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Fairhill PAL Grand Re-Opening Restores Hope to a North Philly Community

IMG_1456On June 16th, dozens of children and their families celebrated the Grand Re-opening of the Fairhill PAL Center in North Philadelphia. Through a newly established relationship with Hope Partnership for Education, PAL was able to come back to a community in need. Friends from the center’s adopting partner, PwC, were on hand to celebrate the special occasion.

The summer-themed evening kicked off with a craft project in which children wrote messages about their plans for summer and stored them away in bottles they decorated with markers, stickers and more.  Deputy Commissioner Bethel represented Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey and shared inspiring messages about his time as a PAL youth and what it means to have PAL in the community. Sister Cathy Manderfield from Hope Partnership spoke about her excitement for the collaboration with PAL.  Additionally, Jeff Hendrey, PAL’s Board Chairperson and PwC Partner, represented PwC and touched on their mission to invest in young people. IMG_1593

Chantel Jones, a junior at Bodine International High School, also spoke about the center’s impact, “If PAL taught me something, it was to hold my head high and keep moving forward. Just because I live in a tough neighborhood doesn’t mean I need to set my personal standards lower. I kept school a priority and found any opportunity I could to volunteer my time to help others.”  Chantel expressed how proud she is to have PAL in her community again and that she is already taking advantage of the programming and opportunities to help Center Director P/O Marcus Allen tutor the younger children.

PAL thanks PwC, Hope Partnership for Education and the Philadelphia Police Department for sharing in this inspiring evening.

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