KiKi Shepard's K.I.S Foundation Strikes Again with the 15th Annual Celebrity Bowling Challenge for Sickle Cell Disease Awareness

Celebrities, Athletes and savvy tastemakers take over PINZ Entertainment Center during Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month
By: The K.I.S. Foundation, Inc
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KISF CBC 2018 Flyer
KISF CBC 2018 Flyer
STUDIO CITY, Calif. - Sept. 14, 2018 - PRLog -- September is National Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month and marks the 15th year that celebrated actress/humanitarian KiKi Shepard & The K.I.S Foundation will host its annual Celebrity Bowling Challenge to 'raise awareness of Sickle Cell Disease' and support the universal need to get tested now.

Hosted by Actor Obba Babatunde', the annual bowling tournament takes place on Saturday September 29, 2018 at PINZ Entertainment Center located at 12655 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA, 91604.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with celebrity bowlers, sponsors and supporters walking the Red Carpet and playing a 2-game bowling tournament at 8pm. There will be on-site bone marrow registration, opportunity drawings, awards, food and a variety of event goodies.

Funds raised from the event help to support many of the K.I.S. Foundation's program such as The Crisis Care Package Program. It is a Response-Aid Kit and preventative resource designed to help assist Sickle Cell disease patients before, during, and after a Sickle Cell Crisis. This past Summer, The K.I.S. Foundation, Inc., The County of Los Angeles and Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, in partnership with the Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California came together for the Inaugural "Crisis Care Package" Backpack Giveaway at Camp Crescent Moon.

Over 120 activity backpacks were distributed to SCD camp attendees and other SCD patients who were unable to attend due to hospitalization, illness, and other conflicts. Each backpack contained numerous items to benefit youth living with Sickle Cell. In addition to the backpack distribution, all attendees were educated on the issues and care needed for these young patients during a Sickle Cell Crisis.

One of The K.I.S. Foundation's goals is to encourage the efforts of the California state legislature to pass a law which places SCD patients into the same category as Cancer patients in terms of regulation of opioid pain medication. The medication is vitally necessary for all SCD patients during a Sickle Cell Disease crisis upon entering hospital emergency rooms for immediate care.  Delays in administering these specific drugs can keep the patient in pain significantly longer than necessary and can cause death.

Also continues to support and advocate the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of EndariĀ® (L-glutamine oral powder) for patients age five years and older with Sickle Cell Disease to reduce severe complications associated with the blood disorder. This represents the first-ever treatment approved for children and the first new treatment for Sickle Cell Disease in almost 20 years.

"We at The K.I.S. Foundation, Inc., are simply ecstatic to celebrate our 15th year of this successful and entertaining fundraiser but more importantly to bring awareness of Sickle Cell Disease to the masses. Our returning sponsors and celebrity supporters continue to amaze us with their encouragement to help us continue the fight!", says K.I.S. Founder KiKi Shepard

Confirmed and invited celebrities lending their endorsements to fight the good fight for a cure include: James Pickens Jr. (Grey's Anatomy), Chandra Wilson (Grey's Anatomy), Rocky Carroll (NCIS), Jason George (Grey's Anatomy), Super Bowl/Dancing with the Stars Champion Donald Driver, Glynn Turman (Queen Sugar), Marsai Martin (Black-ish), Santonio Holmes (Retired NFL player), Salli Richardson Whitfield, Dawnn Lewis (iZombie, This is Us, Major Crimes), Dondre' T. Whitfield (Queen Sugar),  Omar Benson Miller (BALLERS), Timon Kyle Durrett (Queen Sugar), Amin Joseph (SNOWFALL), Omar Dorsey (Queen Sugar), Donnell Turner (General Hospital), Jackee' Harry ( The Payne's), Arjay Smith, Damion Hall (GUY), Alimi Ballard (Queen Sugar), Gabrielle Dennis (INSECURE, Luke Cage, The Bobby Brown Story), Richard and Tina Lawson and more! Soundtrack provided by Dorian Missick a.k.a. DJ Tailwind Turner.

Interested sponsors and bowlers can participate on various levels: Lane sponsors $2,500; Teams $800; Individual bowlers $150; Non-bowlers $75.  All proceeds are tax-deductible.  Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are available online at This year's efforts will support the initiatives of the K.I.S Foundation's programs - the Crises Care Package and the Catch-Up Program.

This event is sponsored by:  UPS, Xerox, US BANK, Donald Driver Foundation, Rocky Carroll/Charles S. Johnson, James Pickens Jr. Foundation, SermoonJoy Entertainment, LLC, Mercedes-Benz of Beverly Hills, New Hollywood, Premier Concepts and PINZ Entertainment Center.

For more information, talent submissions or media credentials, contact Lisa Humphrey, Premier Concepts, email:  or call 310.293.4154.

About Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle Cell Disease is an inherited, non-contagious blood disease that can be crippling, painful, life threatening and strongly affects African-Americans, and people of, Hispanic, Asian, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean heritage are also commonly affected.

About KiKi Shepard

KiKi Shepard hails from Tyler, Texas, the "Rose Capital of the World", and is a graduate of Howard University and a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She is a versatile performer who loves entertaining, whether on film, television, or the stage and carries the Sickle Cell trait. Best known as the "Queen of Fashion", showing off the season's latest designs in haute-couture as the smashing co-host of the original "It's Showtime at the Apollo"- TV's hottest late-night variety show.

About The K.I.S. Foundation, Inc.

To inform and educate the public and raise awareness about Sickle Cell Disease through community outreach programs and educational scholarships. We will also financially help support the efforts of research institutions to find a universal cure.


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