A Lloyd Harbor teenager with a love of improvisational comedy was the catalyst behind a local benefit for people with autism.
Emily Barrick, a junior at Cold Spring Harbor High School, raised about $2,000 through the show, which drew roughly 75 people to Honig Grill in Woodbury last month.
The evening featured the school’s improv comedy group, “Clothed and Afraid,” and professional comedians Joe DeVito, Brendan Jones and Jack Cloonan.
Proceeds went to The Family Center for Autism in Garden City. Donald Barrick, Emily’s father, is co-chairman of the organization’s board of directors.
“It feels great,” Barrick, 17, said of raising funds for the cause. “It’s nice to know that you’re really helping out and making a difference in people’s lives. I also think it’s important to spread autism awareness.”
She said her school’s improv comedy group has about 15 students, and nine of them performed at Honig Grill as an opening act for the professionals. The student act consisted of a routine called “blind freeze tag” and as many as 20 scenes that each lasted 30 seconds, she said.
Barrick is in her school’s yearbook club and stage crew and also rows with Long Island Rowing Club, having won 10 medals in various regattas during the past five years.