Clerks Donate $50,000 to Nonprofits
The Clerks for a Cause program has raised nearly $1 million since 1994
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (December 17, 2018) – More than a dozen nonprofits are being aided by the generosity of Clerk & Comptroller employees, who donated an impressive $50,000 to charitable causes this year.
Clerk Sharon R. Bock, Esq., presented $36,178 to six of the charities during her office's 21st annual holiday concert held at the Palm Beach County Governmental Center on Monday, Dec. 17. Six additional nonprofits received donations from the Clerk's office earlier this year.
"It is an honor to lead a team of employees who continue their commitment to building a culture of charity to give back to Palm Beach County's neediest people," Clerk Bock said. "My team's endless generosity is making a difference in the lives of so many residents throughout Palm Beach County and the state of Florida."
During the holiday performance, members of the Clerk's employee choir, Circuit Sound, raised $2,800 for Amanda Silva, an 11-year-old with cerebral palsy, a condition she has battled since birth. Her family is in need of a wheelchair-accessible van, a front-door ramp and other items for their Boca Raton home.
Each year, the Clerk's choir performs in the Governmental Center atrium as government employees drop money from the six floors above to help a local family in need. Amanda was nominated for the 2018 "Season to Share" campaign by Clinics Can Help, a local nonprofit that provides medical equipment and supplies to those who cannot afford them.
Beginning in 1994, the Clerk's office has a deep-rooted tradition of supporting nonprofits across Palm Beach County through charitable donations and volunteer time.
Clerk employees voluntarily donate money through payroll deductions as part of the office's Dress Down Program, which allows team members to wear jeans to work on Fridays and other select days.
The Clerk's employee-led Charitable Giving Committee accepts nominations and employees vote on the charities that receive the donations.
During the holiday concert, Clerk Bock presented checks, each for $6,814, to five local nonprofits: Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches, Little Smiles of Florida, Friends of Foster Children of Palm Beach County, Alzheimer's Care Resource and The Lord's Place. Back to Basics, a Wellington-based nonprofit that provides the basic necessities for children in need, received a check for $2,110.
Earlier this month, Clerk employees also donated holiday gift items to 250 children participating in the Back to Basics Angel Program.
Other recipients of this year's Clerks for a Cause campaign include: the Jerome Golden Center, the Florida Disaster Fund, Gulfstream Goodwill Industries Audiology Services, the American Cancer Society and the United Way of Palm Beach County.
For more information about the Clerk & Comptroller and the Clerks for a Cause charitable giving program, visit mypalmbeachclerk.com.
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About the Clerk & Comptroller, Palm Beach County
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.