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The kids in Hollywood PAL’s Youth Leadership Council volunteered on Saturday, December 13th to help construct a parade float in honor of breast cancer patients, survivors, awareness and research. The kids painted, plastered, seeded, and talked with other volunteers about their experiences with cancer and meaning behind the float’s design.

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On Sunday, December 7th, Paramount Studios hosted Hollywood PAL’s Annual Holiday Party!  Over 250 people attended the joyous event, taking pictures with Santa, enjoying home cooked food and Paramount Hot Chocolate, taking home gifts and goodies and watching the newly released Book of Life in Paramount’s incredible theater. It was a memorable event for us all.  Check out photos!

In addition to our wonderful host Paramount Studios, we’d like to thank William Kidston for being our Photographer, Dennis Forel for entertaining us with his magic and balloons, Roosevelt Hotel and KIND Snacks for donating food, and Donelle Dadigan, Thor Lee, and the tenants of 6464 and 6565 Sunset for donating Toys to our PALs!

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Gary Taglyan and his staff at the Taglyan Cultural Center partnered with City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell to provide Thanksgiving Lunch to the families of Hollywood PAL and the Hollywood Boys & Girls Club.  Nearly 400 guests attended and enjoyed a delicious meal, creative entertainment and free raffle prizes. Members of the community came out to help serve food and celebrate our community. We are very thankful for our community support.

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On November 22, USC invited Hollywood PAL to bring a bus load of families to USC for lunch and a basketball game!  Not only did our kids have a blast eating a delicious feast and watching the USC girls team dominate the basketball court, but they went home with toys and goodies as well. Thank you for giving back to the Los Angeles community and inspiring our kids by bringing them to your campus.

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On November 8, 2014, Hollywood PAL joined the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council and the Council District 13 office for their monthly Community Clean-Up. Hollywood PAL’s Youth Leadership Council, various families, and Captain Storaker represented Hollywood PAL and were joined by friends from LAPD Northeast Division, Immigrants Charitable Foundation, Thai Rotary Club, PATH, East Hollywood -Los Feliz Homeless Coalition and other community members. PAL’s families enjoyed giving back and getting to know our community partners.

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On October 8th, 2014, Hollywood PAL hosted 330 guests at the Taglyan Cultural Center for the 11th Annual PAL Awards Gala. Our guests of honors, Maureen Schultz from Capitol Records and Brian Stewart from AmGraph, were awarded with Hollywood PAL Community Leadership Awards, and Councilmember Tom LaBonge also received special recognition from Hollywood PAL – the first ever Tom LaBonge Heart of Hollywood Award for his efforts to create a safe and healthy environment for the kids of Hollywood. Four PAL kids received certificates of recognition – Margarita Batres, Daniela Ramos, Yeaotzin Resendiz, and Lazaro Veliz. The lovely Mary Beth McDade emceed the affair, and our pal Jack McGee had us on the edge of our seats for the live auction. This year’s theme was Oktoberfest and many guests got into the spirit by dressing up, as they enjoyed a traditional Bavarian feast!

The Hollywood PAL Board of Directors and PAL Awards Committee would like to thank everyone who attended or contributed to this important fundraiser. We are truly thankful for our community partners who help us to serve the children of Hollywood by developing trusting relationships between cops and kids.

Special thanks to: Western Costume Company, Gypsy Folk Ensemble, the Gingerbread Factory, Premium Pub Food Co., Tito’s Handmade Vodka, San Antonio Winery, K&L Wines, Ballast Point, Blue Palms Brewery, Firestone Walker and Golden Road Brewery.

Chief Patron: Hollywood Museum and Taglyan Cultural Center

Captain Patron: The AmGraph Group, Capitol Music Group, Millennium Hollywood, and Pearl Media

Annual Sponsors: Paramount Contractors & Developers, Paramount Studios, The Avenue, Warner Brothers

Sergeant Patrons: Andrews International, Avalon/Bardot, Blue Palms Brewhouse, CIM Group, Clarett West Development, Essex Property Trust, Inc, Global Services Group, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Hollywood Pantages, Ohm Nightclub, Rockbottom Rentals, Roosevelt Hotel, The sbe Foundation, Sonia Pindler, Sunset Gower + Sunset Bronson Studios, Stout Wealth Management Group, Thor Lee/Avison Young, The W Hotel, Veritas Assurance Group

Auction donors: Avalon Hollywood, Aventine, Andrews International, Autry Museum, Bazaar Restaurant, Beso Hollywood, Bliss Hollywood, Charlie Banana, Disneyland, El Capitan, Exhale Spa, Fabiolus Cucina, Brian Folb, The Fonda, GRAMMY Museum, Grub, Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood Museum, House of Blues, K&L Wines, Kabuki Japanese Restaurant, LA Galaxy, LAFD, LAPD, LA Galaxy, Morton’s Steakhouse, Off Vine Restaurant, Pantages Theatre, Paramount Pictures, Pasadena Playhouse, Pink Taco, Rhonda’s Jewelry, The Roosevelt Hotel, SLS Beverly Hills, Sweet!, Tailwaggers, Trader Joe’s, The Musso+Frank Grill, TLC Chinese Theatre, Universal Studios, W Hotel Hollywood, W Hotel New York

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Hollywood PAL’s Youth Leadership Council began a recycling program last April in order to raise money for the American Cancer Society through their Relay for Life event which took place in Hollywood on August 23. In 3 months, they raised $600 for the cause and hand delivered the check on September 16th. To show their appreciation for our kids’ efforts, the Relay for Life staff gave YLC a personal tour of their offices and services, met with cancer survivors and researchers, and were presented with a certificate of appreciation. YLC will move on to their next community service project, but plan to support Relay for Life again next year.

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On Thursday, November 6th, Buffalo Wild Wings in Hollywood is helping Hollywood PAL to raise money for its after-school programs!  Eat lunch, dinner, a snack, a drink, anything you want between 11am and 2am, and 10% of your bill will be donated back to Hollywood PAL!  All you have to do is present this Buffalo Wild Wings Flyer!  Thank you for your support.  Please spread the word and make plans to eat for PAL on Thursday!

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The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation presented ten community organizations with $21,500 in grants at the September mixer at OHM Nightclub – one of which was Hollywood PAL! Hollywood Chamber Community Foundation board member Marty Shelton presented checks to the following organizations: Assistance League of Southern California for Operation Bell on wheels; Boys & Girls Club of Hollywood for their music program; Dress for Success Worldwide for replacement of two computers for their Career Center; The Harmony Project for purchase of new instruments for their Hollywood Program Hub; Hollywood Arts Council for art supplies for Project SOAR; Hollywood Heritage, Inc. for restoration of external exhibition area of museum; Hollywood PAL for their Martial Arts Program; NewFilmmakers L.A. towards hiring a full time employee who will aid in expanding Core Program; Project Angel Food to continue providing and delivering cooked meals to people with HIV/AIDS who are too weak to care for themselves; Stella Adler Theatre for their Community Outreach Program. Photo by Marlene Panoyan

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On August 17th, the famous El Capitan Theatre invited PAL kids and their families, as well as LAPD Hollywood Officers and their families, to see Disney’s “Planes Fire & Rescue”. Over 600 guests attended and enjoyed a Live Stage show featuring MICKEY MOUSE and Friends and MICKEY MOUSE short “Mickey’s Fire Brigade” prior to movie. This was the second time that El Capitan Theatre has hosted a PAL family movie night. The first was a VIP viewing of “Million Dollar Arm.” We are truly grateful for El Capitan’s generous hospitality, sharing their magical theatre with the entire Hollywood community.