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LASER to meet Feb. 15 at realtors’ association

RELEASE DATE: February 13, 2007

TAVARES — Representatives from the Lake and Sumter Emergency Recovery (LASER) program will meet on Thursday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m. at the Greater Lake County Association of Realtors building, located at 3001 State Road 19 in Tavares, to discuss long-term recovery efforts in Lake County.
A representative from each volunteer and charitable organization currently working with the two impacted areas of Lake County is encouraged to attend this meeting. The meeting will assist with further cooperation and organization between the volunteer agencies that are assisting local residents with recovery after the Feb. 2 tornadoes.
LASER was incorporated as a not-for-profit, registered 501.c3 organization in March 2005 and strives to coordinate volunteer efforts during a disaster. Mike Tart, of the Southern Baptist Association, serves as chairman of the group and says LASER’s primary purpose is developing a mechanism to manage the flow of volunteers when communities in Lake and Sumter counties are severely impacted by a catastrophe. LASER’s vice chairman is Charlotte Poss from Sumter County.
“It’s all the volunteer groups coming under one hat,” Tart said. “What this is going to bring is not just more volunteer coordination, but in the long term it will allow groups to touch the local community more effectively.”
For more information about LASER, call Tart at (352) 267-3800 or e-mail mtart@comcast.net. For directions to the facility, call the Greater Lake County Association of Realtors at (352) 343-5313.
LASER is currently accepting monetary donations to assist in the recovery efforts. Mail donations to LASER, PO Box 1985, Lady Lake, FL 32158.

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