17th Annual PAL Auction Set for Tuesday

Buffalo Sports Page Staff

The Buffalo Police Athletic League is holding it’s 17th annual auction on Tuesday November 14th at the Convention Center. Pro Football Hall of Fame Executive Bill Polian will be the honored guest. We had a chance to learn more about the event from Judith A Sperry, from the PAL.

BSP:  Give us a general overview of the event. What should attendees expect to see, hear from, and have an opportunity to bid on?

JS:  The 17th Annual PAL Auction with NFL Hall of Famer William Patrick “Bill” Polian, Jr. will take place on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (5:30pm – 9pm).  Tickets are currently on sale for $75 per individual / $125 per couple at buffalopal.com.  This significant fundraiser for PAL youth enrichment programming will include open premium bar, food stations, live music by The Progressions Band, and an opportunity to hear Bill Polian speak at 7:30pm.  Guests will also be able to enjoy raffle games, fantastic Silent Auction items, and 10 impressive Live Auction items.  A few of these items include:
·         3,000 square foot luxury Home in Myrtle Beach, North Carolina
·         Two-Hour Fireboat Cruise on the Historical Edward M. Cotter
·         Buffalo Staycation:  Overnight stay at the Inn Buffalo off Elmwood, $200 gift certificate to      SHEA’S Performing Arts Center, and a $200 Gift Card to the Mahony Bar & Eatery.
·         Deluxe STARBUCKS Basket featuring $100 gift card, mugs, and gourmet coffee.
·         Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres sports-themed memorabilia (Signed & Autographed with Certificates of Authenticity)
·         Weekend stay at a charming home in the Village of Ellicottville, NY
·         Children’s Toys, Activities, and Family Passes to Museums.
·         Deluxe Raffle Baskets (valued at $75 or greater), Electronics Raffle, and Money Tree.

BSP:  How long has the PAL been in existence?
JS:  The Police Athletic League is a National not-for-profit organization that offers quality youth programming for little or no cost to families.  For over sixty years, the Buffalo Chapter of PAL has provided educational programs and athletic activities for children ages 5-21 who often reside in underserved neighborhoods throughout the City of Buffalo and neighboring suburbs.

BSP: How many kids does PAL serve each year?
JS:  PAL serves over 20,000 children in the Greater Buffalo Niagara Region annually with supervised activities that take place in safe, structured environments with nurturing adults.

BSP:  What sports and/or educational programs does it run or support?
JS:  PAL enrichment programming includes literacy, STEM, computer classes, culinary arts courses, and nutrition.   Some of the most popular PAL sports programs are boxing, basketball, baseball, golf, tennis, lacrosse, swimming, and lifeguard certification courses.

BSP:  Are there any notable “success” stories from the PAL?
JS:  (Baby) Joe Mesi who currently serves as a member of the Police Athletic League of Buffalo’s Board of Directors is one of the most highly publicized PAL success stories.

BSP:  How involved are the rank and file officers? What does it mean to them?
JS:  The Buffalo Police and the Buffalo Professional Firefighters Association play an important role in mentoring PAL youth about the importance of Pride, Attitude, and Leadership.  They often visit community centers, parks, and recreation facilities to serve as role models for children ages 5-21 who participate in PAL enrichment programming during the schoolyear and summertime.

BSP:  What does it mean to have Bill Polian comeback to Buffalo to support the event?
JS:  Bill Polian is an example of a PAL success story.  He grew up in the PAL community and our organization thought it would be important to invite him to return to Buffalo so he can share his inspirational story.

BSP:  If people would like to attend the event how can they get tickets?
JS:  The 17th Annual PAL Auction tickets are currently on sale at buffalopal.com.  They will also be on sale at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center on the evening of the PAL Auction (Tuesday, November 14th, 2017).  Doors will open at 5:30pm and the event ends at 9pm.  Valet parking will be free of charge.

BSP:  Is there still time for donations?
JS:  Monetary donations are always welcome and they are invested into implementing improvements within PAL programs, athletic leagues, and cultural activities.  Individuals who would like to learn more about supporting PAL can call 716-851-4619 or email jsperry@city-buffalo.com

Kevin Sylvester

Kevin Sylvester has over 20 years of experience in media, working for stations, professional sports teams, leagues, and national broadcast entities. This experience includes being an announcer for NHL, NBA, NCAA Football, NCAA Basketball, NCAA Hockey, and The PGA Tour. Kevin also served as the producer for the Buffalo Sabres post-game show, executive producer for a Sabres radio show, and started his own media production company, All Square Media LLC in 2008. All Square Media serves as the executive producer of the Tee 2 Green TV and Radio shows (created by Kevin), handling distribution, sponsorship sales, fulfillment, and production of the shows.

Kevin's business background extends beyond broadcasting. He served as the Director of Amateur Athletics for WNY Arena LLC (Key Bank Center in Buffalo), procuring major amateur sporting events for Buffalo, NY. The major highlights include two sold out NCAA Tournaments First and Second Rounds (2007, 2010), and the 2011 IIHF U20 World Championships (Kevin co-wrote the winning bid, and served on the organizing committee for USA Hockey). Kevin created The Duster Challenge in 2016, a local 18 hole putting competition, and serves as an advisor to WNY golf ball company, OnCore Golf.

Leave a Reply