Jay Leno’s book to benefit COPS

CAMDENTON, Mo.—The Tonight Show host and comedian Jay Leno has named Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. as the beneficiary of proceeds from his new book. How to Be the Funniest Kid in the Whole Wide World (Or Just in Your Class), written by Jay Leno and illustrated by S. B. Whitehead, was released by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers on Oct. 1, 2005 (ISBN: 1-4169-0631). COPS is a nationwide organization that provides life-rebuilding resources for the families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. The COPS national office is in Camdenton, Mo.

“COPS has been serving law enforcement’s surviving families for over 21 years,” said COPS National President Shirley Gibson. “It is an honor for COPS that, after learning about our organization, Jay Leno has deemed it worthy of his support.”

Jay Leno has hosted The Tonight Show with Jay Leno for more than 13 years and has received his own star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. How to Be the Funniest Kid in the Whole Wide World (Or Just in Your Class) helps kids looking to find what Leno calls their “funny.” In addition to jokes, Leno describes how he discovered his own “funny,” his first “professional” gig, what makes for the best jokes, how to build a routine, what to do when being heckled, how to combat stage fright—not to mention sidebars full of information on other famous jokers and legendary acts, mini-routines, and words to live by.

Jay Leno has quietly assisted surviving law enforcement families in California for many years. After talking with Andy Powell, president of the Southern California Chapter of COPS, Leno made the decision to support law enforcement survivors nationwide by donating proceeds from his newest book to COPS.

“If someone is willing to put his or her life on the line to protect and save our lives, then the least we can do is help their family in times of need,” said Leno. “Police officers generally don’t make a lot of money. When one is killed in the line of duty, the family, which may have been already struggling to make ends meet, will certainly have even more difficulties. If we can help them in some way, like helping the children go to college, then it is something we should definitely do. That’s what the COPS organization is all about.”

For more information about Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc., or to help support COPS’ programs, contact COPS at (573) 346-4911, or e-mail cops@nationalcops.org. Visit the COPS Web site at contact@ilcops.org. Visit the Illinois COPS Web site at www.ilcops.org.

From the Nov. 9-15, 2005, issue

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