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For immediate release - Feb. 4, 2005

Lake County employees ‘unite’ for a worthy cause

TAVARES — The tradition of giving back to the community is alive and well with Lake County Board of County Commissioners employees.

Employees put the finishing touches on a fund-raising drive for United Way of Lake & Sumter Counties, Inc. by participating in an annual community service event this past weekend. For more than a half dozen years, groups of Lake County employees have donated time to help the United Way cause. Last year, Lake County employees participated in a United Way-sponsored painting project at the Hospice of Lake and Sumter office in Tavares.

On Saturday, Jan. 29, 10 Lake County employees helped paint rooms at a Boys and Girls Club of Lake and Sumter Counties facility located in the City of Leesburg. The project took about six hours to complete. Employees from Citizens Bank partnered in the endeavor working on landscaping on the outside of the club.

Those who participated in the work project from Lake County government included: County Manager Bill Neron, Community Enhancement Coordinator Bill Gearing Jr., Information Outreach Manager Kelly LaFollette, Department of Economic Development and Tourism Director Greg Mihalic, Probation Director Tony Deaton, Senior Probation Officer Linda Meeker, Community Services Administrative Associate Terri Davis, Teen Court Coordinator Stephanie Glass, Plans Examiner Melving Isaac-Jimenez, County Manager’s Office Executive Office Associate Brenda Quattlebaum and Eric LaFollette from the Lake County Clerk of Courts Office.

The week prior to the community service event was the finally of the Lake County employees’ three-month, fund-raising drive that raised about $13,000 for United Way.

“It makes me feel very good that the County employees are extremely committed to the County and caring enough to contribute back to those in need,” said County Commissioner Catherine Hanson, who also sits on the board for United Way of Lake & Sumter Counties, Inc.

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Contact information:
Christopher Patton
Communications Coordinator
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445
cpatton@co.lake.fl.us

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