giovedì 30 aprile 2009

House of Ruth Hoopsters Took on World-Renowned Harlem Ambassadors to Defeat Domestic Violence

House of Ruth Hoopsters Took on World-Renowned Harlem Ambassadors to Defeat Domestic Violence
POMONA, Calif., April 29 /PRNewswire/ --

House of Ruth Hoopsters celebrity "rag tag" team: Andrew Behnke,
Doubletree Claremont CEO; Greg Hafif, Hafif Family Foundation; Connor
Henry, Retired Celtic and Perth Coach (Australian National Team); Don
Kendrick, La Verne Mayor; Lori Kerns, Chaparral Elementary Principal;
Michael Kerns, Fire Captain, Ontario; John Lawrence, Claremont High
School Teacher; JoJo Livolsi, Claremont Club Trainer; Jim Marchant,
Pitzer College Dean of Students; Richard Martinez, PUSD Assistant
Superintendent; Lee McDougal, Montclair City Manager; Paula McGee, CGU
Student, Retired Dallas Diamond; Sam Pedroza, Claremont City Council
Member; J.P. Pomierski, Upland Mayor; Ken Scalmanini, CMC Basketball
Coach; Mike Seder, L.A. County Fair Association VP; Burnis Simon, Hafif
Family Foundation; Terrance Stone, Young Visionary Youth CEO; Vince
Terrell, Pomona Police Detective; Reggie Webb, McDonald's Proprietor;
and Rich Yochum, PVHMC President and CEO.

Event sponsors include Doubletree Claremont, Pomona College, Pomona
Valley Hospital Medical Center, as well as other community partners.

Benefit Basketball Game to raise dollars for families victimized by
domestic violence.

Rains Athletic Center, Pomona College
220 E. 6th St.
Claremont, CA 91711

Took place April 27th, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.

Among the many highlights were Greg Hafif of the Hafif Foundation -- a
lead Hoopster scorer -- being pinned to the ground and sung over by Lade
Majik, the star of the Ambassadors, who then refused to let him throw 2
freethrows (both of which he made!); the four civic leaders -- J.P.
Pomierski of Upland, Sam Pedroza of Claremont, Don Kendrick of La Verne,
and Lee McDougal of Montclair -- working together on the floor during the
2nd quarter to block the Ambassador's chief slam-dunker!; Reggie's Webb's
(McDonalds' owner) dance moves on the floor; and a full court pass by
CMC Basketball Coach Ken Scalmanini.

Throughout the game, children filled the Ambassador bench and were
included in skits between each quarter, much to the crowd's delight. The
Ambassadors' message to stay in school, earn a college degree and live
drug-free resonated with both House of Ruth and Pomona College audiences.

About House of Ruth:

House of Ruth ( has been providing life-saving domestic violence services since 1977. Serving eastern Los Angeles and western San Bernardino Counties, House of Ruth served over 17,400 clients last year and demand for services continues to grow.

PRN Photo Desk,
Source: House of Ruth

CONTACT: Amy Fass of House of Ruth, +1-909-868-8007,

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