Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Fight Heart Disease & Stroke the Gospel Way

This summer, the South Central Affiliate is kicking off the Fight of Our Life Health Tour with Grammy award-winning artist Kirk Franklin, a leader in the Gospel industry, who will be the face and voice of the SCA Power to End Stroke movement.

The tour travels to Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Little Rock, Dallas/Fort Worth, San Antonio, Houston, and Austin to get the message about stroke prevention in a true Gospel way. In addition, the concerts will feature “Power stations” around the arena to share information about the Power to End Stroke campaign and register people for our cause.

Right now, we’re in the midst of auditions for gospel performers to be the opening act for local concerts. In order to audition, artists must submit a minimum number of cause registrations for the campaign, as well as a demo tape. So far, we’ve had over 250 demos sent in and have collected over 13,000 pledges. Stay tuned…as the top ten demos will the be aired on YouTube at the Fight of Our Life Channel.

Franklin also served as the official spokesperson for our annual Power Sunday campaign. On Sunday April 26th he will host a Power Sunday celebration at his home church in Dallas, Texas Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship with Pastor Tony Evans. Visit the Fight of Our Life website to find out more about this concert, including tour dates, videos, and photos and information about Franklin.

We are extremely excited to work with an artist of Kirk Franklin's stature and to date, this is one of the most significant celebrity endorsements for the Power to End Stroke Campaign. At the moment, we are seeking sponsors for the tour on both a local and a regional level.

This campaign is about communities connecting -- by partnering with us, companies will send a strong message that their business is making a declaration to help the American Heart Association in the fight against stroke.

For more information about sponsorships, check out a short video about the tour or contact Mindy Roewe.

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