’re so young!” My response was that I use a lot of wrinkle cream, which I do, but I am blessed to look younger than I am.

Day light view walking into the Hilarity for Charity County Fair 2019

The other thing about Lauren, that makes my heart ache, is her personal story. The reason why she and Seth started Hilarity for Charity is because her mom, Adele was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 55 and has now been suffering with the disease for 13 years. That is 13 years of losing someone you love every day for each year. There is no timeline for Alzheimer’s. There is just the pure and utter deterioration of a person you loved. For Lauren to be brave, to shine in her mom’s honor while helping others can be healing, but it also speaks volumes about who she is as a person.

Now, back to the event at hand. The first ever Hilarity for Charity County Fair featured the following celebrity: Nick Kroll, Ilana Glazer, Adam Devine, Busy Philipps, Jos Gad, Andrew Rannells, Jeff Ross, Ike Barinholtz, Casey Wilson, Danielle Schneider, Jeff Garlin, Ben Feldman, Lauren Ash, Riki Lindhome, Kate Micucci & Regina Hall. The music was by Anderson Paak, and they had Skateboarding by Tony Hawk. The rides included, Loop-o-plane, Ferris Wheel, Bumper Cars, the Whip and Yoyo, adult swings.

Funny selfie as HFC board took photos with clowns.

There were separate booths for dog kissing therapy, interactive gaming VR head set, character drawings, giant cookies and Hilarity for Charity swag.

The Loop-o-plane: This ride I was too afraid to go on. It was two helicopters that swung in the air by one another. I went on one of those as a teenager with my sister, although it was called the Zipper. I screamed the entire time, begged to get off the ride, because I thought I was going to die. Embarrassing as it was, they stopped the ride and let me off. Instead of making a scene that could be on the news with me and the Helicopter, I opted out of this ride.

Jeff Ross hosting Bumper Cars at HFC
Bumper Cars: The line for the bumper cars ended up being to long. I am sure this was because stand-up comedian
Jeff Ross
was doing a great job with live commentary, which brought in more HFC crowd goers.

Glowing Ferris Wheel at HFC County Fair 2019
The Ferris Wheel: Unfortunately we did not get to ride the Ferris Wheel. I was bummed about this. By the time we made it over to this ride, they were on the last ride, because the event was about to end. Maybe next year?

The Yoyo Swings! One of my favorite rides of the night!

We did go on the Yoyo Swings, and The Whip. Aubrey quickly learned that when I am on carnival rides, that I scream like I am being killed. It was shocking and funny all at the time. These are the fun things you learn about your friends when you travel together and go to fundraisers like this.

Selfie on the Yoyo Swings! 

Aubrey having fun on the Yoyo Swing

The GAMES: Ring on a bottle, Rope Ladder, Basketball, water gun game, drag race car game, and skee ball. All the gamers were run by celebrities and this was one of my personal highlights of the evening. Aubrey and I spent more time playing games than anything else.  
A female player pulls herself up on the Rope Ladder Game. Hilarity for Charity County Fair 2019

Selfie with Busy Philipps! Thanks for helping the cause! 
We did the Rope Ladder Game which was run by Busy Philipps
This game is freaking hard! It is an entire body workout, and after eating and drinking, it seems impossible to get to the top. We watched a lady lay on the entire ladder and pull herself to the top. If you don’t make it the ladder swings around and you fall on a matt.

Casey Wilson & Danielle Schneider hosting the Water Gun Game. Hilarity for Charity County Fair 2019

Drag Race Car Game:  Several celebrities hosted and ran this game throughout the night, this included
Nick Kroll
Josh Gad
Ilana Glazer
Ike Barinholtz
Comedian Nick Kroll hosting the Drag Race Game

Aubrey and I played this game more than once during each of the comedians running it. We ended up in one of the main photos of the night for Hilarity for Charity Instagram page. Sadly we never won this game. 
Comedian Josh Gad hosting the Drag Race
Game at Hilarity for Charity County Fair

Comedian Jeff Garlin taking some comedic stabs at
Seth Rogen while hosting Skee Ball.

Skee Ball & Ice Ball Game: Hosted and run by later in the evening and
Jeff Garlin
This game is one of my favorites. Skee-Ball is a popular arcade game. It is played by rolling a ball up an incline. The ball then goes over a hop or hump and jumps into a ball bullseye designated with point. A player gets 9 balls per game. The player with the highest score wins. I won a cute brown teddy bear for baby Adam.

Basketball Game: Hosted and run by
Ben Feldman,
Lauren Ash
Regina Hall
Players got 5 shots for 1 ticket. The goal was to get one in the basket. Aubrey was able to make a couple baskets. I failed at this game. I accidently hit the one of the operators with one of the basketballs. 
Aubrey playing the basketball game hosted by Ben Feldman and Lauren Ash

A photo of Adam Devine giving me the last white snow leopard. 
Photo was found on the Hilarity for Charity's Instagram page. 
Thanks HFC!

