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Posted on: November 13, 2019

Mayor Brown and The Police Athletic League Of Buffalo Invite You To The 19th Annual PAL Auction


Buffalo, N.Y. – Mayor Byron W. Brown and The Police Athletic League of Buffalo, Inc. (PAL) cordially invite residents to join them at the 19th Annual PAL Auction on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 from 5:30 pm to 9 pm at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Tickets are on sale now at at $50 per individual. There will be raffle prizes, silent and live auction items, including a 7 night stay in Sunset Beach, North Carolina, a week vacation in Davenport, Florida, upscale dining experiences at premier Western New York restaurants, Buffalo Bills and Sabres experiences and much more. This year, PAL is honoring six members of the Buffalo Police Department for their community-wide efforts to positively touch the lives of children in the City of Buffalo.

“I invite everyone to come out to support PAL, an impactful organization that serves thousands of children with after-school, weekend, summer and athletic programs that operate throughout the year to enhance the lives of youth in our City,” said Mayor Brown. “I am pleased to join PAL in honoring the men and women of the Buffalo Police Department for their work. These members of law enforcement have gone above and beyond to build strong connections with young residents and should be applauded for enriching the lives of children in Buffalo. ”

The six Buffalo Police Department members being honored by Buffalo PAL at this year’s auction include Deputy Police Commissioner Barbara Lark, Lt. Marcus Rogowski, Lt. William Macy, Lt. Tommy Champion, Lt. Joseph Szafranski and Officer Jeanan Sharpe.

“This is our major fundraiser of the year to help power the quality youth enrichment programming PAL provides to children,” said PAL Executive Director Nekia Kemp. “We welcome all Western New Yorkers to attend the auction and join us in recognizing the men and women of the Buffalo Police Department who work with us to have a positive impact on youth.”

For over sixty-five years, the Police Athletic League of Buffalo, Inc. has offered quality youth enrichment programming at little or no cost to families comprised of diverse cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds throughout the year in six inner-city Community Centers, seventeen Buffalo Public Schools,


and the historic Buffalo-Olmsted Parks.

The Buffalo PAL is a unique not-for-profit agency due to its partnership with local law enforcement. The Buffalo Police are especially instrumental in working closely with PAL youth to teach them about the importance of exhibiting pride, attitude, and leadership. PAL’s overall mission is to improve the immediate and future quality of youth through enrichment and recreational programming in collaboration with law enforcement. The Buffalo PAL continues to offer educational programming comprised of literacy, sports camps, clinics, and leagues. Summer activities at the Buffalo PAL range from full day sports and academic camps, field trips, sports leagues, free bike helmet giveaways, and Mayor Byron W. Brown’s Summer Reading Rules Challenge! and Awards Ceremony.

If you would like to learn about how you can help support the Police Athletic League of Buffalo, Inc. or enroll your child in PAL camps & clinics or weekend programming, please call 716-851-4615 or email: You can also visit for program updates, in addition to following the Buffalo PAL on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Inquiries about the Buffalo PAL can be mailed to: 65 Niagara Square, 21st floor, Buffalo, New York, 14202.

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