2015 Manatee PAL Golf Classic at the Ritz

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The Police Athletic League of Manatee County announces that the PAL Golf Classic will be hosted by Tropicana at the prestigious Ritz-Carlton Members Club in Bradenton, Florida on April 24, 2015.

The Ritz-Carlton Members Club.
The Ritz-Carlton Members Club.

The tournament will be a four-person scramble format, beginning with a shotgun start at noon. Entrance fees are $450 per person, and include brunch, gift bag, the 18-hole round at the Ritz, and a reception with buffet and drinks.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. Other contests throughout the day will have cash prizes and more giveaways.

Proceeds benefit the children’s programs at Manatee PAL, which includes football, cheerleading, basketball and boxing. Since 1989, Manatee PAL has been providing quality children’s programs and services. Manatee PAL was established as a way to reach at-risk and low income youth. Mentoring children with sports programs teaches kids teamwork, responsibility, leadership and athletic skills. Additionally, each player is required to maintain passing grades in all subjects to play in games.

Last year over 1,000 youth throughout Manatee County benefitted from Manatee PAL’s programs, including cheerleading, roller hockey, football, basketball and summer camp. Deputies from the Sheriff’s Departments, along with local volunteers, provide leadership and mentoring for PAL members, helping them learn to make life-enhancing decisions free of drugs and gangs.

Manatee PAL is part of the state and national organization with a proven track record of helping kids. Manatee PAL’s mission is to bring law enforcement, kids and families together in a positive, safe environment through sports and academics to build a strong community. The motto is: helping kids succeed through sports, academics and police mentoring.

The annual PAL Golf Classic is a fundraiser that goes directly toward PAL programs. It is one of the ways that PAL keeps their registration fees affordable. This is the fifth consecutive year that is has been held. Sign-in begins at 10 am with a shotgun start at noon with foursomes playing 18 rounds of golf. There is a glass break contest, flop shot contest, putting contest as well as closest-to-the pin and bag o’ money contest.

Players have a continental breakfast and lunch on the course. Golfing begins at noon. Happy hour starts at 5:30 pm with the awards ceremony and buffet from 6:00 – 8pm. A raffle, silent auction and live auction complete the day.

“It is important for our youth to have the opportunity to not only compete in sports, but to be around other children and have PAL’s outstanding mentors, teachers, and coaches pass along their positive outlook on life,” says Bruce Bottorff, PAL Board President. “Everyone should have an opportunity to improve themselves, as long as they respect one another and work hard for it. I can personally attest to how well such opportunities have benefitted me throughout my career and personal life.”

To register, sponsor a hole or donate an item to the silent auction, email Manatee PAL at office@Manateepal.org with “Golf” as the subject line. For more information, contact Manatee PAL at 941-747-1118. Manatee PAL is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in Manatee County. The offices are located at 202 13th Ave East, Bradenton, FL.

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Manatee PAL Giving Partner Challenge

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5 Big Reasons To Support PAL

  1.  Children who play team sports have greater success in life
  2.  Children who play sports are more physically fit
  3.  Through sports, children learn teamwork, respect & responsibility
  4.  Children must maintain passing grades in all subjects to play
  5.  Mentoring by law enforcement gives children a positive role model & positive activities as an alternative to gangs & drugs

On May 6, 2014 at NOON, please visit www.givingpartnerchallenge.org to show your support. Search for MANATEE PAL & make a tax deductible contribution. Your help is needed because it supports kids participating in life-changing athletic & academic programs.

Manatee PAL Basketball
Manatee PAL Basketball

Did you know that as a non-profit organization, Manatee PAL relies on donations and contributions from supporters to keep our fees affordable?

Manatee PAL Football
Manatee PAL Footbal
Manatee PAL Cheerleaders in Pyramid Formation
Manatee PAL Cheerleaders in Pyramid Formation

The physical and psychosocial benefits of youth sport involvement are well recognized. Physical activity facilitates cardiovascular fitness, weight control, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and healthy bone structure.

