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Martin J. Walsh
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Boston Police Athletic League Awarded $100,000

June 12, 2014

Posted in News, Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Marlo Fogelman, marlo marketing, 617-375-9700, mfogelma@marlomc.com
Contact: Julie DeSilva, Cummings Foundation,781-932-7093, cpcom@cummings.com

Boston, June 10, 2014 – The Boston Police Athletic League (PAL) has been selected as one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s $100K for 100 program. The Boston-based organization was chosen from more than 430 applicants during a very competitive review process.

PAL is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to the positive development of the youth of Boston.  Through PAL, police officers and young people participate in athletic, social and education activities to learn more about each other and their communities. PAL’S youth programs help young people develop self-esteem, leadership skills and a sense of belonging, as well as improve school performance, resolve conflicts and occupy their out-of-school-time productively.

Representing PAL, Neal Rossi, Board Chair, and Elliot Feldman, PAL Development Director, joined more than 250 other guests at a June 2 reception at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn to celebrate the $10 million infusion of funding into greater Boston’s nonprofit sector. For the second year, this exclusive event drew representatives from all 100 grantee organizations, as well as many public officials.

“PAL is dedicated to countering the negative forces in the lives of Boston youth,” said Neal Rossi, PAL Board Chair. “This grant from the Cummings Foundation gives us the ability to fund one of our signature programs, The Junior Police Academy, which fosters relationships between cops and kids at an early age.”

The $100K for 100 program supports nonprofits that are not only based in but also primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties. This year, the program awarded 38 grants in Middlesex County, 25 in Essex County, and 37 in Suffolk County.

Through this “place-based” initiative, Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the area where it owns commercial buildings, all of which are managed by its affiliate Cummings Properties. Founded in 1970 by Bill Cummings, the Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages more than 10 million square feet of space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.

Joel Swets, Cummings Foundation’s executive director, said, “Cummings Foundation is very committed to the local communities where the staff and clients of the Cummings organization live and work. We are delighted to support very worthy nonprofits like Boston PAL that are working tirelessly for the benefit of the people they serve.”

This year’s very diverse group of grant recipients represents a wide variety of causes, including underserved populations, education, healthcare, hunger relief, and homelessness prevention. Most of the grants will be paid over two to five years.

The complete list of 100 grant winners is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.

 

About Boston Police Athletic League
PAL is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to the positive development of the youth of Boston.  Through PAL, police officers and young people participate in athletic, social and education activities to learn more about each other and their communities. PAL’S youth programs help young people develop self-esteem, leadership skills and a sense of belonging, as well as improve school performance, resolve conflicts and occupy their out-of-school-time productively.

About Cummings Foundation
Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings of Winchester, Mass. With assets exceeding $1 billion, it recently joined Barr Foundation and The Boston Foundation as one of the three largest foundations in New England. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including two New Horizons retirement communities in Marlborough and Woburn. Its largest single commitment to date was $50 million to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton, Mass. Additional information is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.

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