The Friday Flyer | Fundraising Comedy Show Benefits the Heart Association

Fundraising Comedy Show Benefits the Heart Association

Canyon Lake resident Ilyssa DeCasperis has been named one of six “Women of Impact” by the American Heart Association of Southern California and promotes the association’s issues while raising funds for her. this. His first class fundraiser is a comedy show at PZA Restaurant on April 2 at Canyon Lake Town Center.

“I speak with women’s groups about the differences in signs and symptoms of heart problems between men and women as well as fundraising for the AHA,” Ilyssa said. “Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women today.”

Tickets for the show are $20 each and can be purchased at

Tony Calabrian

The show’s headliner will be Tony Calabrese, known for his exuberant body language and facial expressions combined with his over-the-top takes on life events. A native of San Diegan, Tony has been acting since 1995, specializing in corporate events and as an emcee and auctioneer for charitable benefits.

At 59, Tony has been married for 38 years and has two adult sons and three grandchildren. He talks about life, world events, marriage, children, grandchildren, the corporate world, and the trials and tribulations of not staying in peak physical condition.

Tony performs regularly at the Comedy Store, Comedy Palace, Madhouse Comedy Club and other clubs and venues in San Diego and LA. Tony also teaches stand-up comedy at the Point Loma Actors Studio and the National Comedy Theater.

In March 2013, Tony won the “Ultimate Laff-Down” at the Flappers Comedy Club, chosen from 160 comedians and in 2014 was a World Series of Comedy finalist. He recently released his wildly popular Dry Bar Comedy Special.

The show is restricted to ages 18 and older.

Ilyssa De Casperis

Proceeds from the show will go directly to the American Heart Association and although Ilyssa was recently accepted into Scripp’s heart transplant department, none of the funds earned pay for her medical care.

“I’m not in imminent danger,” Ilyssa said. “But, it’s better to be on the program now rather than on an emergency basis in the future.”

Ilyssa said she joined the campaign to raise funds and awareness for cardiovascular disease and women’s heart health.

“My goal, with the help of my friends, family, fellow professionals and anyone else I can find, is to raise over $25,000 by April 7 for this important case,” she said. “I am confident that together with all of you, building ‘teams’ out of diverse groups, hosting events and securing corporate sponsors, I will meet and exceed this goal. You know me… I’ve done national presentations with the title ‘Did You Just Say NO to Me?’ ”

Javier E. Swan