PAL Award Dinner Honors Three Outstanding Individuals
On May 9, 2012, the Police Athletic League proudly bestowed the PAL Award on three very deserving honorees, Dennis Bianchi of WTXF FOX 29 Philadelphia, Daniel K. Fitzpatrick of Citizens Bank and Carole Haas Gravagno, Advocate for Youth and Friend of the Arts. These three individuals were selected for this honor for their unwavering support of and dedication to providing countless opportunities to underserved children and teens of this City through their individual philanthropy and encouragement of corporate and foundation support of PAL.
The 2012 PAL Award Dinner was held at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel. At 5:00 p.m., PAL’s Silent Auction kicked off the festivities. Hundreds of supporters swarmed into the auction area to bid on high-end items, experiences, vacations, sports memorabilia and more. A live auction, which offered guests the chance to bid on Phillies Phantasy Camp, a Riviera Maya vacation and an evening for 40 people in a customized restaurant, took place later in the evening.
The program, which was hosted by 6 ABC’s Cecily Tynan, began at 7 p.m. Several PAL youngsters were highlighted during the program portion of the event, including one young lady from Logan PAL, who beautifully belted out God Bless America. Attendees also heard from Erin Dwyer, who was the Honorary Mayor during this year’s PAL Day at City Hall, and Amile Jefferson, a McDonald’s All-American Senior Basketball Player from Southwest PAL. During the program, guests heard from speakers such as Mayor Michael Nutter and Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey and listened to remarks from each of the honorees. The Police Athletic League is proud to call each award recipient a friend of PAL.
PAL thanks everyone who made this wonderful evening so special for the honorees and for those in attendance. As always, all proceeds from the event will directly support PAL’s educational, athletic, recreational and cultural programming.