Teen actress Jordan Van Vranken is hosting her third Annual Bowl-A-Thon Sunday, January 20th to raise money to support kids with cancer, specifically the children housed at Memphis' Ronald McDonald House who are being treated at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Jordan created the Bowl-A-Thon event as a way to help raise additional funds and allow her Los Angeles-based friends and fellow actors to participate in this worth-while cause.
Jordan was recently in Memphis for the premiere of the indie feature After the Wizard, a film that screened at The International Family Film Festival in Hollywood last year and opened in select theaters nationally. Jordan's enthusiasm and commitment for St. Jude and The Ronald McDonald House was contagious, convincing the film's Director, Hugh Gross, and distributor, Breaking Glass Pictures, to donate the film's proceeds from the premiere.
"I love the Memphis Ronald McDonald House and the St. Jude kids. I know I've said it before...most people don't realize that the young patients being treated at St. Jude and their families stay at the Ronald McDonald House for free....so any fundraising event is critical toward contributing to the operating costs of the House."
Van Vranken also continues to honor her long time mentor and Ronald McDonald House supporter, legendary Memphis disc jockey John "Bad Dog" McCormack, who lost his own battle with cancer in 2011. "Bad Dog asked me to carry his torch....he was passionate about the St. Jude kids. I was always inspired and motivated by his example."
Jordan's third annual Bowl-A-Thon will be held at Corbin Bowl in Tarzana, CA, January 20th.
Jordan can be seen in the indie feature film After the Wizard as Elizabeth/Dorothy, now available via RedBox and InDemand, on television in Criminal Minds and Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush, and in the Cameron Diaz film Bad Teacher. She has completed over 30 independent films and won the Young Artist Award for her performance as the voice and motion of Ripley in the Warner Brothers/HD Films' animated series CHADAM.
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