Since 2002, the Pico Youth and Family Center, a Santa Monica nonprofit organization, has served hundreds of at-risk youth on the Westside by providing much needed case management, counseling, tutoring, computer training, job readiness preparation and music production training. PYFC targets youth ages 16-24 that are most at risk, including those who are failing academically, not in school, or on probation.

Faced with a tough economic funding climate, PYFC is counting on the success of its sixth-annual fundraising effort, Art for Hearts, to help meet the costs associated with serving at-risk youth.

Art for Hearts will include a silent auction of uniquely crafted hearts and art by youth artists and established artists, jazz band, food, wine tasting and free valet. The event will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at Jeanie Madsen Gallery, 1431 Ocean Ave., and tickets are $25 per person or $40 per couple.

For more information, please call (310) 396-7101 or visit

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