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Fort Pierce PAL sets date for 7th annual Dancing With Our PALs

The annual Dancing With Our PALs  is set for Saturday, October 1, 2016, at the Sunrise Theatre in downtown Fort Pierce.  Save the date and be prepared to be amazed by entertained.

The event features local PAL supporters performing a variety of choreographed dance routines with professional partners from along the Treasure Coast. Since the competition began in 2010, Dancing with Our PALs has raised more than $175,000 for youth crime prevention programs in Fort Pierce.

Dancing With Our PALs, is a take-off of the hit reality television show “Dancing with the Stars”. Dancers will compete against each other for three awards: “Overall Champion”, “Top Fundraiser” and “People Choice.”

The highly anticipated event features a VIP private pre-show dinner featuring an amazing menu complete with premium seating .

Tickets will be available for purchase from your favorite dancer and will be available on The Sunrise Theatre website at VIP tickets are $80, general admission is $25.

For details please call the committee chairwoman, Karen Pearson at 772-528-6649 for information or to sponsor this event.

Click here to see this year’s cast of celebrity PAL dancers


PAL selects first Youth of the Year

Fort Pierce PAL honored its first youth of the year Margaret Matthews on Thursday night during its annual volunteer banquet.

Margaret, a senior at Lincoln Park Academy, was surprised by the announcement made by Executive Director Paul Pearson. Pearson presented Margaret with a laptop computer, carrying case and the software to help her pursue a career in the medical field.

Pearson said unofficially, Margaret has been a PAL kid since she was four years old. During the past 12 years she has become increasingly involved in PAL through her volunteer service to PAL, during community service projects, summer camp and her leadership as the current president of the Youth Leadership Council. She has easily amassed well over 1,000 hours of service.

“It’s like she’s one of my kids,” said Pearson.

Margaret plans to study biology at Indian River Community College for two years then attend Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and eventually attend medical school. With better than a 4.0 g.p.a., Margaret shouldn’t have any problems accomplishing her goals.

Impressed by Margaret’s dedication to PAL, our community and her studies, Sheriff Ken J. Mascara pledged an impromptu gift of $500 to Margaret to help her pursue her studies. The amount was matched by Jim Buchheit, C.E.O. of Best Buy Victory Polaris and the PAL board treasurer. Buchheit has worked alongside of Margaret at several PAL events and fundraisers.

“She is a good kid and she is always helpful and mannerable,” he said.

The event was held at Gator Trace County Club honoring all our PAL head coaches for sacrifices they make to guide and mentor the youth involved in PAL programs including boxing, basketball, football, cheer, dance, karate, track and field, summer camp and youth leadership. Our PAL coaches consistently donate more than 5,000 hours of service running the many programs being offered at the PAL Center.

The announcement that Sheriff Mascara wanted to give Margaret $500 to help her pursue a career in the medical field caught everyone by surprise. Then PAL Board Treasurer Jim Buchheit matched the Sheriff’s gift.


Fort Pierce PAL needs volunteers

The Fort Pierce Police Athletic League is seeking volunteer for our youth football, cheer, basketball, boxing, track and field, and dance programs to accommodate the growing number of young children wanting to participate in PAL programs.

Experience is not required, but a general knowledge of the sport is helpful. Coaching is more than teaching a sport; it’s being a trusted mentor for youth and being able to instill a sense of good sportsmanship in the players. PAL programs focus on teaching the proper fundamentals and skills, being active and understanding the importance of physical activity, learning to play as a team, and developing good sportsmanship in a nurturing environment.

All volunteers must pass a criminal background screening, be 18 years or older, commit to an entire season and dedicate at least three hours per week to practice and game time.

If you love kids and sports and like to have fun, the Fort Pierce PAL is the perfect place for you. Contact the Fort Pierce PAL at 772-466-0606 or visit the PAL Center, located at 903 S. 21st Street.