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The funds generated from the PAL Awards and Silent Auction help PAL to continue these activities and allow the non-profit to keep them free to all youth in Philadelphia.

The PAL Awards are the non-profit’s largest fundraiser, raising 1/3 of its annual operating budget.

This is the 55th annual dinner. In years past they have typically attracted 1,000 ppl. This year we are doing it virtually for the second time.

 

The PAL Award

The PAL Award is our organization’s highest honor, presented annually to those individuals and organizations whose advocacy, support, and leadership make PAL’s critically important mission possible.

VIP Reception:

May 6th event begins with a VIP cocktail reception at 6:00pm ET.

  • The VIP Reception will take place on Zoom. Please note guests’ screens may be viewable during the Zoom meetings. You can chat with other guests in the chat box.
  • VIP members will be sent a zoom link to access content.
  • To view content, simply click on the link at 6:00pm ET. A new window will open and display the content.
  • VIP Reception will include:
  • Auction Exclusives
  • Charcuterie Board How-To
  • PAL’s Signature Cocktail (PAL-Tini)
  • 2021 PAL Signature Dish (Chicken in a Mustard and Brandy Cream Sauce)

Program:

The cocktail hour will end at 7pm ET and the program will immediately begin.

  • Return to the event’s landing page to view the program. You will see the embedded video located at the top of the page. The virtual program will automatically begin streaming at approximately 7:00pm ET.
  • For this portion of the event, you will not be visible to others, but we invite and encourage you to interact with us during the program using our Faashtag, #PHLPALAwards.

Auction:

The auction will open on Friday, April 30 at 5:00pm ET. The auction closes at 9:00pm ET on May 6.

  • All transactions related to the auction will be hosted on our mobile bidding software, OneCause.
  • If you have not registered for mobile bidding, please visit OneCause Link or contact Cassandra Harris @ [email protected].
  • All auction winners will be notified by text. Winners can contact char[email protected] to redeem their prize.

Honoree Jeff Brown

PAL’s partnership with Brown’s Super Stores spans more than 10 years and has benefitted thousands of children living in our city’s highest crime and lowest income neighborhoods.

From annually supporting PAL events and programs, to donating water, snacks, and more to our PAL Centers Jeff Brown has always believed in and supported the power of the relationships we create between cops and kids.

Brown pioneered building stores in communities where food deserts exist. He involves and becomes a part of the neighborhood bring served by providing community space, classes, clinics, and jobs. Brown alongside his wife, Sandy, launched a consulting nonprofit, UpLift Solutions, which focuses on food access in low-income areas.

He has placed his supermarkets in food deserts, employs a workforce that is significantly made up of African Americans, and actively hires formerly incarcerated individuals. Brown also quickly reopened his supermarkets in communities after some were looted during the civil unrest over police brutality last year.

 

Honoree Dr. Rev. Lorina Marshall-Blake

PAL’s partnership with Independence Blue Cross spans more than 40 years.  And for the majority of that time, Lorina Marshall-Blake herself has played the key role in strengthening PAL’s work with children living in our city’s highest crime, lowest income neighborhoods.

From the army of IBC volunteers annually supporting PAL events and programs to the financial support provided by the foundation, they have always believed in and supported the power of the relationships PAL creates between cops and kids

Indeed, PAL and the IBC Foundation have a shared commitment to serving those communities most impacted by issues like the opioid epidemic, violence, educational and healthcare disparities. As president of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, Marshall-Blake leads strategic, programmatic, and operational efforts to fulfill the Foundation’s mission to lead sustainable solutions that improve the health and wellness of the community. It in in this role that she has impacted thousands of PAL youth in her work.

Marshall-Blake is devoted to her church and community. She serves as an associate minister at the Vine Memorial Baptist Church in Philadelphia. In addition, she is affiliated with more than 30 professional and civic organizations, including the Anti-Defamation League and the United Negro College Fund, and is the 28th President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Omega Omega Chapter. Marshall-Blake serves on 25 non-profit boards and committees of local, state, and national organizations including Blue Cross Blue Shield Association — Corporate Responsibility Committee, Pennsylvania Conference for Women, the Urban Affairs Coalition, and the Urban League of Philadelphia.

She is an inspirational figure in Philadelphia, and one that our PAL youth aspire to be.

 

Honoree BELFOR Property Restoration 

Throughout the years BELFOR Property Restoration has donated an incredible amount of time, labor, and resources though countless Building Owner’s and Managers Association (BOMA) PAL Center renovations – a true labor of love. Almost annually BOMA and its members give back to the communities throughout the City. BELFOR Property Restoration has always been an organization our PAL youth and Officers count on to enhance the safe havens and access to opportunities for children in our locations.

Through extensive cleaning, fresh coats of paint, installation of energy efficient light fixtures, complete construction projects, down to the furniture donated within the space BELFOR Property Restoration employees, alongside their BOMA peers have done it all.

Each PAL center is a unique asset to a PAL Officer when it comes to supporting their community. BELFOR Property Restoration have aided PAL the non-profit with projects that can seem daunting to most. In the end they create a space that our youth are proud to be in, and that our PAL Officers can utilize to provide excellent programming that meets the needs of the neighborhood they serve.

Throughout the pandemic BELFOR Property Restoration worked tirelessly to provide their disaster recovery and property damage restoration services. Servicing Center City Philadelphia, Southeastern Pennsylvania, the Delaware Valley and the Tri-State area, much of

  • 2021 Fundraising Goal 68% 68%

Testimonials

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.

Amile Jefferson,PAL Aumnus/Scholarship Recipient
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.
Sarah M, Rizzo PAL Participant
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.

Vince Giannini PAL Board Member/Donor
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