Date: September 18, 2002 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Michal Shanley, 863 534-6631 or 819-0397 pager

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856, Pager


In yet another creative fundraising effort for the American Heart Association’s “Heart Walk” campaign, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office will have a dunking booth set up at the Ridge District Command Center, located at 1860 Thompson Nursery Road in Lake Wales, on Tuesday, September 24, 2002, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Scheduled to appear and willing to be dunked into ice-cold water is none other than Sam Cardinale, former Lakeland Ledger reporter and current Executive Director of the State Attorney’s Office.   Mr. Cardinale has even agreed to wear a T-shirt with “The Ledger” logo on it.  He is scheduled to be in the  dunk tank from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.

Representing the PCSO, Colonel Grady Judd, Colonel Gary Hester, Major Francis Hart, Captain Joe Halman,  and Captain Ken Grant will also take turns in the dunk tank.  Those willing to try their luck at dousing their favorite county employee will get 3 balls for one dollar.  There will also be refreshments for sale, with all proceeds going to the Heart Walk.  Media is encouraged to attend, participate in, and help publicize the fundraising event. 

As another incentive, senior staff members (including Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow. Jr.) have offered to spend the night in jail for the cause if PCSO members raise $10,000. PCSO also has numerous teams participating in  the national walk event that raises money through pledges. 

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.

Distribution: Undersheriff, Division Commanders, Communications, News Media

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