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P.A.L. hosts comedy fundraiser at Thunder Valley Casino

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By: Carol Percy, Reporter Lincoln News Messenger
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The Police Activities League will sponsor a benefit featuring popular comedian Andy Gross. The event will be held at Thunder Valley Casino Saturday, April 20 at 8:30 PM.

Gross is a well-known corporate and Las Vegas entertainer, stand-up comic, magician and ventriloquist. He performs over 150 shows a year at comedy clubs, Fortune 500 corporate events, colleges, performing arts theaters, and on cruise ship lines. He’s appeared on many television networks and has headlined at major comedy clubs nationwide. The comedian has been compared to Don Rickles and Robin Williams, according to Gross’s website.

The P.A.L. program, founded in 2008, is a non-profit organization dedicated to building a bond of trust, understanding and mutual respect between youth and law enforcement. P.A.L offers recreational, athletic, and educational programs designed to encourage good citizenship and improve the overall quality of life in the Lincoln area.

Some of the events and activities have included the Junior Giants baseball program, Halloween Haunted House, Christmas party for kids, a co-sponsored fishing derby program, various sports outings, and the after-school program at PAL’s Youth Center.

“We’re one of the few police activities leagues that offer all of our youth programs for free,” said youth services officer Steve Krueger.

The Lincoln Youth Center located at 391 H St. and is open to middle school-age children (and some younger siblings under their direct supervision) Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:00 to 6:00 PM.  The center features pool tables, air hockey, basketball, a reading/study lounge, a flat screen TV, Wii, and a new computer lab. They also offer a homework-incentive program with volunteer tutors.

The goal of the center is to provide Lincoln middle-school youth with a safe and secure place to go after school where they can participate in positive and productive activities.

Lincoln PAL activities are free to all community youth between 8 and 18 years of age. To register, call Youth Services Officer Steve Krueger at 916-343-3632.

Tickets for the Andy Gross Comedy Show are $19 and $29 and can be purchased online at www.thundervalleyresort.com, or call Steve Krueger at 916-343-3632. The group also gratefully accepts donations.