Rich Sommer and Melissa Peterman ham it up at a Gilda's Club event Monday at Minneapolis Golf Club.

Mad Men’s Rich Sommer spent last weekend in Minneapolis. He attended opening night of "Obama Mia" at the Brave New Workshop, and then showed up for the Gilda’s Club charity golf tournament on Monday.

Sommer, a Workshop alum, auctioned a pilot script from "Mad Men" signed by the entire cast. "He even offered to drive it personally to someone’s home or office," said Jenni Lilledahl, a co-owner of the Workshop and a sponsor of the Gilda’s Club event. It sold for $3,500. Lilledahl said that when her sister had cancer in the summer of 1998, Sommer — then an intern — "was very helpful."

Melissa Peterman did about 20 minutes of stand up comedy after dinner Monday. She’s currently working on a CD, hoping to get it recorded this fall. Gilda’s Club is named for the Saturday Night Live actor who died of breast cancer. Lilledahl said the local event — which included many other alumni — is aimed at establishing a Twin Cities location for Gilda’s Club.

Sommer was among a handful of alumni at the Friday opening at 2605 Hennepin Av. S. "Obama Mia" is the last main stage show at that location. Next fall, the Workshop moves its primary shows to 824 Hennepin, downtown. There were three guys from the cast who did the very first show at 2605 in the audience Friday night: Jim Girou, Mike McManus and Pat Proft.

 

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