A “lollapalooza” is defined as “something outstanding of its kind.” The Santa Monica Police Activities League (PAL) is known as something outstanding in Santa Monica.
PAL is presenting its first annual PALpalooza benefit at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier this evening, Wednesday, June 29, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. to raise funds for PAL’s youth programs.
“We are delighted to be in partnership with the Police Activities League and support their important mission,” says Jeff Klocke, director of marketing at Pacific Park. “After evaluating several potential organizations, Pacific Park was thrilled to join PAL on this worthwhile venture. PAL met the Park’s criteria including a service organization with youth development orientation as well as a strong local presence in the Santa Monica community.”
Pacific Park is donating all food, games and rides for PALpalooza. PAL will retain all funds generated from event ticket sales. In addition, more than 200 PAL kids will be treated to a free evening on the pier.
Tickets include admission to all Pacific Park rides, one free meal voucher, $6 in game bucks and the choice of a popcorn or cotton candy.
“This new partnership with Pacific Park is beyond what we’ve imagined from a popular family-focused entertainment venue in Santa Monica,” said Patty Loggins-Tazi, director of the Santa Monica Police Activities League. “Together, with their great location on the Pier and our youth development programs, we will achieve some very lofty goals.”
The primary purpose of this evening’s PALpalooza is to raise money to maintain or develop programs and projects at their facility for children in the Santa Monica area. PAL currently provides free programs for more than 1,600 youths in Santa Monica.The Park’s signature rides include the Pacific Wheel, the world’s first solar-powered Ferris wheel, and the West Coaster, a steel roller coaster that races 55 feet above the ocean.