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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.

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On August 3rd, Hollywood PAL sent 23 competitors to the 50th anniversary of the Long Beach Internationals Tournament. The kids competed in 3 categories, 2 forms and 1 sparring. The group took home over 20 medals!

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K&L Wines hosted its annual Champagne Tent Event on Saturday, October 18th at its Hollywood store, 1400 Vine Street, and a great time was had by all who attended this sold out event!  The store’s favorite artisan growers and producers brought over 60 varieties exclusively for this event. Guests included Caroline and Paul Ariston from Ariston Aspasie, Elisabeth Goutorbe from Elisabeth Goutorbe, Quentin Paillard from Pierre Paillard, Bruno Lemoine from Fleury, Olivier and Delphine Bonville from Franck Bonville, Severine Launois from Launois and Eric de Brisis from Baron Fuente and Martine and Michael Loriot from Loriot.  As well as, big-name producers: Louis Roederer, Billecart-Salmon, Laurent Perrier, Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Krug, Perrier-Jouët, Delamotte, Taittinger , Gosset, Piper-Heidsieck and Charles Heidsieck.

Proceeds from the event were generously donated to the Hollywood Police Activities League. A donation of this size, indirectly funds the cost of our soccer program (160 kids) for 1 month. Thank you to K & L Wines and everyone who attended this event. The kids of Hollywood are grateful for your support!

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On Wednesday, October 8th, Hollywood PAL will host the 11th Annual PAL Awards at the Taglyan Cultural Center, 6-9pm. The theme for this year’s highly anticipated fundraiser is Oktoberfest. Hollywood PAL is also pleased to announce this year’s honorees: Maureen Schultz of Capitol Records and Brian Stewart of AmGraph. Both of these individuals are near and dear to the PAL family and their companies have been generously supporting PAL and investing in the future of Hollywood. For more information on tables, sponsorship, tickets, and the auction, please contact Valerie Lord at 213 847 4382. See you there!

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On Friday, July 18th, the Hollywood PAL Board of Directors hosted a very special lunch at the Firehouse Memorial Museum, in honor of PAL’s 9 scholarship recipients. Representatives from Councilmember O’Farrell’s office attended to present certificates of honor signed by Councilmember LaBonge and Councilmember O’Farrell, as well as other important members of the PAL family such as Thad Smith, Fariba Kalantari, Kambiz Batmangelich and of course, Captain Peter Zarcone to name a few.  After the awards were presented, 3 PAL alumni were recognized as well for having completed their college degrees (and a masters). Ivette Aragon, Karen Aragon, and Jamecelle Ventura gave advice to the young college freshman and then thanked the PAL Scholarship Committee and Board for continuing to support them beyond being a “pal kid.” Thank you to Fabioulus Cucina for providing lunch, the Firehouse Memorial Museum for hosting us, and to our esteemed Scholarship Committee members: Donelle Dadigan, Terri Tilton, Jason Hariton and David Bradley.

2014 Scholarship Recipients:
David Aldana – CSU Northridge
Cynthia Ayala – CSU Fullerton
Mauricio Diaz – CSU Northridge
Brigitte Flores – UC Riverside
Shantel Leyva – Pasadena City College
Edgar Munoz Martinez – CSU Northridge
Vada Morales – CSU Fullerton
Abel Luis Reyes – Cal State University
Alejandra Rivas – UC Berkeley

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Hollywood, Northeast, Devonshire, and Hollenbeck PALs got together for a PAL Soccer Tournament which took place over the course of 3 Saturdays. PAL brought home all 4 trophies!  Great fun was had by all, and Hollywood PAL parents are planning a small gathering for the winning teams to celebrate their success.

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Dr. Fariba Kalantari and Famous Hollywood Dental Care have joined many dentist across the country in the Smiles for Life campaign! The campaign raised $10,099, and half of the proceeds go directly to Hollywood PAL! Dr. Fariba Kalantari has been long-time member of Pals of PAL (the donors club that supports Hollywood PAL), and we are so grateful for her support. Her Dental office is located at 6464 W. Sunset Blvd Suite 1080 in Hollywood. For more information, visit www.hollywooddentalcare.com.