‘Tis the Season for Giving at the Clerk’s Office
Employees Raise More Than $42,000 for Local Charities
West Palm Beach, FL (December 18, 2008) – Clerk Sharon R. Bock presented a total of $42,500 to 25 different charities during a December 17 ceremony at the Palm Beach County Courthouse. The money is raised annually through the Clerk & Comptroller’s “Dress Down Friday Charity Program” which gives employees the option of contributing $2 a week from their paychecks to dress casually on Fridays. Charities are selected by the roughly 400 employees who participate in the program and 100 percent of the funds raised are split equally among the nonprofit organizations.
“Every dollar counts for these charities, especially during these tough financial times,” said Clerk Sharon Bock. “While studies show that a downturn in the economy causes people to give less, this does not reflect what’s happening here in the heart of the Clerk‘s office. This year, our team contributed $3,000 more than last year!”
The Clerk’s office has donated more than $530,000 to charities since the Dress Down program began in 1994. The following organizations received donations this year: Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA), Alzheimer's Community Care Association, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, American Parkinson's Disease Association, The ARC of Palm Beach County, Association for Abused Women and Children, Inc., Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, Children of Purpose, Children's Place at Home Safe, Comprehensive Aids Program, Kids in Distress, Florida Resource Center for Women & Children, Hospice Foundation of Palm Beach, Hospice & Home Care By the Sea, Make-a-Wish Foundation, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, Red Cross of Greater Palm Beach County, Safe Harbor Animal Rescue and Clinic, Shriners Children's Transportation Fund, Special Olympics of Palm Beach County, St .Jude's Children's Research Hospital, and Susan G. Komen Foundation.
The annual check presentation is just one example of the generosity of Clerk employees during this holiday season. This week, the annual Governmental Center performance of the Clerk’s volunteer choir, Circuit Sound, raised $600 for the Special Olympics. The Clerk’s office also donated nearly 40 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.
For more information about the Clerk & Comptroller’s office, call (561) 355-2996 or visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com.
Clerk Sharon R. Bock presents more than $42,000 in employee donations to 25 different local charities.
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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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