Date: March 8, 2000 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Sterling Ivey, 863 534-6377 or 819-0221 pager
Winter Haven Resident Donates $275,000 to Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranches

The recent death of a Winter Haven man has yielded nearly $275,000 for the Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranches. Robert E. Jones, Jr., 77, of Winter Haven, passed away on February 12, 1999 due to natural causes. Jones was employed by IMC Agrico for 33 years, from 1959-1992 when he retired. Jones was never married and upon his death, left the Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranches as beneficiary to a charitable trust valued at nearly $275,000.

Over 40,000 boys, girls, and their families have benefited from statewide services since the original Boys Ranch campus was established in 1957.

Today, the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches provide a wide array of child-care services for children in the state of Florida including residential group care, camping services and community based services. The Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches operate residential care facilities and camping programs for neglected, abused, and at-risk children residing in the state of Florida.

The Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranches operate the Girls Youth Villa located on Highway 60 east of Bartow. Along with traditional residential care, the Villa is currently conducting the STAR program which provides residential services to Level 4 adjudicated delinquents. It includes a broad range of services like comprehensive assessment and counseling with a strong emphasis on the youth's educational, vocational, social and interpersonal skill development.


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