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PAL invites community to spaghetti dinner and fundraiser

October 06, 2005 00:00

  

Portland/Gresham - On Thursday, October 20, 2005, more than 7,500 communities will rally for after-school programs by participating in the sixth anniversary of Lights On Afterschool!, a nationwide event celebrating after-school programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. The event, chaired by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in a role he first embraced in 2001, calls attention to after-school programs and the resources required to keep the lights on and the doors open. In Oregon, more than 14 communities are sponsoring 26 events including the Police Activities League of Greater Portland, Molalla PAL, Portland Parks and Recreation and SUN Schools. PAL Executive Director Maura White-Cioeta, who participated in the ground-breaking 2003 After School Summit in Washington DC at the request of then-actor Schwarzenegger and U.S. Department of Secretary Rod Paige, understands the crucial need for providing programs after school - peak hours for juvenile crime and experimentation with drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and sex (Fight Crime Invest In Kids 2000). “Youth need safe, stimulating places to go after school,” said White-Cioeta, “and PAL is committed to keeping our children safe, helping them learn, and relieving working parents of worries about their children's afternoons.” The PAL Youth Center Booster Club is sponsoring a Spaghetti Feed & Fundraiser to benefit the PAL Youth Center on Thursday, October 20, 2005, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Gresham Armory, 544 NE Division, Gresham, Oregon 97030. Thanks to sponsorship by the Olive Garden in Gresham, tickets are only $10 each or $40 per family. Participants will be treated to dinner served by PAL youth in Halloween costumes, meet PAL volunteers, and have a chance to bid on more than 100 silent auction items ranging from $5 value to $1,500. Items include Nike shoes and apparel, gift baskets, Cascade Athletic Club gift certificates, hand-crafted jewelry, kid-made arts projects and more. The goal is to raise a minimum of $5,000. Tight budgets are endangering after-school programs around the country, forcing many to cut back or even close their doors. “We continue to see more youth participating in our programs, but find it harder and harder to find enough funds to meet the increased demand for services and cost of basics like lights and heat,” said PAL Youth Center Director Beth Faulhaber. “We are excited about the programs we are offering on-site this year, including a junior FBI agent class, girls leadership groups, and sports clinics, but we need increased funds to make it happen.” PAL is a non-profit, juvenile crime prevention program providing opportunities to youth through athletics, education, cultural enrichment and job opportunities. PAL serves thousands of youth annually, working closely with other community-based programs to provide a network of after-school programs and services for youth. In addition to programs in local schools and parks, PAL provides year-round programs at the PAL Youth Center (424 N.E. 172nd). PAL is 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, Sherwood and Tigard Police Departments. Information about programs is also included on the PAL web page at www.palkids.org. Lights On Afterschool! is a nationwide event to recognize the critical importance of quality afterschool programs in the lives of children, their families and their communities. The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children and youth have access to after-school programs by the year 2010. More information on the Alliance and Lights On Afterschool! is available at www.afterschoolalliance.org. For more information, call 503-823-0250. ###

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