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IMG_4180The Philadelphia 76ers took on the league-leading Golden State Warriors on February 9, and PAL was on hand and well represented for what turned out to be a thrilling PAL Night at the 76ers.  Nearly 150 sponsors, supporters, Commissioner’s Club Members and friends of PAL, along with 250 PAL kids, enjoyed the game and participated in the 29th annual event.

The event kicked off with sponsors from Keller Williams and SugarHouse Casino presenting generous gifts in support of PAL’s mission of “Cops Helping Kids” to Deputy Police Commissioner Bethel, PAL Commanding Officer Lt. William Eddis, PAL Board Treasurer Bernie Prazenica, and PAL Executive Director Ted Qualli. Immediately following the ceremony, dozens of excited PAL kids lined the tunnel and greeted the Sixers’ players with high fives as they stormed out onto the court.

After warmups, PAL preIMG_4204sented Sixers’ rookie Center Nerlens Noel with an award for his dedication and commitment to being a great role model for Philadelphia’s young people.

PAL’s sponsors, Commissioner’s Club Members, Police Brass and special guests, celebrated the occasion from a suite where they enjoyed mingling and taking in the game.

The evening was capped with a special honor for one very important member of the PAL team.  Police Officer Sharon Wells was presented with the Sixers’ Heroes Among Us Award by 76ers legend World B. Free.  Officer Wells is in her 25th year of service with the Philadelphia Police Department and is entering her 17th year of being assigned to the PAL Unit.  Officer Wells embodies PAL’s mission of “Cops Helping Kids” in her role overseeing the Harrowgate PAL Center.  Thanks to PAL officers, like her, girls and boys develop self-esteem as they are mentored to success in academics, athletics, and in life.

PAL thanks the 76ers, all sponsors, friends and guests who made this a wonderful experience for all in attendance.

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