Dinner, auction will benefit Police Activities League programs for youth

It’s time to dust off your boots and cowboy hat and pony up for the Beaverton Police Activities League’s second annual western-themed dinner and action.

The event is set for Saturday, April 5, from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. in the Tiger Woods Center at the Nike World Headquarters campus, 1 Bowerman Drive.

Tickets are $75 and can be purchased online at

All proceeds will benefit Beaverton PAL’s popular programs for at-risk local kids ages 8 to 18.

The nonprofit’s mission is to help prevent youth crime in the greater Washington County area during peak juvenile crime hours by providing affordable, structured and safe youth programs in conjunction with public safety personnel, caring community volunteers and a professional staff.

The PAL Clubhouse at the Beaverton Activities Center has become a safe haven for youth.

The center, 12500 S.W. Allen Blvd., is the place they go after school to get homework help, use the Intel Computer Clubhouse’s cutting-edge technology, socialize and play an array of games with peers, enjoy a healthy meal and participate in recreation programs.

It’s a place where they can find belonging and gain self-confidence as a member of PAL’s popular boxing program, running club, homework club, teen leadership club, Chess for Success team and girls’ empowerment group.

It’s where they can take hip hop and zumba classes, explore LEGO robotics, befriend Beaverton police officers and attend action-packed winter, spring and summer camps.

“It’s a safe place they can come after school, while their parents are working, to be around positive adult role models and get their homework done so that they can spend quality time with their parents when they do get home at night,” said Jocelyn Simpson, Beaverton PAL director. “It’s just a really important place for them.

“Our goal is to make sure they are safe and having fun while also providing them with positive opportunities they might not otherwise have access to. We take them on field trips and help teach them important life skills.”

It has been a year since Beaverton PAL applied for nonprofit status, allowing it to once again run independently as an organization. The program made a clean break from operating under the umbrella of the Police Activities League of Greater Portland that was forced to close the doors of centers in Portland and Gresham in February 2013 due to lack of funding.

The organization to date has 176 PAL members taking part in activities Monday through Friday.

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