Comedian Evan Wecksell Announces Second College Tour to Coincide with Marathon Training, Fundraising
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Great Neck, NY (OPENPRESS) March 26, 2011 -- The word "marathon" already had a Greek origin, but Comedian Evan Wecksell, of Theta Chi Fraternity, is adding to it as he once again tours, trains and fundraises all at the same time.
Beginning Saturday, March 26, the guitar-playing comedian who can be seen on E! Television's "30 Outrageous Celebrity Feuds" and VH1's "I Love the 80s," will embark on his 2011 Re-Run Tour.
At press time, the tour takes Wecksell through 7 states, which includes a Big East Tournament style stretch from April 18-22 where he will perform five shows in five days. A majority of the dates will be part of that school's Greek Week, an annual campus tradition where fraternities and sororities celebrate their 'Greek-dom' with a variety of games, competitions and outside speakers.
"Laugh Out Loud with Hillel" kicks off the tour in New York City with an event at Columbia University's Rennert Hall. The Greek Week shows begin on Tuesday, March 29 at the University of Tampa.
"The Tampa Greek community is excited to have Evan come for our annual Greek Week," says Interfraternity Council President Dan Lewin.
Not only a comedian, Wecksell sometimes adds the speaker title to his Greek performances. His talk, "It's Great to be Greek," which follows his comedy, reveals his Greek Life story and explains how going and being Greek can benefit one as an undergraduate and alumnus.
"Greek Life and especially our local Theta Chi chapter is honored to host Evan," elaborates Tampa's Panhellenic Vice-President Audrey Lindeman."This well-known funny man will bring a change of pace to the mundane events that have been hosted in the past."
On April 21, the tour features a performance of "College The Musical: A Musical About College" at the College of Wooster. Written by Meyersfield and Wecksell, the comedic two-person show features their original songs performed around the story of a freshman girl who goes off to college and experiences the drama of college life. The musical comedy touches on such issues as casual sex, alcoholism and sexually-transmitted diseases. On March 18, the musical showcased at APCA's Northeast College Programming Conference.
What makes this tour different from past ones is that Evan will also once again dedicate time to training for the RXR / TIAA-CREF Long Island Marathon: Festival of Races on May 1. Specifically running the half-marathon, the race is a follow-up to his 2009 New York City Marathon in which he ran 3:37, beating 36,000 of the 43,000 runner field, including celebrity runners Edward Norton, Alanis Morissette and Anthony Edwards.
Long-distance running is no stranger to Wecksell who ran varsity track and cross-country at Great Neck South High School and later on at Tufts University. He also trained extensively for his 2008 appearance on the Sci-Fi reality game show "CHA$E."
Wecksell will be training while fundraising for "Fight for Kids," a campaign launched by Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a non-profit public benefit organization. The campaign combats the psychiatric over-drugging and labeling of children while educating and offering alternatives for concerned parents. In 2009, Evan raised over $700 for the campaign.
"Long Island, its people and its streets are so dear to my heart," explains Wecksell. "After taking time off following [the] New York [City Marathon], it was time to get back on the horse and once again put in the miles and energy towards Fight For Kids."
The fundraising campaign has already garnered support from Evan's family, friends and fellow artists.
"This is such an important cause," affirms Anthony d'Mattia, also known as Long Island singer/songwriter fIZ. "It is so rewarding to give back and help children."
The day following the race, Evan will return to the stage for a Greek event at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts.
"We look forward to Evan closing out the year and celebrating our Greek seniors," says Bentley's Greek Activities Council President Emily Meltzer. "I can't imagine a more fun way to end the semester."
To take his cause online, Evan has re-launched www.funnyevanmarathon.com. In addition, he will be selling his album "LOL" at all shows with a portion of the proceeds benefiting "Fight for Kids."
2011 Re-Run Tour [confirmed dates]
Saturday, March 26 - Columbia University, New York, NY*
Tuesday, March 29 - University of Tampa, Tampa, FL
Thursday, March 31 - Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA
Friday, April 1 - Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
Saturday, April 2 - Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA
Monday, April 4 - Wagner College, Staten Island, NY
Monday, April 18 - Rutgers University, Newark, NJ
Tuesday, April 19 - Rutgers University, Camden, NJ
Wednesday, April 20 - Central Methodist University, Fayette, MO
Thursday, April 21 - College of Wooster, Wooster, OH**
Friday, April 22 - Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Monday, May 2 - Bentley University, Waltham, MA