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Chamber needs sponsorships, donations, raffle items for annual golf tournament

Escondido Police officers, members of The Escondido Police Athletic League, and some of the children who benefit from the program.

The 19th annual Chamber Challenge Golf Tournament will be held Friday, September 15 at the Vineyard at Escondido Golf Club. The event is a fundraiser for the Escondido Police Athletic League.

The Chamber needs sponsorships, donation and raffle items for the annual event.

The league is a non-profit organization that relies on educational and athletic activities to cement a bond between police officers and the youth in our community.

Golfers are needed. The tournament offers you the opportunity to show off your swing and make some new business connections.

Tournament schedule

11:30 a.m. Registration & Lunch

Putting for Prizes

1 p.m. Shotgun Start

5 p.m. No-host Bar.

5:30 p.m. Awards dinner, Raffle, Auction.

Cost is $135 per person or $500 foursome by September 4. For non-golfers wanting to join the fun, the dinner and reception only is $35 per person. Last year’s tournament raised about $4000 for the program, according to Allen Owens of PAL.

The Escondido Police Athletic League (PAL) is an after school athletic and educational program for youths in the City of Escondido. For 20 years the Escondido Police Athletic League has been providing educational and safety programs and sports programs for mostly low-income kids.

The Escondido Police Athletic League (PAL) is a non-profit organization operating under the Escondido Police Officer’s Care Foundation. (TIN #47-2574424).  The Escondido Police Officer’s Care Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.

PAL’s main goals are to improve the confidence of children and provide these children with positive relationships with the Police Officers and the community.  PAL relies on educational and athletic activities to cement a bond between police officers and the youth in our community.  These goals are based on the conviction that young people — if they are reached early enough — can develop strong, positive attitudes towards police officers, their community and the law. PAL emphasizes drug awareness and prevention, gang avoidance, safety awareness, anti-bullying, and the life skills needed to be successful in life.

Through private donations, PAL able to charge very low, and in some cases no, fees for the children to participate in this program.  No administrative fees are paid and no coaches or volunteers receive salary from donated funds. All donated funds directly benefit the program.  PAL consistently receives requests to add at-risk children to our programs.  The PAL program never wants to turn a child in need away.

Owens has been in charge of the Police Athletic League since 2009 and continued work with PAL after he retired from the EPD about a year ago.

PAL operates a basketball league that play at the East Valley Community Center, and currently has about 200 kids and 18 teams, with players ranging in age from 7-18.

On August 5, the last game of the season will be played, the annual “Keepin’ ‘em off the Streets” game pitting the police officers against the teenage players, with the game beginning at 2 p.m. Kids get in free and adults pay $5, which goes to support the program.

“There will be a SWAT truck parked out front and a K-9 demonstration,” Owens told the Times-Advocate. He added, “We get a lot of community support and that’s how we keep this thing going.”

For information call the Escondido Chamber at 760-745-2125 or visit their website at Escondidochamber.org/  You can also visit PAL’s Facebook page.

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