Magna Entertainment Corp. Chairman Frank Stronach was on hand at Gulfstream Park Monday to present the keys to a 2009 Ford E-350 Super Duty® Extended Length XL van to the Hallandale Beach Police Athletic League.

“It is with great pleasure that Gulfstream Park and (its parent company) MEC makes this contribution to the community and to such a worthy organization as the PAL,” Mr. Stronach said. “We recognize that the key to a better society rests with its youth, and we recognize the many contributions that the PAL – through (Hallandale Police Chief) Tom Magill, Major Ken Cowley and Sergeant Paul Robert – have made. We take great pride in being able to contribute to such a worthy cause.”

Gulfstream Park opens its live thoroughbred meeting Jan. 3.

Chief Magill said, “Gulfstream Park has long been one of our community’s most valued members, and in recent years, the new Gulfstream Park has been rock-solid in its support of community programs such as Shop With a Cop, Weed and Seed, and the PAL.”

Davin Joseph, a guard with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is a graduate of the Hallandale PAL.

Gulfstream Park President and General Manager Bill Murphy said, “Under the leadership of Chief Magill and Major Ken Cowley, the positive impact that the PAL program has had on Hallandale Beach’s youth is as obvious as it is considerable. We take heart in stories such as that of Davin Joseph, stories that provide inspiration for those, we hope, who will follow their own paths to success and personal fulfillment.”

Maj. Cowley said the purpose of the PAL is to “encourage kids from Hallandale (ages 5-18) to achieve their full potential in all aspects of their lives. Our role, through a combination of athletics and education, is to help them develop a spirit of loyalty and faith in traditional values and traditions, and to develop respect, commitment and responsibility toward their community and one another.”

A few key features included on the E-350 include 5.4 SOHC Triton V8 engine with flex fuel; AdvanceTrac with RSC (Roll Stability Control) and 15-passenger seating with dual front vinyl bucket seats; high-capacity air conditioning (front and rear); rear-bucket camera; CD player; electronic message center and a DVD entertainment system.