During the month of June, the Pasco County Tax Collector’s Office featured Lauren’s Kids, a statewide organization that works daily to prevent childhood sexual abuse through education and awareness. Lauren’s Kids was created in 2007 by State Senator Lauren Book, herself a victim of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of a trusted caregiver. Senator Book has taken her own experiences and turned them into an opportunity to help children find hope and healing.
The five branch offices of the Pasco County Tax Collectors Office promoted the Lauren’s Kids specialty license plate and collected cash donations through the entire month of June. The value of 52 specialty tags sold and cash donations collected equals $8,468.04.
“I can’t thank Senator Mike Fasano and his staff enough for the continued support and involvement in raising awareness and funds,” comments Senator Lauren Book, Founder and CEO of Lauren’s Kids, a 501(c)(3) organization that works to prevent child sexual abuse and help survivors heal. “This dedication truly makes the difference! Raising these funds for the foundation is meaningful and will help make a difference. We are deeply grateful for the Lauren’s Kids “Love and Healing” specialty license plate promotion and fundraiser throughout your offices. Your offices did a tremendous job, as they always do. Your team went above and beyond to raise awareness on this dark issue throughout your county.”
“Senator Lauren Book and her team have dedicated themselves to addressing one of the most heinous of crimes; childhood sexual abuse,” states Tax Collector Mike Fasano. “It was an honor for our staff to work with the community to raise funds for the good work this organization does each and every day. Working with partners such as Pasco Kids First to help implement the educational and awareness pieces of the Lauren’s Kids mission, we are grateful for the opportunity to play a small part in this important program. Thank you to every customer who invested in Lauren’s Kids by making a donation or purchasing a license plate. Your financial support will go a long way towards changing the life of a child in a positive way.”
For details about the charitable promotions sponsored by the Pasco County Tax Collector’s Office or any other services provided, please call Greg Giordano, Assistant Tax Collector/ Communications & Special Projects at 727-847-8179 or visit www.pascotaxes.com For more information about the services provided by Lauren’s Kids please visit www.LaurensKids.org
[PHOTO ATTACHED (left to right) – Tim Couet, Assistant Tax Collector/ External Services; Becky Bennett of Pasco Kids First (representing Lauren’s Kids); Dwayne Richards, Road Tester; Jody Grove, Director of Information Technology; Sharlo Ward, Customer Service Supervisor; Gia Stone, Customer Service Representative; Tammy Dziedzic, Office Manager; Alicia Albanese, Training Manager; Samantha Bisconti, Consumer Advocate & Tax Collector Mike Fasano]