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LT. Governor Jeff Kottkamp and DJJ Secretary Frank Peterman, Jr. Honor Businesses for Contributions to Florida's Children

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TALLAHASSEE -- Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp and Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Secretary Frank Peterman Jr. today awarded the Governor’s Community Investment Awards to five businesses for their contributions in support of Florida’s children. Since 1995, each Florida Governor and DJJ Secretary have recognized outstanding businesses from around the state that are voluntarily working to reduce juvenile delinquency in Florida’s communities.

"The companies awarded today are an inspiring reminder of the good that comes from public-private partnerships," Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp said. "The Governor and I are grateful to each company for investing their time and resources, and working with our state agencies, to make a difference for the youth of Florida. We share these businesses' commitment to helping at-risk children succeed, and we hope more Florida businesses will follow the example of those recognized today."

"The businesses being honored today have given our children greater hope, and their communities a stronger foundation for success," stated Secretary Peterman. “The civic involvement with our at-risk youth demonstrated by these business leaders is key to building a brighter Florida for all citizens.”

The Governor’s Community Investment Award winners for 2008 honored today and the programs they support are:

  • Citrix Systems, Inc. of Ft. Lauderdale - PACE Center for Girls, Broward
  • Interfaith Emergency Services of Ocala - Food 4 Kids Program
  • Junior Service League of Panama City - Operation A.S.A.P
  • Spring Engineering, Inc. of Holiday - 2008 RAP River Run
  • Winter Park Construction of Maitland - PACE Center for Girls of Orange County

The Governor’s Community Investment Awards are sponsored by the Florida Juvenile Justice Foundation Inc. (FJJF), which is the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit direct-support organization for DJJ. FJJF’s mission is to solicit and steward private gifts that are used to help children in the juvenile justice system. For more information on how you can help, please visit http://www.djjfoundation.org.

The mission of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice is to increase public safety by reducing juvenile delinquency through effective prevention, intervention and treatment services that strengthen families and turn around the lives of troubled youth. Please visit our website at http://www.djj.state.fl.us.

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