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2020  Annual Report

In the 50 year history of Niagara PAL never have we been faced with such adversity! There have been a variety of obstacles and issues over the years that needed to be addressed, changing from a police department supported entity to a public one, an insurance crisis, being evicted from a building, and more, but nothing like 2020!

January, February, the beginning of March, it was business as usual, then, as they say, everything changed and has not been the same since. An invisible microbe altered everyone's world as they know it! Forever!


2020 was the 50th Anniversary of Niagara PAL and a series of events were planned to celebrate, all put on hold. Hopefully this year PAL will be able to celebrate 50 years in year 51. We were able to get a few things done, the Sports Award Dinner, the Steakout, a fall soccer program, but not much else. Unlike the other adversities that PAL has faced, they were issues that allowed us to still conduct programs for the kids. This one did the one thing that was the most difficult to deal with, not being able to provide for the youth of the community.

Unfortunately some programs have already been affected, no elementary basketball league, no Sports Award Dinner. PAL will attempt to do as many programs and events in 2021 as possible. Do The Right Thing recognition ceremonies have been scheduled (slightly modified for the times), indoor soccer will be played, and the Steakout will go on July 12th . We can only hope that the situation improves and we can do all the programs, endeavors, events that Niagara PAL has been able to do for now more than 50 years. And maybe we can do a 50th Anniversary celebration, just a year late.

Baseball Unable to conduct program


Girls Summer High School League: Unable to conduct program

Elementary School League: We were able to finish the program. The last day of play was March 14th, then they shut everything down.

JV Boys League: Unable to conduct program

Brian Swayze Students of Excellence for the first time in more than 35 years PAL could not recognize high school seniors for their accomplishments in Leadership, Service and Scholarship.

Chess A tournament was planned for May

Concession Trailer it spent the summer parked in the lot!

PAL Summer Soccer Program: Unable to conduct program

Kidz & Kites: Canceled

Wildlife Festival: Canceled

Counseling No kids — no demand

Do The Right Thing

Do The Right Thing Ceremony: managed to get the Starpoint session in

Easter Camp Unable to conduct program

Elementary School Run Event canceled

Fine Arts Awards After creating more involvement from the schools, had to cancel the event

Great Niagara Steakout-Join us for the 16th Annual Steakout on Monday July 12, 2021


Halloween Event Holiday Card Signing Unable to conduct program

Jingle Falls Canceled

Santa Dash 5K Canceled

Kids Free Play Daps Unable to conduct program

Kids Running Club They were able to get a few weeks in

Kidz & Kites Canceled

Scholarships Able to award a total of 23 thanks to the support of many others Soccer: Two

Fine Arts Awards: None

Mark "Chief" Williams Memorial Scholarship: Seventeen Comeback Athlete of the Year: Two

Mr. & Mrs. Alan R. Elia Memorial Scholarship: Two

Brian Swayze Students of Excellence: None


Summer: Unable to conduct program

                              House: Played until March

Fall: was able to play a shorter session of 4 v 4

Indoor: Program stopped early

Travel: Canceled

Sports Awards Were able to have the dinner and recognize the athletes

Tennis Unable to conduct program

Twelve Daps of Christmas Assisted with a modified version of the program, still able to help those in need

Van Used more than 20 times by various groups in January and February, then it was parked until
Feedmore WNY needed it in June

Respectfully submitted,

Arthur E. Eberhart
Executive Director


2021 Board of Directors

George Ihle-President
Angela Munn Gadacz- 1st Vice President
Robert DiFrancesco-2nd Vice President
Joe Maggi-Treasurer
Jan Wellsby-Secretary
Phil Mohr Jr.-Program Director

Board Members:
Paul Casseri
Julie Conti
Cheree Copelin
Luke Copelin
Marc Daul
Jennifer Florio
Mike Gentile
Fred Kasper
Rich Meranto
Kristin Meyer
Willie Price
Kristin Schultz
Patrick Tighe
Curt Ventresca

Art Briglio
John DeMarco
Dominic Florio
Seth Piccirillo
Tony Surace

Executive Director:
Art Eberhart

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