Dreamer” Making BIG Impact
By: Samuel Dearth
Brothers Big Sisters is a proven, results-driven national brand
that delivers on its mission and can help deliver for our partners.
ComedySportz Improv and the Northern Virginia Council of BBBSNCA
developed a partnership in 2004 aimed at strengthening match relationships.
My wife Chris and I were looking for something fun to do with friends
one Friday evening in early 2004. By chance we happened across an
advertisement for ComedySportz Improv in the Washington Post and
decided to give it a try.
well over an hour we watched as two teams of performers competed
for points and laughs in the fast paced improvisational comedy format.
We laughed so much that evening and because the performance was
“family friendly”, I approached the owner of ComedySportz
Improv for the potential of partnering with the Northern Virginia
Council of BBBSNCA.
energetic, passionate, funny, charismatic, and caring. These are
words I use to describe Liz Demery, the owner and creative director
for ComedySportz Improv in Arlington, VA. Mindful of the need for
children to have positive role models, Liz embraced the opportunity
to support Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS).
self described “limited dreamer”, Liz grew up in the
small town of Millis, Massachusetts with no idea that she would
some day run her own theatrical business.
always envisioned having a normal day job and pursuing my interests
in theater during evenings and weekends”, said Demery.
after seeing a ComedySportz Improv show however, Liz began performing
with the group. Not too long after that, she purchased the business.
As the business grew, so did the need for more space. The once 90-seat
theater in Ballston Common Mall is expanding to 200 seats and a
second theater is being developed for use by other theatrical groups.
so much happening in building the business, no one would blame Liz
for focusing on little else. Still, she manages to teach an after
school theater class for Long Branch Elementary School and find
time to support various BBBS initiatives.
2004, Liz Demery and ComedySportz Improv partnered with Big Brothers
Big Sisters to offer free admission for kids when accompanied by
their mentor. To date, more than twenty-five matches have taken
advantage of this generous offer including Pat Hoar (Big Brother)
and Tavon (Little Brother).
and I went a few weeks back on a Friday evening and we had a blast”,
said Pat. “Tavon particularly loved being able to interact
with the players and the crowd - he got to go on stage which he
thoroughly enjoyed! We spent a great night together.”
thrilled to support the dedicated mentors and wonderful kids involved
with Big Brothers Big Sisters”, said Demery. “We all
need positive role models and support throughout our lives.”
that mentorship is not just for the young, Demery is quick to credit
Allyson Jaffe, manager of DC Improv as her own informal role model
and mentor. “Allyson is a great friend and advisor”,
said Demery. "She has been incredibly supportive in all of
my efforts with ComedySportz and offers sound, welcomed advice.”
Northern Virginia Council for BBBSNCA wishes to thank Liz Demery
for her role in strengthening our match relationships and looks
forward to building on our partnership in future years.