For immediate release - September 16, 2005
Leesburg Day of Prayer for Hurricane Survivors
Mayor John Christian leads a prayer for hurricane survivors.
Leesburg Mayor John Christian, flanked by several local ministers, led a prayer vigil Monday for survivors of the recent Gulf Coast Hurricane Katrina. Many city workers, business owners and area residents joined hands while singing and praying for those impacted by the disaster.
Mayor Christian had proclaimed Monday, Sept. 12, 2005, as a Day of Prayer and officiated at the ceremony held at noon on Leesburg Towne Square. Deputy City Manager Jay Evans briefed the crowd about the city’s involvement in helping the Kartina survivors. He also spoke of Project Help, a new fund at CenterState Bank set up for tax deductible contributions to the hurricane relief effort.
Both the Leesburg City Hall and the Customer Services Center at Lake Square Mall are accepting donations for Project Help. Donations may also be mailed to CenterState Bank at P. O. Box 490558, Leesburg, FL 34749. The check should be made out to Project Help with the memo line saying hurricane relief.
Mayor Christian said that several thousand dollars had already been raised for the relief effort through Project Help. The Lake County Tax Collector’s offices and the cities of Eustis, Tavares, Mascotte and Center Hill are also accepting contributions for Project Help.