Police Athletic League GIRLSPORT DAY Encourages Girls to Get In the Game

EVENT:                     Police Athletic League GIRLSPORT DAY Encourages Girls to Get In the Game

Join young girls for the Police Athletic League’s (PAL) Annual GirlSport Day with PAL centers from across the five boroughs. Over 170 girls in fourth through eighth grades participate in an afternoon of fun and fitness as they compete in Basketball, Football, Soccer, Volleyball, Relay Races, Double Dutch Jump Rope, and sports-related obstacle course.  The Annual PAL GirlSport Day is part of the health and fitness component of PAL’s After School programs, encouraging children to focus on active lifestyles and develop positive attitudes towards wellness.

DATE:                          Friday, April 26, 2019

TIME:                           12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.               

    

LOCATION:                  PAL’s Harlem Center 441 Manhattan Avenue / Manhattan

On-site contact: Brian Bourgouin 347-380-0260

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for over 100 years.  PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 30,000 boys and girls annually.  It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization.  For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

 

CONTACTS:         Andrea Kotuk/Andrea & Associates/(212) 353-9585

                                Frederick J. Watts /Police Athletic League/(212) 477-9450

DANCING & STEPPING POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE CHAMPIONS COMPETE AT “SHOWSTOPPERS”

EVENT:                      DANCING & STEPPING POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE CHAMPIONS COMPETE AT

                                “SHOWSTOPPERS”

350 PAL youngsters from all five boroughs of New York City compete in a city-wide tournament and fun-filled day of dance and stepping at the Police Athletic League’s annual Showstoppers event. PAL youth showcase their talent with choreographed dances, step routines, props, and costumes. Champions, in grades 1st through 8th, compete within age groups in each category.

     

DATE:                        Thursday, April 25, 2019

TIME:                         10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

                                    Break for lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

PLACE:                      PAL’s Goldie Maple Academy

                                    365 Beach 57th Street, Queens, NY 11692

                                    On-site Contact: Seth Pamperin, 646-276-2450

The annual PAL event is designed to foster a better understanding and create relationships by bringing together boys and girls of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The 2019 dance theme PAL-Chella demonstrates each center’s version of Homecoming inspired by school spirit.

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for over 100 years.  PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 30,000 boys and girls annually.  It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization.  For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

 CONTACTS: Andrea Kotuk / Andrea & Associates / (212) 353-9585

                       Frederick J. Watts / Police Athletic League / (212) 477-9450

 

 

NYPD Housing Bureau & Police Athletic League Host… IT TAKES A VILLAGE: INTERSTATE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

EVENT:                      NYPD Housing Bureau & Police Athletic League Host…

                                    IT TAKES A VILLAGE: INTERSTATE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

The NYPD, Newburgh, Suffolk, and Atlantic City Police Departments join teens on the basketball court for “It Takes a Village”, an Interstate Basketball Tournament hosted by the New York Police Department Housing Bureau and the Police Athletic League. Tournament teams will each consist of 12 PAL players, ages 15 to 19.  The tournament continues PAL’s efforts to ensure that youth have positive interactions with Police officers.

 

DATE:                        Monday, April 22, 2019

TIME:                         9:00am- 4:30pm  

                                

PLACE:                      Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park

                                    679 Riverside Drive, Manhattan

                                    On-site Contact: Alex Sandoval (646) 245-3441

 

PAL’s sports programs strive to increase the physical activity of young people, while decreasing risk-taking behaviors by providing opportunities for youth and teens from low-income areas to play in well equipped, organized sports leagues.

The Sports and Recreation Department at PAL provides a model sports curriculum for all the centers, in addition to organizing and facilitating leagues, tournaments, and special events for over 13,000 youth annually.  PAL’s sports and recreation programs keep young people engaged in positive youth development activities and reinforce the concepts of discipline, leadership, teamwork, and sportsmanship.                          

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for over 100 years.  PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 30,000 boys and girls annually.  It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization.  For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

CONTACTS:                Andrea Kotuk / Andrea & Associates / (212) 353-9585

                                    Frederick J. Watts / Police Athletic League / (212) 477-9450

POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE JR. KNICKS CITYWIDE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

EVENT:                      POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE JR. KNICKS CITYWIDE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Join over 60 Police Athletic League (PAL) youngsters, ages 10 to 14, as they compete for the Jr. Knicks Citywide Championship basketball title.  

The PAL Jr. Knicks League consists of teams from PAL centers throughout all five boroughs that compete against each other in a 7-week season to advance to the playoffs and championship game.  PAL Jr. Knicks skills and 3-point contest will be followed by an All-Star Game with the top 20 players in the league nominated by their coaches facing off in friendly competition.

 

DATE:                        Saturday, April 20, 2019

 

TIME:                         11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

                                    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m./Jr. Knicks Championship Game

                                    12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m./Jr. Knicks Skills Competition

                                    1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m./ Jr. Knicks 3-point Competition

                                    2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. / Jr. Knicks All-Star Game

 

PLACE:                      PAL Harlem Center

                                    441 Manhattan Avenue at 119th Street

                                    On-site Contact: Danielle Madden-Buck 917 595-9339

 

The Sports and Recreation Department at PAL provides a model sports curriculum for all the centers, in addition to organizing and facilitating leagues, tournaments, and special events for over 13,000 youth annually.  PAL’s sports and recreation programs keep young people engaged in positive youth development activities and reinforce the concepts of discipline, leadership, teamwork, and sportsmanship.

           

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for over 100 years.  PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 30,000 boys and girls annually.  It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization.  For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

CONTACTS:                Andrea Kotuk / Andrea & Associates / (212) 353-9585

                                    Frederick J. Watts / Police Athletic League / (212) 477-9450              

POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE HOSTS 21ST ANNUAL LEGAL PROFESSION LUNCHEON

EVENT:           POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE HOSTS 21ST ANNUAL LEGAL PROFESSION LUNCHEON

Hon. Louis J. Freeh, Freeh Group International Solutions, LLC and Freeh, Sporkin & Sullivan, LLP and Anne C. Vladeck, Vladeck, Raskin & Clark, P.C. will receive The Robert M. Morgenthau Award on April 9, 2019.

