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Second Annual 'Come Sing for a Child' at Paramount's Great America.

-- Bay Area Choral Groups Raise Voices and Awareness for April's National Child
 Abuse Prevention Month
 Local Community Leaders to Participate in Candlelight Ceremony


MILPITAS, Calif., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Child Advocates of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing stability and hope to abused and neglected children, is teaming up with Paramount's Great America, WalMart and the San Jose Mercury News to welcome the public to the second annual "Come Sing for a Child." This all day choral and candlelight ceremony will be held at Paramount's Great America on April 26 to commemorate April's National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of at-risk children in our community and to recruit adult volunteers for over 400 at-risk children on the waitlist for a court-appointed Advocate.

Bay Area choral groups comprised of children and adults from Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties have been invited to perform in the park throughout the day, culminating in a free one-hour candlelight and choral celebration beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Three Flag's Plaza at the park entrance.

"The entire day will be filled with lots of fun inside the park and wonderful voices that are helping to raise awareness of at-risk children," said Child Advocates Board President Lisa Sonsini. "It's our hope that everyone can learn more about child abuse and how Child Advocates is working to reverse its effect."

San Jose City Council Members Cindy Chavez (District 3), David Cortese (District 8), will join Santa Clara County Juvenile Dependency Court Commissioner Kristine M. McCarthy, Councilmember Nancy Lytle - City of Palo Alto, Councilmember Dolly Sandoval - City of Cupertino and the City of Sunnyvale's Mayor Julia Miller in the evening candle lighting ceremony. In addition, State Assembly Members Sally Lieber (District 22) and Manny Diaz (District 23), Lynda Gayden, Executive Director of the San Mateo County Child Abuse Council and Norma Doctor Sparks, Executive Director of the Department of Family Services will also be present for the evening ceremony.

"It's our pleasure to be hosting this celebration of children for the second year in a row, and continuing our ongoing support of Child Advocates," said Nicole Koebrich, spokesperson for Paramount's Great America. "In addition to enjoying Child Advocates' music and activities, the park has 10 new rides and attractions in our newly expanded area, Nickelodeon Central. Families can see SpongeBob SquarePants 3-D, and even meet SpongeBob SquarePants himself."

The participating choral groups come with a repertoire that includes jazz, gospel and traditional choral arrangements. They include groups the PB&J chorus from the Los Gatos United Methodist Church, Saratoga High School Choir, Generation Example, from Menlo Park's Abundant Life Christian Fellowship, Jazzmatazz, Belmont's P.S. Performance performing arts group, San Jose's Cathedral of Faith's Kids 4 CHRIST choir, Santa Clara Chorale and the Safari Kids Gospel Choir, also from Abundant Life Christian Fellowship -- all of whom are raising their voices in honor of at-risk children.

Paramount's Great America will be offering up to a $10 discount on park tickets and is donating $2 per park admission during the months of April and May to Child Advocates.

About Child Advocates

Child Advocates is one of the leading and most effective non-profit organizations serving abused and neglected children in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Each of the agency's highly trained volunteers is matched one-to-one with a child, and acts as a mentor, advocate, and caring friend. The advocate's primary responsibility is to speak for the child's best interests in court, helping to ensure that he will live in a safe and loving environment. Child Advocates has served thousands of children and youth since its founding in 1986. It is the largest affiliate of CASA, the National Court Appointed Special Advocates program. The organization currently supports a network of more than 700 child advocates with the goal of providing additional advocates by year-end for the 400 children on the waitlist.

About Paramount Parks

Paramount Parks is a leading developer and operator of world-class theme parks and location-based attractions, entertaining more than 13 million guests annually. The company currently owns and operates five of the most popular theme parks in North America including: Paramount Canada's Wonderland (Toronto, Ontario, Canada); Paramount's Carowinds (Charlotte, N.C.); Paramount's Great America (Santa Clara, Calif.); Paramount's Kings Dominion (Richmond, Va.); and Paramount's Kings Island (Cincinnati, Ohio). The company also developed and manages the award-winning STAR TREK: The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton (Las Vegas, Nev.) and manages Bonfante Gardens horticultural theme park (Gilroy, Calif.); CBS Television City at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino (Las Vegas, Nev.); and Terra Mitica theme park (Benidorm, Valencia, Spain). More information about Paramount Parks is available at http://www.paramountparks.com/.

CONTACT: Lisa Hall of Child Advocates, +1-408-573-5671, or lisa@cadvocates.org; or Betty J. Taylor, +1-408-918-9082, or Bettyt@krause-taylor.com; or Nicole Koebrich of Paramount's Great America, +1-408-986-5846, or Nicole.koebrich@paramountparks.com
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