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County employees’ efforts benefit March of Dimes

RELEASE DATE: May 8, 2008

TAVARES — Employees of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners completed last month their annual benefit drive for the March of Dimes raising more than $8,700 for the worthy cause.

“We are so proud to continue our partnership with the March of Dimes,” said Lake County Commissioner Jennifer Hill, who was the Honorary Chair for the March for Babies Walk. “The County’s March of Dimes campaign is part of a long tradition of working together for the people of Lake County. For employees to reach into their pockets and donate $8,700 — that is outstanding.”

Each County department and office pitches in for the volunteer effort. The different sections of County Government enjoy the friendly competition as each develops a unique fundraising method, such as a bake sale or raffling off a gift basket.

“We say we’re not competing against each department, but everyone has a lot of fun with it,” said Amy Munday, Procurement Specialist with the Lake County Office of Procurement Services and coordinator of the March of Dimes campaign for the Lake County Board of County Commissioners. “We had several new and innovative ideas this year to help the cause.”

A few of the distinctive ideas departments used this year included a re-gift store, employees submitting photographs of children and grandchildren to post on the employee Intranet and a coffeehouse café. The largest fundraiser for the past several years is courtesy of the Department of Environmental Services’ plant sale, which raised more than $3,000 this year.

In addition to its successful fundraising campaign, Lake County participated in the annual March for Babies event held April 26 at Wooton Park in Tavares. The County’s spirit booth was awarded honorable mention.

For more information about March of Dimes, log on to www.marchofdimes.com/florida/.

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