PCSO members are going the extra mile to raise funds for the American Heart Association Heart Walk slated for Oct. 19, 2002. As a fundraising incentive, PCSO Department of Detention senior staff offered to get buzz cuts if detention members raised $5,000. Earlier this month, detention met the $5,000 goal, and Colonel Willie Hall, Major Dale Tray and Major Steve Lester will receive their new hairstyles this Thursday, Sept. 12, 2002, at 10 a.m., at the Central County Jail training room in Bartow. Media is encouraged to attend the shaving and help publicize the fundraising event.
Internal Sheriff's Office fundraisers for the Heart Walk have included everything from selling ice cream and coffee, washing cars, auctioning parking spaces, to soaking in dunk tanks. As another incentive, senior staff members (including Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow. Jr.) have offered to spend the night in jail for the cause if members raise $10,000. PCSO also has numerous teams participating in the national walk event that raises money through pledges.
"Our agency's energetic participation in this campaign is an excellent example of how those of us who typically spend our energy fighting crime also have the heart to fight disease," said Colonel Grady Judd, who is the Polk Chairman of the Heart Walk event.
The walk - to be held Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Sun N Fun pavilion - is an amateur, non-competitive event, designed for fun, exercise and wellness promotion. Registration is at 8:30 am, and the walk begins at 9:30 a.m. The fundraising goal this year for Polk County is $125,000. Funds raised through the Heart Walk support research, community service and public and professional education programs. Please support the fight against heart disease and stroke - the leading causes of death in America.
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