The word commitment is something Janet Gamache has never taken lightly. From volunteering in her youth to her work today with Visit Mount Dora, finding those special things in a community in need of assistance or that need to be highlighted is her forte.

Janet is one of 12 women participating in the fundraiser that was inspired by the 2008 best-selling book “The Necklace,” which chronicled how a jewelry-sharing journey changed the lives of 13 women.

“At first I had hesitations about being the center of public attention wearing such a lavish piece,” said Janet.

April is the beginning of Blueberry season in Florida. There are plenty of local farms right here in Lake County and for this reason it is a good idea to take advantage of local U-Pick farms and their low cost blueberries. Many farms also donate a portion of their crop to local food pantries.

I love blueberries because not only are they packed full of vitamin C you can also be sure you are getting a good start on your daily recommended fiber and cholesterol controlling manganese.

Saturday, March 31 our Annual Gala was held at Lake Receptions. It wasn't just any Gala it was to celebrate our 10th Anniversary and the turn out was amazing!

Almost 500 people gathered together to celebrate our accomplishments in the community for the past 10 years. Check out our Gallery of photos!

Dawn was part of the Mount Dora book club that brought the 2008 best-selling book “The Necklace” to the attention of Lake Cares Executive Board. The story by Cheryl Jarvis chronicles how a jewelry-sharing journey changed the lives of 13 women.
For the local spin, 12 women – including Dawn -- stepped up to participate in a fundraiser inspired by the book.

As the Executive Director at Lake Technical College, Diane Culpepper knows that setting goals is the first step to growth and development.
 
When Lake Cares Executive Director Irene O’Malley recruited her to join the Diamond Endowment project, there was no hesitation.

“I have always been involved in service and volunteering,” says Diane. “It started at an early age for me because my mother was always serving others. By the time I was in high school, I was president of the largest service club on campus and it was exciting to volunteer for numerous projects as a high school kid.

It’s all in the numbers for Lynne Winker. As the Vice President & Marketing Officer for United Southern Bank she knows numbers always tell the story.

“With over 10,000 families served by Lake Cares Food Pantry and 733,000 pounds of food distributed per year, that says it all.”

And those numbers need financial investments to keep the agency sustainable. Joining a unique fundraising opportunity set her on a path she had navigated many times before.