The Gift of Laughter Wounded Warriors Program sends top comedians to far-flung corners of the world like Iraq and Afghanistan to entertain injured soldiers in an effort to manifest the maxim that “laughter is the best medicine.”

Troops currently in military hospitals throughout the United States, as well as all outpatients, are invited guests at the Friars many top tier events throughout the year.

Most recently, The Lincoln Awards, produced at the Kennedy Center, were created to honor their innumerable efforts and contributions specifically. The Pentagon has bestowed a Medal of Excellence upon the program.


Leonard Wilf – Chairman
Patricia Greenwald – Founder
Michael L. Gyure – Executive Director
Jean-Pierre Trebot – Executive Director Emeritus