PBA in the Community

The NYC PBA has long had an important presence in communities around the city and elsewhere. Through its long-term support of organizations like the Police Athletic League, the NY Press Club Foundation, the Community Mayors, the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots campaign and the international Healing the Children organization and others too numerous to mention, the NYC PBA plays an important role in the community. The PBA’s presence is felt, but not necessarily seen, through its continual support for annual fund-raising events like dinner dances and holiday functions particularly for the less fortunate through donations of toys, personal goods and even meals at the holidays. Here are some recent PBA in the Community events:

Click here for photosThe PBA brings holiday cheer in the form of hundreds of toys to the children of PS 107 in the Bronx on Dec. 19, 2016.
Click here for photosIn what has become an annual tradition, the PBA donated toys to the children of Far Rockaway, at the Church of the Nazarene, and in Brownsville, at the Brownsville Youth Recreational Center on Dec. 17, 2016.
Click here for photosIn its continuing effort to support  communities in need, the NYC PBA donated hundreds of school-supplies-laden backpacks at the Church of the Nazarene which serves Hurricane Sandy ravaged Far Rockaway on Sept. 10, 2016.
The Annual Three Kings Celebration at PS6 in the Bronx on Jan. 8, 2016 and Jan. 9, 2016.
Watch PBA-rcorded videoOn Dec. 20, 2015, the PBA donated a thousand toys to hundreds of children in Hurricane Sandy ravaged Far Rockaway and in Brownsville, Brooklyn.
Click here for photosOn Sat., Aug. 15, 2015, the PBA donated school supplies to the children of the Brownsville Community Center.
Click here for photosOn Mar. 13, 2015, PBA board members join the Lower Manhattan History organization as Pat Lynch raises the flag of Ireland at Bowling Green Park from which the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade began in 1762.
Click here for photosPBA Treasurer Joe Alejandro represents the PBA at the Annual Three Kings Day on Jan. 3, 2015 conducted in the Bronx by Rueben Diaz.  The annual event is supported in part by the PBA.
Click here for photosPBA donates hundreds of toys on Dec. 20, 2014 to the Church of the Nazarene which serves a community that was devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
Click here for photosThe PBA donated toys and food for the 77th Precinct Children’s holiday event held in community room of the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph with members of the Community Council present on Dec. 20, 2014.
Click here for photosThe PBA donates toys to the Brownsville Recreational Center on Dec. 20, 2014.
There was a third event on Dec. 20, 2014 at which the PBA supplied meals for homeless men and women and donated toys for children in cooperation with the Crown Heights Youth Collective.   The event did occur but there are no photos because just prior to it, Police Officer Rafeal Ramos and Wenjian Liu were ambushed and assassinated while having meal in their RMP.  PBA board members raced directly to the hospital in support of the Ramos and Liu families and fellow officers.
PBA Financial Secretary for Lower Manhattan and Richmond, Al Acierno, also serves as the team coach for Staten Island’s St. Christopher’s Cougars basketball team.  New York 1 News on June 12, 2014 tells the story of a coaches vs. players benefit game that Acierno organized to raise money for 17 year old Brandon Belmonte who is recovering from a severe stroke.  Brandon, who can walk again, served as the “coaches’ coach.” (The video is available to Time-Warner customers only.)
On Saturday, 12/21/13 the NYC PBA continued a time-honored tradition of supporting needy communities during the holiday season by donating hundreds upon hundreds of toys to those in need.  The first event was at 1000 hours when the PBA Canteen and a panel truck carried loads of toys to the Church of the Nazarene on Central Avenue in Far Rockaway.  The church serves a poor community that was ravaged by the Superstorm Sandy last October.  The PBA captured the event on video (see the PBA’s video) including an interview of PBA president Pat Lynch by New York 1 News Queens reporter Tamara Wooley. See also the slideshow. The second event was held at 1300 hours at the Brownsville Recreational Center where a truck load of toys was set up in an auditorium while a ceremony was conducted in the nearby gym.  The community honored the memory of 75 Pct. police officer Peter Figoski with a moment of silence.  See the PBA produced video and slideshow of that event.
On Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, the NYC PBA continued its tradition of supporting needy communities during the holiday season by donating hundreds upon hundreds of toys to those in need.  The first event was at 1000 hours when the PBA Canteen and a panel truck carried loads of toys to the Church of the Nazarene on Central Avenue in Far Rockaway.  The church serves a poor community that was ravaged by the Superstorm Sandy last October.  The PBA captured the event on video (click here to see the PBA’s video) including an interview of PBA president Pat Lynch by New York 1 News Queens reporter Tamara Wooley.   The second event was held at 1300 hours at the Brownsville Recreational Center where a truck load of toys was set up in an auditorium while a ceremony was conducted in the nearby gym.  The community honored the memory of 75 Pct. police officer Peter Figoski with a moment of silence.  Click here to see the PBA produced video of that event.
Click here for photosJan. 5, 2013: For the second year in a row, PBA donates toys for the “Three Kings Day” celebration held by State Sen. Reuben Diaz, Sr. and Bronx Borough President Reuben Diaz, Jr. at PS 5, 564 Jackson Ave. at 149th Street in the Bronx. (Click on camera at right to view photos.)
Click here for photosDec. 22, 2012:  The PBA, for the second year in a row, donates hundreds of toys to children of the Brownsville Recreation Center where the children honored those lost at the Sandy Hook School massacre by holding photos of the victims.  Click here to read a letter to the PBA from the Brownsville RC director thanking the PBA for its efforts. (Click on camera at right to view photos.)
Click here for photosDec. 21, 2012: PBA makes donations of toys and gift cards to Hurricane Sandy victims at PBSI Holiday party at St. Charles Parish Hall, Staten Island, NY. (Click on camera at right to view photos.)
Click here for photosDec. 21, 2012: The PBA donates hundreds of toys at the Church of the Nazarene in Far Rockaway, one of the communities severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy, to the children of the families who were victims of the storm. (Click on camera at right to view photos.)

