The K.I.S. Foundation is a non-profit organization that promotes awareness of Sickle Cell Disease and research to find a cure. Founder Kiki Shephard has been an advocate for Sickle Cell Disease research and prevention for almost two decades. Join the K.I.S. Foundation in the fight to combat Sickle Cell Disease.
The Celebrity Bowling Challenge benefits the programs and services of The K.I.S. Foundation, Inc. a501(c)(3)non-profit organization dedicated to "raising awareness" of Sickle Cell Disease, and The Dorothy H. Shepard Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to SCD patients in search of a higher education.
This amazing event was designed to stress the need in educating the public about Sickle Cell Disease, stimulating the continued dialogue about how it is spread, its debilitating effects, ways of prevention, the bone marrow transplant surgery, and the need to get tested now. The "Celebrity Bowling Challenge" brings together members of the entertainment industry, businesses, families and Sickle Cell patients.
The K.I.S. Foundation sponsors Board Member Dawnn Lewis for a Mentoring Day with a “Girls Hangout” at Corbin Bowl in Tarzana, California on November 29, 2013.
We are proud to support of the efforts of Dawnn Lewis and to be a part of such a wonderful opportunity to explore the academic, business, and artistic arenas for these young ladies future careers.
Thank you Dawnn for all you do!
Please visit our KISF Programs page to learn more about the Performing Arts & SCD Educational Leadership Program.
Be sure to visit our Events page to learn more about KiKi Shepard’s 10th Annual Celebrity Bowling Challenge on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at PINZ Entertainment Center located at 12655 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604.
Tickets are available and can be purchased online from our website, or at the event door while supplies last.
KiKi Shepard, Founder & Executive Director of The K.I.S. Foundation, Inc. was invited by the wonderful Star Simmons, Founder of the Sickle Cell Foundation of Orange County, to be a guest speaker on Sickle Cell Disease for television show “Joy In Our Town”, hosted by Reba Toney on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.
Ms. Shepard stated, “The K.I.S. Foundation is honored to be in the presence of such an exceptional panel of experts on Sickle Cell Disease. A great deal of information was shared with viewers, and this type of programming helps us to educate the public about SCD, its debilitating effects, ways of prevention, the bone marrow transplant surgery, and the need to get tested now.”
The television segment will air three(3) times this coming week:
Monday, August 12, 2013 @ 8:30am (PST)
Thursday, August 15, 2013 @ 3:00am (PST)
Friday, August 16, 2013 @ 10:30am (PST)
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 because sickness has no boundaries and compassion has no limits.
TBN is the world’s largest religious network and America’s most watched faith channel. TBN offers 24 hours of commercial-free inspirational programming that appeal to people in a wide variety of Protestant, Catholic and Messianic Jewish denominations.
Please be sure to check your local television listing, and tune in to “Joy In Our Town”.
Trinity Broadcasting Network website: www.tbn.org
On July 18, 2013, KISF 2012 Board Member Extraordinaire, Ms. Dawnn Lewis surprised one of our SCD families with a night out at the Staples Center for a WNBA game. The LA Sparks graced their home court against the Phoenix Mercury, but this was no ordinary game experience. Attendees were given the VIP treatment with entry into the arena, first row seating behind the visiting team, commemorative t-shirts, Sparks goodie bags, the opportunity to watch the players shoot around before the game, access to Sparks players before and after the game, personal autographs, an autographed ball from all of the players, and pictures with several players from the LA Sparks.
Dawnn Lewis also cheered on the LA Sparks as the evening’s Celebrity Guest Coach! She gave out advice to the players as they came and left the bench, and her game day spirit kept everyone totally engaged and entertained.
Special thanks to the WNBA Players Candace Parker and Alana Beard of the LA Sparks for showing us a good time!
World Sickle Cell Day (WSCD) is celebrated on June 19th of each year. It was created by the United Nations by resolution and it is recognized globally.
Sickle-cell anaemia is one of the world’s foremost genetic diseases, that it has severe physical, psychological and social consequences for those affected and their families, and that in its homozygote form (an organism with identical pairs of genes) it is one of the most lethal genetic diseases.
The main emphasis of WSCD is to educate medical professionals, care givers, and associated personnel about prevention, research, and resources to minimize the complications due to sickle cell disease. June 19th is devoted mainly to raising awareness through talks, seminars, pamphlets, literature and consultations.
Show your support of World Sickle Cell Day by attending the Los Angeles Cell-a-bration on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at the 2nd AME Church, 5500 South Hoover, Los Angeles CA 90037 from 10am-2pm. Learn the importance of being as healthy as you can be. For those guests who do not have Sickle Cell Disease or the Trait, you can help to assist the Sickle Cell Community by donating blood for those on transfusion therapy and by becoming a marrow donor.
