Hilltop Mall honored for helping kids and cops

Hilltop Mall is good for clothes - and also kids - as it was honored Thursday for contributing to the Police Activities League last year.
Hilltop Mall management was recognized by Police Chief Chris Magnus Thursday afternoon for the mall's contributions to the Richmond Police Activities League last year. (photo courtesy of Hilltop Mall)

Hilltop Mall was honored Thursday for its support of the Richmond Police Athletic League last year, including hosting the Christmas “Shop with a Cop” event.

The mall was honored at Richmond PAL’s annual luncheon along with Bay Area Beverage, Bowlers Mart Trophies & Awards, BP, Home Depot and Mel’s Diner.

Hilltop Mall has consistently participated in the Richmond PAL’s efforts to offer Richmond children an alternative to the streets, said Marsha Pekasky, the nonprofit’s office manager.

“They’ve been so supportive of us,” Pekasky said Thursday.

Hilltop Mall hosted the Richmond PAL’s annual holiday event that gives up to 30 kids $100 apiece to go on a shopping spree. The mall had stores offer discounts to the kids, who were accompanied by police officers as they shopped.

The mall also sponsored free lunches from Burger King, free carousel rides and supplied a room where kids could wrap presents.

A video released earlier this month offers highlights of this year’s Shop with a Cop event: