BENEFITING: HOLLENBECK POLICE ACTIVITIES LEAGUE
The Hollenbeck Police Activities League (Hollenbeck PAL) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by a 15-member Board of Directors comprising of community and business leaders, and community residents.
Although PAL is a partnership with the Los Angeles Police Department (L.A.P.D.), it is financially autonomous of the Department. The PAL staff is responsible for raising the majority of the annual operating budget through grants, sponsorships, and fundraising events. Hollenbeck PAL serves approximately 1,000 children each year and nearly all programs and services are free of charge to the children of the area. Program fees are required only for special outings or personal sports related equipment (socks. shoes, etc.).
Hook ‘n’ Book is a charity fundraising event for the Hollenbeck Police Activities League (Hollenbeck PAL). PAL’s Board of Directors and staff solicit participation from PAL’s supporters and friends who agree to raise funds for the organization by allowing Hollenbeck PAL arrest and incarcerate them.
On the designated date, the PAL Executive Director and Assistant Director (both police officers) will pick-up each arrestee at an agreed time and location (home, work, etc.) to drive them to the Police Station. Toy handcuffs will be placed on them along with a costume prison uniform hat. A humorous “Arrest Warrant” will be read to them in the
same fashion as a “singing telegram.” All while being filmed! Participants raise funds by asking friends, colleagues, and family members to help raise money for their “Bail.” Supporters of each participant can make tax-deductible contributions of any amount to help raise the minimum bail amount of $1,200. Contributions can be made by mail using a pledge card and check or online with a credit card. Contributions are tallied for each
participant the morning of the event to determine who raised their bail amount.
A short video will be produced that shows all the participants being arrested and booked. The video will be shown on the evening of the event (October 13, 2011) where participants can invite friends (up to 10 guests). The video will be followed by a comedy line-up featuring some Southern California’s best comedians.
All participants (“Jailbirds”) will be provided with ready-to-use templates of letters, emails, and fliers that they can send to their family, friends, and colleagues to help raise bail donations. The PAL staff will follow each participant’s progress and offer assistance if necessary. PAL staff can also make follow-up calls on behalf of participants to potential donors (if asked).