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Police Activities League Putting Kids First Event
updated: Apr 23, 2014, 11:25 AM

Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

The Santa Barbara Police Activities League (PAL) 11th Annual Putting Kids First Event will take place on Friday, April 25th, at 5:30 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Carriage Museum located at 129 Castillo Street. The fundraiser benefits PAL's Teen Center and Teen Leadership Academy, providing mentoring and training for our future leaders.

The Friday night western themed bash will feature PAL alumni Courtney Gutierrez and Deputy Amariz Loza sharing inspiring stories of their experiences at PAL. Honorees Richard and Marguerite Berti will receive the Santa Barbara Police Activities League Founders Award for distinguished service to PAL. And PAL founder, Officer Kent Wojciechoski, will lead the live auction to benefit PAL's programs along with a "Roundup for Kids" silent auction beginning at 5:30 p.m.

New Executive Director Sara Spataro and Board Chair John Van Donge invite the community to get involved as attendees, leadership mentors, event volunteers, and supporters. "This event showcases the life changing effect that volunteer police officers and the community, working together, can make in a young person's life," notes Van Donge.

PAL provides safe and educational after school programs for middle school and high school age students at the 1235 Teen Center including specialty classes, tutoring, and sports leagues. PAL also provides summer camp resources for low income families, collaborating with 12 nonprofits in a "Campership Alliance" to provide summer camp scholarships.

To attend Putting Kids First, make a donation, or volunteer contact Executive Director Sara Spataro at sara@sbpal.org. To learn more about PAL programs contact Judith Lugo at jlugo@sbpal.org or (805) 962- 5560, or visit http://www.sbpal.org.


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