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One of the Harlem Wizards dunks a shot during Sunday's game at Salem High School.

The Harlem Wizards lead the kids at Sunday's basketball game in a dance routine.

Harlem Wizards Performance Raises $2,600 For Amy Center

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

A weekend fundraiser that brought the Harlem Wizards to Salem has raised about $2,600 for the Amy Schulz Child Advocacy Center. 

Amy Center Board member Mark Simmons was pleased with the 700 who bought tickets to the event at Salem Community High School.  "It is a better turnout than I expected. All of the kids look like they had fun.  I didn't hear any bad comments. I think it went over well," said Simmons.  "We are going to consider doing this in the future again."   

With less grant money from state and federal sources, Amy Center Founder Dennis Schulz says raising money locally is more important than ever.  He adds the need for the services continues to grow.  "I think with the Good Touch, Bad Touch program the Amy Center has and people become more aware of what is going on, I think kids are more open to talk about it maybe," said Schulz.  "It's not a nice world out there sometimes. On the whole it is good, but there are still too many kids are being abused."  

Schulz says the Amy Center helped more than 200 sexually abused children in a seven county area, including Marion and most surrounding counties, in the past year.   

The local team that played the Harlem Wizards lost by only an 85 to 80 score, but Simmons says they would have been 'smoked' if the Wizards had actually played to their ability.  Law Enforcement, school, and court officials were all represented on the local team.   

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