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News Release

‘TIS ALWAYS THE SEASON FOR GIVING AT THE
CLERK & COMPTROLLER’S OFFICE

Twenty-six Charities Benefit from Nearly $78,000 in Employee Donations

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (December 23, 2009) – The economy may be down, but charitable giving isn’t at the Clerk & Comptroller’s office. Clerk Sharon Bock is pleased to announce that this year’s employee fundraising efforts have raised nearly $78,000 for local charities. In all, 26 different organizations received money and supplies in 2009 because of employee donations.

“Our employees have witnessed first-hand the impact of the economy on their families, friends and even former co-workers who were laid off due to budget cuts,” said Clerk Bock. “They’ve found it in their hearts to give what they can because they know every penny counts.”

Fundraising efforts throughout the year included the office’s annual Dress Down Friday program, which raised $39,750. On December 17 at the Palm Beach County Courthouse, Clerk Bock presented two dozen non-profit organizations each with a check for $1,590—money raised through employees contributing $2 a week to dress casually on Fridays. The Clerk’s office has donated more than $570,000 to charities since the Dress Down program began in 1994.

The check presentations marked the end of a year filled with community service and charitable giving. Clerk employees volunteer throughout the year for such local community events as the Heart Walk, Komen Race for the Cure, and Palm Beaches Marathon Festival. In 2009, employees raised more than $22,000 for the American Heart Association, $11,400 for the United Way and $4,000 for Susan G. Komen.

Other giving included $500 for The Lord’s Place, a local nonprofit that helps the area’s homeless. The money was collected during the annual holiday performance of the Clerk’s volunteer choir in the Governmental Center.  The office also collected and donated nearly 100 used cell phones to Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse and the YWCA Harmony House. Domestic violence victims can use the phones to call 911 in an emergency. 

The following is a list of the employee-selected organizations that received donations this year through one of the Clerk & Comptroller office’s charity fundraisers: 

Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Alzheimer's Community Care Association of Palm Beach County, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Arc of Palm Beach County, Association for Abused Women and Children, Autism Project of Palm Beach County, Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, Children's Place at Home Safe, Compass Gay & Lesbian Community Center, Connor Moran Children's Cancer Foundation, Daily Bread Food Bank, Hospice & Home Care by the Sea, Hospice Foundation of Palm Beach County, The Lord’s Place, Make-A-Wish Foundation, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, Red Cross - Greater Palm Beach County, Safe Harbor Animal Rescue & Clinic, Shriners Children's Transport Fund, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Susan G. Komen Foundation, United Way of Palm Beach County, and YWCA Harmony House.

For more information about the Clerk & Comptroller’s office, call (561) 355-2996 or visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com.      

 

The Florida Constitution established the independent office of the Clerk & Comptroller as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk Sharon Bock is directly elected by and accountable to Palm Beach County residents. In addition to the roles of Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Recorder and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk & Comptroller is the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Auditor for Palm Beach County.

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