Quarterly NewsletterApril 2012    

           JaxPAL E-News

April and May Events   

THE PLAYERS 17th Hole Charity Shootout

Friday, April 13th, 9:00 am - 10:30 am

THE PLAYERS Stadium Course (Nicklaus Gate)
Come cheer on UNF Grad and NGA Player, Chase Baldwin, as he competes for the $10,000 prize for PAL.   
For More Information: events@jaxpal.com 
14th Annual Guns N' Hoses Fight Night

 Saturday, April 14th, 6:30 pm 

Jacksonville Veteran's Memorial Arena

Watch two rivals duke it out in an exciting boxing match. Proceeds benefit PAL. 

For More Information Contact: Robbie Freitas

National PAL Mentoring Day FUNFEST

Saturday, April 21st, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Northside PAL Center, 2165 W. 33rd Street
Help PAL launch its new mentoring program at a fun filled event with free food, games, and prizes.  
For More Information Contact: Nicole Crilley (854-6555 x 215)  

40th Anniversary Celebration

Thursday, May 17th, 6:00 pm  

Monument PAL Center, 3450 Monument Road 

Come back home to PAL and help us celebrate 40 years of service to the children of Jacksonville. No contribution required.  Donations are welcomed to help establish

PAL's first college scholarship fund.    

Please RSVP: events@jaxpal.com or call 537-0677.
Alumni Spotlight - Irvin "PeDro" Cohen
This year we began a citywide search to locate former PAL kids and invite them to our 40th Anniversary Celebration on May 17th. We were excited to discover that one of our PAL kids, PeDro Cohen, is now making a difference in the lives of children as the Director of the New Town Success Zone. In the 1980's PeDro participated with the PAL basketball program for six years. His time at PAL gave him a different perspective of police officers.  "The police officers supported PAL, escorted us on our trips, and let us know that all police were not out to put us in jail," he said. "I think PAL is particularly important to challenged communities because that is where the most distrust for the police starts.  PAL brings kids into an environment where the police are seen as advocates more than adversaries."

Were you ever a PAL kid, coach, volunteer or donor? We want to hear your story! Contact events@jaxpal.com, call 854-6580, or click here
In This Issue
Alumni Spotlight
Event Highlights
Donor Spotlight
The Kid's Corner
Welcome Aboard


Were you ever a PAL kid, coach, volunteer, donor, officer or  

staff member?

 Contact PAL to share your story


Mentor A PAL Kid

For more information, visit our website.

Dates: June 18 - July 27 
Camp Hours: 7:30 am-5:30 pm 
For more information, visit our website.


Chip in for Youth Sports with The PLAYERS Championship

Purchase discounted Championship tickets online:  click here and use code PALJAX.
Birdies for Charity
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Join YPP (Young PAL Professionals): 

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Because Every Kid
Needs a PAL
Event Highlights

(Bout Winner Jose Dones; Victor Jackson and PAL Executive Director, Lt. Derrick Mitchell; Bout Winner Jonathan Mazur)
Annual Julian E. Jackson Boxing Championship
For over a decade, Julian Jackson, a local businessman and former Bantamweight Boxing Champion, responded with a donation every time PAL expressed a need.  Thanks to his generosity and support, thousands of under-served children in Jacksonville were given a safe place to go after school and the unique opportunity to compete in boxing. We were deeply saddened by his passing in November 2011, and in his honor PAL hosted the Julian Jackson Boxing Championship on February 11th.  At the event, PAL presented an award to Jackson's son, Victor Jackson, for all that the family has done for PAL. PAL was overwhelmed by the response to the event; the gym was packed with spectators and over 100 kids weighed in from boxing clubs and PALs from all over Florida and Georgia. Two of our PAL student athletes placed first in their bouts: Jose Dones, 15, and Jonathan Mazur, 15. Click here to view Victor Jackson's YouTube video of the event. We are looking forward to an even bigger championship next year.
Donor Spotlight - Jacksonville Media


Newsroom Street Fight

What began as a joke on Twitter grew into a wildly anticipated and successful fundraiser for PAL.  Nine Jacksonville newsrooms faced off in a double elimination dodgeball tournament on Saturday, February 25th. The inspiration for the event was the popular movie, Anchorman. We appreciate the effort led by First Coast Connect's Melissa Ross, WOKV's Tiffany Griffith, Jacksonville Magazine's Natalie Wearstler, and all the news organizations which raised $6,354 for the kids at PAL. The team from Radio station WOKV - aka the "News Breakers, Ball Takers"- raised the most money for the charitable event, $1,829.75, earning them the coveted "Impact Award".  Jacksonville Magazine's team "Jax Magma" emerged the victors in the championship match against the Jacksonville Business Journal and was awarded "The Golden Trident". 
The Kid's Corner


The PAL karate kids continue to make us proud. Gabriel Pena and Lorin Claire took first and second place at the Jerry Williamson Tournament on February 17th. Congratulations and keep up the great work!




PAL Teens Tour Colleges 

As the school year comes to an end, our YDC (Youth Director's Council) teens are preparing for the future. With the help of 

JSO Officer's Richard Hendley and Jen Robinson, they visited

some Georgia colleges: Valdosta State, Albany State, Mercer, Spelman, Morehouse, Morris Brown, and Clark Atlanta.  During their spring break the PAL students toured the campuses with a college student and learned about college admissions, college living, and dining on and off campus.  What a wonderful opportunity for our teen leaders!      


Spelling Bee/Essay Winners

"My life has been better since I've been at PAL," said Alanna Calvin, 8th grader and 4 year PAL Participant "I have learned more than I could ever imagine and I feel that when I get older I can use PAL as a guide to help prepare myself for the future."  As second place winner of the NEA Big Read Essay Writing Contest presented by the Stage Aurora Theatrical Company, we think Alanna is certainly off to a great start! Lonnie Thomas, a 6th grader and 5 year PAL participant, wrote the winning essay. Equally impressive, Hayleigh Thompson and Jayon Brown, both 6th graders and 6 year PAL participants, won first and second place in the coinciding NEA Spelling Bee.  

Welcome Aboard

We are pleased to introduce the newest member of the PAL family, Larry Major.  Larry will be serving as Mentoring Coordinator and launching PAL's new Mentor Program.  Larry has a wealth of experience managing programs for Defense Contractors and is an Officer in the United States Navy.  


His experience and training will aid in making our Mentor Program a success. We are happy to have him on board!  If you are interested in joining the mentoring program as a mentor or mentee, please contact him at Larry.Major@jaxpal.com, call 355.3308 x 18, or visit our website here

If you need any additional information regarding PAL, our programs, services or events, please contact Derrick.Mitchell@jaxsheriff.org or Renee.Naughton@jaxpal.com.
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