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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

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On Sunday, March 30th, Lucky Strikes hosted the Pins for PAL Celebrity Bowl Fundraiser which raised almost $13,000 for Hollywood PAL. Joined by the following celebrities: Chris Bauer, Ctristina Coria, Jimmy Davison, Melissa Fumero, Ryan Merriman, Joe Lo Truglio, Erin Murphy, Kate Linder, Kenny Landreaux, Manny Pacheco, Mathew St. Patrick, Pauley Perrette, Tiana Saldana Peters, Zack Ward, our sponsors, kids and alumni enjoyed delicious food courtesy of Hard Rock Cafe, Vivoli Cafe, Blue Palms Brewhouse, Shortcake and Confection Co-Op and had fun bowling, bidding in the silent auction, and winning raffle prizes!

Special thanks to William Kidston for being our photographer. Check out the photos on Facebook!

And thank you to our generous Lane Sponsors: AmGraph, Andrews International, Avalon, Avison Young, Hard Rock Cafe, Hollywood Museum, Luck Strike, Palladium Residences, Paramount Contractors, Paramount Studios, Siren Studios, SR Financial Group, Sunset Gower/Sunset Bronson Studios, Tailwaggers, Truman & Elliott, LLP, Veritas Assurance Group, and Warner Brothers.

Hope to see everyone again next year!

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On March 25th, 2014, Tommy Hofheimer celebrated his 13th birthday and his bar mitzvah. Tommy generously asked friends and family to donate to PAL in lieu of gifts, and thus raised $3,990 for Hollywood PAL!  This amount indirectly covers the cost of our soccer field for 2 months, without which we could not serve our 8 soccer teams (150 players). A big thank you to Tommy and the following friends and family who donated to PAL in his honor.

Cynthia Berryman
Bonnie & David Brand
Jillian Copeland
Ethel & Nathan Cohen
Gary Cohen
Daniel & Andrea Corsun
Rina Etkes
Orley Garber
Sanford Goffstein
Ken & Helen Goldstein
Nancy Goldstein
Peter Goldstein
Barbara Green
Jennifer Hagle
Renee Hartstein
Marcia Hofheimer
Eileen Horowitz
Gerald & Jean Jaffe
Gary & Diane Katz
Phyllis Klein
Elizabeth Kleinberg
Franes Leve
Meg Lipstone
Marcia & Doug Mankoff
Marilyn Manne
Burton & Marcia Moss
Marla, Ed, Brian & Suzy Myers
Sara & Marshall Myers
Anne Myers-Richards
Elisa Newman
Nancy Ortenberg
Ilyse Pallenberg
Herbert & Daniel Raskas
John & Jane Reisman
Richard Reisman
Laurie Rosenthal
Jeffrey Rothstein
Jillian Reynolds Sachs
Dara Schnee
Steven H Schwartz & Sharon L Fivel
Brian Strelitz
Randi Strelitz
Eileen & Morris Tamsky
Jason & Mindy Weiner
Yvonne Wolf
Lawrence Zeno