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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

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On February 23rd, 16 of PAL’s Martial Arts students participated in the Compete Karate Championships which was held at the Ontario Convention Center.  The Compete Tournament is highly ranked and one of the most competitive tournaments in the Nation. PAL students trained hard, fought well and were disciplined and respectful throughout the event. They received many positive comments about their abilities and about how they exhibited grace and professionalism.  Of our 16 competitors, they won the following 17 trophies in Fighting and Kata competition: Three 4th Places Trophies; Seven 3rd Place Trophies; Six 2nd Place Trophies; and, One 1st Place Trophy.  It was a great learning event for all of the students. Some of our normal champions were eliminated in the early phases of the competition, while some our newest competitors placed in the final three.  The next tournament will be the Bob and Barbara White Royal Family Kids Fundraiser on March 23 in Huntington Beach CA

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Long-time PAL supporter and neighbor Dr. Fariba Kalantari is participating in Smiles for Life, and has chosen Hollywood PAL to receive 50% of her campaign proceeds! From March through June, get your teeth whitened at Famous Hollywood Dental Care and 100% of your payment goes to local kids charities, 50% of which will be allocated to Hollywood PAL!  For more information, please check out the Famous Hollywood Dental Care Facebook Page or call them at (323) 461-4676.  You can also skip the whitening and donate directly to the cause.  Thanks for making us smile, Dr. Kalantari!

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Congratulations to the 14 PAL Kids and Officer Maria Ceja for completing the 2014 LA Marathon on March 8, 2014. This is the 5th year that Hollywood PAL has participated in the program Students Run LA (SRLA), and our kids continue to prove themselves.  It was not easy training 3 times a week for 6 months, but they passed the finish line with flying colors. Congratulations to…

Alfredo Aldana
David Aldana
Cynthia Ayala
Helen Belloso
Nelson Belloso
Carlos Calderon
Gonzales, Jaime
Kevin Lopez
Paola Lopez
Edwin Mazariegos
George Mazariegos
Vada Morales
Oscar Ortiz
Tiffany Ortiz

Aldana, Alfredo
Aldana, David
Ayala, Cynthia
Belloso, Helen
Belloso, Nelson
Calderon, Carlos
Estrada, Diego
Gonzales, Jaime
Lopez, Kevin
Lopez, Paola
Mazariegos, Edwin
Mazariegos, George
Morales, Vada
Ortiz, Oscar
Ortiz, Tiffany