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Happy New Year! A Year in Review

Polce Athletic League of PhiladelphiaPAL had an exciting and successful year in 2011. From new PAL center grand openings to visits with Phillies’ Pitcher Roy Halladay to PAL’s most successful Golf Classic to date to an abundance of end-of-year holiday parties, 2011 was full of memories and certainly a special year for PAL and its youth constituency. Here are some highlights from the past year:

Last winter was booming with activity at PAL. In February, PAL implemented its newest fundraiser, “Denim Week”, which raised thousands of dollars for youth activities. February also hosted the 25th annual PAL Night at the Sixers, an exciting night of basketball for PAL Commissioner’s Club Members and PAL youth. Some other key events included Lockheed Martin’s PAL Day at City Hall, 24 Math Challenge, the Citywide Fitz-Dixon Basketball Championship Games and more.

Spring was a busy time for PAL. PAL youngsters once again competed in the IDC/Intern U PAL Challenge and defeated members of the IDC staff. BOMA’s second-annual “Cops Helping Kids” Day was a sweeping success for PAL, raising thousands of dollars in support of PAL’s mission and increasing awareness amongst Center City residents and office workers. PAL’s annual Award Dinner and Silent Auction took place in May, and honored Ruben Amaro, Jr., of The Phillies, Daniel Hilferty of Independence Blue Cross and Jeffrey Scarpello, Esq., of NECA, Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter. PAL’s biggest fundraiser of the year was a wonderful evening for all involved.

In the summer, there was no shortage of fun. The PAL Scholarship Foundation once again hosted its annual Scholarship Luncheon, and provided scholarships to more than 230 deserving PAL participants! Throughout the summer, youth participated in baseball, golf, skateboarding, tennis and many other activities. Children were also educated through trips to the Philadelphia Zoo, Constitution Center and other great events and activities.

In the fall, September’s rain washed away hopes of hosting the Golf Classic on its regularly-scheduled date, but overall the season was anything but a disappointment. October brought about the Grand Opening Ceremony for Harrowgate PAL. Children and their families enjoyed a special evening and were welcomed into their neighborhood’s new safe haven. Youth participated in a Mock Trial in November. The court-room-thriller took place in Drexel’s Earl Mack School of Law moot court room. Youngsters practiced for weeks, and received guidance from Drexel students and members of Dilworth Paxson LLP. To wrap up the year, children from each PAL center attended a holiday party where they received gifts, spent time with friends, visited Santa and enjoyed the spirit of the season. Here’s for hoping 2012 will bring as much joy as 2011.

From all of us at PAL, Happy New Year!

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