Guest Speaker:          Letitia “Tish” James, New York Attorney General

DATE:                         Tuesday, April 9, 2019

TIME:                          Reception: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

LOCATION:                The Pierre / Fifth Avenue at 61st Street

 

Honorees:

Hon. Louis J. Freeh is founder and Chairman of Freeh Group International Solutions, LLC, and founder and partner of Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan, LLP. Previously he was partner and immediate past chair of the Executive Committee of Pepper Hamilton LLP. Early in his career, Mr. Freeh joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a Special Agent and served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army Judge Advocate General Corps. In 1981, Mr. Freeh joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York as an Assistant United States Attorney, later serving as Associate and Deputy United States Attorney.  In 1991, Mr. Freeh was appointed by President George H.W. Bush as a United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York.  In 1993, President William J. Clinton appointed Judge Freeh as the Fifth Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Mr. Freeh is an advisor to Millennium Partners, L.P.,and a board member of the Max Planck Florida Institute and counsel to the US Naval Academy Foundation.

 

Anne C. Vladeck, a partner at Vladeck, Raskin & Clark, P.C., concentrates on employment matters,

including discrimination, sexual harassment, and defamation, union-side labor law, and litigation. Ms.

Vladeck received, among other awards, a Woman of Power and Influence Award by NOW-NYC in 2005

and received a Women of Distinction Award by the Labor and Employment Relations Association – New

York City Chapter in 2006. Ms. Vladeck has tried numerous employment cases, including a sexual

harassment and retaliation case, Anucha Browne Sanders v. Madison Square Garden, et al.  For the

second time in 2018, she was named one of the Super Lawyers "Top 10" in New York.  For more than ten

years, named one of top 50 Women Lawyers and the top 100 Lawyers in New York by New York Super

Lawyers and one of New York Magazine's "Best Lawyers."  

 

Guest Speaker:

Letitia “Tish” James is the 67th Attorney General for the State of New York. She is the first woman of color to hold both statewide and citywide office in New York and the first woman to be elected Attorney General.  In 2013, Ms. James was elected Public Advocate for the City of New York. As Public Advocate, she served as a watchdog over New York City government agencies and as an advocate for the City’s most vulnerable communities. She transformed the Public Advocate’s office to be a formidable engine for change.  Prior to serving as Public Advocate, Tish James represented the 35th Council District in Brooklyn in the New York City Council for ten years.  Before her election to the City Council, Tish James served as head of the Brooklyn Regional Office of the New York State Attorney General’s Office.  Tish James began her career as a public defender at the Legal Aid Society.

 

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country providing academic, athletic and artistic programs to inner city boys and girls that they otherwise would not have.  As one of the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organizations, PAL serves 30,000 children annually.  For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

   POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE COPS & KIDS BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

EVENT:                      POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE COPS & KIDS BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

                                    Cops & Kids from the Bronx vs. Brooklyn North!                                                        

Join Police Athletic League (PAL) youngsters and NYPD Officers from PAL’s Cops & Kids Basketball Program as they vie for the championship title in an action-packed day of basketball.  Police officers and PAL kids also compete in basketball skills and three-point shots on the court.

 

DATE:                        Saturday, April 6, 2019

 

TIME:                         11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

                                    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m./Cops & Kids Citywide Championship Game

                                    12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m./Cops & Kids Skills Competition

                                    1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m./ Cops & Kids 3-point Competition

 

PLACE:                      PAL Harlem Center

                                    441 Manhattan Avenue at 119th Street

                                    On-site Contact: Danielle Madden-Buck 917 595-9339

 

Cops & Kids leagues serve boys and girls throughout the year in sports including: softball, soccer, basketball, volleyball and flag football. NYPD’s Community Affairs officers, along with volunteer police officers from around the City, work closely with PAL to coach, mentor and compete in athletic contests with community youth, allowing all participants to develop positive and lasting relationships.

PAL’s sports programs strive to increase the physical activity of young people, while decreasing risk-taking behaviors by providing opportunities for youth and teens from low-income areas to play in well equipped, organized sports leagues.                     

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for over 100 years.  PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 30,000 boys and girls annually.  It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization.  For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

CONTACTS:                Andrea Kotuk / Andrea & Associates / (212) 353-9585

                                    Frederick Watts / Police Athletic League / (212) 477-9450                                 

POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE HOSTS 21ST ANNUAL LEGAL PROFESSION LUNCHEON

EVENT:           POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE HOSTS 21ST ANNUAL LEGAL PROFESSION LUNCHEON

 

Hon. Louis J. Freeh, Freeh Group International Solutions, LLC and Freeh, Sporkin & Sullivan, LLP and Anne C. Vladeck, Vladeck, Raskin & Clark, P.C. will receive The Robert M. Morgenthau Award on April 9, 2019.

Guest

Speaker:          Letitia “Tish” James, New York Attorney General

 

DATE:                         Tuesday, April 9, 2019

 

TIME:                          Reception: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

 

LOCATION:                The Pierre / Fifth Avenue at 61st Street

 

Honorees:

Hon. Louis J. Freeh is founder and Chairman of Freeh Group International Solutions, LLC, and founder and partner of Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan, LLP. Previously he was partner and immediate past chair of the Executive Committee of Pepper Hamilton LLP. Early in his career, Mr. Freeh joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a Special Agent and served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army Judge Advocate General Corps. In 1981, Mr. Freeh joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York as an Assistant United States Attorney, later serving as Associate and Deputy United States Attorney.  In 1991, Mr. Freeh was appointed by President George H.W. Bush as a United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York.  In 1993, President William J. Clinton appointed Judge Freeh as the Fifth Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Mr. Freeh is an advisor to Millennium Partners, L.P.,and a board member of the Max Planck Florida Institute and counsel to the US Naval Academy Foundation.

