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Former Redskins Quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien is speaking tonight in Bend. He's the keynote speaker of the Central Oregon Visitor Association's Annual Gala at the Riverhouse. Event Coordinator Lisa Kuhlmann says some of the money raised tonight will go to the Sparrow Clubs, a school-based club that helps kids in a medical crisis. She says it's a good cause at a time when children need to have more compassion. "So by working together to help a family in a medical crisis helps instill empathy and understanding and all that good stuff.  So our kids are getting a little emotionally de-sensitized. I would say do to social media and all the demands of today's lifestyles and this is a great way to keep community and kids working together to help one another."   They hope to raise at least $50,000 for Sparrow Clubs. And,  there's a personal tie for Rypien to Sparrow Clubs;  his three year old son died of cancer in 1998.

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