Kix Brooks joins
National Advisory Board
For release: Nov. 11, 2008
Country music superstar Kix Brooks has joined the National Advisory Board for Community Renewal International, based in Shreveport, La.
A Shreveport native, Brooks is part of the award-winning duo Brooks & Dunn. They have sold more than 30 million records, have had 23 No. 1 hits, and have won more than 80 major industry awards.
Brooks recently donated all proceeds from an Arrington Vineyards benefit to Community Renewal. Last year, he and singing partner Ronnie Dunn helped build a KaBOOM! playground at a Community Renewal Friendship House.
"Community Renewal is reclaiming some of these neighborhoods and I'm really appreciative of the work they are doing. They roll up their sleeves and do something good for the community," Brooks said.
"There are neighborhoods that we have lost to some extent and they are getting them back. It's very exciting."
The national advisory board oversees the Center for Community Renewal, now in Phase Two of its development - design of the building, development of the curriculum and marketing. When it's complete, the Center will be an environmentally friendly and energy efficient green building. It will serve as a comprehensive facility providing training and technical support for civic leaders from throughout the world who want to apply the Community Renewal model in their city.
Community Renewal International works to restore the foundation of safe and caring communities by rebuilding the system of caring relationships. Since its founding, Community Renewal has touched the lives of more than 1,700 at-risk youth. The organization connects caring partners who turn their neighborhoods into safe havens of friendship and support. Nearly 40,000 people have joined the "We Care" team and nearly 1,000 have been trained to serve as Haven House leaders who help renew the city one neighbor and one city block at a time.
Community Renewal International is a nonprofit effort to restore safe and healthy communities through caring relationships. Founded in 1994, CRI reaches at-risk youth through Friendship Houses built in impoverished neighborhoods, strengthens education through the Adult Renewal Academy, partners with The Fuller Center for Housing and connects caring partners who turn their neighborhoods into safe havens of friendship and support.
Contact: David Westerfield, director of communications