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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.

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The Youth Leadership Council started a recycling program two months ago at the police station and has been collecting, sorting and cashing in every week. The idea was to help the environment, while also raising money for Relay for Life and its cancer research. Last week, YLC organized 3 drop-off days and did a big push, encouraging PAL families and local businesses to participate as well. They raised over $700, which will be donated to cancer research.  Now they are on to their next volunteer project… got any suggestions?

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Hollywood PAL will host a Poker Tournament on Tuesday, July 15th at the Montalban Theater in Hollywood. Buy an individual ticket for $75 which includes first buy-in, food and beverages, or host a table for 10 for $600 which includes first buy-in for 10 players, food and beverage, as well as signage and special recognition. There will also be $100 re-buys, cigars, prizes, roulette, and more!  Special thanks to our sponsors:  Blue Palms Brewhouse, Fanciful, The Montalban Theater, and Titos Handmade Vodka. RSVP to Valerie at vlord@hollywoodpal.org or (213)847-4382. For more information, click here.

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On Saturday, May 10th, the legendary El Capitan Theatre invited Hollywood PAL families to preview Million Dollar Arm, Disney’s newest film that opens May 16th. Nearly 400 pal kids and their families came out for the special event and were treated with popcorn, soda and a surprise ice cream sundae from Ghirardelli after the movie. It was a truly magical evening for everyone who came out! Hollywood PAL is very grateful for being able to bring our families together for this memorable experience. Thank you for supporting our community in this way, El Capitan.

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Dine at Katsuya Hollywood on Monday, April 28th, 2014, and 15% of your meal will be donated to the Hollywood Police Activities League!  Call 323.871.8777 to make your lunch or dinner reservation, mention Hollywood PAL, and don’t forget to bring the flyer!  Thank you for supporting PAL in this way, and enjoy the incredible food!

Katsuya Hollywood Flyer