FUTURE BRIGHT FOR TEEN THEATRE PROGRAM

CHALLENGE GRANT ALLOWS SHOW TO GO ON

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                  CONTACT: Melissa Mercado

Friday, January 11, 2012                                                                    630-408-9926 melmeisch@comcast.net

West Chicago, IL – The Cebrin Goodman Center, an affiliate of the Skokie-based Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundations, has awarded The R.Ed.I. Arts & Education Foundation  a 2-to-1 challenge grant with a possible total of $210,000 over a two year period. 

The R.Ed.I. Arts and Education Foundation’s prevention theatre program STAND UP! Change Teen Statistics focuses on issues presently challenging teens. Performed in middle and high schools across the Midwest, the show works to positively change the attitudes and behaviors of teens regarding drug, alcohol, and physical abuse; depression, bullying, peer pressure and more.

"The impact of this grant will be tremendous," said Kimberly Farah, Executive Director of R.Ed.I.Arts & Education Foundation. "The Cebrin Goodman Center grant will allow us to to bring our show to economically challenged schools, hire staff, and purchase a vehicle. This is our second grant from the Cebrin Goodman Center and we are excited to take this program to the next level by providing us with the incentive and resources to match their generous grant."

“The messages in R.ED.I’s program align with the Cebrin Goodman Center’s mission to help young people become successful, drug-free, contributing members of society,” said Larry Goodman, chairman of the Center. “We believe R.Ed.I’s peer-to-peer theatre performance has the power to influence teens to resist the lure of drugs or alcohol.”

The Cebrin Goodman Center was founded in 2005 by Lillian and Larry Goodman of Highland Park after their granddaughter Cebrin lost her life due to her battle with drug addiction. Since its inception, the Center has partnered with local and nationwide organizations whose expertise and vision relate to substance abuse prevention.

In continuation of their fundraising efforts, R.ED.I will be hosting a gala. The R.Ed.I. Foundation's Emerald Ball will take place Saturday, March 9th from 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. at the Hotel Arista in Naperville. The event will feature a championship ballroom dancing exhibition, silent and live auctions, dinner, and music and entertainment.

All are welcome to attend. For reservations, to sponsor a table or for more information on this event, please contact Melissa Mercado at 630-408-9926 or visit us online at www.RediFoundation.org.

The R.Ed.I. Arts and Education Foundation is a 501(c)3  The mission of their prevention theatre program is  to provide information, hope and help for the nation's kids by effectively changing attitudes and behaviors regarding drug, alcohol and physical abuse, depression, suicide, bullying, cyber-bullying, sexting, texting and driving, self-mutilation, physical violence, body image, prejudice, hate crimes, peer pressure and teen pregnancy.  These issues are addressed through R.Ed.I.'s prevention theatre program titled STAND UP! Change Teen Statistics. a powerful show written by kids for kids.

To date, the show has been performed before more than 60,000 high school students in the state of Illinois and throughout the Midwest region. R.Ed.I. has partnered with the Quad County Urban League, Illinois Snowball, Illinois Association of School Business Officials, The Second City, Illinois PTA Association, Illinois Principals Association, Indiana Youth Institute, and has been selected to perform at the Illinois School Counselor's Association Annual Conference, the Midwest Arts Conference, the IASBO Annual Meeting  and the Triple I Conference for School Superintendents, Board Members & Principals. 

For more information on the R.Ed.I. Arts & Education Foundation contact Melissa Mercado at 630-408-9926 or visit us online at www.RediFoundation.org.

Established in 2005, the Cebrin Goodman Center is committed to the goal of helping young people fulfill their potential as happy, healthy contributing members of society. The often tragic consequences of drug use, abuse, and addiction are a powerful threat to the realization of that goal.

The Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundations are dedicated to strengthening Jewish life in Chicago, the United States and Israel, as well as improving the quality of life within the Chicago metropolitan area by supporting secular organizations that address hunger issues, education, and promote the prevention of drug abuse. For more information visit www.llgoodmanfdn.org.