Hundreds of youths from Police Activities Leagues (PAL) statewide were treated to free games and rides at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier during the Seventh Annual PALpalooza Aug. 24.

Youngsters from the Santa Monica PAL and more than 100 California PAL chapters were given the chance to enjoy 12 amusement rides, 18 midways games and a variety of food selections from the oceanfront food court at the event.

The Santa Monica PAL is Pacific Park’s primary charitable organization on the Westside, a park spokesperson said. The two-acre amusement park donated all food, games and rides for PALpalooza.

“We feel fortunate to have struck such a successful long-term relationship with Santa Monica PAL on behalf of all the kids in the city,” said Jeff Klocke, director of marketing and sales at Pacific Park.

“PALpalooza keeps getting better each year, which now includes the statewide chapters. The excitement and joy the kids bring to the park is matched only by the enthusiasm and smiles of our employees as they celebrate the day together.”

The PAL program works to provide a safe and nurturing environment that offers kids the opportunity to grow under the sustained guidance of dedicated adults and encourages youths to reach their fullest potential. The Santa Monica PAL provides free programs to more than 1,600 kids in the area each year.

The California PAL is considered the state’s largest juvenile crime prevention program with an active participation of over 300,000 youths.

“Pacific Park is a champion of all things PAL and we are very grateful for their commitment and hospitality,” says Eula Fritz, director of the Santa Monica PAL. “PALpalooza is a terrific event that brings the Santa Monica kids together with their counterparts throughout the state. The opportunity gives them a chance to have one last summer hurrah before the school year begins.”

Information on Santa Monica PAL, (310) 458-8988.

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