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FORT PIERCE -- For the second time in as many years, the Fort Pierce Police Athletic League has taken home one of the top awards for the National Association of Police Athletic/Activities Leagues.
Karen Pearson, a volunteer for the Fort Pierce Police Athletic League since 1995 has been named the National Police Athletic League's Volunteer Woman of the Year.
While her most visible role in the Fort Pierce Police Athletic League has been serving as a board member, Karen Pearson is known as a "be all things to all kids" type of person that has a strong leadership role in many of the events and fundraisers for P.A.L.
Most recently, she served as the chairwoman for one of P.A.L.s most successful fundraisers, Dancing With our P.A.L.S., but she has also been an important part of the success for St. Lucie County holiday Toy Run that helped out 500 needy families and the Shop with a Cop program through the Fort Pierce Police Department.
In the award announcement, National P.A.Ls Executive Director, Michael Dillhyon said, "It is with great pleasure that we bestow this honor on Karen Pearson. The volunteer spirit needed in order to dedicate so much of her free time to the Fort Pierce PAL is evident in her daily actions and is an inspiration to us all."
Fort Pierce Police Chief R. Sean Baldwin said he was honored that our Police Athletic League is being recognized again for its diligence in serving the youth of our community.
"Karen Pearson has been an incredible gift to our program. Her passion for the children in Fort Pierce is evident and we are proud that the Fort Pierce Police Department and Fort Pierce P.A.L. have received this well-deserved recognition," Chief Baldwin said.
Ms. Pearson will be receiving her award later this year at the National Police Athletic/Activities awards ceremony.