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2021  Annual Report

Just when you thought it might get better, there was Delta...and then Omicron...so the hope that at the end of 2020 that we were turning a corner, instead, led to a dark alley! 2022 has to be better!

For Niagara PAL, 2021 was a good, yet challenging year:

There were some plusses:
Soccer
Tennis
Niagara Power Baseball Game
Art Awards
Breakfast with Santa
Santa Dash
Great Niagara Steakout

There were some adjustments:

  • Do The Right Thing was modified  Kids & Kites was limited
  • Van use was down.

There were some negatives:

  • Could not do Students of Excellence
  • Could not do Sports Awards
  • Postponement of the 50th anniversary of PAL for the second year, among others.

Despite the adversity of the year, there were a number of positives.

  • A large increase in participants at the Elementary School Run,
    The most people in attendance at the Art Awards
  • The best year yet for the Steakout,
  • The most registered runners at the Santa Dash
  • An increased emphasis on Special Olympics & Unified Sports programs.
  • Niagara Falls High School implemented a new endeavor for seniors, a program called Post-Secondary Success or PS2. PAL shared resources and contacts to assist the program in getting established.

The year 2022 has not started well:

Basketball (at least postponed)

Indoor soccer canceled

Sports Award Dinner canceled (more on that later)  
Special Olympics floor hockey placed on hiatus.

Despite all that, the Niagara PAL will persevere and will do all it can to provide quality programs for the youth of the community.

Sports Awards, the athletes and other recipients will be recognized for their achievements, just not at a dinner. The exact format is being formulated, probably a virtual presentation on a digital platform.

Indoor Soccer will move to an outdoor spring program

Special Olympics is planning a summer Bocce league.

Summer soccer, tennis, Power game and Steakout should not be a problem.

With a little luck we will be able to do the Art Awards and Students of Excellence.

The event that needs to happen is "50 + 2," Niagara PAL's 50th anniversary a couple years later! An open house type event is tentatively scheduled for August 13 th at the NFHS athletic complex.

It would be a family event with as many former PAL kids, their kids, and their kids in attendance for a fun day of games, food and positive memories! The plan is to get as many former and current PAL kids, volunteers and friends together. And if they can't make it, an e-mail or note from them. The second function would be a reception in October where PAL would recognize the athlete, achiever, advocate, patron, volunteer of the half century.

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2021 Niagara Police Athletic League Program Summer

Baseball: Had "PAL Night at the Power" game where they retired Sheriff Voutour's number from the Rapids and recognized the Executive Director for his service to the community.

Basketball

Girls Summer High School League: Could not do a program

Elementary School League: Could not do a program

JV Boys League: Could not do a program

Brian Swayze Students of Excellence: For the second year, no program was were the school league champions!

Concession Trailer

PAL Summer Soccer Program: Limited sales to drinks and candy

Kidz & Kites: No sales, just provided logistic support for the event (cooked the hot dogs)
Wildlife Festival: Did not do the event

Do The Right Thing Ceremony: Did modified program, but the kids still received their recognition for their accomplishments

Elementary School Run: Changed the venue and had the largest turnout of runners in years

Fine Arts Awards: Modified the program to fit the circumstances, went to a mid-week evening event, with the largest attendance to date

Great Niagara Steakout: Everyone was out looking for an outlet. Full complement of golfers

Join us at:

"The 17th Annual PAL Great Niagara Steakout"

Mondav July 11th, 2022 at the Niagara Frontier Countrv Club

Halloween Event: Could not do a program

Santa Dash 5K: The run was back with more than 130 registered runners

Kids Free Play Days: Could not do a program

Kidz & Kites: The event was moved to the Niagara Falls High School Athletic Complex. PAL cooked the hot dogs for distribution to the kite flyers

Ralph Wilson Niagara Community: No activity

Scholarships: 26 high school seniors received some assistance, thanks to those who continue to support the programs

Soccer: Two

Fine Arts Awards: Seven

Mark "Chief" Williams Memorial Scholarship: Fifteen

Comeback Athlete of the Year: None

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

Brian Swayze Students of Excellence: None

Soccer

Summer: Reduced the number of participants to make the program manageable

House: Saturdays in the summer — again less participants

Fall: Were able to have a full program

Indoor: Had to move the program back and outdoors, but it worked well Travel: Had a complete season

Special Olympics*: Provided support whenever necessary

Sports Awards: Could not do the program

Tennis: Again, slightly modified, but very successful

Instructional: In the mornings for the younger players

Intermediate*: In the evenings for the older, experienced players

Unified Sports*: Like Special Olympics, provide necessary support, but in the school setting

Van: Obviously not used in the first half of the year — but from September to December it was out 35 days

Youth Forum: Not as much for them to do, just summer soccer in the trailer

*Denotes new program.

Respectfully submitted,

Arthur E. Eberhart
Executive Director

 

2022 Board of Directors

Listed by name, Career Title and Years Served on the Board (Through Present Time)

Officers:

Phil Mohr-President, NFHS Teacher, 13 years
Angela Munn Gadacz- 1st Vice President, NFPD Captain, 21 years
Robert DiFrancesco-2nd Vice President, Retired High School Principal, 19 years
Joe Maggi-Treasurer, City of NF, 9 years
Jan Wellsby-Secretary, Retired NFFD Dispatcher, 35 years

Board Members:
Paul Casseri, Lewiston Porter School Superintendent, 7 years
Michael Corcoran, NFPD Captain, 2 years
Julie Conti, NFHS Teacher, 8 years
Cheree Copelin, NFHS Librarian, 3 years
Luke Copelin, NFFD Firefighter, 3 years
Brian DalPorto, Retired NFPD Police Chief, New
Marc Daul, Guidance Counselor, 8 years
Jennifer Florio, Director of High School Ministry-First Trinity Lutheran Church, 12 years
Mike Gentile, NU Professor, 24 years
George Ihle, Retired State Farm Agent, 15 years
Fred Kasper, Retired NF Water Board, 20 years
Michael Lewis, School Counselor, New
Rich Meranto, Retired NFHS Teacher, 7 years
Karyn Morrison, Retired NFHS Teacaher, 3 years
Willie Price, Self Employed, 5 years
Nick Rosart, Niagara County Sheriff's Dept-Deputy, New
Tom Rutkowski, NFPD Police Officer, New
Kristin Schultz, Canisius College, 8 years
Patrick Tighe, Niagara County Sheriff's Dept-Deputy, 8 years
Curt Ventresca, Teacher, 5 years


Executive Director:
Art Eberhart

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