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Bears safety coming to Waukegan on Friday night to make a difference

Bears safety Major Wright will be Waukegan Friday night. | Sun-Times phoby Tom Cruze

Bears safety Major Wright will be in Waukegan on Friday night. | Sun-Times photo by Tom Cruze

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Updated: December 10, 2012 6:17AM

Two nights before the Bears play a huge game in front of a national TV audience, starting safety Major Wright will be playing a huge role in front of an audience of area youngsters.

Wright, the Bears’ starting safety (No. 27), and one of his teammates will be at Waukegan High School on Brookside from 6-8 p.m. Friday to help raise money for the Lake County Area Project.

LCAP is a non-profit organization that empowers local residents to engage youths to make positive choices while strengthening communities.

At the Pro Players Pizza Party, young fans will enjoy a Q & A session with the Bears, games, a raffle for autographed items and a pizza dinner.

Why Waukegan?

LCAP and State Representative Rita Mayfield requested the event to be held in Waukegan to motivate and encourage children living there.

CelebEvents Inc representative Prinses Hemphill said,

“The Pro Players Pizza Party is a part of an ongoing national educational event series that brings athletes to interact with young fans. We are supported by local businesses and children organizations wanting to make positive impressions on youth,” said Prinses Hamphill who is heading the program.

“Wright was selected again this year to host because of his great ability to connect with young people. Last year, he brought Johnny Knox and we are all excited to see who he brings this time.”

The cost to attend is $20 per person, with portions of that fee benefiting LCAP.

Tickets can be purchased at the door.

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