The Hollywood Police Activities League will present the 12th Annual Hollywood PAL Awards Gala on Wednesday, September 30th from 6-9pm at the Avalon in Hollywood. This highly anticipated Gala will be themed ROCK EVOLUTION and feature live music and performances, all the while celebrating the PAL mission to build trust between cops and at-risk youth. All proceeds raised from this event will be used to provide enrichment activities and fund PAL’s ongoing crime prevention programs for children ages 6-17 in Hollywood. The evening program will include an awards presentation honoring the recipient of the 2015 Community Leadership Award, as well as PAL Kid-of-the-Year. Guests will also have the opportunity to bid on Silent and Live Auction items throughout the evening, purchase VIP back stage passes to meet the bands, and enjoy high level entertainment in a historic music venue. The fundraising success of this event directly impacts the number of kids we will be able to serve in 2016.
Hollywood PAL is proud to announce its new partnership with UNIDOS the employee association within Warner Brothers Entertainment that dedicates itself to volunteer service and community involvement. On Saturday, August 8th, 14 volunteers came out to make posters and banners for the PAL Office expressing their appreciation for police officers. The 2 hour event was a big hit and many kids left asking when the next art party would be. This was hopefully the first of many collaborations with UNIDOS. Thank you for donating your time and creativity.
On August 1st, a trophy ceremony was held to award all PAL Soccer players with a participation certificates for the Spring/Summer Season, as well as honor the four winning teams: Pantages FC U8, Hollywood Museum FC U10, Blue Palms FC U12, and Canada CA Business Council U14. The trophies that these teams were awarded will be engraved each season with the winning teams from that division. A new Hollywood PAL tradition for our PAL league. Thank you to all who helped Hollywood PAL expand its soccer program this year. We will continue with 19 teams through the Fall/Winter Season, and are excited to be playing at both Helen Bernstein High School and Hollywood High School. The Fall season will begin September 14th.
The Hollywood PAL Scholarship Program started 8 years ago and continues to be a great source of pride for the entire community. On July 30th, the Hollywood PAL Scholarship Committee and Board of Directors hosted a special lunch for this year’s recipients at the Fire House Museum. Fabioulus Cafe catered the event and on behalf of Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, Dan Halden from CD13 presented each scholar with a certificate of recognition for the personal success and commitment to the Hollywood Community.
2015-2016 Scholarship Recipients:
Carlos Calderon, Cal State Northridge
Andrew Franco, Cal State Northridge
Magno Enriquez, Vassar
Antonio Diaz, Pasadena City College
Tiffany Ortiz, Santa Monica City College
Alejandra Rivas, UC Berkeley
Cynthia Ayala, Cal State Fullerton
Mauricio Diaz, Cal State Northridge
Abel Luis Reyes, Cal State LA
David Aldana, Cal State Northridge
Every year, Hollywood PAL packs the Summer calendar with field trips. This gives kids a chance to spend some quality time with their PAL Officers, with a memorable experiences that they would not have access to otherwise. There are over 500 kids in PAL and already 140 have gone on a field trip this summer! This is possible thanks to our incredible community partners who donate tickets, food, and unique experiences. Special thanks to TCL Chinese Theatre, LA Galaxy Rising Stars Foundation, LA Dodgers Foundation, Quest Nutrition, the Let’s Play Hollywood Foundation, Cartoon Network, and El Capitan Theatre.
Hollywood PAL provides comprehensive youth development to kids through athletic and recreational activities lead by LAPD Officers and volunteers. The 15-year old soccer program in particular is very effective in teaching personal skills that positively impact and inspire kids in our community. Last Spring, we grew the soccer program from 8 teams to 19 teams and we need your help in continuing to have this many teams for the Fall/Winter season. For $1000, your company can sponsor a Hollywood PAL Soccer Team for one year. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, and take a look at how good the pal kids look wearing local logos!
On June 10th, the families of Hollywood PAL came together to bid farewell to Officer Nikki Abskharon and Officer Debbie Slavin, who have been reassigned to working patrol in Hollywood. A big celebration was held in their honor at the Firehouse Museum & Memorial. Officer Abskharon is Hollywood PAL’s longest serving PAL officer, having dedicated 5 years to community relations and crime prevention through youth programs. Thanks to her hard work and commitment, Hollywood PAL has achieved great growth and success. There were many tears and heartfelt stories shared that evening for both officers. While it is hard to say goodbye, the impact that they have left on the lives of so many kids is forever. We now welcome Officer Ericka Martinez and Officer Taybren Lee to the PAL program, and we are excited to work with them.
Representatives of Hollywood PAL had the pleasure of meeting with Congressman Adam Schiff to discuss the PAL program and how it is positively impacting Hollywood. Congressman Schiff says that, “Building safe and secure communities is one of our most important national goals. To succeed, we must create drug- and crime-free schools, support a professional, visible police force rooted in our communities, and invest critical resources in the prevention and intervention of criminal activity by at-risk youth.” Building trust between the police force and families and investing resources in at-risk youth to steer them away from gangs and drugs is exactly what PAL does. We were proud to receive the Congressman’s accolades and appreciate his goals and strategies for our community.
On June 6, Hollywood PAL participated in the Malinda Mo-Ota, Orange County Open Karate Championships in Huntington Beach California. The tournament is sanctioned by the Sport Karate Martial Arts Association and is very competitive. The kids trained very hard and represented our program in an exemplary manner, receiving many compliments on their spirit, discipline and respectfulness, on top of 25 trophies! Special thanks to Malinda Mo-Ota for hosting Hollywood PAL.
On March 29th, Shantel Leyva, who has been studying with Hollywood PAL for over eight years tested and promoted to Black Belt! Shantel is Hollywood PAL’s 16th black belt. The last to test and pass was Dario Calderon in 2009. Many friends in the community came out to watch and support Shantel, including Robertson Properties who has been donating the Martial Arts Studio to PAL for the past 9 years. The board of judges included John Reed, Robert Lennon, Master Bob White, Barbara White, Virgil Bartolomucci, Master Burnis White III, Ivette Aragon, Karen Aragon, Siaka Harding and Ron Sanchez. All were impressed by her forms, techniques, skills and essay. Congratulations, Shantel, and to all of the other Hollywood PAL Martial Arts students that promoted belts as well.