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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Sheriff Lou Roberts Presents Jackson County Sheriff’s Sing

September 11, 2010 at 6:30pm at Marianna High School Auditorium

Musical guests will be The Diplomats, The Bibletones and The Diamonds. Admission is free and open to the public; a love offering will be taken to benefit Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch. For more information please contact 482-2332

In 1957, a small group of Florida Sheriffs saw the need for a residential care facility for troubled boys. With a little bit of cash and a big dream, they pooled their wisdom and efforts and watched their dream become a reality. Within a short period of time, they were helping many young boys turn their lives around to become productive and responsible adults.

Today the Boys Ranch accommodates 82 boys between the ages of 8 and 18. The boys participate in many different activities such as swimming, baseball, volleyball, canoeing and arts and crafts. In addition, each boy attends school, either on campus or in the local public school system in the Live Oak community. Each boy also participates in a structured work program.

Thanks to the generosity of individuals and groups around the state of Florida and other states, the Sheriffs’ original dream has become a reality for many youth and their families. As a result of their caring gifts, the Boys Ranch is now one of four Youth Ranches residential child care facilities and two camping programs.

The Live Oak Boys Ranch has served 37 children from Jackson County and the program has raised $250,000 in donations. To learn more about the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch visit their website at www.youthranches.org. Our Mission: To prevent and develop strong, lawful, resilient, and productive citizens who will make a positive contribution to our communities for years to come.

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