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A Night of Celebration!

Night-of attendees included PAL youngsters, Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez, Commissioner Susan Slawson, PAL Board Members, BOMA representatives and more!

The Police Athletic League of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation hosted a special Grand Opening Ceremony for the Harrowgate PAL Center at the newly renovated Rambler Recreation Center last Wednesday. The Building Owners’ and Managers’ Association of Philadelphia (BOMA), which put in tens of thousands in monetary and material donations and extensive voluntary hours, helped transform the underutilized center into a beacon of hope for the community.

PAL youngsters with PAL Honorary Board Member, radio and tv personality, Don Tollefson, who presided over the evening's program

With volunteer support and in-kind contributions received from BOMA members, the Harrowgate PAL Center at Rambler Recreation Center enjoyed a complete renovation, including: extensive cleaning, fresh coats of paint, buffing and waxing of floors, installation of energy efficient light fixtures, complete construction of an office, installation of windows, new doors, a new

Harrowgate PAL Center Directors P/O Rivera and P/O Balco with PAL youngsters

air conditioning unit, ceiling fans, new kitchen appliances and more. BOMA members also donated cubicles and desks for the new computer lab.

Congratulatory remarks were made by PAL Commanding Officer Lt. Bryan Anthony, PAL Board of Directors Chair, Sylvia Nisenbaum, Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sanchez, Commissioner Susan Slawson of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, Deputy Commissioner Charlotte Council of the Philadelphia Police Departmentand Don Haas of BOMA. Attendees also enjoyed a special performance of the National Anthem by a fellow PAL youngster from the Logan PAL Center.

PAL youngsters enjoying the evening's festivities

More than 200 youngsters, community members, City officials and PAL supporters were in attendance at this momentous occasion. Following the program, all attendees remained in the center for snacks and pizza, games, computer exploration and center tours. It was the perfect way to celebrate the opening of such an exciting new center, and PAL is thrilled to see the Harrowgate Center thriving after just a few weeks of its opening!

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