Friday, December 16, 2011


Here is a post related to the PAL, along with private and corporate philanthropists, doing their part to make sure NYC children have a gift under their tree this Christmas. Kudos to all the philanthropist, including Bronx raised John Catsimatides. It's good to see a self made immigrant billionaire come back to his roots to spread goodwill.



Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, Party Co-Chair Margo Catsimatidis, PAL Chairman Robert M. Morgenthau, PAL’s Executive Director Alana Sweeny, and PAL Board Member and Party Co-Chair John Catsimatidis join PAL children, staff, members of the NYPD and friends at the Annual Holiday Party.
Here is a feel good post about a PAL party

On December 10, 2011, hundreds of boys and girls, ages five to seven from all five boroughs, gathered at the Police Athletic League’s (PAL) Annual Holiday Party at PAL’s Harlem Center, Manhattan Avenue at 119th Street. Young people from PAL’s NewSouth Bronx Center, PS 48 in Hunts Point and PAL’s Webster-Giannone Center in Fordham-Tremont enjoyed a festive holiday party filled with arts and crafts, giant board games, face painting, carnival booths, inflatable rides, goodybags, holiday treats and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Bronx children enjoyed performances from internationally acclaimed classical/rock violinist Daisy Jopling and clowns from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and a visit from Clifford the Big Red Dog™. In addition, talented young dancers, singers, steppers and musicians from PAL centers entertained partygoers with special performances to celebrate the season and provide holiday cheer.

Special guests including PAL Honorary President and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, PAL Chairman Robert M. Morgenthau, PAL President John Osborn, Manhattan District Attorney and PAL Board Member Cyrus R. Vance Jr., and PAL Board Member and Holiday Party Co-Chairs John and Margo Catsimatidis joined PAL children for the holiday extravaganza.

On behalf of boys and girls throughout the city, the Police Athletic League thanks the New York City Police Department for participating in PAL Play Streets, youth centers, sporting leagues, summer programs and cultural activities. The celebration was one of many PAL Holiday Parties bringing happiness and toys to thousands of youngsters at PAL centers and police precincts in their own communities.

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 97 years. PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to over 50,000 boys and girls annually. It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization. For more information, please visit

The Police Athletic League Annual Holiday Party was made possible by the generosity and holiday spirit of hundreds of caring New Yorkers including John and Margo Catsimatidis, Advantage Sales & Marketing (Bumble Bee and M&M Mars), Bachman, Coca Cola, Crossmark Foods, Dora’s Naturals, Edy’s Ice Cream, ESM Foods, Fairhaven, 4C Iced Tea, Fiji, Flowers Foods (Mrs. Freshley’s cakes), Frito-Lay, G&H International (Duchess cakes), Herr’s Snacks, Hershey, JO’H Metro Foods, Junior Juice, Kraft Foods, Malt-O-Meal Cereal, Nassau Candy, Nestle USA, Quaker, Snapple, Ssips, Twinings Tea, Wakefern and W.B. Brown (Keebler). Volunteers from Capital One Bank, Chartis, Con Edison, HSBC Bank, JP Morgan- Professional Networking Group and MetLife assisted at the celebration.

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