Our History

One Child’s Spirit Lives On through Others Reaching Their Potential.

Paulspicforweb-cropPaul’s Pals was founded in 1996 in honor of Paul Adelman, who with humor and persistence lived above disabilities stemming from three brain surgeries over seven years. In the process, his parents Floyd and Andrea discovered wonderful organizations such as Courage Center, Miracle League, and a Boys Scout’s troop, that helped their son enjoy life more fully.

When Paul died shortly after his 12th birthday, the Adelman’s channeled memorial gifts to an adaptive playground like one he had loved. The next year, family friends stepped forward to organize a golf tournament that would continue to fund deserving accessibility projects. Over the past two decades, the popular annual event has become the Twin Cities’ eighth-largest charity golf tournament, raising a total of $1.2 million for 92 grants to 36 organizations.

The Paul Adelman Endowment Fund operated under the Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation until early 2015, when its growth required the founding of an independent 501(c) (3) non-profit, renamed Paul’s Pals. To date, we have raised and distributed $1.2 million for projects that promote inclusion and accessibility for individuals with disabilities.

Paul’s spirit lives through children reaching their potential because of countless improvements made in his memory. At Eisenhower Elementary School in Hopkins, Paul is still beloved by teachers and staff. On his birthday each December 15, at 2 p.m., a star on his memorial wall in the media center is positioned to catch a shaft of light and shine as brightly as Paul’s lasting influence.