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Clerk Bock awards checks to local nonprofit groups at Thursday ceremony

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (December 16, 2010) –  Charitable giving isn’t just reserved for the holidays at the Clerk & Comptroller’s office. Employees raise money year-round, and this year 26 charities benefited from more than $62,000 in contributions from employee fundraising efforts.

“A difficult economy doesn’t stop our team from stepping up to help our community,” said Clerk Sharon Bock. “I’m proud that our employees have continued the tradition of giving generously to local nonprofit groups that do so much for Palm Beach County.”

The majority of donations came from the Clerk’s office Dress Down Friday program, which allows employees to contribute $2 a week in exchange for dressing casually each Friday. Employee contributions to the dress down campaign this year raised $38,620 for 24 charities.

At a ceremony on Thursday, Clerk Bock awarded each of those agencies a check for $1,544. Employees vote every two years on which nonprofit groups should receive a portion of the money raised by the Dress Down Friday program. From 1994 to 2010, the program has generated $614,722.00 for local charities.

The giving spirit isn’t limited to the Dress Down Friday program. Employees gave $11,290 to the United Way, including $1,390 earmarked for relief efforts after the Haitian earthquake; $8,325 to the American Heart Association; and $3,800 for Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Members of Circuit Sound, the Clerk’s office volunteer employee choir, also raised $500 for Kids In Distress during an annual holiday performance on Monday at the Governmental Center in West Palm Beach.

Charities benefitting from this year’s employee donations include: Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse; Alzheimer’s Community Care; Amara Shriners; American Heart Association; American Lung 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 Place at Home Safe; Compass Gay & Lesbian Community Center; Connor Moran Children’s Cancer Foundation; Feeding South Florida; Hospice by the Sea; Hospice Foundation of Palm Beach County; Kids In Distress; Make-A-Wish Foundation; National Center for Missing & Exploited Children; Paralyzed Veterans Association of Florida; Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League; Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary & Hospital; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; Susan G. Komen Foundation; The ARC of Palm Beach County; and the United Way of 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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