Abing­ton Pal­ready to roll out red car­pet for fundraiser

Public Spirit - - OPINION - By Jar­reau Free­man

jfree­man@mont­gomerynews.com Abing­ton res­i­dents don’t have to travel to Hol­ly­wood to see movie stars. The Abing­ton Po­lice Ath­letic League is rolling out the red car­pet for the Hooray for PAL­ly­wood In­ter­na­tional Food Fes­ti­val Oct. 9.

Hosted by the Abing­ton Po­lice Ath­letic League Food Fes­ti­val Com­mit­tee, guests can ex­pect to sam­ple food and drinks from more than 30 lo­cal restau­rants, cater­ers and bev­er­age pur­vey­ors, en­joy en­ter­tain­ment, take pho­tos with “spe­cial celebrity guests” and help raise funds for a good cause.

“This year marks Abing­ton PAL’s 10th In­ter­na­tional Food Fes­ti­val, and with our ex­cit­ing starstud­ded theme, we have planned a spe­cial va­ri­ety of en­ter­tain­ment and op­por­tu­ni­ties to make this year’s event big­ger and bet­ter than ever be­fore,” said PAL Pres­i­dent Lew Klein in a press re­lease.

Guests will en­joy an as­sort­ment of food from new fes­ti­val par­tic­i­pants The Al­le­gro Grill and Schmooze deli, and bev­er­ages from Miller’s Ale House, as well as re­turn­ing fa­vorites An­nemarie’s Cui­sine, Bravo Cucina Ital­iano, Café La Fon­tana, Kitchen Bar, Trader Joe’s, The arake Tav­ern, Anne’s Cake Pan, oita’s Wa­ter Ice and more.

“This is a nice way to dis­cover new restau­rants and dishes and help bring new busi­ness to xthe lo­cal] restau­rants,” said oose­mary Hin­kle, who is in charge of pub­lic­ity for the event.

To make it a star-stud­ded shindig, guests will have the op­por­tu­nity to walk the red car­pet into the fes­ti­val, while greeted by ador­ing fans.

The PAL kids are go­ing to cheer as guests walk the red car­pet and re­quest au­to­graphs to make guests feel like celebri­ties, PAL airec­tor of aonor aevel­op­ment Peggy My­ers said.

Guests will also have the op­por­tu­nity to take pho­tos with “stars of the big screen.” There will be peo­ple walk­ing around wear­ing cos­tume heads of Burt oeynolds, Sylvester Stal­lone, Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe, Jack Ni­chol­son and Ge­orge Burns, Hin­kle said.

Fes­ti­val at­ten­dees will also be able to par­tic­i­pate in a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties like the Besta­ressed Stars con­test for those who dress up as their fa­vorite celebrity.

“We are re­ally hop­ing that the community will catch the spirit of our theme and help us make this year’s event es­pe­cially mem­o­rable by com­ing in char­ac­ter,” My­ers said in a press re­lease. “We work hard to plan a truly ex­cit­ing evening for the community, so we are ex­cited to see guests par­tic­i­pate in a fun way.”

Guests can also par­tic­i­pate in a live and silent auc­tion and bid to win prizes such as passes for two to at­tend “Live with Kelly” or passes for six to sit in on a live tele­cast of CBS3’s pop­u­lar “Life­style” show. Spe­cial po­lice op­por­tu­ni­ties such as D GDy DW WKH fiULnJ UDnJH, D .-9 GHPRnVWUDWLRn DW a chil­dren’s event or a child’s ride in a po­lice car will also be up for bid.

The fes­ti­val will also honor the found­ing ef­forts and on­go­ing sup­port of re­cently re­tired Chief of Mont­gomery County ae­tec­tives Os­car P. Vance, Jr.

“He is a highly-re­garded man in law en­force­ment and has worked in xthe field] for 45 years,” My­ers said. “He is a life­long res­i­dent of Abing­ton Town­ship too. He is quite a guy.”

ae­tec­tive Sgts. Greg Ur­ban and Tony aiSan­dro will also be hon­ored for their fundrais­ing ef­forts. Both men ral­lied the sup­port of the en­tire AbingWRn 3ROLFH $VVRFLDWLRn WR KROG WKH fiUVW-HYHU 3$/ fundrais­ing concert fea­tur­ing Elvis trib­ute artist aoug Church at the Keswick The­atre in March, My­ers said.


“$ELnJWRn 3$/ EHnH­fiWV ERyV DnG JLUOV DJH 11 through their se­nior year of high school and pro­vides all of its pro­grams at no cost so no young per­son is ever de­nied an op­por­tu­nity due to in­abil­ity to pay,” Klein said. “We aim to pro­vide ex­tra spe­cial fundrais­ing events so that the en­tire community can have fun while sup­port­ing our youth.”

The Hooray for PAL­ly­wood In­ter­na­tional Food Fes­ti­val will be held at the Philmont Coun­try Club, 301 Tom­lin­son ooad, Hunt­ing­don Val­ley, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tick­ets are A50 and can pur­chased by call­ing 267-536-1100 ext. 1509 or vis­it­ing www.abing­ton­pal.org.

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