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Santa Barbara Police Activities League Treats Local Families to Holiday Dinner

Santa Claus comes bearing gifts for the children, all referred by Title I schools

Jorge and Naomi Preciado, with parents Maria and Jorge, pay a visit to Santa Claus during Wednesday night’s Police Activities League Holiday Dinner at the Cabrillo Arts Pavilion.

Jorge and Naomi Preciado, with parents Maria and Jorge, pay a visit to Santa Claus during Wednesday night’s Police Activities League Holiday Dinner at the Cabrillo Arts Pavilion.  (Giana Magnoli / Noozhawk photo)

By Giana Magnoli, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @magnoli |

Santa Barbara families were all smiles Wednesday night as they enjoyed a meal and a visit from Santa Claus during the 12th Annual Police Activities League Holiday Dinner.

The Cabrillo Arts Pavilion was crowded with 60 families, all referred by Title I schools, according to PAL Executive Director Laurie Parker.

After tacos and tamales, every child in the room got a gift off their list from Santa. With 150 participants this year — due to above-average referrals from schools and other agencies — PAL’s tradition has outgrown its venue.

“We had to turn some people away,” Parker said. “We had a waiting list this year just because of the venue; it reached capacity.”

Next year, PAL plans to get a bigger space for the annual dinner, she said.

Santa Barbara’s PAL provides programs for local children and teens, including after-school sports, Youth Leadership Council, Campership Alliance and Police Explorers.

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» on 12.13.12 @ 12:44 PM

SB PAL is such a great program & does so much for our local kids. Thanks PAL! Merry Christmas.

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