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PAL Celebrates Dedicated Volunteers with a Night of Fun

More than 100 PAL volunteers and officers came together on June 18th for an exciting evening of food, fun and thanks at Dave and Buster’s. Volunteers dedicate hundreds of hours each year to support PAL’s mission through positive youth development programming. Without their help, many rucial programs would not exist.

PAL named Howard Horenstein the 2014 Volunteer of the Year. Mr. Howie, as he is affectionately known by many, has volunteered at Cozen PAL for more than 10 years. He commutes from Ventnor, NJ multiple times per week to mentor kids, coach basketball and help families get the assistance they need in and outside of PAL. Mr. Howie graciously accepted the award and looks forward to many more years of service.

PAL also recognized several volunteers who continuously go above and beyond the call of duty, including Cheryl Walker of Fairhill PAL who has dedicated nine years of service to teaching young ladies how to express themselves through dance; Brahin Smith who grew up at 23rd PAL and has spent the past five years giving back to the youngsters the way others helped him; Margarita Santiago who has helped the children at Harrowgate PAL nearly every day since the center opened more than three years ago; Jim Mangan who has coached PAL’s youngest wrestlers for 12 years; and Ben Bailey who has helped with absolutely everything at Paley PAL for more than 22 years. All volunteers received PAL beach towels as a small token of PAL’s appreciation.

PAL thanks all volunteers and officers for their commitment to improving the lives of youth throughout the City.

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