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.
On March 22, Hollywood PAL hosted its 6th Annual Pins for PAL Celebrity Bowling Tournament at Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood. Over 150 guests attended the lively event, and a great time was had by all! To check out photos by William Kidston, head to the PAL Facebook page.
Special thanks to:
LANE SPONSORS: AmGraph, Avalon, The Avenue, Hollywood Museum, HYPE, Live Nation, Sunset Bronson Studios, Palladium Residences, Paramount Contractors, Tailwaggers, Tax Credit Co., and Thor Lee
FOOD SPONSORS: Hard Rock Cafe, Frankie’s on Melrose, Tin Horn Flats, Kettle Glazed, Confection Co-op, and Thad
PRIZE SPONSORS: Pure Skin Science, Dave & Buster’s, Tailwaggers, Fanciful Wine & Cheese, Fabiolus Cafe, Madam Tussaud’s, Famous Hollywood Dental, and Live Nation/Palladium
CELEBRITIES: Joell Posey, Keith Mitchel, Tai Bibilonia, Elizabeth Espinosa, Major Dodson, Dalton Gray, Taylor Hay, Mathew St. Patrick, Meredith Eaton, Stephen Full, and Pauley Perrette!
Over the years years, Hollywood PAL has been building a wait-list for its soccer program, and as we neared 300 names, the PAL Board of Directors and LAPD Officers decided to assess the possibility of adding more teams to the roster. With the help of our volunteer soccer coaches, who are passionate about making sure kids in our community have a safe place to go after school, Hollywood PAL has added 8 teams for a total of 16! Excitement for the program is at an all-time high, with kids who have been on the wait list for years finally getting the opportunity to join the PAL program and have access to sports, mentoring, and community pride. Drive by Helen Bernstein High School Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays to check us out!
Also, please consider having your company sponsor a PAL team for $1,000! Team sponsors will have their company name and/or logo printed on their team’s jersey and receive a their own PAL jersey and team photo. Just another way to show your support for Hollywood PAL! Sponsors so far include: Hollywood Museum, Blue Palms Restaurant, Live Nation & Hollywood Palladium, Robertson Properties, and Pantages!
On March 22, Hollywood PAL sent 40 martial arts students to participated in the 10th Annual Bob and Barbara White Royal Family Kids Tournament at Huntington Beach, a tournament which raises money to help abused children. The pal kids were true champions and received the following awards: 15 first place medals in fighting and forms competition; 2 second place medals in fighting and forms competitions; and, 2 third place medals in fighting and forms competition. For more photos, please check out the Hollywood PAL Facebook Page
The bowling lane pre-sale is going on now! Book your lane and build your team for the 2015 Celebrity Bowling Tournament to be held at Lucky Strike Live on March 22nd, 1pm. This family-friendly event is not only an important fundraiser, but it’s a special experience for our pal kids who get meet some of the people and celebrities that support PAL. Contact Valerie to reserve your lane or donate food! (Valerie Lord – email@example.com)
By being a part of the Police Activities League (PAL), you are helping yourself, your family and your community. For those reasons, a specially coordinated national preview of the movie, McFARLAND USA, gave pal kids the opportunity to see an inspirational film about the true story of a coach and his cross country team. On Saturday, February 7th, 2015, pals gathered in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Raleigh, Houston, Fresno, San Francisco and Los Angeles, getting the VIP treatment at their local Regal Theatre as well as featured on their local ABC news.
In Los Angeles, El Capitan hosted over 700 pals and sals (Sherriff’s Activities League). Kids came from Hollywood, Hollenbeck, Pasadena, Devonshire, Newton, Palmdale, Century, Compton, Lakewood, and Norwalk. Social media was all a buzz as kids responded to the themes of the movie: commitment to one’s community, the power of relationships, overcoming the odds… We all strongly recommend going to see the film when it opens February 20th!
On Saturday, January 31st, 50 Pals and Cadets loaded onto a bus and headed to the Coliseum to run the AltaMed 5K which was then followed by an all-day health expo featuring a Youth Mindfulness Session led by former NFL player and yogi, Keith Mitchell. The kids had a wonderful time exploring the yoga tents, LA Galaxy obstacle course, and other interactive booths. It was an honor to be included in the event.
Join the competition! Join the fun! Come to Hollywood PAL’s All in for PAL Poker Tournament at Bardot/Avalon Hollywood on February 19th, 2015. You could win dinner and a limousine, $1500 in cash, a Bartel Harley, and more! Not to mention bragging rights! Book your tickets here or sponsor a table of 10 players and host your friends. You don’t want to miss this VIP event and chance to support Hollywood PAL in the most playful way. For more information, call or email Valerie Lord at 323 467 7114, firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Thursday, December 18th, seventeen Martial Arts students tested to promote to a higher belt test, and they all passed! Afterwards, parents brought food and refreshments to celebrate their accomplishments and also show their appreciation to the Martial Arts Instructors and PAL program.