daphne-campbell_franzia-brea-burden_web.jpgNORTH MIAMI — The Police Athletic League of North Miami (NM PAL) has paid tribute to students, volunteers, and business leaders who have donated time and resources to the work of the youth-oriented organization.

They were recognized at the second annual North Miami PAL Celebration Gala at Lexus of North Miami on Oct. 13.

The honorees include Tillie Hebbert of New Era, a title sponsor; Mona Green of Lexus of North Miami, another title sponsor; Andre D. Pierre, mayor, North Miami; Persephone Gary, The Children’s Trust;   Dr. Larry Rice, Johnson and Wales University; Brett David, Prestige Imports; Elliott Starman, Ribotsky, Levine and Co.; Major Robert Bage,  Commander Brea Burden and Officer Willie Walden, North Miami Police Department.

Supporters from the state, the city of North Miami, countywide business leaders and neighboring colleges and universities were on hand to pay tribute to the awardees and their service to the community.

The NM PAL director, Officer James Stuart and North Miami Police Chief Marc Elias Jr. co-hosted the event and expressed appreciation for the efforts of residents and leaders in helping to guide youth “in a time of decreasing resources and increasing demands.”

“The Police Athletic League of North Miami, in all essence, is what our children need to reach their full potential,” said  Pierre, who was among the speakers during the awards ceremony. “It’s a well respected program that continues to invest in our children through numerous services.  To see so many people come out and support such a worthy cause is extremely pleasing and I am excited to see North Miami PAL reach new heights with the endorsement of the community.”


WELL DONE:  State Rep. Daphne Campbell, left, D-Miami Shores, congratulates Commander Franzia Brea-Burden, North Miami Police Athletic League executive director, on the work of the organization. The league held its second annual Celebration Gala at Lexus of North Miami on Oct. 13.