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CLERK’S CIRCUIT SOUND CAROLERS MAKE JOYFUL MUSIC FOR CHARITY

Clerk employees’ 16th annual holiday show benefits Season to Share nominee Berline Senelier 

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (December 16, 2013) – Sounds of the holidays filled the Palm Beach County Governmental Center, while hundreds of dollars floated down to the atrium floor where members of Circuit Sound – the Clerk & Comptroller’s employee choir – sang to raise money for charity.

Donors are encouraged to be creative when dropping their donations. Money fell in many forms – attached to snowflakes and parachutes, folded like paper airplanes, or simply dropped from the upper levels to the atrium floor below during Circuit Sound’s 16th annual Holiday Charity Show. By the end of the half-hour performance, the carolers raised $1,000 for 2013 “Season to Share” nominee Berline Senelier.

Senelier was nominated by the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Palm Beach County. She attended Monday’s performance, and had lunch after the performance with Clerk Sharon Bock.

“Each of the Seasons to Share nominees have compelling stories, but what I think resonates with us about Berline’s story is that any one of us could be her,” Clerk Bock said. “She had a great career as a pediatric nurse, until a brain tumor robbed her of her sight and she lost everything – her job, her health insurance, her home, her independence. She helped so many people in her career, I’m glad we can do our part and help her now.”

Last year, Circuit Sound raised $800 for “Season to Share” nominee Helen Gatti. Circuit Sound performances have raised nearly $7,000 for local charities since 1997.

The 19 members of Circuit Sound practice and perform on their own time.

The Circuit Sound performance was the closing act in the Clerk & Comptroller’s charitable giving efforts for 2013. After Monday’s Circuit Sound performance, Clerk Bock presented 12 charities with their share of $47,996 from the Clerk’s 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.

This year’s Dress Down charities are: The American Heart Association; Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County; Connor Moran Children’s Cancer Foundation; Hospice by the Sea; Kids In Distress; Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Palm Beach Area Chapter; Little Smiles; The Lord’s Place; National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; Paralyzed Veterans Association of Florida; Peggy Adams Animal Rescue; and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, South Florida Affiliate.

Since its creation in 1994, the Dress Down program has raised more than $700,000 for local nonprofit groups.

Clerk’s employees also raised approximately $16,000 for the United Way and $8,600 in individual campaigns for the ALS Association, Caridad Center, Families First of Palm Beach County, Juvenile Diabetes Research Center and the March of Dimes. They also donated school supplies for children served by the Center for Family Services and for schools in western Palm Beach County; gave food to the Palm Beach County Food Bank; and collected nearly 300 cell phones and personal care items for domestic violence victims served by Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) and the YWCA Harmony House.

“The Clerk’s office is committed to outstanding service to our customers, and to the community,” Clerk Bock said. “It’s an honor to lead a team of employees that are so committed to building a culture of charity and of giving back to Palm Beach County.” 

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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