Tim Hardaway Hosts King Pins Challenge 3 3/20/11

Community Leaders join forces to fight teen substance abuse at Third annual king pins challenge
Sunday, March 20, 5-8 p.m.
Splitsville, America’s Bowling Alley at The Shops at Sunset Place
5701 Sunset Dr
South Miami, FL 33143

Former Miami Heat Guard Tim Hardaway to be Celebrity Host;
Baseball Hall of Famer Andre Dawson to Attend

The community is invited to be spectators at the event; tickets are $20 per person and may be purchased online at www.informedfamilies.org/kpc or by phone at (305) 856-4037. Tickets include the buffet and non-alcoholicbeverages.

Thirteen teams of South Miami civic and business leaders, sports celebrities, law enforcement members and area high school students will help raise funds for the South Miami Drug-Free Coalition during the March 20 King Pins Challenge III, a bowling tournament providing family fun and entertainment.

South Miami Drug-Free Coalition, a project of Informed Families, encourages South Miamichildren to lead safe, healthy and drug-free lives.

Former Miami Heat guard Tim Hardaway and his wife Yolanda will serve as honorary King Pins co-chairs for the event. Hardaway will also be the celebrity host of the event, and baseball Hall of Famer Andre Dawson will be in attendance to support the event.

In addition to bowling, guests will enjoy a performance by local recording artist ArielRose. The evening’s program will also include children’s activities and a silent auction featuring sports memorabilia, jewelry, art and gift certificates donated by area businesses.

South Miami Drug-Free Coalition Director Margaret Sotham said, “I’m very proud of the South Miami community and its leadership for participating in the King Pins Challenge. Funds raised will help make our community a safer place to raise our children, support efforts to reduce access to alcohol and other drugs, raise awareness in the community, and change behaviors so that fewer kids are using dangerous substances.”

The King Pins Challenge III is presented by SPLITSVILLE and SoMiMAG, and sponsored in part by Johnny Rockets, South Miami Hospital, Red/Sunset Merchants Association, First National Bank of South Miami, County Commissioner Carlos A. Gimenez, Police Benevolent Association, South Miami Rotary International, LAZ Parking, Community Newspapers and The Shops at Sunset Place. To be a sponsor, please call (305) 856-4037.

Formed in 2003, the South Miami Drug-Free Coalition is sponsored by Informed Families. The coalition brings together parents and youth with representatives from business, education, government, law enforcement, health care, faith communities, and civic and social organizations to reduce youth substance use.

A non-profit organization founded in 1982, the mission of Informed Families is helping kids grow up safe, healthy and drug-free. Informed Families focuses on educating, involving and empoweringparents to work together to set boundaries and monitor their children’s behavior to prevent underage drinking, substance abuse and other harmful behaviors. Affiliated with the National Family Partnership, Informed Families is best known for being the Florida Sponsor of the National Red Ribbon Campaign. Informed Families also boasts multiple school and community basedprevention programs targeting youth, parents and communities. For more information on Informed Families, please visit our website at www.informedfamilies.org, or call us at (305) 856-4886.

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