CONTACT: Wyllisa Bennett
For Immediate Release
HOLIDAY PARTY BRINGS TIDINGS OF COMFORT AND JOY
Actress Victoria Rowell Celebrates the Holiday Season with Plenty of Good Cheer
WHO: Santa’s elves come out for the annual holiday party and gift giving to benefit the children of the Rowell Foster Children’s Positive Plan (RFCPP), founded by best-selling author and two-time Daytime Emmy-nominated actress Victoria Rowell. Celebrity Santa and special live performances by Grammy-nominated artist Kenny Lattimore as well as crowd pleasing balladeer, Abraham McDonald, and actress, author and musician Alexandra Rose Rieger.
WHAT : A holiday party with candy canes, carolers, and kids – but more importantly, GIFTS!
WHEN : Sunday, December 16, 2007
12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE: BB King’s Blues Club and Restaurant
1000 Universal Center Dr. ● Universal City, CA
*MEDIA CHECK-IN: All media is invited to attend and cover this event.
11 a.m. – media check in
11:30 a.m. – North Pole arrivals from Santa’s elves
3 p.m. – party ends; elves head back to North Pole
CONTACT: wrb public relations – 323.937.2400
Wyllisa Bennett • 310.266.9704 cell ● Wyllisa@aol.com
Reid Johnson • 310.560.1383 cell ● publicityprincess@
ABOUT THE EVENT
Friends of the Rowell Foster Children’s Positive Plan (RFCPP) in entertainment, business, political and civic circles come out to support actress Victoria Rowell’s efforts to bring tidings of comfort and joy to foster care children in Los Angeles County. Nearly 100 children in foster care and their families from Los Angeles have been invited to BB King’s Blues Club in Universal City to experience what is sure to be a memorable holiday for all. And to make it even more special, Santa will be there, distributing gifts to the kids … whether they’ve been naughty or nice!
R& B recording artist Kenny Lattimore returns, and he’s set to put a new spin on favorite Christmas carols to get folks in the holiday mood. And if that’s not enough, balladeer Abraham McDonald -- a singer who Grammy-winner Patti LaBelle declares:
While doling out holiday cheer, RFCPP will also present the following awards: ING, the Outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility Award; artist Phoebe Beasley, the Outstanding Individual Social Responsibility Award; and to the Mu Lambda Omega chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Outstanding Community Service and Humanitarian Award. The event is a continuous effort for Rowell and RFCPP to raise the public’s awareness about the need for more people to make a difference in the lives of the 518,000 children and youth living in foster care in the United States.
The event is sponsored by Casey Family Services and Southwest Airlines .
About Alexandra Rose Rieger
Who knew that being a teenager in Hollywood could be so uplifting? Meet Alexandra Rose Rieger, a teen award winning actress (“Akeelah and the Bee” Charlie Wilson’s War”) and Singer. This teen phenomena, originally from Heidelberg, happens to be a Youth Ambassador, writer, musician and outspoken philanthropist. As an invitee to Oprah’s Legend Ball Premiere, Alexandra understands at this young age that she stands on the shoulders of those who come before her and pursues all she does with an air of gratitude and commitment. At only 15 years old, this teen celebrity’s talent and sharp intellect is steadily being sought out as a leading resource as she is a part of many high profile organizations and charities, such as: Youth Ambassador for In A Perfect World (Founded by Manuela Testolini, Founder of www.Gamillah.com)
Alexandra is represented by The Talent/Voiceover:
About the Rowell Foster Children’s Positive Plan (RFCPP)
The mission of RFCPP is to support and enhance the physical, emotional and economic development of youth in foster/adoptive care. RFCPP provides support, mentorship and direct assistance in the areas of Fine Arts, Outreach/ Educational Opportunities, Youth Development/
RFCPP believes that by sustaining comprehensive services and strengthening community/corporate partnerships, foster/adoptive youth will develop into healthy, responsible, independent individuals.
About Victoria Rowell
An actress, advocate, mother, and a former foster child, Victoria Rowell is now the best-selling author of her memoir, “The Women Who Raised Me,” published by William Morrow/An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. The memoir is a tribute not only to the amazing women who cared for Rowell when her birth mother could not, but also to the foster care system that brought them into her life. “I was never meant to be raised by one mother, but my many,” says Rowell.
In conjunction with the release of her memoir, Rowell also highlights her amazing foster mothers in the new documentary, “The Mentor,” which has been making its rounds in the film festival circuit. “The Mentor” was chosen as official selections in the Pan African Film Festival, the Roxbury Film Festival and the Turks and Calicos Film Festival.
An icon in daytime television, Rowell has been nominated twice for a Daytime Emmy and awarded 11 NAACP Image Awards for her work on CBS's highly-rated daytime series, "The Young and the Restless." She also co-starred in the CBS hit primetime television series “Diagnosis Murder” with Dick Van Dyke for eight seasons while simultaneously continuing her role in daytime.
On the big screen, she has worked with some of Hollywood’s award-winning leading men, including Beau Bridges, Jim Carrey, Dick Van Dyke, Mario Van Peoples, Will Smith, Eddie Murphy and Samuel L. Jackson. Currently on DVD, she stars opposite Samuel L. Jackson and rapper 50 Cent in the war drama, HOME OF THE BRAVE.
Victoria is more than just a pretty face. She is an actress, an advocate, a mother and a former foster child. Most importantly, she is a survivor! Victoria beat the odds – growing up in a foster care system to launching a career as a dancer, model and actress to lobbying on Capitol Hill about issues concerning foster children. Having spent eighteen years in foster care, Rowell became a passionate voice for children like herself. In 1990, she founded the Rowell Foster Children's Positive Plan, which enriches foster children through artistic expression.
She has received various awards for her contributions in educating and supporting foster children. Rowell has also received honorary doctorate’s degrees from the University of Southern Maine and Wedlock College in Boston.
# # #
Representing Actors, Authors, Screenwriters, Filmmakers & Producers. Style Entertainment is a full service agency representing clients world wide.
"It Takes A Village...