Paul Adelman Children with Disabilities Endowment Fund Becomes Independent Non-Profit, Paul’s Pals

April 5, 2016

Minneapolis, Minn. One of Minnesota’s largest children’s charities has a new name while it continues its unique grant-making mission. The Paul Adelman Children with Disabilities Endowment Fund, part of the Jewish Community Foundation since 1995, is now becoming an independent 501(c)(3) public charity named Paul’s Pals.

The organization will continue its mission of raising and distributing funds for improvements, equipment, and technology that improve the lives of children with disabilities and their families. To date, the fund has raised $1.2 million for 92 projects. Projects include improvements such as special-surface baseball fields with Miracle League, adaptive learning technologies at the PACER Center, therapy equipment for Children’s Hospital, and ramps and pavilions for TrueFriends camps.

Founders Floyd and Andrea Adelman say Paul’s Pals improves on the mission they started in memory of their son, Paul, who was valiant through several disabilities before he died of cancer in 1994 at the age of 12.

“I am in awe every day over what we’ve been able to accomplish,” said Floyd Adelman, “We have touched the lives of tens of thousands of children, and I’m thrilled Paul’s Pals will outlive us and expand under a new structure and professional leadership.”

Jennifer Lewin has been named the first Executive Director of Paul’s Pals. Lewin, who holds a master’s degree in special education, co-founded and served as executive director of two other successful non-profit organizations in Minnesota that served clients with physical, developmental, or emotional disabilities: The Whole Learning School, and Jewish Housing and Programming.

The Paul Adelman Endowment Fund is known for its popular annual golf classic, now the eighth largest annual golf fundraiser in Minnesota. Sponsorships for Paul’s Pals’ 2016 Golf Classic and Paul’s Party are now open. The back-to-back events are scheduled for July 25 at the Oak Ridge Country Club in Hopkins.

For more information:
Jennifer Lewin, Executive Director