PRESS RELEASE - October 1, 2005

Wake Forest Fraternity Sponsors Hurricane Relief Comedy Show

To assist with the Hurricane Katrina recovery effort, Wake Forest’s Theta Chi Fraternity and comedian Evan Wecksell announce comedy fundraiser on Friday, October 7 at Pugh Auditorium on the Wake Forest University campus.

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (PRWEB) October 1, 2005 – As telethons, fundraisers and other special events continue to pop up nationwide in response to Hurricane Katrina, the Gamma Omicron Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity at Wake Forest University is doing its part to contribute to the relief effort in the form of live comedy. On Friday, October 7, hundreds of students will pack Pugh Auditorium for a comedy fundraiser starring musical comedian and Theta Chi alum Evan Wecksell. Proceeds raised from the show will go to the American Red Cross.

“The disaster has affected close friends of the Fraternity,” says Chapter President Scott Anderson. “Theta Chi wanted to do something to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina.”

Philanthropy is no stranger to Gamma Omicron as they frequently organize community events. The chapter puts on Project Pumpkin, a day on which they turn their lounge into a haunted house, and Battle of the Bands, an annual fundraising party for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund. Some brothers also volunteer with Habitat for Humanity on a regular basis.

Comedian Evan Wecksell has a similar history of helping those less unfortunate. Prior to doing comedy full-time, Wecksell worked for New York Road Runners Foundation, an organization that creates and maintains structured youth running programs in the underserved New York City public schools. He also spent time with the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which raises money for cystic fibrosis research.

“I admire Gamma Omicron for creating something positive in the face of tragedy,” praises Wecksell. “One way people get through tough times is through humor, and hopefully I can bring a smile to those who were affected.”

The American Red Cross estimates that more than $2 billion will be required to meet its cost for the emergency needs of Hurricane Katrina survivors. This is a sum 20 times greater than the relief provided by the Red Cross for all hurricanes in 2004. The role of the Red Cross is to build a bridge of assistance for victims of disasters until they can access more permanent aid provided by government agencies.

Theta Chi's comedy fundraiser event takes place on Friday, October 7 at 9:00 PM at Pugh Auditorium located in the Benson University Center on the Wake Forest campus. Tickets are being sold door-to-door in the Wake Forest dormitories and will be available the night of the show.

About Theta Chi Fraternity:
Theta Chi is an international fraternity made up of more than 160 chapters and colonies. Since 1948, the Gamma Omicron Chapter of Theta Chi fraternity has been a strong presence at Wake Forest thriving under the phrase, “Style varies, quality doesn't.” Although hindered by a serious depression and two world wars, Theta Chi has grown, and prospered beyond the dreams of the Founders and holds a prominent position among the national fraternity scene. For more information on Theta Chi Fraternity visit For more information on Gamma Omicron Chapter visit

About Evan Wecksell:
Stand-up Comedian and Singer/Songwriter Evan Wecksell is one of the funniest and most energetic performers to emerge from New York’s comedy clubs and musical venues. Often compared to comedic superstars Adam Sandler and Stephen Lynch, Evan’s act is a blend of comedy and music that celebrates dysfunctional relationships, endorses unorthodox career paths and makes fun of bad music. Later this month, Evan will appear on VH1’s “I Love the 80s 3D.” For more information on Evan Wecksell please visit


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