1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
April 28, 2009 00:00
With a Kids In Bloom theme, the auction encourages casual attire and provides an opportunity for socializing during a silent auction and reception before dinner. “Summer is a busy season for PAL,” said PAL President Maura White, “and we want it to be fun for auction guests to reminisce about their own camp days and playing outside in the summer while investing in PAL.”
PAL provides opportunities to thousands of at-risk and low-income youth annually through athletics, education, cultural enrichment and job opportunities. In addition to offering programs schools and parks, PAL provides activities at the Portland PAL Youth Center (424 N.E. 172nd), Portland State University, Beaverton Resource Center (12500 SW Allen Blvd), and Molalla Youth Center (209 Kennel). PAL is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization supported by law enforcement agencies including the Portland Police Bureau, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, Port of Portland Police, FBI, Oregon National Guard, and Gresham, Troutdale, Vancouver, Molalla Police Departments.
Community-based organizations like PAL, which are committed to keeping kids safe and active during the after-school hours, directly feel the impact of increased program needs at the same time as the economy is making it tough for people to give. “More families than ever before are reaching out to us for services,” said PAL Vice President Beth Faulhaber, “while at the same time donations are trickling in more slowly through our doors.”
PAL is funded through the generosity of individuals, businesses, and foundations; and thousands of volunteer hours. Auction items include: Ocean Tuna Fishing; overnight stays at the Oregon coast, Bend, and Seattle; apparel from Nike; winery tours and tasting; autographed sporting goods memorabilia; fishing trips; golf at private clubs; a half a farm-fresh pork, and more. For more information about how to donate item or purchase tickets, contact Sarah Bennett at 503-823-0250, or go to www.palkids.org or www.palevents.com. ###
Sgt. Pete Simpson