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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

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Hollywood PAL has 15 kids training for the 2014 LA Marathon as part of Students Run LA (SRLA).  With one month to go, the kids are tired, sore and nervous. Officer Maria Ceja brought in two speakers to inspire them and turn those nerves into excitement.  First, Ericka from Running Circle led a “Good Form Clinic” on January 22nd and gave the kids individual pointers on how to run efficiently, how to reset one’s alignment during a race, and eased their aches and pains with posture tips. Tiffany Ortiz said, “She told me that I was moving my arms too much and that was making me more tired. She was right, and I already feel better with the new form.” Then on February 4th, a friend of a board member came to practice to give the kids emotional support. Eduardo, who works in Hollywood, is running his 7th marathon. He talked about when he started running and why he keeps running, how each marathon was different and what it means to him to complete a race. The kids were absolutely inspired by his dedication, not to mention impressed by his speed! On February 22nd, the kids will run 20 miles, then they will be ready for the LA Marathon on March 9th.  Special thanks to Fabiolus Cafe for donating the pre-marathon feast on March 7th!

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On Friday, January 3rd the Hollywood PAL Youth Leadership Council (YLC) hosted a fundraising dinner at Shakey’s Pizza Parlor on Sunset. The event honored Officer Elias Aguayo for his dedication to the PAL Soccer program and also welcomed new PAL Officer Gabe Ruiz, who is a PAL alumni himself! 25% of all receipts from PAL guests that night will be donated back to Hollywood PAL. YLC is a group of 15 high school students who plan monthly events and activities to give back to the community. This year, they will be establishing a recycling program with various local businesses and joining the Relay for Life Hollywood event.

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Hollywood PAL kids and their families gathered at Paramount Studios for a magical evening of home cooked food, family togetherness, a toy give away and big laughs from the movie Despicable Me 2. At the event, PAL also took the opportunity to recognize some of the individuals who make PAL possible: our Martial Arts Instructors, Soccer Coaches, Board Members, and of course, our PAL Officers. Thank you again to Paramount Studios for hosting this event as well as to the Chinese Theater, AmGraph and Trader Joe’s for donating our grand prizes.

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On Sunday, December 15th, Board Member Brian Folb took 3 PAL soccer players (Jenny Trejo, Gaby Rodriguez and Yadiee Hernandez) and fellow soccer enthusiast and PAL supporter Jacob Price to the LA Galaxy Open House. Read Brian’s recap:

“Upon our arrival into the parking lot, we saw some older women playing in one of the adjacent practice fields. There were a few people standing there watching, but nothing noteworthy. When we walked over there our soccer girls starting getting excited, because they recognized some of the players out on the field. It was none other than our Women’s Olympic Gold Medalists and World Cup Champions! Our PALs were able to get some photos and meet several of the players including Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan.

Once we were in the Stubhub Center, we signed the girls up to do some drills out on the same field where the LA Galaxy won the MLS Cup just last year. Then we met Bill Armistead who took us on a private tour of the Galaxy Facilities. We saw the LA Galaxy business center and then went down to see the locker room where we were able to take photos next to the lockers of their favorite players. After the tour, we grabbed some tacos and headed over to the tennis stadium for a Q&A with Chris Klein and Landon Donavan. Landon had some great comments about the importance of hard work, practice and perseverance. One kid asked him how he deals with bad situations like losing a big game, mistakes and missed opportunities. He said you need to learn how to put the bad situations behind you and not let it affect the way you behave going forward. He said this wasn’t easy for him to learn to do, but it’s one of the most important things to learn if you are going to be a good leader and effective in whatever it is you do in life.”

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YLC showed their community spirit by waking up at 9am to join Coucilmember Mitch O’Farrell and his team on a neighborhood clean-up in East Hollywood on November 9th. This event marked the beginning of a monthly tradition led by Councilmember O’Farrell. Every second Saturday of the month, there will be a neighborhood clean-up and sponsors will be providing water, snacks and supplies. So take a tip from our PALs and volunteer to help clean-up East Hollywood one Saturday!