Water Gun Game: Hosted and run by
Ilana Glazer
Adam Devine
Casey Wilson
Danielle Schneider, Andrew Rannells
Riki Lindhome
Kate Micucci
I won this specific game two different times. I won giant pink unicorn the first time and then the last white snow leopard from Adam Devine. Adam Devine was very friendly when I won and asked me my name, then he asked me which stuff animal I wanted and I said “Cheetah” and he said “really, really Brooke?” I quickly corrected my answer to “white Snow Leopard”, laughing because I am certain had I not corrected myself, he would have cracked a blonde joke.  Adam Devine will be one of the hosts for the Emmy's on Sunday September 22, 2019.
Comedians Jeff Garlin & Adam Devine plotting before starting the water gun game at 
Hilarity for Charity County Fair 2019

Ring Toss Game: hosted and run by LaCroix staff, They were also one of the event sponsors. Aubrey won this game on her first try, and not only did she win, she got her ring toss right on one of the limited green bottles. She won a cute LaCroix hat. I on the other hand did not win at this game.

Clowning in the VIP
A county fair would not be complete without clowns. Thankfully they hired friend and funny clowns. They were gracious also to let me have some photo opportunities with them in VIP. There was also a scavenger hunt and a raffle.

Anderson Paak performing at Hilarity for Charity County Fair 2019
Later in the evening, the HFC County Fair crowd were wowed by professional skateboarder Tony Hawk. And then entertained by          Anderson Paak. Here is a great clip of Seth and Lauren giving a speech about Hilarity for Charity right before Anderson Paak performed.

Aubrey and I taking funny photos after the Stori Selfie Cam froze on us.
You can watch Tony Hawk skate at the Hilarity for Charity County Fair:              I looked up Tony Hawk on Wikipedia. I have to give this man some serious credit! He is 51 and is still skateboarding like a 15 year old. He joined the cause because his mother has suffered from Alzheimers for over 15 years now. He also has his own skate board company for all you skaters out there.

Toward the end of the evening the HFC County Fair crowd was provided a concert featuring
Anderson Paak.
The crowd was energetic just as Mr. Paak delivered a great performance.
Here is a link to Anderson Paak opening the show:

There was a Stori Selfie Cam staged by itself. This Selfie cam allows users to take photos and boomerang videos. Users could then email the photos to themselves to be shared on social media. This was the first activity Aubrey and I did. The first photo was a little silly, so we took a second one. Unfortunately the Stori Selfie Cam froze! Our faces were stuck on the selfie Cam for thirty minutes or so until we found its operator. It was a good joke to tell people who wanted to use the Selfie Cam that we broke the camera. But also slightly embarrassing because now everyone saw our faces. 

We broke the camera! Everyone is now going to know our faces. 
Check them out! Actually it has a fascinating business model.

Aubrey and I enjoyed strolling in and out of the VIP lounge which featured a bar stocked with anything we wanted. Waiters and waitresses carried in trays of food from the food trucks. The food consisted of pizza, ice cream, quinoa salad, veggie burgers. The food was really good! There were other food items, but I missed out on eating them since we were busy playing games or going on rides. 
Seth Rogen in the dunk tank waiting for County Fair goers to take their shot while raining money for HFC

9 Photo frames of Seth Rogen getting dunked in the dunk tank at Hilairty for Charity County Fair 2019
The last activity of the night was the dunk tank where Seth Rogen himself climbed in! Players could purchase 3 throws for $100. The amounts went up along with the availability to dunk Seth. I decided to take my chances. He commented on how many stuffed animals I had, and said “Luck was on my side.” The first throw was super close! My last two throws were way off and very weak, but it was fun to try. What a good sport Seth is to do that. Lauren was in the crowd with a microphone, encouraging others to dunk Seth.  Here is the link to watch me try my shot at dunking Seth Rogen!

Aubrey & I with our wins for the night!

CONCLUSION:  The night was wonderful. Actually, it was more than what I expected because I have been attending the Hilarity for Charity variety shows since 2014 (minus last year being pregnant). It was definitely not like any other fundraiser I have ever been to before. I had a wonderful time. We made it back to our hotel just in time for me to shower and climb into bed with all the stuffed animals I won. My biggest dilemma was getting my prizes home, safe and sound. They all made it and my boys loved their surprises.

Back at the hotel, laying in bed with all my wins from HCF 2019
Lastly, the biggest reason why I began supporting Hilarity for Charity in 2014 is because they are making a huge effort to educate the younger generations. However the most important thing for me is that the funds being raised go directly back to people who need right now and continued research. The cost of Alzheimer’s is now the most expensive disease in America costing $290,000,000,000 in 2019. This is the biggest healthcare epidemic of our time. Currently 16 million woman are caregivers for a loved one with Alzheimer’s and they receive no compensation. Funds from Hilarity for Charity are utilized in a multitude of ways including, funding for research and providing paid care for families who cannot afford it. Thank you Hilarity for Charity and Lauren & Seth for your continued work and dedication to this cause close to both of you. And thank you for always hosting such wonderful fundraisers. This one truly a one of a kind county fair that did not disappoint. 

If you haven't done so, go visit the Hilarity for Charity website. You can also make a direct donation to them.


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