By Larry Blustein
It has officially become one of the most impressive events that the City of Hallandale Beach and the Police Athletic League host twice a year.
Last weekend's Antique Show - the first of the new year - took center stage once again at the Cultural Community Center for two days, showcasing some of the top vendors in south Florida - as well as a huge boost to the Hallandale Beach PAL.
With so many loyal PAL members giving of their time to all the events and causes for this impressive program that was the brainchild of the late Police Chief Thomas Magil, and has continued to make a difference ever since.
ALL ON BOARD FOR THIS ORGANIZATION
There are so many who continue to offer the youngsters of this community a chance to gain an advantage by having the PAL there to raise money and offer enough activities to occupy hundreds of kids.
The Executive Board includes President Dan Atkins, Vice President Harry Escandon, Chief of Police/Executive Director Dwayne Flournoy, Secretary Stacey Fisher, Treasurer Sgt. Ricky Buoni and the glue to the organization is PAL Representative Jonathan Carrillo, a native of this city, who knows everyone.
In addition, loyal Board Members such as Ken Moseley, Joe Kessel, Barbara Southwick, Patricia Brennan, Stephen Cummings, Dottie Ross, Jo Ann P. Hollingsworth and Dr. Joseph Amunategui II.
Honorary Board Members are NFL standout and Hallandale High graduate Davin Joseph, and Patti Magill, the wife of our late Police Chief.
While the antique show was certainly the attraction - as many leading vendors came out - everyone seemed to be pleased at the two days.
Southwick, who helped to organize the PAL table - which was part of the stage and had so many quality items - was very excited about the flow of traffic and the monies made by all.
"Any time you can raise money for a great organization like PAL, it's a success," she said. "Whether it was the 'flea market' items or those hard to find antiques, this is a show that had it all - and it always does."
THE EVENT WAS TRULY THE BEST
Each and every year, it gets better and better, and after Saturday and Sunday's turnout, there was no doubt that things seemed to work out fine.
As shoppers found their way through the maze of rooms and vendors, this was one of those shows where everyone found something to like.
"We came here last year and found a few pieces of jewelry," Andrea Levine of Dania Beach explained. "Quality things to look at - and the prices were very fair. I like this kind of thing."
This is one of those events that has now many writing the dates down on the calendar and making this a destination.
With over 35 vendors and a PAL food booth, there were indeed options, and many from outside the area - like south Miami Beach, Kendall and Boca Raton found this a very good event.
"We have been chasing these shows around for so long, we know where just about everyone in a 100 mile radius is being held," Rey Miller of Boca Raton explained. "Some vendors have the same things - while others tend to add new things every show - which is a plus for me. This is a good, smaller show, but a quality one at that."
WISHING CLAIRE POOLE OUR PRAYERS
One of the familiar faces at the antique show and to other events across this region, Claire Poole, was one of the faces not at last weekend's event.
Poole, who founded Treats For Soldiers - and has raised money for the cause - working the antique shows and other events to help make a difference, has been in the hospital over the past month.
All of our prayers are with Claire as she battles to get back and do what she does best - help others!
Reach out and see what's going on any time of year - or make a donation to the Hallandale Beach Police Athletic League at http://www.hallandalebeachpal.com - or call 954-457-1466.