Calabasas High School student Jordan Van Vranken will host her fifth annual bowl-a-thon to raise money for kids fighting cancer Jan. 18 at the newly renovated Corbin Bowl, 19616 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. From 7-10:30 p.m., the event will feature bowling; live music from Kailey Swanson, Laci Kay and Lauren Dair Owens; a red carpet, raffle, food from Lyfe Kitchen, a magician and a silent auction – all to support Ronald McDonald House.
Van Vranken, who has previously hosted four of these Los Angeles events, calls Ronald McDonald House “a super-important cause.”
“So many people have been affected by cancer,” she says. “I have been affected by cancer my whole life, and the Ronald McDonald House houses families and doesn’t ask for a dime. Being able to raise money for this cause is a blessing.”
When Van Vranken was in kindergarten, her best friend, Macy, was diagnosed with leukemia. Van Vranken and Macy’s family stayed at Ronald McDonald house while Macy fought cancer. Today, Macy is cancer-free and will be attending this year’s event. “I am the most excited this year about having Macy there,” says Van Vranken. “To have an actual survivor there and to hear her stories is going to give people a really tangible feeling.”
Van Vranken, a native of Memphis, later lost her mentor and friend, DJ John “Bad Dog” McCormack, to acute myelogenous leukemia. The Memphis disc jockey was a Ronald McDonald House supporter, and inspired the young teen to give back to the charity as well.
Van Vranken, who has been seen on the television series “Criminal Minds” and “Big Time Rush,” and appeared in the movie Bad Teacher, has raised close to $10,000 through the bowl-a-thon in the last four years. “I am very competitive with myself and I am always trying to raise more money than the previous year,” she says. “My main goal is to raise as much money as possible, but I will be happy with every dollar we raise because it is going to paying as many electricity and food bills as possible.”
Tickets will be available at the door for $25, or you can purchase tickets or make a donation online at http://jordans-5th-annual-bash-for-kids-with-cancer.ticketleap.com.