San Mateo PAL Pulse May 2023

San Mateo PAL Pulse

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Mental Health Matters - 5K and Community Wellness Fair

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In just a few short weeks, we will be hosting our annual Lights & Sirens dinner. It will feature a live and silent auction, plated dinner, "hosted" cocktail reception, and youth performances from our PAL kids with awards and recognitions honoring our Community Partnerships.

At PAL we strive to provide meaningful opportunities for local underprivileged and at-risk youth to thrive, and our gala dinner is our premier event to raise the crucial funds to ensure our success. Proceeds from this event will go towards supporting PAL programs and ensuring that our youth have the tools they need to become successful members of the community.

This year our dinner will take place on Friday, April 28, 2023 at the San Mateo County Event Center - Cypress Hall. If you would like to attend or get involved, there are multiple ways to participate. You can volunteer at our event, or donate goods or services to our auctions. Tickets, tables, and sponsorships are also available NOW! You can purchase these items using the link below. Additionally, on April 24th, we will have our online auction through May 3rd. This will be a night of fun and we hope to see you there!

Ticket sales and sponsorships:

Have questions? Feel free to email: or

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News and Updates

Lights and Sirens 2023 Annual Dinner

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Last week, we held our 26th annual Lights & Sirens dinner where we hosted a dinner, cocktail hour, a silent and live auction, and held an awards ceremony to recognize standout community members. We are so lucky to have such immense support from the community that it brings us great joy to recognize those who have helped us along the way. Congrats to our awardees!

PAL Community Partners

City of San Mateo

College of San Mateo

San Mateo Elks Lodge

Empowerment Through Action

San Mateo/Foster City School District

San Mateo Union High School District

Hillsdale Shopping Center

Nazareth Ice Oasis San Mateo

San Mateo County Event Center

PAL Officer of the Year

Todd Shypertt

PAL Staff of the Year

April Adams

Explorer of the Year

Daniel Ordonez

PAL Youth(s) of the Year

Cinthia and Arely Pena (sisters)

Lastly, we'd like to say a huge THANK YOU to the donors, Board Members, officers, auctioneer, Explorers, PAL staff, event center staff, and our amazing PAL kids for making this dinner a success. We hope to continue creating these special memories while "Building the Bond Between Cops and Kids."

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Meet Our Staff

Angela Sakkos

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In every newsletter, we will be spotlighting a PAL staff member or volunteer. Without them, our PAL programs would not be as successful as they are.

This month we are spotlighting:

Angela Sakkos, Community Services Supervisor

Born in Athens, Greece, Angela and her family moved to the US in 1971 and have lived on the Peninsula ever since. Angela began her career with the City of San Mateo in April 1987 as a part-time Recreation Specialist in Youth Services Division. She held several positions within the city and was promoted to Community Services Supervisor in 1995. Angela has spent most of her years working for the City of San Mateo working with children, teaching classes, running camps, and afterschool programs.

In mid- 2013 Angela rotated to the Senior Center for five years overseeing programs and services serving adults and seniors. It was while at the Senior Center that she helped develop the "Get Around Transportation Program" for Seniors. She later moved back as the Enrichment Supervisor with a focus on working with outside companies/organizations to offer Youth and Adult Enrichment programs, Athletic classes and camps, and Summer Enrichment Camps.

Some of the highlights of Angela’s career with the City include being part of the teams that created and implemented Summer Flex Camps, the Senior Center Get Around Transportation Program, and the beginning phase of the Senior Center modernization.

A long-time resident of the City of San Mateo, Angela has an AA in Liberal Arts from Skyline College, an Early Childhood Education Certificate, and a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Administration from San Francisco State University. She enjoys gardening, cooking, arts and crafts, music and traveling.

Angela at Lights & Sirens!
Angela at Lights & Sirens!

PAL'S Place Is Open - Come Visit!

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Our new teen hangout, PAL's Place, is open at the Shoreview Recreation Center. It's a dedicated space for middle schoolers to visit, hang out, play sports, or do homework in the presence of other PAL members. It's a collaborative space with computers, comfortable chairs, PlayStation, and sports equipment to check out for use in the park.

PAL's Place is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 2:00 to 6:00 pm. This awesome place is for PAL members only. Becoming a member is easy, fill out this membership form here. Upon completing your membership form, you can register for the program at any recreation center or on-line using Activity # 832124.

Feel free to email: or call Laura Sharp at (650) 759-1852 with any questions. Hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events

Safety Outreach Event at Old Navy

Old Navy at the Hillsdale Shopping Center has invited SMPD and PAL to table for their Safety Outreach Event.

PAL will be there on Saturday, May 13, 2023 from 11 am to 3 pm, and we will have finger printing kits and coloring activities for kids.

This event is FREE and open for all to come. Come say "HI" to us and learn about public safety!


PAL Family Fun Night: Sport Arts Night

The Mobile Recreation "Rec 'N Roll" bus will be joining us on Sunday, May 21st for our Mental Health Matters 5K Run/Walk at Seal Point Park.

When: Sunday, May 21, 2023

Where: Seal Point Park

Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm

There will be games and crafts provided by Mobile Rec and there is no cost associated with participating, meaning FREE play all day! Hope to see you there!

Featured PAL Kids!

Family Day in the Park
Family Day in the Park

Enter for a chance to be featured on our social media!

Email us pictures and videos (past or present) of your child participating in PAL programs or activities for a chance to be featured on our social media. You can email all content to:

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