Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller Sharon R. Bock celebrated her office’s 25 years of supporting charitable causes in fantastic fashion recently with songs, balloons, confetti and fundraising for the family of a 3-year-old diagnosed with leukemia.
Bock also distributed more than $40,000 to local nonprofits during the annual Circuit Sound holiday concert and “Money Drop” event at the Governmental Center in West Palm Beach.
The Dec. 9 event capped a record-breaking milestone for the office. Since 1994, the Clerk & Comptroller’s team has donated $1 million to more than 100 local nonprofits through the office’s employee-driven Clerks for a Cause charitable giving program.
“Whether we are collecting supplies, volunteering our time or donating to those in need, our Clerks for a Cause program gives our entire team of employees a way to connect with our community and find a purpose outside of work,” Bock said. “Their tremendous generosity and spirit of giving makes Palm Beach County a better place to live.”
These charitable giving efforts reach their pinnacle every December, during the famous “Money Drop” concert in the Governmental Center atrium.
At this year’s holiday performance, Bock and Circuit Sound raised $3,625 for Dakota Cappel, a 3-year-old boy who was diagnosed with leukemia at 16 months old. Dakota’s family is in need of financial help to pay for his rising medical bills and household expenses. Dakota was nominated for the 2019 “Season to Share” campaign by the Pediatric Oncology Support Team.
The annual holiday concert was also an opportunity for Bock to present checks to five local nonprofits, selected by employees to receive funds from the office’s Dress Down Program. The 2019 Dress Down charities, which each received checks for $7,290, are: the American Cancer Society of Palm Beach County, Autism Speaks of Palm Beach County, Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County, the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County and the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League.
Clerk employees voluntarily donate money through payroll deductions as part of the office’s Dress Down Program, which allows team members to wear jeans to work on Fridays and other select days.
The employee-led Charitable Giving Committee accepts nominations and employees vote on the charities that receive the donations.
To learn more about the office’s charitable giving efforts, visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com/clerksforacause.