Quarterly NewsletterDecember 2012    

 

Dear Friend 

 

As the holiday season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on this past year and those who have helped PAL serve our children and families in a significant way.  We are both humbled and grateful for each and every volunteer, donor and community partner. Whether you gave the gift of your time, talent or treasure, your partnership has helped PAL successfully impact the lives of nearly 3,000 children, youth and families.   

 

During the season of giving, there is still time to make a tax deductible gift before the end of the year. By giving, you will be helping PAL close the increasing gap between our operating costs and grant funding.  Any gift, regardless of size, makes a difference.

 

From the PAL staff and board of directors we wish you a joyous Christmas and look forward to our continued partnership in the New Year. Thank you for helping us to improve the lives of children in Jacksonville.

  

Upcoming Events  

    
Annual Julian E. Jackson Amateur Boxing Championship
Saturday, February 9, 6:00 pm
Monument PAL Center
Ed Austin Regional Park
Promote your business and help PAL's Boxing Program by becoming an Event Sponsor. 
Sponsorships available for $100, $300, or $500.
Click here for more sponsorship info.
For More Information Contact:
Tiffany Mackey (854-6555 x 203)  
 
Newsroom Streetfight Media Dodgeball Tournament 

Saturday, February 23

Monument PAL Center

Ed Austin Regional Park  

The biggest throwdown in media history returns to PAL. All proceeds from this event benefit the PAL College Scholarship Fund

For more Information: events@jaxpal.com
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CHANGE OF DATE
4th Annual Sheriff's Roast

Thursday, March 7th, 5:45 pm

Hyatt Regency Riverfront 

You will not want to miss PAL's premiere fundraiser.  Stay tuned to learn who will be in this year's hot seat.  
Click here to purchase your individual tickets or a table.  Sponsorships are available.  
For More Information: events@jaxpal.com 
In This Issue
Announcements
Alumni Spotlight
Event Highlights
Donor Spotlight
The Kid's Corner
Welcome Aboard
What Kids Are Saying About PAL
"PAL has helped and showed me that I can do bigger and better things in my life."
- Arlexiss, age 14

"PAL has actually changed my parents' life because now they are not mad at me for not doing my homework."
- India, age 8

"PAL helped me pass the FCAT.
I also am getting good grades
because of PAL!"
- Allison, age 9

"Without PAL, I would be stuck at home and not at a safe place."
- Carla,  age 13

"PAL is something to do that is
resourceful after school besides staying home and watching TV. It has helped me in my math work, I went from C's to A's."
- Adreana, age 12

"PAL has helped me to solve problems."
- Eddy, age 9
                
"PAL is my home away from home."
- Denisha, PAL Graduate
 
Alumni Spotlight - Jerald Carter

 "PAL is necessary and needed in our community to help mold young minds and help the next generation of people to come."
- Former PAL Kid, Jerald Carter,
  Karate Master and owner of Carter Martial Arts Institute.

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PAL was something that I wanted my friends to come to with me.  I wanted other people to be a part of this great organization. Today as an instructor, I still impart what I learned from my first PAL karate instructor, Jerry Williamson.  It's like dropping a pebble into a pond, you don't know how far the ripples are going to go or how many lives you're going to affect."  

 

 "PAL gives kids an outlet they normally wouldn't have.  I've seen a lot of kids come through PAL that come from nothing. Children who were parent-less or had a difficult situation at home.  I would not be the person that I am, the man that I am, the father that I am, the martial artist that I am, without the PAL organization and Jerry Williamson.  As long as I'm still alive, I'm going to continue to support PAL, because I believe in their mission and the officers and staff who give of their time."  

Event Highlights
 
14th Annual Sheriff's Cup Charity Golf Classic
  
On September 10th, 24 teams joined Sheriff John Rutherford on the greens at San Jose Country Club for the 14th Annual Sheriff's Cup.  Congratulations to the 2012 winners from Arlington Toyota: Billy Folds, Nelson Ryan, Scott Cooper, and Steve Jones.  
A special thanks to Event Chair, Robbie Freitas, and our tournament sponsors: San Jose Country Club, Firehouse Subs, Longhorn Steakhouse, the Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Police Foundation, and  Arlington Toyota for another successful charity fundraiser to support our PAL programs.