 

Anne C. Vladeck, a partner at Vladeck, Raskin & Clark, P.C., concentrates on employment matters, including discrimination, sexual harassment, and defamation, union-side labor law, and litigation. Ms. Vladeck received, among other awards, a Woman of Power and Influence Award by NOW-NYC in 2005 and received a Women of Distinction Award by the Labor and Employment Relations Association – New York City Chapter in 2006. Ms. Vladeck has tried numerous employment cases, including a sexual harassment and retaliation case, Anucha Browne Sanders v. Madison Square Garden, et al.  For the second time in 2018, she was named one of the Super Lawyers "Top 10" in New York.  For more than ten years, named one of top 50 Women Lawyers and the top 100 Lawyers in New York by New York Super Lawyers and one of New York Magazine's "Best Lawyers."  

 

Guest Speaker:

Letitia “Tish” James is the 67th Attorney General for the State of New York. She is the first woman of color to hold both statewide and citywide office in New York and the first woman to be elected Attorney General.  In 2013, Ms. James was elected Public Advocate for the City of New York. As Public Advocate, she served as a watchdog over New York City government agencies and as an advocate for the City’s most vulnerable communities. She transformed the Public Advocate’s office to be a formidable engine for change.  Prior to serving as Public Advocate, Tish James represented the 35th Council District in Brooklyn in the New York City Council for ten years.  Before her election to the City Council, Tish James served as head of the Brooklyn Regional Office of the New York State Attorney General’s Office.  Tish James began her career as a public defender at the Legal Aid Society.

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country providing academic, athletic and artistic programs to inner city boys and girls that they otherwise would not have.  As one of the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organizations, PAL serves 30,000 children annually.  For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

NYPD POLICE OFFICERS AND POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE YOUTH PERFORMED ORIGINAL SONGS WITH DECODA AT PAL HARLEM CENTER CONCERT

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NYPD POLICE OFFICERS AND POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE YOUTH PERFORMED ORIGINAL SONGS WITH DECODA AT PAL HARLEM CENTER CONCERT

 

Decoda’s PAL Songwriting Project brings cops and kids together in a creative writing project and performance

 

On February 14, 2019, NYPD Police Officers, PAL teenagers and Decoda artists presented a concert of their original songs at the PAL Harlem Center in Manhattan. Police officers and youth collaborated on lyrics and melodies and created songs together through a shared experience as artists. Decoda musicians and teachers led a series of Songwriting Workshops in partnership with PAL. The Harlem Concert was followed up with a February performance on stage at Carnegie Hall.

 

The collaboration began with ideas about life experiences, with the theme of “My Truth: Here and Now,” such as healing, strength, struggle, honesty, loyalty, hate, trust and peace, and achieving your dreams. Original songs were then set to music.  During the process of creativity and discovery, both the police officers and young people challenged each other about their stereotypes and day-to-day life experiences.

 

Groups shared perceptions of what it means to be NYPD police officers and what it means to be young New Yorkers growing up in tough NYC neighborhoods.  NYPD Police Officers wrote, “This is our truth, the path that we choose. Protecting and serving in blue.” PAL Teens said, “Examine the truth, consider my youth. I’m not that shallow.”  

 

Decoda is a collective of versatile artists dedicated to creating dynamic performances and opportunities for musical discovery through creativity and compassion. Decoda’s pursuits place equal emphasis on artistry and engagement to create meaningful musical experiences around the world through concerts in major international venues and neighborhood projects with vibrant community partners. www.decodamusic.org.

 

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for over 100 years.  PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 30,000 boys and girls annually.  It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization.  For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

 

Photo captions:

Photo 1 – NYPD Police Officers, PAL youth and staff join Decoda musicians and teachers at PAL Harlem Center.

Photo 2 – PAL youth perform with NYPD Police Officers and Decoda musicians. 

Photo 3 -- PAL youth perform with NYPD Police Officers and Decoda musicians.

 Photo credit: Courtesy of the Police Athletic League

 

CONTACTS:

Andrea Kotuk/Andrea & Associates/(212) 353-9585

Frederick J. Watts/Police Athletic League/(212) 477-9450

POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE & THE NEW YORK KNICKS ALUMNI BASKETBALL GAME IN HARLEM TO BENEFIT PAL YOUTH

 

EVENT:          POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE & THE NEW YORK KNICKS ALUMNI

                        BASKETBALL GAME IN HARLEM TO BENEFIT PAL YOUTH

                       

Calling all basketball fans! The Police Athletic League and the New York Knicks Alumni  are hosting a Benefit Basketball Game on Saturday, February 23rd in Harlem. PAL staff and teens will be playing alongside Knicks alumni John Starks, Larry Johnson, John Wallace, Quentin Richardson, Nate Robinson and Jerome Williams. The benefit game will raise funds for PAL’s wide range of  athletic, arts and academic programs that serve over 30,000 kids in NYC.

 

Reporters are invited to join in the fun!

 

DATE:            Saturday, February 23, 2019 

TIME:             1:00 p.m.             

PLACE:          PAL’s Harlem Center

                        441 Manhattan Avenue at 119th Street

On-site Contact: Danielle Madden-Buck/(917)595-9339

The benefit game will offer opportunities to meet Knicks legends, participate in a silent auction and support PAL youth. General admission tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door. For tickets and more information please visit: https://knicks.benefitgames.com/event/pal/.

 

The Sports and Recreation Department at PAL provides a model sports curriculum for all the centers, in addition to organizing and facilitating leagues, tournaments, and special events for over 13,000 youth annually. PAL’s sports and recreation programs keep young people engaged in positive youth development activities and reinforce the concepts of discipline, leadership, teamwork, and sportsmanship.

 

PAL’s Teen Centers offer youth, ages 13 through 19, a safe haven to positively interact with their peers and adult role models. Activities include open-gym, structured intramural leagues, computer labs, game-room and dance. Many sites also include academic enrichment opportunities through book clubs, SAT and Regents prep, and individual tutoring.

