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Posted on: October 16, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Mayor Byron W. Brown Invites You To The 19th Annual PAL Auction


Buffalo, N.Y. – Mayor Byron W. Brown, joined by representatives of the Police Athletic League of Buffalo, Inc. (PAL), extended an official invitation today to Buffalo area residents and business owners to attend and support the 19th Annual PAL Auction Honoring Community Change Makers in Law Enforcement. The Buffalo PAL Auction is scheduled for 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, and fantastic silent and live auction items, including vacation homes to warm weather destinations, a weekend in Ellicottville, airline tickets, upscale dining experiences at premier Western New York restaurants, Spa treatments, sports tickets to see the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres, tickets to SHEAS & Keybank Center, an electronics raffle, and a deluxe basket raffle.

“For over sixty 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. Today I invite everyone to support the upcoming PAL Auction so its good work in neighborhoods citywide continues,” said Mayor Brown. “PAL provides programming that is vitally important to our City youth, and your continued support is greatly appreciated.”

This year, the PAL Auction will honor a number of community ‘Change Makers in Law Enforcement, including:

  • Deputy Commissioner Barbara Lark
  • Lieutenant Craig Macy
  • Lieutenant Marcus Rogowski
  • Lieutenant Joseph Szafranski
  • Officer Tommy Champion
  • Officer Jeanan Sharpe

“I strongly encourage residents and business owners from around the City of Buffalo to come out to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center on Tuesday, November 19th and attend the largest annual fundraiser of the year for Buffalo PAL youth enrichment programming. It has been exciting to witness all of the

positive developments that are occurring between the Buffalo Police Officers and Buffalo PAL youth, and I look forward to honoring the 6 Community Change Makers in Law Enforcement with the Buffalo Police Department. I am so proud of their commitment to working with children and teens who participate in the Buffalo PAL sports and youth enrichment programming all year round.”

The Buffalo PAL currently serves thousands of youth annually with after-school, weekend, and summer programs at six inner city-wide Community Centers, the Buffalo Public Schools, and the historic Buffalo- Olmsted Parks. The Buffalo PAL is a unique not-for-profit agency due to its partnership with the Buffalo Police Department. The Buffalo Police are especially instrumental in mentoring PAL youth to teach them about the importance of exhibiting pride, attitude, and leadership. PAL’s overall mission is to incentivize our region’s youth to become successful, responsible, goal-oriented adults. The Buffalo PAL continues to offer literacy programming, Educational summer camp in partnership with SAY YES and the Buffalo Public Schools, and cultural field trips. PAL youth also enjoy participating in boxing, basketball, swimming, tennis, golf, baseball, lacrosse, floor hockey, and flag football. Summer activities range from academic camps to athletic leagues, sports clinics, bicycle safety, free bike helmet giveaways, and Mayor Byron W. Brown’s Summer Reading Rules Challenge!

Tickets for the 19th Annual PAL Auction are on sale now at and the cost is $50 per   ticket. 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 after-school or weekend programming, please call 716-851-4619 or email: You can also visit for program updates, in addition to following the Buffalo PAL on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Inquiries about the Buffalo PAL can be mailed to: 65 Niagara Square, 21st floor, Buffalo, New York, 14202.