Chicago Bears’ Jason McKie’s CELEBOWL Adds Stars from NFL, NBA, WNBA, and Entertainment Worlds

Chicago Bears’ Jason McKie’s CELEBOWL Adds Stars from NFL, NBA, WNBA, and Entertainment Worlds

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CHICAGO (May 7, 2008) On May 14, 2008 Broadway touring star Rikki-Lee Travolta will be on hand as a celebrity guest for Chicago Bears’ Jason McKie’s Celebowl to raise money to benefit the families of American soldiers.

In addition to Travolta and McKie, over two-dozen other celebrity guests - including members of the Chicago Bears (NFL), the Chicago Bulls (NBA), the Chicago Sky (WNBA), and entertainment world - are expected to attend. Some of the confirmed celebrities for the Jason McKie Foundation Celebowl include: Devin Hester, Adewale Ogunleye, and Desmond Clark.

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“It is an honor to join the Chicago Bears’ Jason McKie, The Jason McKie Foundation, and the patriotic people of the City of Chicago in raising money to help the men and women who proudly serve the U.S.A.,” said Travolta.

The event is open to the ticket-buying public. Ticket and sponsorship information is available through the Jason McKie Foundation at www.jasonmckie.org or by calling (314) 291-1880. Individual tickets are $50.

The Jason McKie Foundation Celebowl takes place May 14, 2008 beginning at 6:30 PM at the Vernon Hills Brunswick Zone, 316 Center Drive. Ticket buyers are able to bowl side-by-side with celebrity team captains, enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres, pose for pictures with celebrities, participate in a silent auction, and witness presentation of Bears’ Offense vs. Defense awards.

The Jason McKie Foundation of the Institute for Science and Health strives
to make an impact in the lives of families of soldiers. The foundation
provides educational scholarships to children and spouses affected by a
loss or severely injured parent or spouse. Through the foundation, in 2008
McKie will provide tickets for each Chicago Bears’ home game to military
families.

“Jason McKie has made a point to be an active part of the community since
he entered the NFL, but you don’t have to be a professional sports star or
public figure to make a difference. The Jason McKie Foundation Celebowl on
May 14 is a great opportunity for people of every walk of life to make a
difference in the lives of the families of the soldiers who valiantly
serve this country, and in the process get to enjoy a fun evening rubbing
elbows with stars from the NFL, NBA, WNBA, and entertainment worlds,” says
Travolta, who has previously lent his name to the efforts of the Juvenile
Diabetes Foundation, Broadway Cares, Even Start Family Literacy Program,
the Muscular Dystrophy Association, domestic violence agency Turning
Point, and Adult & Child Rehabilitation Center.

McKie entered the NFL in 2001 and joined the Chicago Bears in 2003,
becoming the franchise’s starting fullback in 2006 and going on to record
career highs in receptions and yards.

Prior to his professional football career, McKie achieved the highest GPA
among senior football players as a prep before earning Athletic Director's
Academic List honors at Temple as a junior. He started 26 games at
fullback during his four seasons at Temple (1998-2001) where he was a
two-time team captain, rushing for 700 yards and eight touchdowns on 169
carries with 44 catches for 460 yards and one touchdown. As a senior,
McKie was the Owls second-leading rusher with 227 yards and 2 TDs on 36
carries while catching 10 passes for 57 yards.

Travolta is ranked alongside Donny Osmond and Patrick Cassidy among the
top three headliners in the world based on ticket sales and audience
popularity in the title role in the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice family
musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He has also
headlined nationally in West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, and Bye Bye
Birdie.

Travolta was the first celebrity guest star in the Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding
stage franchise – paving the way for annual visits to the Chicago
production by Frankie Avalon, who appeared in the 1978 film Grease
alongside John Travolta who played singing and dancing heartthrob Danny
Zuko. Rikki-Lee Travolta became the first member of the Travolta family
since John to star as Danny Zuko when he agreed to guest star in the stage
production to raise money for fine arts programs for the underprivileged.

Hester is a wide receiver and return specialist for the Chicago Bears of
the National Football League. He is an alumnus of the University of Miami,
where he became the first person in the university’s recent history to
play on all three teams of American football (offense, defense, special
teams). Hester began his professional career with the Bears in 2006, and
quickly made an impact as a kick returner. Dubbed the "Windy City Flyer"
and "Anytime", Hester holds the league's all-time record for most kicks
returned for a touchdown in a season.

Ogunleye joined the NFL in 2000 and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2003
after leading the AFC in sacks. Ogunleye joined the Chicago Bears before
the 2004 season, helping the Bears earn a trip to the Super Bowl in 2005.

Clark started his NFL career as a draft pick of the Denver Broncos in 1999
and joined the Chicago Bears in 2003. Following selection as a 2005 Pro
Bowl alternate, Clark contributed to the Bears’ 2006 NFC Championship and
trip to Super Bowl XLI.

May 14 fundraiser to benefit the families of American soldiers, hosted by
Jason McKie of the Chicago Bears, adds stars from NFL, NBA, WNBA, and
entertainment worlds to rub elbows with the public.

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