Di Bruno Brothers Partnership Helps PAL With Key Ingredient
Financial Support Helps Bring together Cops, Kids, and Fun as PAL Centers Re-Open for Fall Programming Across Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA – Police Athletic League (PAL) centers reopened in 15 neighborhoods across Philadelphia with some additional support from Di Bruno Bros, who committed $10,000 to aid in PAL’s efforts to safely reopen their facilities. Each PAL Center is staffed by a full-time Philadelphia Police Officer assigned to the PAL Police Unit and all programming is offered free-of-charge.
“We are excited to begin Fall programming and appreciative of the financial support from Di Bruno Brothers, as the additional costs associated with face masks, hand sanitizer, and more frequent cleaning has increased our costs,” stated Captain Krista Dahl-Campbell, Commanding Officer of the PAL Unit of the Philadelphia Police Department. “While the numbers of kids we can serve will be reduced due to Covid-19, the need to provide quality engaging activities with positive adult supervision, mentorship, and coaching is extremely high. The PAL Police Officers are excited to get back to their PAL Centers to spend time with the children.”
“Just like PAL, we have been a part of the fabric of Philadelphia for generations,” said Bill Mignucci Owner of Di Bruno Bros. “We believe the work PAL does in bringing youth and law enforcement together to develop positive relationships is critically important and we are excited to support this important social justice work in our city.”
For Di Bruno’s VP of Culinary Pioneering, Emilio Mignucci, getting involved with PAL was a walk down memory lane. “I remember interacting with the officers and other kids at Capitolo field when I was a kid playing in the PAL football league. PAL exposed me to other kids from other neighborhoods and to police officers who coached and guided us. Most importantly, PAL was fun.”
Following abbreviated summer programming (8 weeks) at select sites, PAL is reopening its centers this and next week. Each center is limited to a cohort of 22 youth and activities will range from homework support to group mentoring to socially distanced physical activities.
“We appreciate the ongoing support of our outstanding PAL Board, and many of our community partners, like Di Bruno Bros., who helped reopen our centers safely and welcome our kids and officers back,” said Ron Rabena, Chairman, Board of Directors, PAL.
Covid-19’s impact on youth serving organizations like PAL has been significant. A down economy makes fundraising more difficult while new costs for personal protective equipment and increased cleaning come on top of regulations limiting the number of children that can be served due to social distancing and other safety measures.
“We are grateful that Di Bruno Brothers has decided to invest in our city’s future by supporting PAL,” stated Ted Qualli, PAL’s Executive Director. “Covid-19 has been tough on everyone, but especially our kids. Many have been isolated and traumatized by the circumstances of COVID 19, social unrest, and increased violence in their neighborhoods. At PAL, children and police officers spend quality time together, engage in meaningful dialogue, and learn from one another. Everything we do is rooted in relationships and the relationships forged between PAL police officers and PAL kids are often life-long and life-changing. We appreciate Di Bruno Brothers supporting our efforts to reopen and are excited by what this partnerships will develop into throughout the year.