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PAL staff and children from Queens are all smiles as they celebrate the holidays with PAL’s Executive Director Frederick Watts (back row, 2nd from left).

BY BROOKE SMITH

The Police Athletic League (PAL) brought some holiday cheer to hundreds of NYC boys and girls at their annual holiday party last week. Children, ages 6 to 10, from PAL centers throughout Queens and the city enjoyed carnival games, arts and crafts and performances at the PAL Center in Harlem.

PAL, the largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization in NYC, provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 35,000 boys and girls annually.

Children joined the stage to share in holiday cheer with members of The Pixie Judy Troupe, which offers theater for children and families. The Troupe was assisted by some Broadway actors who gave an interactive performance.

Rosie’s Theater Kids, one of the largest arts-in-education programs serving NYC public school students, also appeared for a special performance. Rosie’s Theater Kids have been working to bring the opportunity of a Broadway show or the experience of a live art performance to 50,000 NYC school students since 2003.

A holiday party would not be complete without a visit from Santa Claus himself. He and Mrs. Claus came to town, bringing all the children gifts. Other special guest appearances were made by Cheese Chisholm from the Harlem Globetrotter’s and Clifford the Dog.

Attending to support the event were PAL’s honorary president, NYC Police Commissioner William Bratton, PAL Chairman Robert M. Morgenthau, PAL Board Member Rikki Klieman, PAL President John B. Osborn, PAL Executive Director Frederick Watts, Artistic and Executive Director of Rosie’s Theater Kids Lori Klinger and Holiday Party Chairs John and Margo Catsimatidis.

NYC’s PAL is the first civilian ran PAL in the country, serving the city’s young people for over 100 years. It provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 35,000 children annually. It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization. For more information visit palnyc.org

 

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