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Harlem Charity Event To Help NYC Inner Kids


— HITS, Inc. and the 300 Club Host The Fourth Annual Uptown Summer Classic:”The Red Door” Charity Casino Night to Inspire Service and Support Inner City Youth —

HITS: Michael Richardson Youth College Tour at Howard University

Harlmen, NY(BlackNews.com) — On Saturday June 30, Hearts in the Streets, Inc. (HITS) will host the 2012 Uptown Summer Classic: The Red Door to benefit NYC students through the Michael Richardson Youth College Tours. The casino themed event will include a night of music, games and fun while also recognizing professional trail blazers that have demonstrated a commitment to giving back.

The event will take place from 7pm to 12am at the Historic Alhambra Ballroom located at 2116 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. (At 126th Street). Hosted by Camille McDonald, America’s Next Top Model, along with New York state elected officials, The Red Door will attract more than 500 young professionals with a common interest of striving for success while serving their communities.

HITS, Inc. is dedicated to improving the lives of inner city youth through exposure to avenues that they may not normally have access to. HITS hosts events such as The Red Door to encourage more young professionals and entrepreneurs to provide service and support to the communities in which they live. Since 2007, HITS has been providing at-risk youth with opportunities to succeed in life. HITS exposes youth to better life opportunities through college tours, 1-on-1 mentoring, juvenile justice programs and community service programs.

“Many of our youth aren’t given a fair chance to succeed. With failing school systems, tough streets, predatory law enforcement policies and consistent negative media images – the odds are stacked against them, said Richard Lecky, co-founder and Executive Director for HITS, Inc. “At HITS we recognize the potential of these youth. Our goal is to help inner city youth beat the odds by exposing them to opportunity and pushing them to reach their potential.”

HITS is committed to increasing opportunities for at-risk youth; providing local leaders, celebrities and young professionals with opportunities to give back to youth in their communities; producing positive media images and public service announcements to uplift youth; and creating educational enrichment programs and forums for inner-city youth.

During the event confirmed special guests will provide brief remarks and honorees will be recognized for their commitment to service:

Special Guests include:

* Camille McDonald, Model and TV Personality, America’s Next Top Model

* Congressman Charles Rangel, U.S. Representative for New York’s (D-15th District)

* The Honorable Keith Wright, New York State Assembly Member (D-70th District)

* The Honorable Inez Dickens, New York City Council Member (D- 9th District)

Honorees include:

* Community Leadership

Michael A. Walrond, Jr. | Senior Pastor | First Corinthian Baptist Church

* Youth Advocacy Leadership

David Banks | President/CEO | Eagle Academy

* Business Leadership

Ericka Pittman | Vice President of Brand Strategy | Blue Flame

* Leadership in Entertainment

Laurens Grant | Producer | Freedom Riders

About HITS, Inc.

Hearts in the Streets, Inc. (HITS) is 501(c)3 organization dedicated to improving the lives of talented inner-city youth in America who are often dismissed, ignored and forgotten. HITS, Inc. is committed to harnessing the resources and talent of professionals from diverse disciplines who are committed to giving back to inner-city communities. HITS, Inc. makes a difference in the lives of at-risk youth by providing essential resources, positive role models and advocating for better educational and career opportunities for youth. Visit www.hitsusa.org

About The Michael Richardson Youth College Tour

The Michael Richardson Youth College Tour introduces middle and high school students to college and professional career options as a means to inspire them to set their sights on extended life opportunities. The Michael Richards Youth College Tour was established in the name of the late Michael Richardson as one of HITS’ premier youth programs. The program provides all expense paid college tours to at-risk youth in inner-city communities throughout the United States. Michael Richardson, a co-founder of HITS, was an incredible leader who had the unique ability to deter young people from self-destructive behaviors by inspiring them to pursue better opportunities through education.

About The 300 Club

The 300 Club is a diverse group of progressive young professionals and entrepreneurs who seek to improve their communities and enhance their lives through volunteerism and social engagement. Each year The 300 Club focuses its fundraising efforts on civic and charitable initiatives. This year, The 300 Club is raising money to support NYC students through the HITS, Inc: Michael Richardson Youth College Tour and they are encouraging young professionals to participate in local and national elections through voter registration drives.


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