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Steve Wozniak raising money for San Jose dog park

Lots of celebrities will be signing autographs at Silicon Valley Comic Con this weekend, but Steve Wozniak is letting his name go to the dogs — in a good way.

Woz, who co-founded Apple and started the pop culture/technology festival in San Jose last year, will donate the proceeds from two autograph and photo sessions at the convention to the San Jose Parks Foundation, which supports the city’s parks and recreation department. And that includes Butcher Dog Park in San Jose’s Cambrian District, which is a favorite of Woz’s and his wife, Janet.

“The dog park means a lot to me,” said Wozniak, a Los Gatos resident, after receiving a commendation at Tuesday’s city council meeting. “Janet and I come to the dog parks here in San Jose, and very much Butcher Dog Park has become so important to our dogs. It’s in disrepair — it’s scheduled for maintenance or re-do sometime in the near future — so we’re going to help out with that. We hope to raise a lot of money, maybe hundreds of thousands of dollars, to do this.”

He’ll be signing Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. Tickets can purchased — it’s a tax-deductible donation for the purchaser, not Woz — at Booth #435 on the convention floor, which is being manned by the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services.

“We are over-the-moon excited to have the con back in San Jose this year,” said San Jose City Councilwoman Dev Davis, a self-proclaimed “sci-fi nerd.” “It’s a time for fun, but it also has serious positive impacts on our community.”


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