Save the date! The 2019 PAL Award Dinner will be held on May 23, 2019!
PAL’s Award Dinner is PAL’s premier fundraising event that not only benefits more than 8,500 youth, but also promotes sponsors and advertisers to a wide audience. The Dinner attracts nearly 1,000 guests who are among the region’s top corporate, civic and community leaders. This year the PAL Award Dinner will take place on May 23, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.
The PAL Award Dinner has helped PAL enhance the lives of Philadelphia’s children in the city’s highest-crime and lowest-income neighborhoods. PAL provides safe havens for girls and boys, ages 6-18, to build character and achieve success in academics, athletics, and life.
At a moment in time when cities across the country are struggling to build positive relationships between residents and law enforcement, the significance, track record, and impact of PAL’s mission of “Cops Helping Kids” is more important than ever.
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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.