Harrisburg Police Athletic League still helping city youth

Despite charges against former president and police officer Jennie Jenkins, the Harrisburg Police Athletic League’s programs are still in place to help city youth.

Activities such as field trips and recreation nights have been, and will continue to be, activities offered by the non-profit group.

PAL’s board members have said that new financial safeguards are now in place.

However, leaders are concerned in the wake of the charges against Jenkins that the group may see a decrease in donations.

“When there’s bad news, like this alleged theft, that affects, first of all, the moral of those involved on the board and the volunteers that come out to help. We worry that it will hurt things like fundraising. PAL is very dependent on raising funds from the community,” Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico said.

Marsico is a PAL board member. His office is not handling the Jenkins case. He believes the organization can bounce back.

“PAL is continuing to serve our children and will continue to do so with the help of those of you in the community,” he said.

There is a benefit to help fund PAL programs. A Dancing With The Stars event will take place on August 16 at the Radisson in Camp Hill. Tickets cost $75 a person or $200 a couple, which will guarantee you sit together.

The ticket prices include dinner, the show, dancing and a silent auction. If you would like to attend, contact the Harrisburg Police Athletic League at (717) 508-7258.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced charges against Jenkins this week. She is accused of paying herself out of the Harrisburg Police Athletic League’s charitable donations and grant funding following its revival in 2011.

Harrisburg Police Athletic League is a volunteer charitable organization Jenkins helped administer.

According to the criminal complaint, Jenkins stole an estimated $7,000 from the organization by writing checks to herself from the athletic league’s account and by submitting falsified time sheets.

Investigators say when Jenkins assumed the role as president of the athletic league, it was made clear that she would not receive any additional compensation beyond her salary as a city police officer.

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