Archived News Release from 2008
For Immediate Release
Redwood City’s Own Alpio Barbara Named as the National PAL Volunteer of the Year
Redwood City, CA - April 22 , 2008 -
Redwood City Police Chief Louis A. Cobarruviaz is proud to announce that Redwood City Police Activities League Board of Director’s President Alpio Barbara has been named the National Police Activities League (NAPAL) Volunteer of the Year. He will be presented with this award on Thursday, May 29 th in Denver, Colorado at the National Association of Police Athletic/Activities Leagues Annual Conference.
“The National PAL Volunteer of the Year” award is the crown jewel of awards for PAL programs across the Nation. “We are honored that our Board President, Alpio Barbara, has been chosen for this award. His hard work and dedication to Redwood City PAL has made a difference to the youth in our community, and he well-deserves to be recognized,” stated Chief Louis A. Cobarruviaz.
Alpio was also recognized as the 2007 “Volunteer of the Year” for the California Police Activities League on Monday, April 7th in Sacramento. And, he was the first Redwood City PAL Citizen of the Year in 2004, and that award is now named in his honor.
Alpio Barbara started his life in the United States as a childhood immigrant from Malta, and was raised in an immigrant household. He knows first-hand what it’s like to come to a new country, and he worked hard to become a successful businessman. He began his career in the tire industry in his teens as a tire changer with a local wholesaler/retailer, and throughout the years his talents in sales and management were recognized, culminating in his becoming general manager/owner in a multi-store, retail and wholesale operation. He is currently the owner of Redwood General Tire in Redwood City.
This would be a wonderful ending to the story of a young immigrant boy’s success, but there’s more because Alpio wanted to give back to his community and to the children who are, in many ways, like him. When he joined the PAL Board of Directors in 2000, no one imagined what his dynamic leadership would bring to PAL. Alpio became Vice-President of the PAL Board of Directors in 2001 and at that time made an incredible pledge to the youth of Redwood City: to give them a safe place to be after school. He was committed to making the future brighter for the generations of youth that are growing up in Redwood City, and in June 2004 that vow became a reality with the opening of the 15,000 square-foot PAL Community Center.
Alpio’s story doesn’t end there. He wanted PAL to impact more kids and increase PAL’s capacity, so he became instrumental in the Redwood City PAL fundraising plan. He created the PAL Comedy Night and Tribute Book, and the PAL Motorcycle Poker Run which, together, have raised nearly half a million dollars - so far!
Alpio deserves to be recognized for his work in the Redwood City community and with Redwood City PAL. For over eight years, he has been active with Redwood City PAL, and is responsible for much of PAL’s success in that time. He continues to be a true advocate for youth and because of him, many of our community’s youth now have a much brighter, positive future, and our community as a whole is a better place for everyone.
Below - Alpio Barbara receiving the California PAL Volunteer of the Year” award in Sacramento earlier this month. Left to right:
Natalia Giles of CALPAL, Alpio Barbara, Redwood City Police Chief Louis A. Cobarruviaz
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