Buffalo, NY – As Chair of the Police Athletic League of Buffalo (PAL), Mayor Byron W. Brown accepted a significant and early holiday gift today that again shined a positive spotlight on PAL’s continued good work with youth in neighborhoods citywide. Diane Kuciel, President of Variety – The Children’s Charity of Buffalo and WNY – presented him with a ceremonial $30,000 check from the Rite Aid Foundation. The support will benefit PAL, one of the recipients of this second cycle of 2019 Rite Aid KidsCents Regional Grants.
Mayor Brown stated, “I thank Variety – The Children’s Charity of Buffalo and WNY, in collaboration with PAL, for securing a generous Rite Aid KidsCents Regional grant. As we continue to foster an inclusive and equitable City of Opportunity, where no one is left out and no one is left behind, this support will help grow and expand the Buffalo PAL Healthy Youth Initiative project to ensure that additional youth in the City of Buffalo can benefit from attending PAL sports clinics, athletic leagues, and camps in 2020.”
The ceremonial check presentation took place in Mayor Brown’s Office.
“The mission of Variety is to transform, uplift, and enrich the lives of children living with illness, disability, and disadvantage in Western New York. This past summer, Variety - in conjunction with the PAL staff
- submitted a grant request to the Rite Aid Foundation. As a result of this teamwork, a $30,000 Rite Aid KidsCents Regional Grant was issued to Variety for PAL to help further fund the Healthy Youth Initiative Program which exemplifies the mission of Variety”, said Diane Kuciel President of Variety.
“The Rite Aid Foundation is committed to being a caring neighbor and making meaningful differences for the children and families who live in the communities we serve,” said Tracy Henderson, director of The Rite Aid Foundation and charitable giving initiatives. “The Regional Grant Program significantly expands the reach and impact of our KidCents program, while enabling our partner organizations to provide critical out-of-school time programs that are vital to keeping children and adolescents on track for future success.”
The awarded funds from the Rite Aid Foundation will be invested and further strengthen a highly effective and free PAL program that focuses on athletic and sports clinics, fitness programs, culinary arts and nutrition programming offered to youth, between the ages of 5 and 18 years of age, who live in some of Buffalo’s most vulnerable neighborhoods.
For over sixty years, the Police Athletic League of Buffalo, Inc. has served children in the Greater Buffalo- Niagara Region with a diverse array of athletic, educational, and cultural programs that take place throughout the year in safe environments with nurturing mentors in partnership with local law enforcement.
If you’re interested in learning about the Police Athletic League of Buffalo Inc.’s youth enrichment programming, including summer camp programs for children (ages 5-18), please visit buffalopal.com or call (716) 851-4615. You can also follow the Buffalo PAL on Facebook & Twitter.
KidCents Regional Grants support nonprofit organizations with programs that serve children, grades K-12, and improve quality of life in Rite Aid communities. The grants support three of KidCents’ primary focus areas for improving the health and wellbeing of children: healthy eating, active living and education. To be considered, programs and projects were required to take place during out-of-school-time with priority given to programs that support communities in need.
This is the second cycle of KidCents Regional Grants. In the first cycle, The Rite Aid Foundation awarded 180 grants, totaling more than $4 million.
Another cycle of KidCents Regional Grants will launch in 2020. To learn more about the program, visit riteaid.com/grants.