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BOISE-- Did you know legendary entertainer and comedian Bill Cosby is an alumnus of the Boys & Girls Club?

KTVB talked with him over the phone this week ahead of the second annual Idaho Gives event on Thursday, May 1. The event marks a 24-hour period of giving when people can donate money to the nonprofit of their choice.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County is taking part, and if you haven't already chosen a charity to donate to, consider helping leaders there build a new gym at the Meridian location.

Click here to donate to the Boys & Girls Club of Ada County

KTVBhas chosen to support the Boys & Girls Club on Idaho Gives day. All donations made to the 7Cares Fund will be donated to help build the gym and new facilities.

Also, the first $10,000 in donations to the 7Cares Fund will be matched 100 percent by two generous donors: Charlie Wilson and Mayor Tammy de Weerd and her husband, Jan.

Bill Cosby says the Boys & Girls Club is valuable to the community because it helps children learn responsibility, especially when it comes to academics. Also, leaders at the club act as positive role models in kids' lives, introducing them to positive outlets like art and music.

They need guidance. They need help. Especially from people who are grown and sane and want to help keep them out of harm's way, said Cosby of children who use the Boys & Girls Club.

He believes children of all backgrounds can learn from staff members. Mr. Cosby hopes people from across the Treasure Valley will see the value of the Boys & Girls Club and help support the Meridian location by donating to help build the gym.

Bill Cosby will receive the Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence on NBC s American Comedy Awards. You can see that on KTVB on May 8 at 7 p.m.

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