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Thank you to all who came out to celebrate our 20th Anniversary at The Hollywood PAL Awards! A huge thank you to our emcee Tom LaBonge, Councilman Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, Captain Cory Palka, LAFD Chief Jerome Boyd and LAPD Assistant Chief Beatrice Grimala for your participation in helping to honor our kids and PAL Awards recipients.
We were thrilled to present awards to Pauley Perrette, Sgt II Darrel Davis and LAFD Inspector Eugene Andrews for their tireless dedication to our Hollywood community and to the kids.

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Please join us for a memorable evening featuring music, dinner and dancing to benefit the LAPD Hollywood Police Activities League.

In addition to celebrating Hollywood PAL’s 20th Anniversary, Community Leadership Awards will be presented to
Eugene Andrews (LAFD)
Darrell Davis (LAPD)
Pauley Perrette (Actress & Activist)

All proceeds raised from this event will be used to fund PAL’s after school activities and crime prevention programs for children ages 6-17 in Hollywood.

Throughout the evening guests will have the opportunity to bid on Silent and Live Auction items and enjoy high level entertainment!
Preview items and get the latest news on the event by heading to the PAL Awards website. 

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On Saturday, August 27th, from 10am-2pm at 6501 Fountain, Hollywood PAL will host its annual end-of-summer family picnic. But this year, there is an added celebration in honor of Hollywood PAL’s 20th year, and volunteers from Warner Bros. Entertainment are coming out to help host!  PAL Fest 2016 will feature music, carnival games, face painting, loteria, and lots of prizes and surprises. All of our PAL kids and their families are invited to attend this special birthday celebration.

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On July 30th, Andrew Franco earned his black belt at the Hollywood PAL school of Martial Arts. Families and friends came to watch the three hour long test that was a demonstration of Andrew’s commitment to the study Martial Arts. He had been putting in extra training hours and working hard on his personal essay, and the panel was very proud to award him the honor of a black belt. His sister Samantha Franco also tested and was promoted to red belt-black stripe and Miguel Sanchez to red belt. Congratulations to our 13th Hollywood PAL Black Belt!  Thank you for being an inspirational role model and teacher to fellow PALs.

 

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The Hollywood PAL Scholarship Program started 9 years ago and continues to be a great source of pride for the community. On August 9th, the Hollywood PAL Scholarship Committee and the Board of Directors hosted a special luncheon at the Lucky Strike in Hollywood to honor the recipients and their families. We are proud to honor the 2016-2017 Hollywood PAL Scholarship recipients.

Carlos Calderon, Cal State University Northridge

Jennifer Martinez, UC Santa Barbara

Daisy Mendez, San Diego State University

Elvia Cruz-Garcia, UC Santa Barbara

Xavier Canul, Santa Monica College

Susana Martinez Robles, LA Community College

Jason Siu, Loyola High School

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The 2016 Celebrity Bowling Tournament held on March 20, 2016 was an incredible afternoon filled with fun and excitement. Hosted at Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood, over  200 guests attended. Celebrities that attended included: Andrew Divoff, Kristen Bauer, Koda Corvette, Kristen Doute, Kate Linder, Johnny Ortiz, Pauly Perette, Zach Sewlyn, Mathew St. Patrick, Brian Taylor, Paul Vercammen, and Zack Ward.

Bowling teams included: AmGraph Group, Andrews International, The Argyle, CH Palladium, Champion Real Estate Company, Employees of Film LA, Hollywood Museum, Live Nation, MBS Group, OHM Nightclub, Paramount Contractors & Developers, Paramount Pictures, Rotary Club of Hollywood, Sunset Gower and Sunset Bronson Studios, Thor Lee and UNIDOS from Warner Bros. Entertainment.

Guests enjoyed food from Ciabatta Bar, Blue Palms Brewhouse, and Lucky Strike, and drinks were provided by Mimosa Soleil and Djinn’s HellaBrew as well as delicious PAL-branded candy from Sweet!  When they weren’t bowling, guests enjoyed complimentary massages from Exhale Spa and won prizes from the raffle and silent auctions. Prizes included, tickets to Six Flags Magic Mountain, tickets to any show at the Hollywood Palladium, tickets to Chicago, Kinky Boots, or Rain, at the Hollywood Pantages Theater, a snowboard, signed memorabilia, dinner at Musso and Franks Grill, and more.

Overall, the tournament was a tremendous success and we hope that everyone had a wonderful time and keeps practicing for next year!

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The Hollywood PAL Martial Arts kids have been very busy this year! There was the Bryan Hawkins Open Karate Tournament on February 6th, the Compete Karate Tournament on February 28th, the Pacheco Karate Championships on March 13, and coming this weekend the Bob & Barbara White Invitational. In addition to these tournaments, students came out on March 14 to support their instructor Ron Sanchez when he promoted to 7th Degree Black Belt, further inspiring our students to be life-long learners. Our students have been working hard, having fun, and coming home with lots of trophies. Keep it up, PAL!

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On Saturday, January 16th, Hollywood PAL’s U15 Soccer Team coached by Coach Jacinto Cruz played in the Championship Game for the United Nations Soccer League.  It was a tense and well-matched game that ended with our kids taking home the 2nd place trophy.  Afterwards parents and coaches hosted a pizza party to celebrate the team’s hard work and model sportsmanship. And since this is our only U15 team, their new season with the United Nations Soccer League starts next week!

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With a six-month break between soccer seasons, the Hollywood PAL Officers decided to take the opportunity to bond with PAL kids through the experience of learning a new sport.  Since most of our kids only know soccer and martial arts, the Officers chose to teach the kids softball and kickball, Monday and Wednesday evenings at Helen Bernstein High School. The experience has been fun and  memory-making, with parents joining in as well. Special thanks to Cal PAL for donating softball equipment to make this possible, and bravo to the PAL kids for not being afraid to try something new… like throwing a ball!
What’s more, on Saturday, January 16th, coaches from USA Rugby came out to teach the PAL kids the sport of rugby. The kids and PAL Officers had an absolute blast!  The sport perfectly blends American football and soccer to create a dynamic game that had all ages wanting more. We hope this is the beginning of a long-term partnership with USA Rugby.

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On Sunday, December 6th, Paramount Studios treated the kids of Hollywood PAL to a truly memorable experience.  Over 300 kids and parents attended the event, having lunch underneath the Christmas Tree, taking photos with Santa, decorating ornaments and cards with PAL volunteers, a toy-raffle give away and Paramount party-favors, as well as an exclusive movie-viewing experience and special holiday light show. Thank you to Frankie’s on Melrose for donating food, as well as the hundreds of families who brought something to share. Thank you to our toy donors: Lucky Strike, Chinese Theater, Madame Tussaud’s, Warren Weitzman, the residents of 6464 Sunset and 6565 Sunset, Nickelodeon, and Studio Cycle Company.  And a huge thank you to Paramount Studios for this incredible gift to our kids and families. Happy holidays to all!