• Chris Pratt delivers $500K check to Lake Stevens teen center groundbreaking

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    Actor Chris Pratt wrote when he visited his hometown of Lake Stevens recently that he’s never been more grateful in his life.

    “My hometown of Lake Stevens, Washington just broke ground on the Dan Pratt Memorial Teen Center,” he wrote.

    The "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Jurassic World" star teamed up with charitable organization Omaze earlier in the year to fundraise for The Boys and Girls Club addition.

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    Boys & Girls Club of Snohomish County said Pratt's involvement helped make the new Lake Stevens Teen Center a reality.

    Nearly $485,000 was raised after a people around the world participated in a $10 raffle that promised a tour of the "Guardians of the Galaxy" set and lunch with Pratt.

    The planned 2,800-square-foot center will make computers, a full-size kitchen for cooking classes, and lounges available to teens. It is named after Chris Pratt’s father, Dan Pratt.

    “Who is Dan Pratt? I was raised by one of the toughest SOBs on the planet. Dan Pratt made me who I am. He was a funny, thick skinned, hard working man who commanded respect for authority. My dad coached me and so many other kids in Lake Stevens in every sport and was a pillar of his community. He affected a lot of young men,” he wrote.

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    In a side note in his post, Pratt wrote about how this year’s political events have worn down on some people. He offered some uplifting words:

    “We're just as strong as our will to give back to the community. We always will be. So get strong. It feels good. Be the instrument God uses to bless your community," wrote Pratt.

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