Police Athletic League

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for over 100 years.  PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 30,000 boys and girls annually.  It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization.  For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

 

CONTACTS: 

Andrea Kotuk / Andrea & Associates / (212) 353-9585

Frederick J. Watts / Police Athletic League / (212) 477-9450

POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE’S 30th ANNUAL WOMEN OF THE YEAR LUNCHEON

Honoring: Andrea Catsimatidis, Somers Farkas and Lucida Plummer

 

Date:      Thursday, December 13, 2018

Time:     11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. / Reception

Place:     The Pierre / Fifth Avenue at 61st Street

Chair:    The Honorable Barbara S. Jones Honorary Chair: Amelia Bernstein

 

Special Guests Include: Hon. Robert M. Morgenthau, PAL Chairman; James P. O’Neill, PAL Honorary President, NYC Police Commissioner; John A. Catsimatidis, PAL Vice-Chairman; David J. Arena, PAL President; Frederick J. Watts, PAL Executive Director and more.

                                                                       

Andrea Catsimatidis serves as an executive of the Red Apple Group. She is a Principal of Red Apple Real Estate, a member of Red Apple Group’s investment committee, Vice President of First Federal Guarantee Insurance Company and Managing Director of Gristedes Supermarkets. Ms. Catsimatidis is Chair and CEO of the Manhattan Republican Party and a Vice Chair of the New York State Republican Party. A member of the Young President’s Organization, she also serves on the board of the Dough Main Financial Literacy Foundation to promote children’s financial literacy.  She graduated from New York University’s Stern School of Business with a B.S. in Business Management.

 

Somers Farkas, a former model and advertising executive, is a consultant who initiates development partnerships and advises on new business and impact investing. Her international beverage company SW FARKAS  produces brand-enhancing events and cross-marketing opportunities. She was appointed to the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships and serves as a Vice President of the Manhattan Republican Party. A Trustee of the New York City Police Foundation, Ms. Somers is also an Honorary Battalion Chief of New York City’s Fire Department.  She received her BA in Communications from the University of Virginia.

 

Lucida Plummer is the Executive Director, Global Head of Diversity, Asset & Wealth Management, at J.P. Morgan.  She is responsible for working with senior leaders to drive accountability and engagement around attracting and promoting a diverse and inclusive workforce. She was previously Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion for Wyndham Worldwide and led the Global Diversity Council, chaired by the CEO.  Prior to that role, Ms. Plummer was the Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion, for MetLife.  She received a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from Mercy College, NY and her undergraduate degree  in Psychology from the State University at Albany, NY.

 

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country providing academic, athletic and artistic programs to inner city boys and girls that they otherwise would never have.  As the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization, PAL serves 30,000 children annually.  For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

CONTACTS:  Andrea Kotuk/Andrea & Associates/(212) 353-9585

                      Jami Landi/Police Athletic League/(212) 477-9450

Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC Expands ‘Bigs in Blue’ Program with New York City Police Department

Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC Expands ‘Bigs in Blue’

Program with New York City Police Department

 

Nation’s first mentoring organization expands NYPD mentoring initiative with

33rd Precinct in Washington Heights & 69th Precinct in Brooklyn

 

New York, NY, November 8, 2018 — Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City (BBBS of NYC) today announced the expansion of its Bigs in Blue mentoring initiative with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) to serve young people in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

 

Designed to create and foster positive conversations among police officers and youth, the innovative program launched in the Bronx with 44th Precinct officers and eighth-grade students at I.S. 218 in November of 2017, and will now serve 75 young people across the three boroughs. Bigs in Blue will connect 33rd Precinct NYPD officers in Washington Heights and 69th Precinct officers in Brooklyn with local youth to serve as their mentors.

 

“Over the last year, we’ve witnessed the remarkable impact that these positive mentoring relationships can have on both the young people we serve and the community at large,” said Jon May, interim executive director of BBBS of NYC. “As part of our commitment to empowering youth and strengthening communities across New York City, we are proud to provide more young people with the opportunity to learn invaluable life lessons from outstanding leaders. I’d like to thank the NYPD and each of our partners for working with us to grow such an impactful program that will truly make a difference in the lives of so many young people.”

 

Through the program, BBBS of NYC will pair NYPD officers in the 33rd Precinct in Washington Heights with 25 young people from the YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood’s SONYC After School Program. During the monthly after-school sessions, the officers will meet with program participants to discuss the importance of education, how to develop career goals and plan for the future. On November 8th, BBBS of NYC hosted a special ceremony with chief program officer Martin Yafe of the YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood, NYPD officers and local youth at PS 173 Harbor Heights to celebrate the launch of the initiative.

 

“Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC executes such profound, impactful work across New York City and we are proud to welcome its Bigs in Blue mentoring initiative to Washington Heights,” said Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez. “It’s so important to ensure youth have programs available to them that promote leadership skills and build constructive relationships in the community. Bigs in Blue will connect our youth with access to positive role models, and I know these young people will learn tremendous life lessons from these dedicated New York City leaders.”

“As a Jewish center committed to serving the wider community of Washington Heights and Inwood, and thanks to our ongoing relationship with the Harbor Heights families, mostly comprised of new immigrants from the Dominican Republic, we are proud to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC on its Bigs in Blue initiative,” said Martin Englisher, chief executive officer of the YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood. “We believe this program will significantly impact the local youth and help create a more understanding and cohesive community.” 

 

On November 14th, BBBS of NYC will commemorate the launch of Bigs in Blue in Brooklyn during a ceremony at the Police Athletic League (PAL) at Breukelen Cornerstone in Brooklyn. As part of the initiative, 69th Precinct NYPD officers will serve as positive role models to 20 young people from the PAL in Brooklyn during monthly sessions.

 

“As part of our commitment to empowering New York City youth to realize their full potential as productive members of society, we are proud to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC to integrate Bigs in Blue into our work with the young people we serve,” said Frederick Watts, executive director, Police Athletic League.

 

BBBS of NYC is dedicated to ensuring more young people across the five boroughs have access to NYPD employees as mentors and plans to continue to expand upon Bigs in Blue.

