COMEDIAN EVAN WECKSELL TURNS MARATHON INTO FUNDRAISER
Wecksell, a South High ’97 alum, is using his talents to raise money
for "Fight For Kids".
Maybe feverishly touring colleges and living out of a suitcase was
not enough of a challenge for Great Neck native, comedian Evan
Wecksell. Well, he is about to find out how challenging it is
touring a country while training for a marathon.
Beginning Sunday, August 23, the guitar-playing comedian who most
recently performed on "America's Got Talent" in front of David
Hasselhoff, Sharon Osbourne and Piers Morgan, will embark on his
2009 Run Evan Run Tour.
At press time, the tour takes Wecksell through 15 states, supporting
his Theta Chi Fraternity’s recruitment effort, and Jewish
organizations on college campuses.
A new addition to Evan's performance schedule is that he will join
wife and actress Kelly Meyersfield on stage for performances of
"College The Musical: A Musical About College." Written by
Meyersfield and Wecksell, the 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
What makes this tour different from past ones is that Evan will also
dedicate time to training for the ING New York City Marathon which
takes place on November 1.
"I hadn't been running that much, because I didn't have something to
train for," explains Wecksell. "This is a big something."
Long-distance running is no stranger to Wecksell who ran varsity
track and cross-country at Great Neck South High School (Wecksell is
a 1997 graduate) and later on at Tufts University. He also trained
extensively for his 2008 appearance on the Sci-Fi reality game show
Wecksell also will take his marathon experience to the next level by
fundraising concurrently for "Fight for Kids," a campaign launched
by the 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.
The fundraising campaign has already garnered support from Evan's
family, friends and fellow artists.
mother is Marilyn Wecksell, a teacher at Manhasset High, and his
father is Dr Alan Wecksell who just retired after 38 years at North
Shore University Hospital.
"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."
To take his cause online, Evan set up www.funnyevanmarathon.com. He
will also be selling "College The Musical: A Musical About College"
soundtracks at all his shows to benefit "Fight for Kids."
Singer-Songwriter Evan Wecksell's act is a blend of comedy and music
that celebrates the college experience, makes fun of relationships,
and pays tribute to Miley Cyrus. Recently signed to National Lampoon
Records, his comedy has been played on radio stations all over the
world including the nationally syndicated Dr. Demento Radio Show.
Evan has also appeared on such pop-culture shows as VH1's "I Love
the 80s" and E! Television's "30 Most Outrageous Celebrity Feuds."
He is represented by DCA Productions at www.dcaproductions.com. For
complete tour information, visit www.EvanWecksell.com.
"Fight For Kids" is a campaign launched by the
Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a non-profit public
benefit organization that has been the most effective international
group to help achieve legislative protections against abusive
psychiatric treatment and drugging of children. For more information
on Fight for Kids, visit www.fightforkids.org, and to assist Evan in
his fundraising, visit www.funnyevanmarathon.com