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Lake County promotion selected as phone card of the month

RELEASE DATE: March 10, 2006

TAVARES — A recent phone-card promotion by the Lake County Volunteer Program and the Department of Economic Development and Tourism garnered attention this month.

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The "connect to your kind of pace" phone cards, designed by Lake County Government's Information Outreach Section, were chosen as phone card of the month by corporatephonecards.com.

The phone cards are used to promote tourism and reward volunteerism in the County. Volunteers from the Lake County Volunteer Program received phone cards as a token of the county's appreciation for their hard work during the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons.

Volunteers helped complete many tasks associated with hurricane preparation and recovery, including distributing ice, water and food; answering citizen calls; walking door-to-door to check on neighbors; and removing downed trees from private property. In all, volunteers donated 29,000 hours, which equates to about $900,000 in savings for the community.

The phone cards assist with the Lake County Department of Economic Development and Tourism marketing campaign as the cards include the tourism logo and slogan, "Your kind of pace." In addition, the 30-minute prepaid phone cards list the tourism office's toll free number, (800) 430-LAKE, and Web site, www.lakecountyfl.com.

For more information about the Lake County Volunteer Program, call Helena Osborne-Ponsi at (352) 343-9771 or log on to http://www.lakegovernment.com/departments/community_services/volunteer_program/.

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