Police Athletic League of Philadelphia Honors Harris Family

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Philadelphia, PA –- The Police Athletic League of Philadelphia, in celebration of its 70th anniversary, is honoring four individuals whose visionary leadership will impact the organization for years to come during a dinner at the Sheraton Philadelphia Hotel on Wednesday, May 10.  PAL and nearly 1,000 guests, will honor Joshua and Marjorie Harris of The Harris Family Charitable Foundation, Jeffrey B. Hendrey of PwC, and Retired Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey during this gala.

Through their hard work and dedication to PAL’s mission of “Cops Helping Kids,” these altruistic and philanthropically-minded citizens led PAL through a rigorous strategic planning process, improved its financial and administrative practices, and secured resources that will ensure that thousands of Philadelphia’s kids and teens will have more fun, safe, and free programs to take advantage of in their neighborhood PAL centers.

Josh and Marjorie Harris founded the Harris Family Charitable Foundation with the vision of making the world a better place, creating lasting impact in high-need communities, and setting an example of philanthropic commitment for their five children. Josh is Co-Founder of Apollo Global Management, LLC, as well as the Managing Partner of the Philadelphia 76ers, Managing Member of the New Jersey Devils and a General Partner of the Crystal Palace Football Club. Marjorie currently serves on the Board of WNET and is co-chair of AIPAC’s Women’s Executive Council.  Prior to taking time off to raise her 5 children, Marjorie was a Vice President at Citibank.  Through a transformational gift to the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia, the Harris’ generosity has impacted the lives of thousands of Philadelphia children and has enabled PAL to become a more strategically-oriented and data-driven organization.

Jeffrey B. Hendrey is the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia’s Immediate Past Board Chair, and is the leader of PwC’s Philadelphia Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Practice.  His dedication to PAL’s mission of “Cops Helping Kids” has ensured thousands of Philadelphia’s kids and teens will have more fun, safe, and free opportunities to take advantage of in their neighborhood PAL centers.

Charles H. Ramsey, a native of Chicago, has more than forty-six years of knowledge, experience and service in advancing the law enforcement profession in three different major city police departments, beginning with Chicago, then Washington, DC, and finally, Philadelphia. Following an 8-year term as Philadelphia Police Commissioner, he retired in January 2016.  While in Philadelphia, he ushered in a new era of community policing and made it a priority to dedicate resources to the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia, which he praised as a proactive policing initiative.  In December 2014, following several high-profile incidents involving police use of force, President Barrack Obama chose Commissioner Ramsey to serve as co-chair of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.  In 2017, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf named Charles the chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. 

“This year’s PAL Award honorees have made a significant impact on a storied organization,” stated Ted Qualli, PAL Executive Director.  “Their contributions to PAL go beyond financial, and their impact goes beyond Philadelphia.  Through their collective leadership, vision, and business acumen, they have individually and collectively improved PAL, amplified our effectiveness, and positioned us for the next 70 years of service to children impacted by poverty and violence.”  

Lt. Evelyn Cintron, PAL’s Commanding Officer, praised the 2017 PAL honorees for their commitment to Philadelphia’s youth and said, “On behalf of the PAL Police Unit, congratulations to our PAL Award recipients on this wonderful recognition.  Their unsurpassed dedication to the communities we serve exemplifies true leadership and commitment to our city.  Commissioner Ramsey, Jeff, Joshua and Marjorie set a fine example of what generosity and leadership look like for other community-minded individuals, and for our PAL youth.  Our PAL kids can learn quite a lot from them.  Through their continuous support, they demonstrate the importance of giving back.”

The PAL Award is presented to outstanding individuals who have displayed a passion for the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia and a commitment to the Philadelphia region.  Honorees are selected by a committee of PAL Board members and staff.  The award has been presented annually since 1968, and fewer than 100 individuals have received the prestigious honor.   The PAL Award Dinner also boasts one of the largest attended events as well as silent auctions in Philadelphia, featuring hundreds of lifestyle items and exclusive experiences and trips. 

For more information on the PAL Award Dinner, visit https://phillypal.org/support/award-dinner

About PAL:

PAL is “Cops Helping Kids.” We aspire to be the premier youth-serving organization in the city, by reducing crime, promoting character development, and improving educational outcomes. We accomplish this by having Philadelphia Police Officers, supported by civilians, offer educational, athletic, and recreational programs to youth in some of the city’s highest crime and lowest income neighborhoods. PAL Centers are safe havens, offering a variety of free programs and other events to attract engage and develop more than 18,000 of Philadelphia’s youth.

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