Press Release - August 2, 2010

Contact:  Kelly Bachman
302-633-2501 or 302-299-9791

Celebrities Come to Delaware with Important Message for Teens

Two-day, three-part event will include appearances by Angela & Vanessa Simmons of MTV’s “Run’s House,” R&B Artist LeToya Luckett and Comedian Alex Thomas among others

Wilmington, DE — Once again, Hollywood is invading Delaware. “Hollywood Invades Delaware II” is a two-day, three-part event taking place Friday, August 6 through Saturday, August 7. The three events include: the 6th Annual Delaware Teen Idol Competition, the 3rd Annual Teen Summit and the 8th Celebrity Softball Game at Frawley Stadium.

‘This is an excellent opportunity for us, as a community, to come together and raise awareness on the many issues facing our teens, while simultaneously engaging youth and their families in exciting, creative and educational events,” says Vivian Rapposelli, Cabinet Secretary of the Delaware Children’s Department – a co-contributing agency and sponsor of the two-day event.

In addition to the Children’s Department, “Hollywood Invades Delaware II” is being sponsored by AIDS Delaware, Delaware Prevention Network Alliance (DPNA) and Duffy’s Hope, Inc.

“In addition to addressing HIV/AIDS, AIDS Delaware wants to address many of the other issues that have an adverse affect on our community,” says Frank Hawkins, education manager of AIDS Delaware. “Therefore, we continually find creative and innovative ways for youth to express themselves in a positive manner. It is time for the violence to stop.”

The event kicks off Friday at 6 p.m., at the DuPont Theatre with the 6th Annual “Who wants to be a Delaware Teen Idol” finals. Sponsored by AIDS Delaware, the finalists will consist of singers, rappers and poets displaying their talents in one of the seven Wilmington Health Planning Council’s health initiatives. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are $5. To purchase tickets, contact the DuPont Theatre Box Office at (302) 656-4401 or (800) 338-0881 or AIDS Delaware at (302) 652-6776.

On Saturday, the 3rd Annual Teen Summit occurs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Doubletree Hotel on North King Street. Designed for teens aged 13 to 18 and presented by the DPNA and the Delaware Children’s Department, it’s an opportunity for youth and their parents to be exposed to current issues facing today’s teens. Participants will engage in interactive, open dialogue workshops on a variety of topics including substance abuse, dating, and financial issues. Reality television stars Angela and Vanessa Simmons of MTV’s “Run’s House” and television personality Free, formally of BET’s “106 & Park,” will be featured at the summit. It is free to attend. To register, call (302) 892-4500 or visit www.hollywoodinvadesdelaware.org.

“Duffy's Hope is honored and excited to be a part of the Hollywood Invades Delaware II,” said Duffy Samuels. “The weekend events will allow us to hear, directly from our youth, the issues that are important to them. It's important they understand we not only care about their thoughts, but also want to help them reach their goals.”

“Hollywood Invades Delaware” will conclude with the Duffy’s Hope 8th Annual Celebrity Softball Game Saturday at 6:30 p.m., at Frawley Stadium. Celebrity participants will include R&B recording artists LeToya Luckett, Jeremih and John Brown, and comedian Alex Thomas. Angela and Vanessa Simmons and Free will also attend. More celebrities are scheduled to appear. Gates open at 5 p.m.

For VIP ticket holders, a meal and celebrity meet & greet will occur between 4 to 5:30 p.m. Advanced tickets are $15 per person, $12 per person for groups of 10 or more, and $40 per VIP package. To purchase, visit www.duffyshopeinc.org.

For more information on all of the events, visit www.hollywoodinvadesdelaware.org.

Sponsorship Information: The following agencies provided support and sponsorship
for the series of planned events.

The Delaware Children’s Department provides services to children who have been abused, neglected, abandoned, are dependent, have mental health or substance abuse problems, and/or have been adjudicated delinquent by the Courts. Over 22,000 unduplicated children receive services each year. Thousands more Delaware children received services from the Department through home-, community-, or school-based prevention and early intervention programs, and child care licensing.

AIDS Delaware is the State of Delaware’s first and largest AIDS Service Organization (ASO). The agency was founded in 1984 by a group of concerned volunteer activists addressing the needs of the emerging AIDS community in our state. Over the last 25 years AIDS Delaware has become a professional not-for-profit agency working for the health of the human family. Its mission is to halt the spread of HIV/AIDS statewide by providing comprehensive social and support services to clients and their families; advocacy for compassionate public policy; and prevention and education programs addressing unsafe sexual and drug use behaviors.

Delaware Prevention Network Alliance is a coalition of 10 community organizations statewide. It promotes advocacy for prevention by implementing prevention curricula. In addition, DPNA provides program guidance and coordinates services and resources for youth and their families. DPNA implements evidence-based All Stars substance abuse prevention programs for youth ages 9 – 14 years old.

Duffy’s Hope, Inc. is a nonprofit organization certified by the Delaware Neighborhood Assistance Program. Established in 1998 by Allen “Duffy” Samuels, the organization’s mission is to provide intellectual, emotional and interpersonal growth opportunities for youth and their families in need. It realizes these goals through advocacy, education, mentoring and community outreach programs, including HIV/AIDS forums and community sports events such as youth basketball leagues and celebrity softball and basketball games.