 

In 2017, the WellCare Community Foundation committed up to $250,000 to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s (BBBSA) Bigs in Blue program. BBBSA and WellCare awarded $50,000 to BBBS of NYC to launch the program in New York City.

 

The nation’s first and New York’s largest youth mentoring organization, BBBS of NYC serves more than 5,500 young people in New York City each year through a variety of specialized mentoring programs. BBBS of NYC’s programs provide young people with the resources they need to excel in their academics and lead successful lives: 99% of the Littles BBBS of NYC serves as promoted to the next grade, 99% of high school seniors graduate from high school, and 93% of Littles who graduate from high school are accepted into college. Approximately $3,500 funds the establishment of a new one-on-one match relationship for one year. Those who are interested in donating to BBBS of NYC or becoming a volunteer mentor can visit www.bigsnyc.org.

 

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC

Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC (BBBS of NYC), the nation’s first and NYC’s largest youth mentoring organization, has served the changing needs of New York City’s most at-risk youth since 1904. The volunteer- and donor-based organization offers a variety of specialized mentoring programs to help children facing more complex challenges – including immigrant youth, children of incarcerated parents and those in foster care – as well as the Workplace Mentoring Program, which helps businesses throughout New York City positively impact the lives of young people and build a foundation for professional success. Additionally, since 1992 BBBS of NYC has worked through its Center for Training and Professional Development to equip non-profit professionals throughout New York City to develop and enhance their own mentor-based programs and organizations.

 

Through the support of individuals, foundations and corporations, this not-for-profit agency has been able to change the lives of the city’s most disadvantaged children, matching them with caring adult role models – dependable friends who can help to expand their horizons, realize their potential and enrich their futures. All contributions enable BBBS of NYC to continue to foster current match relationships and also provide more New York City children with life-changing mentors. Approximately $3,500 funds the establishment of a new one-on-one match relationship for one year. To learn more, become a mentor, donate and/or offer support, please visit www.bigsnyc.org.

 

About Police Athletic League

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for over 100 years.  PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 30,000 boys and girls annually.  It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization.  For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

 

About the YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood

Established in 1917 as a community center in northern Manhattan, the Y is a not-for-profit organization that offers the opportunity to improve mind, body, and spirit. The Y’s wide array of educational, recreational, and social services (which include early childhood education, youth development, Summer Youth Employment for teens, a health and fitness center, and a NYC Innovative Senior Center) aim to improve the quality of life for people of all ages. Now in its second century, the Y remains equally committed to serving the diverse community. www.ywashhts.org

Contact:          

Jennifer Passaretti Marino.                        

212.402.3492 

jpassaretti@marinopr.com 

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POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE’S THIRTEENTH ANNUAL REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION LUNCHEON

CONTACTS:  Andrea Kotuk / Andrea & Associates / (212) 353-9585

                   Jami Landi / Police Athletic League / (212) 477-9450

  EVENT:                     POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE’S THIRTEENTH ANNUAL

REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION LUNCHEON

 Event Celebrates the Real Estate Industry’s Commitment

 To Our City’s Children

 

HONOREE:                 New York Building Congress

                                     

DATE:                         Thursday, November 8, 2018

 

TIME:                          11:30 am to 12:30 pm / Reception

 

PLACE:                       The Pierre Hotel / Fifth Avenue and 61st Street

 

Award Recipient:         Carlo A. Scissura, President & CEO, NY Building Congress

 

Luncheon Chair:         Peter J. Davoren, President & CEO, Turner Construction

 

Luncheon Host:           David J. Arena, Managing Director & Head of Global Real Estate,

JPMorgan Chase

 

Special Guests:              Mayor David Dinkins, Police Comm. James O’Neill,

                       Robert M. Morgenthau, John A. Catsimatidis, Peter Riguardi,

Edward Minskoff. Larry Silverstein, Vincent Striano,

Joseph Tranchina, Arnold Fisher, more to follow

Honoree:

The New York Building Congress provides a unique forum to advance an industry-wide agenda focusing on economic and infrastructure investment, job creation, and professional exchange. These goals require the involvement and cooperation of the contractors, architects, engineers, unions, real estate managers, developers, and owners who comprise the building community.

On behalf of 530 constituent organizations comprising 250,000 skilled tradespeople and professionals, the Building Congress supports sound public policy, productive spending, public/private partnerships, and  major government projects. To foster relationships, the Building Congress sponsors consensus-building activities and encourages a free exchange of ideas among industry leaders and the public sector.

They promote competence and productivity in the workplace, with emphasis on public service, teamwork, and partnership with government, encouraging honesty and integrity. 

PAL is proud to honor the New York Building Congress.

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country providing academic, athletic and artistic programs to inner city boys and girls that they otherwise would never have.  As the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization, PAL serves 30,000 children annually.  For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE: A TRIBUTE TO PAL ARTS Lights On Afterschool

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CONTACTS:                                    Andrea Kotuk/Andrea & Associates/(212) 353-9585

Frederick Watts/Police Athletic League/(212) 477-9450

 

 

POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE: A TRIBUTE TO PAL ARTS

Lights On Afterschool

 

On Wednesday, October 24, the Police Athletic League P.S. 13 afterschool program will join the 19th annual Lights On Afterschool, a nationwide series of events for afterschool organized by the Afterschool Alliance.

Our Lights On Afterschool event will be a Tribute to PAL Arts on Wednesday, October 24th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. This celebration of afterschool and school partnership will feature a kids’ arts gallery and talent show with dance, spoken word, acting and singing performances.

  • What: PAL P.S. 13 Tribute to PAL Arts

  • When: 4 PM, Wednesday, October 24, 2018

  • Where: P.S. 13 191 Vermont Avenue, Staten Island, New York

  • Who: Congressman Dan Donovan, invited parents, local law enforcement, school staff and elected officials

Last year, 1 million people participated in more than 8,000 Lights On Afterschool events; the Afterschool Alliance expects the same level of participation this year. The events give youth a chance to showcase the skills and talents they learn and develop at their afterschool programs, and to send the message that millions more children and youth need quality afterschool programs. (A growing list of events is at http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/loaFindEvent.cfm.) 

