December 2014    
                                        JaxPAL E-News
                                     PAL Today...Leader for Life

Success Story - Daniel

Daniel came to our after school program due to complicated family circumstances. At first he was disruptive, unfocused and noncommunicative. As Daniel started participating at PAL, he began to change. He began completing his homework and became interested in reading. Gradually, Daniel's school performance and behavior improved and he won the "Student of the Week" award. Presently, Daniel loves our 25 book challenge and when you go in the classroom, Daniel is often found reading a book. Daniel knows we care and in turn, he cares.  


At PAL, our vision is for every child to develop the skills necessary to succeed in school and to become  "Leaders for Life." If you would like to help turn around the lives of more children like Daniel, please consider making your end of the year tax deductible gift to PAL by clicking here
Please know that your donations will be used to create successful outcomes, such as 96 percent of our PAL program participants being promoted to the next grade level. Thank you in advance for your support!
In This Issue
Donor Spotlight
The Kid's Corner
Event Highlights
Mark Your Calendar
Shopping Online for the Holidays?
Volunteers Needed!
Academic Tutors are needed once a week to help children with low literacy skills improve basic reading, writing, numeracy, study habits and other skills essential to academic success. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete our volunteer form here.
Donor Spotlight
 THE PLAYERS Red Coats Give Back to the Police Athletic League

THE PLAYERS volunteer leadership - the Red Coats - along with PGA Tour player Len Mattiace, concluded their Giving Back Month by stopping by our Eastside PAL location to give the children an ice cream social, Thanksgiving Day baskets and turkeys, and the opportunity to play golf with THE PLAYERS staff. THE PLAYERS also awarded PAL a $10,000 grant from the Red Coats this year and a surprise 15 - passenger van!

To view more photos of this event, visit the Florida Times Union. 
Special thanks to The Jim Moran Foundation for awarding PAL a $71,519 grant to be used for the after school program. The funding will help PAL provide a safe and structured learning environment, promote students to the next grade level, reduce school absentism, increase student achievement in reading and math, and offer activities designed to reduce childhood obesity. 


The mission of The Jim Moran Foundation is to improve the quality of life for the youth and families of Florida through the support of innovative programs and opportunities that meet the ever-changing needs of the community.

The Kid's Corner
Congratulatons! to PAL student athlete, Darion Williams.
Darion, a second grader at Biltmore Elementary, competed in his first State PAL Boxing Tournament on November 2, 2014, and won his bout. Darion has a reputation for being cooperative and dedicates himself each day in the gym. He thanks his family for supporting him in the boxing ring and in everything that he does. 
Event Highlights
 When we were faced with space limitations at our Westside PAL location in Mallison Park, the Deerwood Rotarians generously committed $100,000 (which led to matching funds) for a classroom expansion project.

Representatives from COJ, Auld-White Constructors, PQH Architects, the Deerwood Rotary, and THE PLAYERS Red Coats recently joined us for a groundbreaking ceremony. Our children and staff are looking forward to their three new classrooms!

                    Mark Your Calendar                
PAL Kids Christmas Party
Monday, December 22
Walmart, 6767 103rd Street
You can be a Christmas Angel by making a gift to help PAL take 200 deserving Sulzbacher, Gateway and PAL kids Christmas shopping for a few gifts and clothes. Donate today.

I Shot with the Sheriff Charity
Monday, January 12, 11:00 a.m.
Jacksonville Gun Club, 12125 New Berlin Road
We are looking for individuals and 5 person teams to help us break some clay birds all for the benefit of PAL programs.  Sponsorships still available.  To sponsor or register, click here.   
For more information, contact Vivian Grifantini at 425-5993 or
Annual Julian E. Jackson Amateur Boxing Championship 
Saturday, March 7 & Sunday, March 8, 2015
PAL, 3450 Monument Rd.
For tickets, registration or sponsorship informtion, contact Tom Waarum at 503-9468 or or

Sheriff's Round-Up for PAL
Saturday, March 28, 2015  6:30 p.m.
Deerwood Country Club
Put on your best boots and bling and join us for a night of fun, food and fellowship as we honor Sheriff Rutherford at PAL's premiere annual fundraiser.

For more information, contact Event Chair, Crystal Draper at 707-1936 or

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