The 2020 PAL Awards and Auction will be a Virtual Celebration!
Dear Friends of the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia,
Since we are unable to hold the annual PAL Award Dinner this year, we have taken our event virtual in an effort to show our appreciation for this year’s PAL Award recipients and the men and women of the PAL Police Unit. This year’s honorees are Bernie Prazenica, President and GM at 6abc, Verizon and WSFS.
In addition to presenting the PAL Award – our organization’s highest honor, the annual PAL Award Dinner is also our largest fundraiser, bringing in nearly 35% of the funding necessary to operate 20 PAL Centers across Philadelphia. The dollars raised through this event ensure the PAL Police Officers running our centers have the space, equipment, support staff and supplies necessary to provide meaningful programming to nearly 7,000 kids every year.
With so much going on in our world, hitting our fundraising goal this year is as important as ever and so we are hopeful you will find a way to support us.
- Becoming a Sponsor or Making a Donation: It costs on average $435 to serve each child a year. That’s 12 months of fun, safe and free programming with a Philadelphia Police Officer.
- Bid in the Online Auction: PAL’s blockbuster auction continues to be one of Philadelphia’s premier auctions!
- Sharing: The Annual Awards typically gathers 1,000 of PAL’s closest friends, many of whom partner with PAL and contribute to this event every year. Help us reach even more people by sharing this eblast and Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter posts to your network.
As always, we are truly grateful to those who have already committed to supporting our Annual Award Dinner & Auction. Please help spread the word about our need for support! It’s because of Friends like you that we continue our mission of Cops Helping Kids.
My colleague, Ashley Rapp, is available to answer any questions or discuss how you can help. She may be reached at email@example.com or 267-664-4631.
Thank you for your consideration and stay safe.
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.