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“Live. Love. Learn. And Leave a Legacy…”

Gala to Support The Next Generation of Leaders

A Celebration to Benefit the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy in Detroit

DETROIT – (October 31, 2011) – On Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011 at 6 p.m., the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA) will host “Live. Love. Learn. And Leave a Legacy… A Celebration to Benefit the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy” at the MGM Grand Detroit.

Emmy award-winning broadcaster and Detroit native Ed Gordon will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. The event will feature a seated dinner, as well as dancing, a special performance by American Music Award winner and Grammy-nominated R&B singer Chante’ Moore, and a comedy routine by actor and comedian Bill Bellamy.
Current JRLA students will recite the school creed and showcase their talents in poetry, singing and dancing.

The growing list of celebrity supporters of JRLA expected to be in attendance includes:
· Lomas Brown (former NFL Pro Bowl tackle and Super Bowl Champion)
· Justin Durant (Detroit Lions linebacker)
· Howard Eisley (12-year NBA veteran)
· Tommy Hearns (Hall of Fame boxing legend)
· Jimmy King (University of Michigan “Fab Five” star and former NBA player)
· Helen Phillips (winner of Season 7 of NBC’s “Biggest Loser”)
· Stephen Tulloch (Detroit Lions linebacker)
· Perry Watson (former University of Detroit Mercy basketball coach)
· and more to be announced

The event also will features a silent and live auction, including experiences with Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker and former University of Michigan football star Lamar Woodley, actor/comedian Cedric the Entertainer and Rose.

Proceeds from the “Live. Love. Learn. And Leave a Legacy…” celebration are dedicated to benefit JRLA, a new 9-12 college-prep charter high school, which opened in September 2011 in Northwest Detroit. Founded by ESPN/ABC analyst, 13-year NBA Star and former University of Michigan “Fab Five” star Jalen Rose, the Academy enrolled 120 ninth grade students this Fall and will add a freshman class each subsequent year, The Academy is an open enrollment, tuition-free public charter school.

Tickets are $250 each and sponsorships start at $3,000. For more details, to buy tickets or to sponsor the event, visit Jalen Rose Leadership Academy Detroit or call 800-975-0001.

About Jalen Rose Leadership Academy:

The mission of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy is to provide a leadership-focused experience within a high-performing high school that engages and inspires Detroit area youth to achieve at the rigorous level necessary to ultimately graduate with a college degree and thrive in life.

Such a mission is driven by a critical and timely vision that education in Detroit must play a critical role in transforming the community into a more vibrant intellectual and economic landscape. Jalen Rose Leadership Academy will lead that transformation by providing a quality education within the career context of sports and entertainment; ultimately, educating and preparing students to make a substantial contribution to the growth and revitalization of the City of Detroit.

Students will be engaged through individualized learning, prepared to excel on the ACT and receive extensive college exposure opportunities through a partnership with the University of Detroit Mercy. JRLA is a recipient of a Michigan Future Schools initiative grant, which comes with the expectation that 85% of students graduate from high school, enroll in college and earn a college degree.  Using a 9-16 mentor model, the plan at JRLA is to exceed those standards.

For more information, visit http://www.jrladetroit.com

Here are a few highlights from the first two months of school.

*JRLA had more applications than spots and held a lottery this past June –
we now have 120 Freshmen and a waiting list. An additional freshmen class
will be added each year.
*We had 100% participation on count day
*We had 91% participation on our first Super Saturday which was Oct. 15th
(The next one is this Saturday November )

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