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Exclusive: Go Inside the 7th Annual Compton Jr. Posse Gala Fundraiser

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The 7th Annual Compton Jr. Posse Gala Fundraiser took place at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, CA on Saturday May 17th, 2014. Emmy Award-Winning Actress Patricia Heaton-Hunt was on hand and Served as Master of Ceremonies. She stopped by to speak to us about The Middle Season Finale and what she hopes to see next season on The Middle!

Also on Hand, 2008 Gold-Medal winning Equestrian Wil Simpson, who stopped to talk to us about what the foundation means to him. As well as what it was like winning a gold medal in the 2008 Olympics! Wil was on hand to present some awards as well.

We also spoke to Kara Vallow, who was there to support a great cause. Kara gave us some scoop on what’s to come on Family Guy (Cross Over Info!!), who may be hitting a few more bars on American Dad, and what to expect at this years Comic-Con International in San Diego!

Mayor Aja Brown of Compton walked the carpet and was on hand to Deliver the Keynote Address. Actress Nikki Reed was also at the event in support of the great cause, walking the carpet looking super fit, comfortable, and happy. Did we mention it was also her birthday!

There was a great turn out to the event and a lot of talented kids showed off their skills in music and hosting. They also got to help raise money to allow them to keep their passion for horses alive!

For 25 years, the Compton Jr. Posse’s award-winning program has given inner city kids a framework for success by teaming them with horses and highly skilled instructors including Olympic Gold Medalist Will Simpson. CJP provides year round after school programs using equestrian activities to inspire excellence in academics and to help develop responsibility, discipline and self-esteem.

 In 2010, CJP partnered with the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) to provide additional outlets for students. The MRCA Jr. Rangers program is designed for children with little or no experience in the natural world and offers a combination of environmental science, outdoor skills, experiential learning and   leadership activities. In addition to classes and camping trips, Junior Rangers must complete twenty-four hours of community service, in both urban areas and at local parks and beaches. Graduates of the program earn a Jr. Ranger certification and are eligible to apply to careers with the California State Rangers. In 2012, CJP’s Jr. Rangers represented the USA at the World Ranger Congress in Arusha, Tanzania.

For more information on the  Compton Jr. Posse, feel free to go to www.comptonjrposse.org

Check out videos from the event below!

Particia Heaton Interview

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