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Van Nuys : Super Bowl Party Benefits At-Risk Kids

About $3,500 was raised at a Super Bowl party Sunday for the Mid-Valley Jeopardy Program, a popular police department program that works to keep at-risk youth from joining gangs by providing alternate activities, ranging from boxing to tutoring.

“I’m thrilled,” said Jules Baker, president of the Mid-Valley Jeopardy Foundation. “When you see these kids and how much benefit they get out of the program, it’s amazing.”

Last year’s Super Bowl party raised about $2,200.

The party, attended by about 200 people, included a big-screen television for game viewing, a barbecue, a silent auction and a half-time performance by the Van Nuys High School cheerleaders.

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Nearly all of the Mid-Valley Jeopardy’s approximately $33,000 annual budget comes from donations and fund-raisers. The program for more than 1,000 youngsters in late elementary and middle school offers after-school activities including games, aerobics, parenting classes and in-line skating.

The foundation’s next fund-raiser will be an May “pet walk” at Encino’s Balboa Park.

For information, call (818) 756-8332.


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