Freeway Rick Ross : Planting the Seed, New Program for Disadvantaged Children

Top Quote Speaks at McKinley Elementary School to Youth, For Haze HOPE Center, Organization aimed at Youth & Families. Meet & Greets with Pennsylvania Residents. End Quote
  • York-Hanover, PA (1888PressRelease) May 16, 2017 - On May 18th, 2017, Los Angeles native and famed author, celebrity, and former Drug Kingpin, Freeway Rick Ross will be visiting McKinley Elementary School, located at 600 Manor St, to speak to disadvantaged children about his journey, healthy choices, and consequences. Haze H.O.P.E. Center now offers the program, called "Planting the Seed" which focuses on giving messages of empowerment for youth and families to encourage overcoming barriers through the principles of tenacity, resilience, and discipline. This is a free event open to all students from grades 6-8. The event begins at 2 PM and ends at 3:30 PM.

    Rick Ross will be also visiting local business in the Central PA area to Meet & Greet with residents/Autograph his book Freeway Rick Ross: The Untold Autobiography, a 2014 memoir , co-authored by American crime writer Cathy Scott, about the rise and fall of Ross, in the 1980s and '90s, to his 2009 release from prison.

    York residents can meet The Real Rick Ross Thursday May 18th at Central Market, 34 W. Philadelphia St. York from 11:00 AM from 1:00 PM and Po's Bookstore, 25 S. George St, York. On Friday May 19th, Ross will be visiting Beneath The Surface Salon, 537 W. Market St, from 2:00PM - 4:00PM and Villa York, 132 S. George St, York from 5:00PM - 8:00PM.

    About Haze HOPE Center Organization:
    Haze Hope Center
    a 501(c)3 organization that strengthens communities by serving vulnerable children and families by providing them with opportunities for education and mentoring overcoming barriers through the principles of tenacity, resilience, and discipline. The programs of Haze HOPE Center are especially focused on education, arts, and entertainment, building on family stability, cognitive behavior therapy, childhood interventions, HIV/AIDS and STI awareness, addiction awareness, and Re-entry for ex-offenders. By partnering with local government, child advocacy organizations, celebrities, and national corporations, we help children and families achieve their wonderful, God-given potential.

    About Haze HOPE Center : Planting the Seed! Program
    Planting the Seed! is dedicated to improving the health of mind, body and spirit of children in our communities. The program focuses on serving young men and women who are exposed to a disproportionate level of violence, poverty, and access to education. The programs uses Celebrities life stories in a unique position to inspire, lead and influence young children to believe in the process required for success. They have the power provided by their loyal fan base and the ease of promotion to effect children and their community in extraordinary ways.

    About Freeway Rick Ross:
    Ross attended school at Susan Miller Dorsey High School in Los Angeles. He played for the tennis team but was unable to get a college scholarship because he was illiterate. Ross has said that when he first saw crack-cocaine as a teenager in 1979, he did not immediately believe it was a drug because it looked different from other drugs he had seen. The nickname Freeway came from Ross owning properties along the Los Angeles Harbor Freeway and living next to Interstate 110. According to an October 2013 Esquire magazine article, "Between 1982 and 1989, federal prosecutors estimated, Ross bought and resold several metric tons of cocaine. In 1980 Ross' gross earnings were said to be in excess of $900 million - with a profit of nearly $300 million. Converted roughly to present-day dollars: 2.5 billion gross, and $850 million in profit, respectively." During the height of his drug dealing, Ross was said to have sold "$3 million in one day." According to the Oakland Tribune, "In the course of his rise, prosecutors estimate that Ross exported several tons of cocaine to New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and elsewhere, and made more than $600 million between 1983 and 1984."

    In 1996, Ross was sentenced to life imprisonment under the three-strikes law after being convicted for purchasing more than 100 kilograms of cocaine from a federal agent in a sting operation. Later that year, a series of articles by journalist Gary Webb in the San Jose Mercury News revealed a connection between one of Ross's cocaine sources, Danilo Blandón, and the CIA as part of the Iran-Contra scandal. Having learned to read at the age of 28, during his first stint in prison, Ross spent much of his time behind bars studying the law. He eventually discovered a legal loophole that would lead to his release. Ross's case was brought to a federal court of appeals which found that the three-strikes law had been erroneously applied and reduced his sentence to 20 years. He was released from custody on September 29, 2009.

    Media Contact: Steven Palmer
    stevenpalmer ( @ ) hazehopecenter dot org

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