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for over 100 years.  PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 30,000 boys and girls annually.  It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization.  For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org. 

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Register Today For The Fourth Annual 5K RUN/WALK

           REGISTER TODAY FOR THE FOURTH ANNUAL 5K RUN/WALK

TO BENEFIT THE POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE

Calling All Citywide PAL Alumni!

 

The Police Athletic League (PAL) is calling all citywide alumni to register for the upcoming Fourth Annual 5K Run/Walk to benefit PAL on Sunday, November 11, 2018 in Riverside Park, part of the Generosity Series. All skill levels welcome, and PAL wants to see you for registration at 7:30 am and start time 9:00 am for a $20 registration fee.  Catch up with your fellow PALs, kids, families, staff and supporters.

If you grew up in neighborhoods from Hell’s Kitchen to Staten Island, Harlem to Bedford-Stuyvesant, South Jamaica to the South Bronx, we want to hear from you! Have you played on a PAL sports team?  Enjoyed activities at a PAL Center?  Spent your summers on a PAL Playstreet?  Do you remember field trips? Singing, dancing, arts and crafts? Show us your PAL ALUMNI TEAM SPIRIT and join in the fun!

For more information, please call Jenna Wechsler at (212) 477-9450 ext. 321 or email jwechsler@palnyc.org.

Participants enjoy a fun-filled Sunday run, jog or walk in the park featuring a live DJ and a cheerleading section of colleagues, friends and family.  Over the years in total, this event has raised approximately $100,000 to support PAL programs.  For the fourth year, PAL will be participating in the Generosity Series NYC 5 K Run/Walk, along with 20 other organizations, to help raise funds in support of 30,000 New York City youth. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for over 100 years.  It provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to boys and girls annually and is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization. 

CONTACTS:

Andrea Kotuk / Andrea & Associates / (212) 353-9585

Frederick J. Watts / Police Athletic League / (212) 477-9450 

Police Athletic League’s 46th Annual Superstar Dinner Honoring Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan

 

EVENT:          POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE’S 46TH ANNUAL SUPERSTAR DINNER HONORING TIMOTHY MICHAEL CARDINAL DOLAN

The Police Athletic League (PAL) honors Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan with the PAL Superstar Award. Ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis in 1976, he served as parish priest for eight years, as secretary to the Apostolic Nuncio in DC, as a professor at Kenrick Seminary and St. Louis University, and as rector of the North American College in Rome. In 2001, he was appointed auxiliary bishop of his home diocese by Pope St. John Paul II, who, a year later, made him archbishop of Milwaukee. Pope Benedict XVI transferred him to the Archdiocese of New York in 2009, and named him a Cardinal in 2012. He has served as President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Relief Services, and the co-chair of the National Jewish-Catholic Dialogue. It was his honor as well to enter the conclave which elected Pope Francis in 2013.

 

Chair:                         Brian Moynihan, Chairman & CEO, Bank of America

Honorary Chairs:       Maurice R. Greenberg * Ronald O. Perelman

 

Co-Chairs:                * Frank A. Bennack, Jr.

* John A. Catsimatidis

* Richard Silverman

* Bloomberg Philanthropies

* Rupert Murdoch

Host:                           Mark Simone

 

Performance:              Tony Danza

 

Invited Guests:           James P. O’Neill, PAL Honorary President, NYC Police Commissioner

                                   Daniel A. Nigro, FDNY Commissioner

                                   Robert M. Morgenthau, PAL Chairman

                                  John Catsimatidis, PAL Vice-Chairman

                                   Robert McGuire, PAL Vice-Chairman

David Arena, PAL President

Fred Wilpon

Maurice R. Greenberg

Ronald O. Perelman

David Dinkins

Frederick J. Watts, PAL Executive Director

 

DATE:            Tuesday, October 2, 2018

TIME:             6:30- 7:30 p.m. / Cocktails

PLACE:          The Plaza Hotel, 768 Fifth Avenue

CONTACTS: Andrea Kotuk / Andrea & Associates / (212) 353-9585

Jami Landi / Police Athletic League / (212) 477-9450

** PRESS RSVP/COCKTAIL RECEPTION **

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for over 100 years.  PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 30,000 boys and girls annually.  It is one of the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organizations.  For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org

Garden of Dreams Foundation and Police Athletic League to Unveil 1.1 Million Dollars in Renovations at PAL Harlem Center on Sept. 20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Ryan Watson

Ryan.Watson@msg.com

(212)-465-5945

Hosted by Jill Martin, ribbon cutting ceremony will feature appearances from Knicks front office staff including Steve Mills, Scott Perry and David Fizdale as well as Knicks and Rangers legendary players

The Garden of Dreams Foundation will unveil a newly-renovated space at the Police Athletic League (PAL) Harlem Center on September 20 in Harlem, NY. Beginning at 4 p.m., Knicks front office staff, legendary players from the Knicks and Rangers, the Knicks City Dancers, the Rockettes and over 200 students, grades K-8, will partake in a ribbon cutting ceremony, emceed by TODAY Show contributor and MSG Networks reporter Jill Martin, to celebrate improvements made to the PAL Harlem Center. The newly transformed space was made possible by a 1.1 million dollar grant via the Garden of Dreams Giving Program, which seeks to help the Foundation’s partner organizations through the direct support of long-lasting community projects. The Police Athletic League was able to upgrade the Harlem Center with a refurbished gym, game room, Rose Hall and reception area. Following the ribbon ceremony, students will have the opportunity to partake in an outdoor street fair and enjoy a Jr. Knicks basketball clinic in the newly-minted gym.

The Police Athletic League (or PAL) is New York City’s largest independent youth development not-for-profit organization. Together with NYPD and the law enforcement community, PAL supports and inspires New York City youth to realize their full individual potential as productive members of society. PAL operates diverse programs from Head Start, Day Care and Universal Pre-K programs; to elementary and middle school after-school programs; and summer day camps and summer Playstreets.