Senator Audrey Gibson and Pro Boxer Nate Campbell
Visit PAL to Celebrate Lights On Afterschool
 

State Senator Audrey Gibson visited PAl's Northside Center on October 18 as part of the 13th Annual National Lights on Afterschool Event.  Senator Gibson spoke about the importance of investing in afterschool programs like PAL's and referred to these educational programs as key components in preventing juvenile crime. The children were also treated to surprise guest and former PAL kid, Nate Campbell. Nate, who became the unified WBA, IBF, and WBO lightweight boxing champion, credited his start in professional athletics to PAL.

 

Eleven Cities Convene at Northside PAL

On December 11, representatives from eleven cities around the country convened at the Northside PAL Center, which was chosen as a model for the Jacksonville Children's Commission's Afterschool Nutrition Program.These representatives from the National League of Cities and the Food Research and Action Center participated in a Q&A session presented by Lavetta McCoy, JCC's Nutrition Services Manager. Other speakers included Angela Spears from the Mayor's Office, PAL's Director of Education, and a PAL parent. After the presentation, the visitors toured the PAL facility and observed mealtime in the PAL cafeteria. PAL has been participating in JCC's Afterschool Meal Program for two years, serving nutritious snacks and hot meals to nearly 350 children every day.    

Donor Spotlight - Jacksonville Bail Agent Association

    

JBA Donates Backpacks and Christmas Toys to PAL Kids

We would like to share our appreciation to the Jacksonville Bail Agent Association for their continued support of our PAL kids. When it was time for back-to-school they distributed bags filled with school supplies for 600 students participating in our afterschool programs. In addition to donating books and art supplies, they have given our children additional enrichment opportunities like field trips to theme parks and movies. For the past three years, they have provided toys to PAL students for Christmas. Thank you JBA for being a REAL PAL to our kids.  

The Kid's Corner

 

PAL YDC Teens Qualify to Attend National Youth Conference

Seven of our Youth Directors' Council (YDC) teens, Jeffie Clark, Mikayla Hunter, Monique Jacobs, Ashanti Jones, Gabrielle King, Lisa Lackey and Nicole Walls, have qualified to attend the National Youth Director's Conference on January 10-13,2013.  To quality, these teens were required to attend at least ten local and three regional YDC meetings and complete six community service projects. Their community service projects included mentoring younger children at Eureka Gardens, helping with voter registration, and volunteering at the Second Harvest Food Bank.  "YDC has given me the best experiences and opportunities.  I wouldn't trade it for the world.  This upcoming conference is going to be better than ever, so get ready!" said Monique Jacobs.

 

PAL Track Participant Wins Bronze in Nationals  

Congratulations to twelve year old Calen Hazelton for bringing home the Bronze Medal from the National Junior Olympics in Houston,Texas. Calen competed in the 100m, 200m and long jump, and placed in the long jump by jumping 17 feet, 10 inches.  He started his training in March and said that practicing with the older runners helped him to prepare.  "Competing in Nationals felt like a dream come true," said Calen.  "PAL has affected my life by allowing me to work with other athletes and show them that they too can accomplish anything through practice and dedication." He is looking forward to bringing home the Gold next year.
  PAL Staff
Welcome New Program Manager and Mentoring Coordinator, Sharon Davis 
We are pleased to introduce the newest member of the PAL family, Sharon Davis.  Sharon will be serving as Program Manager at our Mallison Park location and as PAL's interim Mentor Coordinator. For the past ten years, Sharon has been working as a Program Director for Community Connections. Additionally, she has served on the Board of the State Coordinating Council of Early Childhood Education, Emergency Homeless Coalition, Veteran's Affairs, Pink Rose Project and as the United Way Campaign Chair. We are excited to have this passionate advocate for disadvantaged children on our team.  

Congratulations on Your Retirement, Mr. Earl 

Earl Harris, PAL/JSO Sr. Recreational Specialist, retired from PAL after ten years of service working in our athletic programs. Earl says he plans to continue his involvement with PAL through volunteering. Thank you for everything you have done for PAL, Earl.  We will miss you!  

 

   

Mikel Taylor Named to Hall of Fame

We are proud to announce that Senior Recreation Leader Mikel Taylor's former college basketball team (2002-2003 UNF Elite 8) has been selected to be inducted into the UNF Athletics Hall of Fame in November. We are very proud of Mikel's accomplishment, and appreciate all of her work on and off the basketball court at PAL. Way to go Mikel!   

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