Clothes for a Cause, Event Update and a Letter to Volunteers

Clothes for a Cause

Local screen printing and embroidering business Clothesline is running a contest and our nonprofit partner Child Advocates II, Inc. (CAII) needs your help to win.

Clothes for a Cause is Clothesline's annual give back event benefiting a not-for-profit organization in the Big Bend area. Following a nomination process, Clothesline is now accepting votes from the public to select an organization to receive $500 worth of customized apparel.

Please consider voting for CAII by selecting "Child Advocates 2 for Guardian Ad Litem" on the voting page. You can vote once a day until Friday, April 15, 2016.

Clothes for a Cause Poster

Event Update

Another business has joined as an event sponsor for this year's CAII Cupcakes and Cookies for Kids.

Clothesline is participating as a bronze sponsor. They have supported this fun and tasty event for two years in a row.

With proceeds benefiting the Second Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program, CAII Cupcakes and Cookies for Kids is a friendly annual competition for amateur and professional bakers and an opportunity for the public to raise money for our program by sampling the delicious results.

This year's competition is on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the Florida Department of Transportation W. Haydon Burns Building Auditorium across from Cascades Park in Downtown Tallahassee.

Thank you to Clothesline for their support!

Letter to Volunteers

On Friday, April 8, 2016, Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program Executive Director Alan Abramowitz reported that Governor Rick Scott, upon learning that the program had surpassed its goal of recruiting 10,000 volunteers, expressed a desire to "reach out … with words of appreciation."

His letter of appreciation to volunteers is pictured and reproduced below.

Governor Rick Scott's Letter to Guardian ad Litem Volunteers

April 7, 2016

Dear Guardian ad Litem:

To the more than 10,000 dedicated volunteers of the Guardian ad Litem Program, thank you for giving a voice to Florida's most vulnerable children.

All children deserve to have someone they can trust, who will listen to them, mentor them, and most importantly, be a constant adult figure in their lives. As a Guardian ad Litem, you are a consistent adult presence in a child's life.

Our Florida First budget builds on my commitment to protecting Florida's most vulnerable children by investing $46 million, an increase of $2.8 million over last year, in the statewide Guardian ad Litem program. This increase in funding will provide legal representation to thousands of children in court cases throughout Florida.

As a father and a grandfather, I know how important it is for every child to live in a healthy and safe home. Thank you for all you are doing to provide support to children who need it most.

Sincerely,

Rick Scott
Governor

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