Garden of Dreams works with The Madison Square Garden Company and MSG Networks to help children facing obstacles such as homelessness, extreme poverty, illness and foster care. Since it began in 2006, Garden of Dreams has used the magic of these two companies – including the Knicks, Rangers, Liberty, Rockettes, famed showplaces and two sports and entertainment networks – to brighten the lives of more than 375,000 children and their families. 

Who:                             TODAY contributor Jill Martin

                                        Steve Mills, President, New York Knicks

                                        Scott Perry, General Manager, New York Knicks

                                        David Fizdale, Head Coach, New York Knicks

                                        Knicks legend John Starks

                                        Rangers legend Rod Gilbert

                                        KNX Gaming and NBA 2K League Champion Adam Kudeimati

                                        Frederick J. Watts, Executive Director, Police Athletic League

                                        First Deputy Commissioner of the NYPD Benjamin Tucker

                                        Knicks City Dancers performance

                                        Radio City Rockettes

                                        200 PAL Youth

                                       

What:                            Unveiling of a Refurbished PAL Harlem Center including a new gym, game room, Rose Hall and more

 

When:                           Thursday, Sept. 20

4p.m.; Media Check-In at 3:30p.m.

                                       

Where:                        PAL Harlem Center 

                                     441 Manhattan Ave

                                    New York, NY 10026 

 

**Media Interested in Attending Please RSVP to Ryan Watson at ryan.watson@msg.com **

Police Athletic League Provides The Foundation To Succeed In School And In Life With PAL Early Childhood Education Program

In communities overwhelmed with poverty, many of the children begin school without the foundation that they need to succeed. The Police Athletic League has been providing vital early childhood education to New York City families for more than 40 years. The Early Childhood Education program prepares the children with a strong cognitive foundation prior to entering kindergarten and includes opportunities for children with disabilities throughout PAL centers in Brooklyn and Queens.

The Early Childhood Education Centers in Brooklyn and Queens currently serve more than 600 children, ages two through five. The centers in Brooklyn are PAL Carey Gardens, PAL La Puerta Abierta, PAL World of Creative Experiences, PAL Roberta Bright,  and the Arnold and Marie Schwartz Early Learning Program. The centers in Queens  are PAL Western Queens Nursery School and PAL Woodside.

“Preparing our children and families for success through quality early education is our priority,” said Asneth Council, Ph.D., PAL Director of Child Care and Nutrition.

The PAL centers integrate Head Start Programs, Daycare, and Universal  Pre-Kindergarten as programs to provide the children with the tools they need to succeed. The children are exposed to science, music, and dance in their classrooms and also have the opportunity to plant their own garden in the spring.  They are also equipped with recognition of the alphabet, letter sounds and counting skills.

Parents are encouraged to be closely engaged with their children’s development. PAL parents volunteer in the classroom, kitchen, on trips and attend monthly family workshops, as well as take part in literacy efforts. One parent, Mr. Covington, who participates in Daddy Read to Me Day, said, “PAL is a lifesaver. It provides me with access to affordable childcare that I wouldn’t be able to get otherwise.” Participants have shown an increase in family literacy and social skills. The Bridging the Achievment Gap Literacy Initiative focuses on encouraging children and families to read a minimum of 15 books in the “Book of the Month” lending library. These books are incorporated into Lesson Plans and children build their vocabulary with the “Word of the Month” chosen from the Book of the Month.

The U.S. Department of Education finds that 6 out of 10 children are unprepared for kindergarten, while all 2016 Universal Pre-K students in PAL’s Early Childhood Program were deemed ready for school. The program embraces and addresses each child’s individual strengths and needs in order to receive the best educational and developmental opportunities.

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for over 100 years. PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 30,000 boys and girls annually. It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization. For more information, please visit www. palnyc.org.

Photo Credit: Abby Haight/LoveHaight Photography

Photo Credit: Abby Haight/LoveHaight Photography

CONTACTS:

Andrea Kotuk / Andrea & Associates / (212) 353-9585

Frederick J. Watts / Police Athletic League / (212) 477-9450

Police Athletic League’s Citywide Summer Youth Employment Program Connected Teens To The Workforce

During the summer, the Police Athletic League placed more than 1,500 New York City teens in much-needed jobs through PAL’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). The program is made possible through funding from the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development.

In Jamaica, Queens, teenagers were mentored by Detective Tanya Duhaney, a 17-year NYPD veteran, at the 113th Precinct. Det. Duhaney grew up in Jamaica in the same precinct she now serves. She is also a former PAL kid.

“I think it’s important that we work with PAL,” says Det. Duhaney, who has mentored PAL summer teens for the past 10 years. “We not only have fun with the young people, but we inspire them to do something meaningful in New York City.”

Under Det. Duhaney’s guidance, PAL teens had a meaningful summer job experience. The young New Yorkers interacted with people from all walks of life, including former First Lady of New York State Matilda Cuomo. They also helped NYPD officers organize the National Night Out Against Crime event at Baisley Pond Park in Queens.

“PAL teens get to see firsthand what it’s like to be a police officer,” says Det. Duhaney. “When they first come in, several kids have negative perceptions of the police from the media or their friends. In a day or two at the precinct, the kids observe the police officers’ professional conduct, often in circumstances where members of the public are agitated. They say, ‘we never see you guys go through all this.’”

“PAL alum and Detective Tanya Duhaney is an exemplary role model for PAL youth,” says Frederick Watts, PAL Executive Director. “NYPD officers participate year round in a wide range of our programs and activities. We are truly grateful to all the NYPD officers, like Detective Duhaney, who give so generously of their time and talent to serve as an inspiration to PAL children.”

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for over 100 years. PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 35,000 boys and girls annually. It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization. For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

CONTACTS:

Andrea Kotuk / Andrea & Associates / (212) 353-9585

Frederick Watts / Police Athletic League / (212) 477-9450

PAL Executive Director Frederick Watts and the Police Athletic League were honored at City & State’s Protecting New York Summit.

