The 2020 PAL Award Dinner will be held on April 29, 2020 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown!
The Annual PAL Dinner attracts nearly 1,000 of the region’s top corporate, civic, and community leaders in one room to celebrate the Philadelphia police officers of the PAL Police Unit, the work they do every day to support children living in our city’s highest crime, lowest income neighborhoods, and the people and corporations who make this work possible.
This year, PAL will honor one individual and two companies for their longstanding and passionate support of Cops Helping Kids. The 2020 PAL Award honorees are:
Bernie Prazenica, 6abc’s President and GM and immediate past chair of the PAL Board of Directors
Verizon, a company that has supported PAL for four decades with financial and board support
WSFS, a company whose support of PAL spans nearly the entirety of the non-profit’s existence
As the Police Department welcomes a new Commissioner and works to address an uptick in violence, the importance of PAL Centers and PAL officers is critical. We hope you will consider supporting PAL, our honorees and this life-changing mission of Cops Helping Kids.
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Among my biggest fans is my PAL officer, Cedric Jones. Officer Jones has been a primary source of encouragement and has supported me from the first day we met inside the PAL gym at 59th and Elmwood. Whether it was convincing me to learn how to play ping pong, listening as I made the decision to attend Duke, or offering pre-and post-game advice… he has become a mentor, a parental figure, a role model, and a friend, just as many other PAL Officers have done for thousands of kids throughout Philadelphia.
Officer Ernie is a great mentor to everyone in the center. He has truly supported my every endeavor…. from helping me pick out a dress at the Cozen Prom boutique, to teaching me the fundamentals of indoor soccer. He is an inspiration to all of us Rizzo PAL kids, and has helped me realize my own potential through sports, educational programs like mock trial, and the Positive Images service learning and mentoring program.
It is a privilege to serve on the Board of Directors for PAL. As a member of the Philadelphia business and media community, I feel an obligation to give back to the community I serve. PAL allows me the opportunity to impact the lives of children in the area by helping to provide them with a safe haven after school and in the summer. The PAL officers and staff provide scholastic and athletic development, but even more importantly, they offer the self esteem boosts and the positive role models children need to thrive.