On February 24, 2016, KiKi Shepard from the K.I.S Foundations presented the 13th Annual Celebrity Bowling Challenge to raise money for Sickle-cell Disease. The fun event was located at PINZ Entertainment Center at 12655 Ventura Blvd., in the City of Studio City, California.
Every year, many celebrities come out to participate with others to raise funds for this disease. Founder, KiKi Shepard is committed to bringing awareness regarding Sickle-cell disease. She feels the public needs to be educated. For those who have this disease can find a resolution in making their life better. Social health for children, adults and families should have a great environment and not have to worry about any illness.
Sickle-cell disease is group of genetically passed down blood disorders. Most common is sickle-cell anaemia. Sickle cell disease can typically begin around the age of 5 to 6 months of age. Bacterial infections, stroke for long term pain may develop when a person becomes older. This disease occurs when a person inherits two abnormal copies of haemoglobin gene from each parent. Infection prevention with vaccination and antibiotics can care this disease. Many millions of people have the sickle-cell trait. About 80% of sickle-cell disease cases believed to be in sub-Saharan Africa, but many here in the United States can get it.
Celebrities geared up and went bowling.
The event brought together Dawnn Lewis (Actress), Tonya Banks (Little Women LA), Jackee’ (Comedian/Actress), Jason George (Actor), Dondre Whitfield (Actor), Reginald Vel Johnson (Actor), Earl Billings (Actor-What’s Happening), Timon Kyle Durrett (Actor-Queen Sugar), Jeffery Anderson Gunter (Actor), Dylan Mooney (Actor), Judge Lauren Lake, Jessica Mikayla Adams (Actress), Lil ‘Rey Howery (Comedian/Actor), Ted Lange (Actor-Love Boat), Obba Babtunde (Actor), Rocky Carroll (Actor), Arjay Smith (Actor), Rosa Acosta (Actress), Edwin Hodge (Actor), Kathleen Bradley (Actress), Jason Barnes (Film Director), Petri Byrd (Judge Judy’s Bailiff) and many others.
The bowling tournament started with the celebrities teaming up with others such as vendors and guests. The teams consists of one captain celebrity and four team players. A call out to the celebrities were announced and gathered to take a group team picture. Then the challenged began with bowling balls rolling down the aisles. Music played while teams challenged each other. A silent auction of memorabilia was displayed for people to bid on. A meal, drinks and desserts were served to those who had attended. Guests also enjoyed an arcade. Trophies were awarded for winners.
The atmosphere was filled with laughter and dance. The celebrities recognized that raising funds would make a big difference in supporting a friend such as KiKi to raise awareness in this disease that affects millions of people.
About K.I.S Foundation
Founder KiKi Shepard advocates to bring awareness about Sickle-cell Disease. A 501 (c)(3) non-profit foundation. The K.I.S Foundation, Inc., is committed to improving the health and quality of life for children, adults, and families living with Sickle-cell Disease. More details can be found at www.thekisfoundation.org.