SOURCE: United Way of Miami-Dade

United Way of Miami-Dade

April 20, 2011 12:39 ET

David Henrie of Wizards of Waverly Place Headlines United Way Rocks for Education

A First-Ever Exclusive Performance by Henrie and Celebrity Friends in Support of Early Education

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwire - Apr 20, 2011) - David Henrie, star of Emmy-winning series "Wizards of Waverly Place," has teamed up with United Way of Miami-Dade to raise awareness and support for quality early education. United Way Rocks for Education is a fun-filled evening of entertainment, music and comedy, featuring Henrie and some celebrity friends including Drake Bell of "Drake & Josh" and his band to benefit the United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education -- an innovative learning, teaching and training initiative dedicated to elevating the quality of early care and education in Miami-Dade and beyond. The event will take place Saturday, May 7, 2011, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, at University of Miami's BankUnited Center, 1245 Dauer Drive in Coral Gables.

Henrie will host the family-friendly event, featuring music and entertainment by his celebrity friends, performances by local dance teams, appearances by local celebrities, VIP meet and greets, contests and more. Event tickets are $15 for general admission, $25 for floor seats, and $50 VIP; VIP includes seating in first three rows and a VIP backstage meet and greet with Henrie and celebrity friends prior to show.

This first-time event will kick off Henrie's partnership with United Way to promote the importance of early education throughout the nation.

Earlier in the day, Henrie will make a special appearance at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida's Florida Blue center located at 8895 SW 136th St., across from The Falls. In addition to meeting him, fans can take part in a free health fair from 11:30 am - 3:00 pm, and enter to win VIP backstage passes to United Way Rocks for Education.

"We want to thank David Henrie and all the performers for lending their voices to raise awareness and support for quality early care and education," Harve Mogul, president and CEO, United Way of Miami-Dade, said. "With everyone's support, we will continue to make a difference in the lives of young learners."

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida is the presenting sponsor of United Way Rocks for Education, and Goya Foods is the exclusive food sponsor. Other sponsors include: American Airlines, Baptist Health South Florida, Zuni Transportation, Williamson Automotive, The Falls, Miami Community Newspapers and Dolphin Secure.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.ticketmaster.com or the BankUnited Center box office.

About the United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education
The United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education is an innovative learning, teaching, and training initiative dedicated to elevating the quality of early care and education in Miami-Dade and beyond. The Center models proven best practices, and shares those practices with adult learners including parents, educators and child care providers. The Center also works with business leaders and lawmakers to raise the standards of early childhood education, and support sustainable and lasting change. For more information, visit www.unitedwaycfe.org.

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