The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

April 28, 2013

Evening of laughs will benefit paws cause

Ruth Rice

— Laughs for a furry good cause.

The second Funny Fundraiser to benefit Nardecchia Spay and Neuter Fund will be held at 8 p.m. May 10 at Ace’s, 316 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Doors will open at 6 so guests can partake of a dinner that will include chicken, pigs in the blanket and haluski and purchase chances for a basket raffle.

“We want to bring laughs to raise money,” said event coordinator Michelle Robatin. “Our group relies on fundraisers and grants.”

Proceeds from the chuckle-fest will benefit the Nardecchia Spay and Neuter Fund and be used as financial assistance for Cambria and Somerset county residents who would not be able to afford to have their cat or dog spayed or neutered.

Comedians Chris Coccia, David Michael and David Kaye will provide plenty of comedy material.

Coccia’s act is a combination of hilarious material and his ability to present it in the moment.  

He has appeared on Comedy Central, The Game Show Network and XM Radio and is a frequent guest on several Philadelphia-based radio shows.  

Michael started his comedy career at the age of 20, and his philosophy of comedy is simple – keep the jokes clean and funny.

This has enabled him to appeal to audiences young and old as he performs on radio and television.

Michael is a regular at Funny Bone and Improv comedy clubs.

Kaye enjoys sharing tales of his dysfunctional family affairs and his blue-collar upbringing in Pittsburgh.

His credits include performances for Fortune 500 company events, nightclubs and colleges throughout the country.

Kaye has appeared on Comedy Central and at Funny Bone and Improv comedy clubs.

Because of fundraisers like this, the spay and neuter fund is making a difference.

“It seems we’re helping more and more every year,” Robatin said. “Last year we helped 1,350 pets.”

Anyone needing financial assistance for their pet can call 535-2379 and leave a message with an answering service. All calls will be returned, and partial payment will be given based on need.

The fund’s certificates are accepted at all local veterinarians’ offices.

Tickets, which are $15, will be available at Ace’s; Gittler’s Aquarium, 175 Ohio St., Johnstown; Wolf Furniture, 1130 Scalp Ave., Richland Township; and Tony’s Pets, 1601 N. Center Ave., Somerset.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the cause may send contributions to the fund at 131 Damian Drive, Johnstown, Pa. 15905.

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