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LASER receives grants; requests donations to stretch funds

RELEASE DATE: March 26, 2009

EUSTISLake And Sumter Emergency Recovery (LASER) announced it recently received two grants — $75,000 from Volunteer Florida Foundation and $15,000 from the Florida Conference of United Methodist — to assist survivors of Tropical Storm Fay.

Through its extensive casework, the not-for-profit organization has currently identified 67 cases of need resulting from damage caused by the tropical storm, which impacted Lake County in August 2008. The estimated cost of fulfilling these cases is $250,000.

“We are looking for volunteers and donations to stretch the dollars we received from these grants to help fulfill the unmet needs of these local families,” said Michael Tart, Executive Director of LASER.

The Lake County Board of County Commissioners created LASER shortly after the devastating effects of the 2004 hurricanes. As a registered 501c3, not-for-profit organization, LASER’s mission is to strengthen recovery efforts from any disaster in Lake and Sumter counties. LASER conducts these operations through a coordinated communitywide approach, which provides for the immediate and long-term unmet needs of local citizens. In addition, as a not-for-profit organization, LASER has the ability to accept private and public donations to fulfill unmet needs of residents.

Since its inception, LASER has assisted more than 400 cases from the 2007 Groundhog Day tornadoes, Eustis tornado on Sept. 21, 2007 and from the hurricanes in 2004.

For more information about LASER, call (352) 483-1029 or log on to www.laserfl.com. Donations to LASER can be made through the Web site or by sending a check to: Lake And Sumter Emergency Recovery, Inc. (LASER) 27 E. Pinehurst Blvd. Suite B, Eustis, FL 32726.

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