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PAL Recognizes Dedicated Volunteers during Fun Celebration

Volunteers from Wissinoming and Oxford Circle PAL centers enjoyed South Bowl’s roof deck

Volunteers from Wissinoming and Oxford Circle PAL centers enjoyed South Bowl’s roof deck

More than 80 PAL volunteers, support staff members, and officers came together on June 10th for an exciting evening of food, fun, and appreciation at South Philly’s new South Bowl. Volunteers and support staff dedicate hundreds of hours each year to enhance PAL’s mission through positive youth development programming. Without their help, many crucial programs would not exist.

Support Staff Member of the Year, Lily Reyes with Harrowgate PAL Center Director P/O Sharon Wells and PAL Command Sergeants

Support Staff Member of the Year, Lily Reyes with Harrowgate PAL Center Director P/O Sharon Wells and PAL Command Sergeants

PAL named Richard Washington the 2015 Volunteer of the Year. Richard has dedicated more than a decade to Logan PAL, supporting programs and personally mentoring many children to become productive young men and women. Additionally, PAL named Lily Reyes the 2015 Support Staff Member of the Year. Lily far exceeds expectations of her roles in Homework Club and Positive Images at Harrowgate PAL. She has contributed to the success of all programs at the center and is adored by everyone who attends. Both recipients graciously accepted the awards and look forward to many more years of service.

PAL also recognized several volunteers and support staff that continuously go above and beyond the call of duty, including Mariah Carroll of Wissinoming PAL who has made it her personal mission to educate the kids at her center about anti-bullying and diversity; Chantel Jones of Fairhill PAL who serves as Center Director P/O Marcus Allen’s “right hand” for all programs at the center; Siani Velazquez who coaches the cheerleading squad and helps children with their homework at Lighthouse PAL; Ms. Loretta Washington who has enriched the lives of participants at Logan PAL for more than 19 years; Donte Meares who has been a role model to Tacony PAL members for ten years; Emanuel Stanton from Paley PAL who always puts PAL first and helps with whatever the center needs; Gianna Bradley who has led many daily operations at Rizzo PAL for the past two years and even coached the center’s soccer team to a second place finish in the Citywide league; Migdalia Feltio who has been a part of every activity at Harrowgate PAL since the center opened four years ago; and Ryan Elliott who supports Tacony PAL and his Center Director P/O Bill Schneider during all of his free time. All volunteers enjoyed bowling, dinner, and free massages at the event.

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

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