2013-12-27 / Community

PAL Hosts Celebrations For Kids

By Dan Guarino


Kids from Arverne’s Goldie Maple Academy PAL Center enjoy a grand holiday celebration at the Police Athletic League’s Harlem Center. Photo courtesy of PAL. Kids from Arverne’s Goldie Maple Academy PAL Center enjoy a grand holiday celebration at the Police Athletic League’s Harlem Center. Photo courtesy of PAL. The Police Athletic League hosted a “winter wonderland in Queens” for more than one hundred kids at the PAL’s Goldie Maple Academy Beacon After-School program on Saturday, December 21st.

Energetic coaches, staff, volunteers and kids had a great time engaging in all kinds of holiday fun.

Kids and staff avidly cheered each other on while playing gym spanning team games like “Memory.”

Some children and staffers at the event were also interviewed by CBS News.

Children and teens of the PAL afterschool program also received gifts from the volunteers of New York Cares Winter Wish.

As one PAL staffer said, “It’s a time to bring smiles.”

Goldie Maple Academy is located at 365 Beach 57th Street in Arverne.


Children line up for an afternoon of fun at the Goldie Maple Academy’s PAL Center holiday party. Photos by Dan Guarino Children line up for an afternoon of fun at the Goldie Maple Academy’s PAL Center holiday party. Photos by Dan Guarino On Saturday, December 14th, children from the Goldie Maple PAL center participated in a huge holiday event hosted by the Police Athletic League and CitySightseeing New York, a worldwide sightseeing company, at PAL’s Harlem Center.

Hundreds of boys and girls, ages five to seven, from all five boroughs came to the festive holiday party, which was filled with arts and crafts, board games, face painting, inflatable rides, and holiday treats.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus also attended the event, arriving atop a CitySightseeing New York bus filled with over 3,500 toys for the children.

Special guests included talk show host Sally Jessy Raphael, supermodel Carol Alt, Miss USA 2013 Erin Brady, Miss Teen USA 2013 Cassidy Wolf, “90210” star and recording artist Mack Wilds, “Boardwalk Empire” star Anthony Laciura, “The Michael J. Fox Show” star Juliette Goglia, “30 Rock” star Grizz Chapman, actor Stephen Lang, Canadian television star Brendan Meyer, Clifford the Dog, PAL honorary president Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, PAL Chairman Robert Morgenthau, PAL President John Osborn, PAL board members and holiday party chairpersons John and Margo Catsimatidis, and Public Advocateelect Letitia “Tish” James.


PAL youngsters are interviewed by CBS News. PAL youngsters are interviewed by CBS News. Founded in 1914, PAL has served the city’s young people for 99 years. PAL provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to over 40,000 boys and girls annually. It is also the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization. For more information, visit www.palnyc.org.

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