FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Celebrate for Kids Sake at EpiCentre

Fundraiser will benefit Levine Children’s Hospital

Charlotte, NC (June 2, 2010) – Levine Children’s Hospital and EpiCentre are teaming up and the result is a most rewarding reason to gather with friends at uptown’s premier nightspot. Celebrate for Kids Sake will allow the Charlotte community to contribute to a good cause, while enjoying a night(s) on the town; with three opportunities to give over the coming week.

Staff members from Levine Children’s Hospital will be on hand at EpiCentre for Alive After Five on Thursday, June 3 for a text-to-give campaign. Alive After Five attendees are encouraged to donate $5 by texting “Levine” to 90999. Anyone who makes a text donation will be eligible to win prizes given away at various times throughout Alive After Five.

The following night, June 4, is a special Celebrate for Kids Sake night at EpiCentre, where visitors will have the opportunity to purchase a wristband that will provide entry to BlackFinn, Suite, Whisky River, StrikeCity, Mez and Kazba for just $5. Wristbands will be sold at a special booth on the main floor at EpiCentre and at the door of each venue. Wristbands are also available by providing proof of a text donation on Friday, June 4. Text donations sent Thursday, June 3, during Alive After Five are not valid to obtain a wristband for June 4. All proceeds from wristband sales Friday will go to Levine Children’s Hospital.

It all culminates with the Prelude to the Dream viewing party on Wednesday, June 9 at StrikeCity. Levine Children’s Hospital is one of four hospitals in the country participating in the 2010 Prelude to the Dream, an annual charity race featuring some of racing’s biggest names. This year’s race features over a dozen NASCAR drivers, including Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart. Levine Children’s Hospital will be represented by a team comprised of Marcos Ambrose, Dave Blaney, Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Travis Pastrana and David Reutimann.

The viewing party begins at 6 p.m. with a countdown special, which will air on SPEED at 6 p.m., with the Prelude to the Dream race beginning at 7 p.m. A portion of all sales Wednesday night, June 9, at StrikeCity will go to Levine Children’s Hospital. Additional information about Prelude to the Dream is available at

Celebrate for Kids Sake is a collaborative effort between Levine Children’s Hospital, EpiCentre and Harrisburg-based WhirlWind Creative. Additional information about EpiCentre is available at, while information about WhirlWind Creative is available at

Levine Children’s Hospital is a 234-bed hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina, located on the main campus of Carolinas Medical Center. Since opening in December 2007, the hospital has grown to include more than 30 pediatric specialties and has already received national distinction by U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” for treatment of kidney disorders.

Levine Children’s Hospital is also home to the Ricky Hendrick Centers for Intensive Care, which supports pediatric intensive and cardiovascular surgery patients. Additional distinctions include organ and bone marrow transplants; pediatric dialysis; interventional cardiology and cardiac surgery; heart-lung bypass capabilities for newborns and pediatric patients; an inpatient pediatric rehabilitation unit; and 24/7 emergency services. Levine Children’s Hospital is the most comprehensive facility of its type between Atlanta, GA and Washington, DC – meaning most children no longer need to travel outside of the region to receive the care they need.

The hospital is named in honor of Sandra and Leon Levine, who provided a $10 million gift through the Leon Levine Foundation. A community philanthropy campaign chaired by Howard C. “Smoky” Bissell raised over $66 million to support the project.

Additional information about Levine Children’s Hospital is available at or by connecting with Levine on Facebook.