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CHARITY BEGINS AT THE CLERK’S OFFICE

Clerk employees sing to raise money for Home Safe,
and Clerk Bock presents $38,650 in donations to local agencies

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (December 15, 2011) – The Palm Beach County Governmental Center was filled with sounds of the holidays on Monday, as members of Circuit Sound – the Clerk & Comptroller’s employee choir – sang to raise money for charity.

Circuit Sound’s performance raised $500 for Home Safe, a Palm Beach County nonprofit organization devoted to caring for and helping abused children. The money came from donations dropped by audience members watching from the six floors above the atrium.

The 16 members of Circuit Sound practice and perform on their own time.

“We’re blessed at the Clerk’s office to have such a talented, dedicated group of employees,” said Clerk Sharon Bock. “Their performance is one of my favorite holiday traditions.”

Last year, Circuit Sound raised $500 for Kids In Distress, which focuses on the prevention of child abuse and treatment of abuse victims. Circuit Sound performances have raised more than $5,500 for local charities since 1997.

Before the performance, Clerk Bock presented 24 local charities with their share of $38,650 from the Clerk’s office Dress Down Friday program. Employees give charitable donations in exchange for dressing casually on Fridays, and vote on the charities that receive the money from the Dress Down program.

“Giving back to the community is an important part of the Clerk’s office culture,” Clerk Bock said. “I’m proud that we continue to give generously to groups that do so much for Palm Beach County.”

This year, each of the 24 Dress Down charities received a check for $1,556. This year’s recipients are: Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse; Alzheimer's Community Care; American Heart Association; American Red Cross - Greater Palm Beach Area Chapter; Association for Abused Women and Children, Inc.; Autism Project of Palm Beach County; Busch Wildlife Sanctuary; Children's Tumor Foundation; Compass, Gay and Lesbian Community Center; Connor Moran Children's Cancer Foundation; Feeding South Florida; Hospice of Palm Beach County; Kids in Distress; Leukemia and Lymphoma Society; Little Smiles, Florida Chapter; The Lord’s Place; Make-A-Wish Foundation; National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; Paralyzed Veterans Association of Florida; Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League; Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary and Hospital; St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; Susan G. Komen Foundation; and United Way of Palm Beach County.

Since its creation in 1994, the Dress Down program has raised nearly $655,000 for local nonprofit groups.

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

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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