Manatee PAL's Summer Reading Program
Manatee PAL’s Summer Reading Program

Findings presented in the journal, ‘Athletic Insight,’ show that active youth maintain physical activity habits in adulthood; and active youth are less likely to develop numerous diseases later in life, including heart disease, obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, depression and cancer.

Further, sport experiences often foster citizenship, social success, positive peer relationships, leadership skills, and a sense of initiative in youth. Youth sport involvement has been positively correlated with adult career achievement and reductions with school dropout and delinquent behavior.

Will you help us in our efforts to give kids life-changing programs that will help prepare them for adulthood?

Please visit www.givingpartnerchallenge.org on May 6, 2014 at NOON, to show your support. Search for MANATEE PAL & make a tax deductible contribution. Your help is needed because it gives kids a chance for a better future.

Manatee PAL Marks Silver Anniversary with 2014 Golf Classic at The Concession Golf Club

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The Concession Golf Club: Home of the 2014 Manatee PAL Golf Classic Hosted by Tropicana
The Concession Golf Club: Home of the 2014 Manatee PAL Golf Classic Hosted by Tropicana
The Police Athletic League of Manatee County announces that the PAL Golf Classic will be hosted by Tropicana at the prestigious Concession Golf Course in Bradenton, Florida on April 22, 2014.

The tournament will be a four-person scramble format, beginning with a shotgun start at 10:30 a.m. Entrance fees are $500 per person, and include the 18-hole round at the Concession, gift bag, continental breakfast, lunch, and a reception with buffet and drinks.

The reception will also include a silent auction and a live auction including a dinner for 10 aboard a gorgeous 92’ Lazzara Yacht, complete with captain, crew, chef and servers. The winning foursome each receives a trophy plus a $150 gift certificate each from the Concession Pro Shop. Second place winners receive a $100 gift certificate per player. Third place winners receive a $75 gift certificate per player. Other contests throughout the day will have cash prizes and more giveaways.

Proceeds benefit the children’s programs at Manatee PAL, which includes football, cheerleading, basketball, baseball and roller hockey. Manatee PAL was established in 1989 as a way to reach at-risk and low income youth and mentoring them with sports programs to teach teamwork, responsibility, leadership and athletic skills. Additionally, each player is required to maintain passing grades in all subjects to play in games.

This year marks the Silver Anniversary for Manatee PAL. They have been providing children’s services and programs for the past 25 years in Manatee County.

Golf committee chair, Bruce Bottorff hopes the event will continue to support Manatee PAL’s mission. PAL’s Mission is to bring law enforcement, kids and families together in a positive, safe environment through sports and academics to build a strong community.

“Manatee PAL would like to congratulate all our sponsors on another tremendous year of charitable giving in the Bradenton/Sarasota area,” Bottorff said. “Everyone associated with the event – Tropicana and other corporate sponsors, tournament staff and volunteers, and the fans who support the PAL Golf Classic – are to be commended for their efforts in mentoring children and giving them a foundation for life.”

Over 160 local business and individuals donated to the PAL Golf Classic last year. This year, a combination of sponsorships plus a matching amount from the Giving Partners program will enable the tournament to potentially double the amount collected. This year, if a sponsor pays their donation through Giving Partners on May 6, 2014, a match of up to $1,000 will be donated to Manatee PAL.

To register, sponsor a hole or donate an item to the silent auction, email Manatee PAL at Office@Manateepal.org with “Golf” as the subject line. For more information, contact Manatee PAL at 941-747-1118 or visit the website at http://tinyurl.com/PALGolfClassic.

The annual fundraiser for kids athletic and academic programs is sponsored by Tropicana in Bradenton, Florida.
The annual fundraiser for kids athletic and academic programs is sponsored by Tropicana in Bradenton, Florida.

Supper with the Sheriff

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Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube is hosting “Supper with the Sheriff,” on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 6 pm.
The casual event provides an opportunity for citizens to discuss any issues and concerns with Steube and his staff.
Supper is $3 per person in the cafeteria of the Police Athletic League, 202 13th Ave. E., Bradenton, FL 34208. For more information, please call 747-3011, x2278.