Help Us to Help Others!
The K.I.S. Foundation will be hosting a booth at the SAG-AFTRA Health Fair on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 from 10:00AM – 3:00 PM at SAG-AFTRA located at 5757 Wilshire Boulevard – Lobby Level, Los Angeles, CA 90036.
Come out and get informed about Cancer, Diabetes, Sickle Cell Disease, Heart Disease, and other medical issues that affect our communities.
The K.I.S. Foundation, Inc. is thrilled to announce that it will host two major special events in 2013 that will bring together members of the entertainment industry, businesses, families and Sickle Cell patients.
First join us as we celebrate the 10 year anniversary of “KiKi Shepard’s Celebrity Bowling Challenge” on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at PINZ Entertainment Center, Los Angeles, California.
Then, in the Winter of 2013 The K.I.S. Foundation, Inc. will host its first ever, “Break the Sickle Cycle” Benefit Concert at a beautiful theater in the Los Angeles, California area. Dawnn Lewis, Chairwoman & KISF Board Member invites, “the community to enjoy an evening filled with a wide variety of Celebrity Entertainment from Grammy, Emmy, and Tony award winning artists and actors as they celebrate through song, dance, spoken word, and acting, all the while raising awareness about Sickle Cell Disease.”
These highly anticipated events have been designed to educate the public about this fatal disease, and to stimulate continued dialogue about how it is spread, it’s debilitating effects, ways of prevention, bone marrow transplant surgery, and, the need to get tested now!
Sponsorship and Exhibitor opportunities are available. For more information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit our Photo Gallery to see our supporters.
Join us at Pips on LaBrea located at 1356 LaBrea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA this Wednesday, December 12, 2012 for Dinner, a fabulous Auction, and Holiday Giving as we continue to raise awareness of SICKLE CELL DISEASE and SPREAD SOME HOLIDAY JOY to local SCD patients and families.
Live Entertainment by Yvette Cason, Laurnea, Norwood Young, Eric Stuart, and Martgol Beasley & The Jam Session.
Tickets are $40 and a portion of the cost of admission will be used to purchase holiday gift cards for SCD families in the Los Angeles area.
Help us to spread some joy to the Sickle Cell community this holiday season.
This event has been made possible in part to our Sponsors: Mercedes-Benz of Beverly Hills, Derrick Pipkens, and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.
To learn more about how to purchase your tickets visit our Events page or get your very own copy of the party invitation from the “Download KISF Materials” section of the website.
The K.I.S Foundation, Inc. hosted “KiKi Shepard’s 9th Annual Celebrity Bowling Challenge” on September 21, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA. This special event was designed to raise awareness about Sickle Cell Disease and is best known for its wide array of celebrity supporters.
This year’s Celebrity Bowling Challenge was fun, entertaining, and educational. Sponsors included UPS, Herbalife, Donald & Betina Driver, Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS, The Bold and the Beautiful, The Soulman presented by Cedric the Entertainer & Lorna Kyles, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, SEIU Local 721, Verizon, Mercedes-Benz of Beverly Hills, Vanessa Bell Calloway & Dr. Anthony Calloway, Aldis Hodge & Arjay Smith “Leverage/Perception”, Talking with Wendell.com, Premier Concepts PR, Dana Da Designated Hata, and PINZ Entertainment Center.
Guests dined on meals provided by In Every Way Gourmet, Gwens Specialty Cakes & Catering, and from Hoodie Award Winner Bludsos BBQ.
The K.I.S. Foundation thanked all of its sponsors with a lighthearted Awards Ceremony, and presented Specialty Awards to Salli Richardson-Whitfield & Dondré Whitfield for their efforts in Raising Awareness of Sickle Cell Disease, and to Dawnn Lewis as KISF Board Member Extraordinaire 2012.
KISF Special Correspondent, Sabah interviewed guests on the Red Carpet, while Dorian Missick aka DJ Tailwind Turner helped to set the tone in the bowling alley with some of today’s hottest music. So much so that at one point both bowlers and guests were partying in between frames. Here’s and inside peak into KiKi’s Celebrity Bowling Challenge.
“This year’s event was simply amazing and everyone had such a wonderful time” says KISF Executive Director, KiKi Shepard.
Bragging rights to this year’s Celebrity Bowling Challenge were awarded to an anonymously sponsored team lead by Damian Hall, Bengue’, and Peter Wise for winning 1st Place. Followed by Mercedes-Benz of Beverly Hills coming in at 2nd Place.
The CBC tournament was followed by a wildly entertaining Celebrity Lightning Round. 1st Place Celebrity Male winner went to Damian Hall and 1st Place Celebrity Female went to Dawnn Lewis.
Be sure to visit our Photo Gallery to see more event highlights.
Author: LaTonia Robinson