Click here for photosMay 16, 2012: The PBA presented plaques of appreciation to the students of IS 259 McKinley Intermediate School in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, for their participation in creating a beautiful memorial mural honoring all those who died during the attack on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.  The project was conceived by Tom Buxton, a teacher, who realize that these young students had no first-hand knowledge of what happened that tragic day or why.   Under his direction, the students researched the event, wrote poems and painted a mural that depicts the horror and honor the day brought.  The names of all those who died in the collapse have been painstakingly hand painted on a whole wall of the top floor of the school along with heroic depictions of first responders.  A dedication ceremony was held May 16 and the PBA awarded plaques to the dozens of students who volunteered their time before and after class to create this lasting memorial.

For more about the McKinley IS 259 9/11 Memorial Art Project, visit:

Click here for photosJan. 7, 2011:  PBA donates toys for the “Three Kings Day” celebration held by State Sen. Reuben Diaz, Sr. and Bronx Borough President Reuben Diaz, Jr. at PS 5, 564 Jackson Ave. at 149th Street in the Bronx. (Click on camera at right to view photos.)

Click here for photosDec. 29, 2011: PBA sponsored a dinner and gift giving for the 25 families from the Auburn Family Shelter at the Ebbets Field Houses at 1700 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn in conjunction with Dr. Richard Greene of the Crown Heights Youth Collective. (Click on camera at right to view photos.)

Click here for photosDec. 22, 2011 Toys for Tots at which Joe Strong accepted a plaque naming slain PO Peter Figoski and honorary Co-Chairman (posthumously) as a “Caring Sharing Person.” (Click on camera at right to view photos.)
Click here for photosDec. 21, 2011:  toys donated to the Kipps Bay Boys and Girls Club “A Positive Place for Kids” with retired Transit PO Mike McDermott as Santa.  Ms. Renea Bush, manager, and Ms. Maria Rivera, coordinator. (Click on camera at right to view photos.)

Click here for photosDec. 17, 2011:  Toys donated to children of the Brownsville Recreational Center (Brownsville, Brooklyn) where they held a memorial service to slain PO Peter Figoski.  Greg “Jacko” Jackson, manager.  1555 Linden Blvd at Mother Gaston Blvd. (Click on camera at right to view photos.)