PALS works to help community causes

PALS, Inc. (Portsmouth Area Ladies), a volunteer group of women who work to support charitable needs and organizations that will improve the quality of life in the local area, invites friends, family and the general public to a Community Night at the River House Restaurant from 5 – 8 p.m. on September 14. The evening will be a fundraiser with the restaurant donating 10 percent of any food and beverage sales during that period to PALS.

PALS members will also be selling tickets to their fall dance on October 23 and chances for an Ohio State University-themed basket complete with OSU game tickets. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn at the dance in October.

PALS has given more than $50,000 to community causes since the group was founded in 2007. Ranging in age from 30 to 80, the group combines its energies for fundraising events and activities to meet the changing needs of residents in the local area, especially children whose needs are not being met by other organizations, according to their mission statement.

Through a grant application process, the group uses funds raised each year to support nonprofit organizations with a wide variety of concerns ranging from Scioto County food pantries, Counseling Center drug and rehabilitation programs, Southern Ohio Medical Center projects, the Ohio Valley American Red Cross, Scioto County Children’s Services, cystic fibrosis, autism and Area Agency on Aging, to other nonprofits like the Portsmouth Area Arts Council, the Portsmouth Public Library, the Southern Ohio Museum’s Cirque d’Art Theatre and many more. One of PALS’ projects in 2014 was helping to provide support for the families of

the 1191st Engineer Company of the Ohio National Guard which was deployed to Afghanistan from Portsmouth last spring. This year PALS is making a significant contribution to Portsmouth’s Bicentennial Committee to help fund a new “Welcome to Portsmouth” sign on the floodwall.

The women’s group also contributed $10,000 to the Scioto Foundation’s UCAN 2012 endowment campaign aimed at creating a college-going community and established an endowment with the Foundation that provides a scholarship for a worthy young woman to assist with her college costs each year. PALS uses a portion of its fundraising proceeds to build the scholarship fund so that it will be able to continue to help area youth in the future.

Fundraisers are the foundation of PALS’s efforts on behalf of the Portsmouth community. Over its eight-year history, major PALS’s fundraisers have included two “Summer Sizzle” music and entertainment events, two elegant afternoon teas, a published cookbook of members’ favorite recipes, two fall dances and several spring “boutique sales”, along with a variety of smaller in-house projects.

The fall dance spotlighting “Rick K and the All Nighters,” a dynamic show band known throughout the eastern and mid-western United States, is the group’s biggest fundraising effort of the year. The dance will be held from 8 – 11 p.m. at the SOMC Friends Center; tickets may be obtained by calling (740) 353-5044. Tickets are priced at $20 for the evening of lively music and entertainment, in addition to refreshments, a split the pot contest and the OSU basket raffle.

In addition to its other activities, the group is often asked to assist with food preparation or set up for events like the annual Martin Luther King Day Breakfast and The Counseling Center’s “Celebrity Chef Dinner” fundraiser.

Source: Portsmouth Area Ladies