On July 17th, the Police Athletic League and Executive Director Frederick Watts were honored at City & State’s Protecting New York Summit and Awards held at Baruch College. The day-long event offered industry executives, public sector leaders and academics the opportunity to share ideas about how to discuss New York’s security strategy from elections to community policing and the tools needed to be recognized as a national leader in homeland security and emergency management. The Summit focused on insights and perspectives across industries within New York’s public safety and security initiatives and programs.

The Keynote address was presented by James O’Neill, NYPD Commissioner and PAL Honorary President, with an introduction by Paul Tierney, Senior Vice President of Public Sector State and Local Government, Dataminr. Panel sessions covered “Maximizing New York’s Security” and “Government’s Integrity in the Post-Truth Era” and addressed a wide range of topics including “How has New York fared in emergency responsiveness as well as in counterterrorism planning and prevention?” and “What is the connection between elections technology and security?”

PAL’s Executive Director Frederick Watts was recognized at the awards ceremony. He acknowledged the great work of the PAL staff and urged the Summit participants to view PAL’s youth development programs as not only contributing to a safer, better New York, but as essential to providing City youth with equal opportunities for growth and success. Other honorees at the Summit included: Nada Marie Anid, VP, Strategic Communications and External

Affairs, New York Institute of Technology; Lenora B. Fulani, PhD., Co-Founder, All Stars Project, Inc., and Naomi Ryan, Executive Director, Reisenbach Foundation.

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for over 100 years. PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 35,000 boys and girls annually. It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization. For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

Photo Credit: Ali Garber

Photo Credit: Ali Garber

POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE

The Police Athletic League (PAL) is New York City’s largest, nonprofit, independent youth organization. Founded in 1914, PAL serves 30,000 New York City boys and girls each year with recreations, educational, cultural and social programs. PAL is the official youth agency of the New York Police Department.

CONTACT:

Andrea Kotuk, Andrea & Associates – Tel: 1 (212) 353-9585

POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE ANNOUNCES NEW PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND NEW VICE CHAIRMEN

                The Board of Directors of the Police Athletic League, NYC (PAL), the city’s largest, independent nonprofit youth organization, recently appointed its new leadership team at its May 18th Board meeting.  David Arena, Head of Global Corporate Real Estate for JPMorgan Chase & Co., was voted the new President of the Police Athletic League Board of Directors.  David Arena has been a member of the PAL Board since 2010, and formerly served as Vice President.

                John Osborn, President and CEO of BBDO New York, who has served on the PAL Board since 2005, and as Board President since 2008, will become a Vice Chairman.  John Catsimatidis, Chairman and CEO of the Red Apple Group, who has been a member of PAL’s Board since 1987, will also serve as a Vice Chairman.

              Robert M. Morgenthau, PAL Chairman of the Board of Directors, says, “John Osborn has worked tirelessly and with great tenacity and skill as President of PAL, and we are grateful that he will continue his work for PAL as Vice Chairman.  As a member of the Board, David Arena has worked hard and has shown his commitment to the young people of this City.  As President, Mr. Arena will no doubt use his considerable professional talents for the betterment of City kids.  John Catsimatidis has distinguished himself in his 30 years of service on the PAL Board, and his elevation to Vice Chairman is most welcome and deserved.  We are delighted that Bob McGuire, who has been of tremendous support to PAL, will continue to serve as Vice Chairman.”

David Arena, New Board President at PAL

David Arena is the Head of Global Corporate Real Estate for JPMorgan Chase & Co., and is responsible for managing the firm’s global real estate portfolio with over 7,400 properties worldwide, comprising over 80 million square feet of space.  Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Arena was the President of Grubb & Ellis, NY, a real estate service and investment management company. Under his leadership, the firm became one of the top-tier managers in the NYC league tables.  Prior to this, he was the Chief Strategic Officer for Jones Lang LaSalle, NY and was responsible for advising clients such as IBM, MetLife, Goldman Sachs and The Port Authority of NY/NJ. Earlier in his career, Arena was a Managing Director and Head of Global Corporate Real Estate for Morgan Stanley, leading global investment and real estate strategy.

John Osborn, New Vice Chairman of the Board, PAL

                John Osborn is President and CEO of BBDO New York for the past 11 years, longer than any other New York agency head.   Under Osborn’s leadership, BBDO New York has more than doubled revenues and expanded its client base.  Osborn joined BBDO New York in 1991. Over the years, he has demonstrated that he is an energetic, positive and passionate leader with a proven ability to build strong client relationships and to lead multi-disciplinary teams in the creation of powerful communication programs.  He has been actively involved with many of the agency’s clients including FedEx, GE, J&J, Pfizer, CVS, Subway, Lowe’s, Mars, Visa and the American Red Cross.  He began his BBDO career on Pepsi and was the principal architect of the agency’s integrated marketing efforts, expanding the agency’s service offerings to include digital and social marketing, CRM, design and more.

Osborn currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the American Red Cross of Greater New York, and was recently elected to the Board of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and Social Sciences at Dartmouth College. He has previously served as Chairman of the Board of the American Advertising Federation.

John Catsimatidis, New Vice Chairman of the Board, PAL

                John Catsimatidis is the Chairman and CEO of the Red Apple Group, an energy company with holdings in oil refining and bio fuels, retail petroleum products, convenience stores, real estate, aviation, and supermarkets, in addition to investments in both medical and industrial technology.  Catsimatidis started the company in the late 1960s while still in college by opening a supermarket chain in Manhattan known as Gristedes Supermarkets.  Today, his company is listed as one of the largest family-owned businesses in America.  Catsimatidis employs 8,000 people in the New York area.  His company posts annual sales of approximately $5 billion.  Catsimatidis is also host of a weekly radio program on AM 970.  Catsimatidis attended all public schools in New York City as well, as New York University.

Former Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau remains Chairman of the Board at PAL, and former New York City Police Commissioner Robert J. McGuire will remain a Vice Chairman.

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for over 100 years.  PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 35,000 boys and girls annually.  It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization.  For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org