Gov. Bush Honors to Local Organizations

Gov. Jeb Bush has recognized Panama City organizations Laguna Beach Christian Retreats and the Homeless and Hunger Coalition of North Florida as this week’s Points of Light Award recipients.

The organizations both assisted evacuees from the from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama that were affected by Hurricane Katrina.

“Through the generous service of these organizations, Florida assisted many Americans affected by Hurricane Katrina,” said Gov. Jeb Bush. “Organizations such as the Homeless and Hunger Coalition of North Florida and Laguna Beach Christian Retreats are vital to the hurricane recovery process, and I applaud their efforts in assisting those in need.”

Immediately following Hurricane Katrina, Laguna Beach Christian Retreats and the Homeless and Hunger Coalition of North Florida coordinated an effort to provide more than 500 residents with a place to live.

With the help of generous donations from community members and local businesses, the organizations also provided food and clothing to the residents. The community effort provided toys for children, donations of gasoline, free medical screenings and computers for contacting family members.

As the Gulf Coast rebuilds and recovers from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Laguna Beach Christian Retreats and the Homeless and Hunger Coalition of North Florida continue to host displaced families.

The Governor's Points of Light Award, sponsored by Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises, recognizes a Florida resident or organization that demonstrates exemplary service to the community.

Award recipients are announced weekly. A panel of judges composed of leaders in the areas of volunteerism and service evaluate all nominations and make recommendations to the Governor.

Volunteer Florida Foundation manages the program. For more information, or to nominate, go to www.VolunteerFloridaFoundation.org


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