Nardecchia holds comedy night for animal group
A local animal protection group is combining good times with a worthy cause May 11 at Ace's Lounge in Johnstown. (Submitted graphic / April 22, 2012)
Nardecchia Spay Neuter Fund will hold a fundraiser featuring three comedians during Mother's Day weekend.
The comedic talents of David Kaye, Chuck Krieger and Lisa Dapprich will be featured during Nardecchia's Funny Fundraiser. The show is being organized by Slapsticks Productions, LLC.
Kaye is known in the Pittsburgh area as PGH's King of Comedy on Comedy Central. Krieger is a member of The Steel City Comedy Tour, a Pittsburgh-based show which features Mike Wysocki of WDVE, Tom Kupiec and other comedians.
Dapprich is best known in Pittsburgh as the host of "Date Night TV."
"We were sitting around thinking of fundraisers and trying to come up with different ideas," Lindsay Locher, Nardecchia's vice president, said. "I know my friend likes comedy and she knows a comedian. We brought it to the group and everyone thought it would be a good idea, so we rolled with it."
The comedy night will feature basket auctions and karaoke after the comedy portion of the show. Locher said the event has a PG-13 rating. Light refreshments will also be available for purchase.
Michelle Robatin, a member of Nardecchia, said she wanted to hold an event that would attract people of all ages.
"We want to create something new that people will want to come out and support because it is for our local area," she said. "It's to help people who have a hard time paying the cost to spay and neuter their pets."
A group of women organized the Nardecchia Spay Neuter Fund in December 1998 in response to the many abandoned animals they had seen in the area. Nardecchia provides vouchers to pet owners who would like to get their animals spayed or neutered but cannot afford the cost.
Since that time, the group has raised money to help fight pet overpopulation and find homes for animals that are abandoned.
"We're always looking for volunteers and help with anything you can do," Robutin said.
Nardecchia is seeking local businesses to sponsor tickets for the show. Businesses or individuals can purchase eight tickets and also receive an ad in the event program.
"The tickets are 100 percent tax-deductible," Robutin said. "If they want the tickets they can keep them or give them away."
Doors for the event open at 6 p.m. at Ace's Lounge, with the comedy show starting at 8 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased at Tony's Pets at 1601 N. Center Ave., Somerset, or by calling 814-443-6106. Or visit Absolutely Animals Pro Pet Grooming in Windber at 401 Tenth St. or call 814-467-9040.
Tickets can be purchased at four locations in Johnstown: Ace's Lounge, Gittler's Aquarium & Aviary, Nardecchia Spay & Neuter Volunteers and Wolf Furniture.
Visit www.nardecchia.org for more information about the event.