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Junipero Serra High School (San Mateo) alumni, Captain Dave Peruzzaro, presented Senior and San Mateo Police Department Police Explorer Sergeant Daniel Ordonez with a PAL Scholarship this evening at Serra’s Scholarship presentation event. Congrats Daniel! We know great things are ahead for you!

A beautiful day for wellness at Seal Point Park this morning. In collaboration with StarVista, we hosted our Mental Heath Matters 5K and Wellness Fair.

Amazing resource organizations tabled and provided services (too many to list), A Runner's Mind handled the run portion, Stride for ...Awareness (whose brainchild our very first race was) handled volunteers, and The City of San Mateo departments like City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation, San Mateo Police Department, and San Mateo Public Library were also on hand.

Kids, young and old, dogs, walkers, runners, and bicyclists all turned out to support this cause, get some fitness in, and breathe in the fresh air. All super important for mental & physical health.

We are grateful for the continued support of our community as we continue to aim to provide resources to our PAL youth and families. For more information on mental health, visit StarVista, NAMI, and San Mateo County Health to name a few.

#mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters

And we’re off! An amazing turnout to help us and StarVista bring awareness to mental health.

If you don’t have plans for today, the best thing you can do for yourself is get outside and breathe in the fresh air.

We’ve also got a mental health resource fair running til 1pm head out to Seal Point Park & Ryder Park to check out our tablers.


Use code "HAPPY" at checkout to receive $10 off 5k run/walk registration. Promo ends today at 2pm and online registration closes at 5pm.

Any registrations beyond 5pm today will take place person on race day. Just find us at the registration booths!! All registrants will get a cool t-shirt, runner's bib, finisher's pin, and exclusive swag!

Don't feel like doing the 5K? No worries, come hang out with us at our FREE mental health wellness fair. It's open to EVERYONE and all are welcome to join, including your pets. 🐶🐾 Bring your family, your friends, and co-workers!

Link sign-up:

SEE YOU IN 2 DAYS! 🏃🏃‍♀️💨

✨Come hang out with us at our FREE mental health resource fair✨

Bring your family, friends, and dogs to Mental Health Matters! 🐶🐾 In less than two weeks, SMPAL and StarVista will host a mental health resource fair with resource booths, yoga, snacks, self-care activities, a DJ, ...and exclusive giveaways (while supplies last).

In addition to the fair, we also have a 5K run/walk that is open to ALL ages. Registration costs for the 5K will support PAL kids and PAL programming. If you register today, you can take advantage of a $10 off promo using discount code "HAPPY." Promo code ends May 19th.

💚Click here to register💚

San Mateo Police Department | The City of San Mateo | City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation

Our 5K Run/Walk + Wellness Fair is only 2 weeks away!!

Registration is available now and if you register today, you can use promo code "HAPPY" to receive $10 off registration prices. In addition to the run, we also have a FREE Wellness Fair that is open to the public. You are ...invited to come and learn about mental health wellness resources. Bring your family, friends, coworkers, and even dogs to our awesome community event. There is plenty of open space for your pets and there will be a DJ, yoga, snacks, and exclusive giveaways while supplies last. We hope to see you there!!

💚Registration link💚

✨Runners will get an exclusive t-shirt, a runner's bib, a finisher's pin, and swag!✨

#SanMateoPAL #NonProfit #MentalHealthAwareness

Have you registered for our 5K Run/Walk event yet??

We are very excited to announce that Urban Paws Service Dogs will be bringing service dogs to our Mental Health Matters 2023 event! Mental Health Matters activities are geared towards supporting mental wellness and educating residents of... San Mateo County about mental health services. We hope that you can join us on May 21, 2023 for this special event. 🐶🐾🦴

This event is open to all ages and we encourage you to invite your family, friends, colleagues, and even dogs! There will be plenty of open space for your furry loved ones to run and play! To register for our event, please visit:

SEE YOU THERE! 🏃‍♀️🏃🏃‍♂️ StarVista
#SanMateoPAL #StarVista #MentalHealthMatters

Last night we hosted our annual San Mateo PAL Lights & Sirens Awards & Recognition fundraising dinner, celebrating 26 years of San Mateo PAL.

It was a jam packed evening, honoring 9 Community Partners (San Mateo Event Center, The City of San Mateo, San Mateo Union High School ...District, San Mateo-Foster City School District, College of San Mateo, Empowerment Through Action, Hillsdale Shopping Center, San Mateo Elks Lodge #1112, and Nazarethiceoasissanmateo) for their amazing contributions to our program through a variety of means.

We also honored our San Mateo Police Department PAL Police Officer of the Year, Officer Todd Shypertt, our City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation PAL Employee of the Year, April Adams, our Police Explorer of the Year, Daniel Ordonez, and our Youth(s) of the Year, sisters Cinthia & Arely.

Our Live Auction was hosted by The Principal Auctioneer Chad Carvey, was emcee’d by County of San Mateo - Government County Executive Mike Callagy, and attended by so many PAL supporters so giving of their time and money.

Check out our website for a list of all of the amazing sponsors of this event,

It was a great evening for a great cause and on behalf of our membership and their families we are so grateful for your support.

“Building the Bond Between Cops & Kids”

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