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Mike Fasano announces $6,722 raised in May for Lauren’s Kids

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Pasco County’s Tax Collector Office raised more than $6,700 in last month to help prevent childhood sexual abuse through education and awareness.

The county’s chosen charity in May was Lauren’s Kids, founded in 2007 by Lauren Book, who was a victim of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of a caregiver. Book turned her experiences into an opportunity to help other victims to find hope and healing.

Throughout the month, all five branches of the Pasco County Tax Office promoted the Lauren’s Kids specialty license plates and the voluntary charitable donation.

Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano announced the value of 41 specialty tags sold and cash donations collected during the period was $6,722.31.

“We are so grateful for Pasco County Tax Collector’s Offices Lauren’s Kids ‘Love and Healing’ specialty license plate promotion,” Book said. “The funds raised through this awareness campaign are vital in the prevention of child sexual abuse right here in Florida through education and awareness programs.  A special thank you to Mike Fasano and his entire staff for their tireless efforts in joining this fight to prevent abuse and protect childhood.”

“Lauren Book and her team have dedicated themselves to addressing one of the most heinous of crimes; childhood sexual abuse,” Fasano said. “It was an honor for our staff to work with the community to raise funds for the good work this organization does on a daily basis.  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.”

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