On Friday, March 7, 2014 San Mateo Police Activities League held a fantastic event to benefit local youth. San Mateo PAL’s 16th Annual Awards and Recognition Dinner, “LIGHTS AND SIRENS” was re-tooled into a country hoe-down, complete with new venue, new theme, décor and menu, thanks to generous support from San Mateo County Expo Center. What remained constant was the incredible support system of local donors, both individuals and local organizations, to the PAL cause.
Over 400 people packed the Event Center at over 50 tables. A Silent Auction with over 80 items offered guests a pre-dinner reception area to mingle, network, bid and compare their cowboy gear. A hugely popular raffle for a cache of valuable electronic gear donated by Recology of San Mateo County was also offered.
The evening’s MC, former 49er and Comcast SportsNet Personality Dennis Brown, presided over a rousing evening of fun, laughter, tears and giving – starting with a great dinner of country fare and followed by a very spirited live auction hosted by “Hooked on Golf” radio personality Mitch Juricich with County Supervisors Adrienne Tissier and Don Horsley. The “Shoot ‘Em Up” live Auction item (an opportunity to visit the San Mateo Police Department’s shooting range, view the weaponry and have target practice with the Chief and her SWAT team) was particularly popular!
San Mateo Police Chief Susan E. Manheimer and Dinner Committee Chair and SM County Supervisor Carole Groom kept the evening moving, lively and fun. PAL saluted Youth of the Year John Kammeyer and Officer of the Year Christopher Lewis. A special tribute to PAL’s G.R.E.A.T. program (Gang Resistance Education and Training) was featured with recognition to Kaiser Permanente, P G & E and San Mateo Foster City School District for their support of this valuable and effective program. Entertainment was provided by The PAL Dance Team, a traditional HAKA, and Officer / country singer Shandon Murphy.
San Mateo PAL thanks the evening’s Banner Sponsors – Franklin Templeton Investments, Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy LLP, San Mateo County Event Center, P G & E and Bridgepointe Shopping Center, as well as our media sponsor, The Daily Journal, for supporting this event. A thank you also to those who purchased tables, tickets, auction items, raffle tickets and contributed to our Fund In Need. PAL continues to have great support from its Board of Directors, staff and volunteers with special thanks to the Dinner Committee headed by Carole Groom.
PAL accomplishes amazing things in San Mateo thanks to incredible support like this from our incredible community. Donate any time to PAL here: Donate to San Mateo PAL
Since 1997, San Mateo PAL has provided recreational, educational and leisure activities at little or no cost to thousands of San Mateo and Foster City youth. Supported by a volunteer Board of Directors and a staff consisting of police officers and city employees, the San Mateo Police Activities League is building a stronger and safer community through kids – our most valuable asset. The Mission of San Mateo PAL is to prevent juvenile delinquency and juvenile crime by engaging youth with police officers to promote physical, social and mental development of its youth.
To learn more, visit www.sanmateoPAL.org
“Building the Bond between Cops and Kids”
Distributed by San Mateo Police Department on Behalf of The San Mateo Police Activities League
Pennie Lundberg, PAL Fund Development Director
650-522-7556 or firstname.lastname@example.org