SOURCE: KiKi Shepard

July 11, 2007 17:57 ET

KiKi Shepard's 5th Annual Celebrity Bowling Challenge on July 14, 2007 Will Benefit Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, the K.I.S. Foundation, a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit, and the Dorothy H. Shepard

Scholarship Fund

Hollywood Stars of Film and Television Unite to "Bowl a Strike for Sickle Cell Disease" Hosted by KiKi Shepard and the Hilarious Michael Colyar

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - July 11, 2007) -


WHO:

Celebrity bowlers and VIP supporters will include: Victoria Rowell, Loretta Devine, S. Epatha Merkerson ("Law & Order"), Wanda Sykes, Chandra Wilson ("Grey's Anatomy"),Omarosa ("The Apprentice"), Clifton Powell ("Ray"), Malik Yoba ("NY Undercover"), James Pickens, Jr. ("Grey's Anatomy"), Jackeé Harry, A.J. Jamal, Dawnn Lewis, Jenifer Lewis, comedian Michael Colyar, Vanessa Bell-Calloway, Obba Babatundé, Glynn Turman, Anthony Anderson, Ananda Lewis (The BEAT), Tia & Tamera Mowry ("Sister Sister"), Theresa Randle ("Bad Boys" movies), Hattie Winston, Rocky Carroll, Chico Bennyman ("Half & Half"), Reginald VelJohnson, Kym Whitley, Arjay Smith, NBA Greats Mark Jackson & Tony Delk, Chris Spencer (comedian), Chuck Morris, Art Evans, Karen Malina White ("The Cosby Show"), Dorien Wilson (Professor), KD Aubert, Ellis Williams, Bob Minor (Hollywood Stuntman), Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter, Earl Billings, Rolonda Watts, and many more of Hollywood's finest.

Sponsored by Countrywide Home Loans, Bank of America, Farmers Insurance, POS Dreamhomes, Redbone, Inc., Johnson & Johnson, The Carl Lewis Foundation, Mercedes-Benz of Beverly Hills, Pickens/Washington, Wilson, Risarc Consulting, LLC, Wanda Sykes, "Talking With Wendell," NoNegativePeople.com, Writing Staff, "Girlfriends," Dr. Michael & Gail White, Jaleel White and Yellow Rose, Inc.

WHAT:

KiKi Shepard's 5th "Annual Celebrity Bowling Challenge-'07"

WHEN:

Saturday, July 14, 2007
Bowling Tournament, 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
After Party, 8:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.

Enjoy a fabulous silent auction, great food, special guest performer, Angie Stone, music by Chuck Morris, DJ Reality and Hosted by special guest comedian, Michael Colyar.

WHERE:

PINZ Entertainment Center/Guy's North
12655 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604

WHY:

KiKi Shepard's 5th Annual "Celebrity Bowling Challenge-'07" is a Celebrity Bowling Tournament & Party designed to raise awareness about Sickle Cell Disease. The CBC-'07 will benefit Children's Hospital Los Angeles, The K.I.S. Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and the Dorothy H. Shepard Scholarship Fund. This year's event is even more special because it will be a "Salute to Children's Hospital, L.A."

Paizley Jenkins has been the poster child for KiKi's CBC since its inception in 2003. In Dec. 2005, 13-year-old Paizley successfully underwent the painful bone marrow transplant surgery at Children's Hospital, L.A., and was declared cured of SCD on Dec. 15, 2006. For their amazing and groundbreaking contribution to Paizley's recovery, this year's CBC salutes Paizley's caregivers from CHLA -- Dr. Thomas D. Coates/Head of Hematology, and Dr. Neena Kapoor, her gifted surgeon.

Discovered in the United States over 100 years ago, sickle cell disease (SCD) statistics are staggering. In the US, 1 in 2,500 newborn babies has the disease and approximately 54,000 babies are born each year with the sickle cell trait. There are approximately 80,000 Americans with sickle cell disease and 3.5 million with sickle cell trait and related disorders. While there is no generally applicable cure for SCD, several promising developments have occurred to improve the quality of life and survival of SCD patients, and bone marrow transplant surgery has proven to be one of them. For 15 years, KiKi Shepard has volunteered her tremendous talent and valuable time to help raise awareness about Sickle Cell Disease.

Media Contact: Priscilla Clarke @ Clarke & Associates Tel. 202-723-2200, 240-476-9643 or pclarkepr@aol.com (www.clarkepr.com) or Huda Mumin @ 202-758-7136

Sponsorship Opportunities and tickets are still available. For more information please call; 818-981-7819 or email at kscbc@aol.com. For more information visit www.kikicbc.com

The mission of KiKi's "Celebrity Bowling Challenge" is to raise awareness about Sickle Cell Disease -- an inherited, non-contagious blood disease that can be crippling, painful, and life threatening. The CBC stresses the need to educate the public about this fatal disease, and to stimulate continued dialogue about how it is spread, its debilitating effects, ways of prevention, and the need to get tested now.

"let's break the cycle of scd"

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