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A publication honoring the philanthropic spirit of the physicians and employees of University Hospitals
is the Best
Linda Hulsman and Rob Telecky
spend more time together than most
married couples do. They have worked
together at University Hospitals for 19
years, first in the IT Department and
now, as project managers for
Construction Services. A stand-up
comic in his spare time, Rob
tries out new material on Linda, who is
quick to laugh at a good joke but not
afraid to groan at those that miss the mark.
Rob Telecky and Linda Hulsman
For the past 13 years, the duo has helped turn laughs into cash for UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. Together, they
produce Comics for Kids, a popular fundraiser for Rainbow that Rob started in 2003. Once a year, he and other stand-up comics
take the stage at Hilarities 4th Street Theatre inside Pickwick & Frolic Restaurant & Club in downtown Cleveland and entertain with
amusing stories, jokes and one-liners. The evening begins with a pre-show cocktail party, including food and dessert stations, a
50/50 raffle and music by Rob’s sister, Sharon Telecky. When it’s show time, guests take their seats and watch some of the funniest stand-ups in town take turns making guests laugh.
“With live comedy, you become a part of the evening,” said Rob. “We want people to come out and laugh after a long day at work
while helping Rainbow.”
In its first year, the event raised just $2,500. He and Linda joined forces with Rainbow’s Circle of Friends for fundraising support
including advice on promotion and sponsorships. Rob is the “show” and Linda is the “business” in this partnership. He networks,
promotes and produces, while Linda takes charge of ticket sales, paperwork and finances. This division of labor has worked well.
To date, Comics for Kids has raised nearly $260,000 for Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.
Rob has already booked two headliners for this year’s Oct. 19 show, and he’s polishing his own act at local comedy clubs. But he
will keep his day job at UH and keep trying out new jokes on Linda, his toughest critic.
Earn Healthy Points and Make a Difference
UH employees who take part in the 13th annual The Race on Mother’s Day will get a discount and earn Healthy Points while
supporting a vital cause. All proceeds from this walk/run will benefit clinical breast cancer research at UH Seidman
The Race takes place at Legacy Village, 25001 Cedar Rd., Lyndhurst, on Sunday, May 8. Regular admission is $20 per adult or
$15 with the employee discount. Participants will receive a t-shirt and enjoy refreshments and family activities. To register, visit
www.dotherace.com. To receive the employee discount, use the code UH2016 during registration.
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