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All the proceeds from the event will be donated to at-risk students who attend the West End School. All the proceeds from the event will be donated to at-risk students who attend the West End School.
Luciano Pena Luciano Pena
© During the week while the boys live at the school they are required to do chores and have mandatory study time. © During the week while the boys live at the school they are required to do chores and have mandatory study time.
Robert Blair Robert Blair
Karen Lawrence at the "American Hustle" screening. Karen Lawrence at the "American Hustle" screening.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Actress Jennifer Lawrence is using her star power to do some good in Louisville's west end. 

Monday night, the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation hosted a cocktail reception and live auction before a screening of the Louisville native's latest movie, "American Hustle" at Baxter Avenue Filmworks.

All the proceeds from the event will be donated to at-risk students who attend the West End School.

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The West End School, located on Virginia Avenue, is a boarding school for 6th to 8th grade boys.

Luciano Pena has attended the school for three years. "I'm personally learning for myself, how to become a young man," he said.  

During the week while the boys live at the school they are required to do chores and have mandatory study time.

"Last year, I really did not apply myself and this year I am applying myself more," said 6th grade student Dwight Priest.

Administrator Robert Blair started the school nine years ago.  Since its inception, boys have been accepted to top high schools, graduated and received college scholarships. Blair said the success has been a community effort. "I think it allows the community to think in terms of compassionate Louisville, as this is an example," he said.  

Jennifer Lawrence's mother, Karen Lawrence, attended the screening in her daughter's absence. She said Jennifer would not pass up an opportunity to do something good for someone else, "She likes to support different charities in Louisville and this was something she got really excited about."

To learn more about the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation, click here.

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