This past Saturday, December 11, 2010, Something New Entertainment and Atomic Entertainment had the pleasure and honor of providing disc jockey and karaoke services for the Cleveland Police Athletic League (Cleveland PAL)’s Happy Holidays Party — a very special event to be hosted each year. DJ AJ9 and DJ Justin were on-site, donating their time to provide holiday music and a singing activity for 3,000 of the inner-city’s most underprivileged youth and their parents invited by Cleveland PAL to enjoy a fun holiday-themed afternoon just for them at Cleveland’s beautiful historic Public Auditorium (aka Public Hall) adjacent to the Cleveland Convention Center downtown.
The Cleveland PAL’s Happy Holidays Party is very special to our hearts. Especially in these very trying economic times, it is important to remember those less fortunate than ourselves. Tis small gift of a few hours of our time did so much to make a difference — to delight these children, many of who may not have another opportunity to open presents other than at this party. We heard an awful lot of versions of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Jingle Bells,” followed closely by “Frosty the Snowman” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” and though it may be quite a while before I’m ready to hear those songs on purpose, again, the look of joy on each child’s face finding out that — yes, indeed, we can play it, again, for you, my dear, yes, indeed we can adjust the microphone stand to your diminutive height, my dear, and yes, indeed, you can hold the microphone in your diminutive hand, my dear — really made a difference to me, too!
Each child received a meal, snacks, a goodie bag, a gift of their choice from a wide assortment of new toys, as well as an opportunity to speak directly with the big man, himself — that’s right — SANTA!!! Throughout the event, guests enjoyed music by Something New Entertainment DJ Service and karaoke by our party brand, Atomic Entertainment, as well as opportunities to receive an autograph from local celebrities including soccer star Otto Orf, former Cleveland Crunch goalie (who brought a cool soccer-themed bounce house and a giant inflatable Darth Vader with him), plus Johnny Gargano, Matthew Justice, Hobo Joe, Gregory Iron, and Agent Aaron Maguire of Professional Wrestling of Ohio (PWO).
The Cleveland PAL has a rich history, and is one of the oldest not-for-profit organizations of this type. Dedicated to providing programs for at-risk youth, the League was founded by Eliot Ness is the 1930’s (editor’s note: yeah, I know — that’s what I said, but — yes, the Eliot Ness). To learn more about the Cleveland PAL and how you can help Cleveland’s youth become better citizens and increase their self-esteem through Cleveland PAL programs, visit their website or call 216-687-9135.