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Documentary episode featuring Carl Cannon, Elite Youth Outreach unveiled

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PEORIA (WEEK) – One party for a local Peoria leader was four months in the making.

Carl Cannon hosted a watch party for the premiere of a documentary episode featuring his work in the community.

It’s part of a Facebook series by Mike Rowe called Returning the Favor.

Cannon runs the Elite Youth Outreach Program for the Peoria Park District – working with kids to make sure they stay on the right track as they navigate life.

All told, this episode brought in more than $100,000 to the program.

He said he hopes people don’t think all the problems are solved just because they’ve received some recognition.

“I’m hoping there’s a spike of pride and a surge of, ‘can I help?’ because we don’t have enough help,” he said. “The danger of tonight is people say, ‘it's perfect, it’s lined up…,’ it’s not.”

You can watch the episode on Facebook.

Jason Howell

Producer at 25 News and Heart of Illinois ABC

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