SPCA Florida Receives Pedigree Foundation Grant

Lakeland FL - SPCA Florida, a nonprofit 501c3 rescue organization received grant funds for $1,000 from the PEDIGREE Foundation. The grant will provide general support, such as spay and neuter, vaccines, and daily provisions for canines.  The PEDIGREE Foundation believes that every adoptable shelter dog deserves a forever home. The PEDIGREE Foundation Grant will save the lives of adoptable, loving dogs who would otherwise not have a chance at life. In conjunction with the No Kill Polk County Movement, SPCA Florida, in partnership with Polk County Animal Control, are striving to save more canine lives this year.

PEDIGREE Foundation is working to find a solution to the problem of the millions of homeless dogs in this country. Through the Pedigree grant programs, we support organizations, such as SPCA Florida, that save the lives of dogs that would otherwise be lost.

Each year in North America, millions of pets enter shelters and almost half of them are euthanized. Shelters such as SPCA Florida work tirelessly every day to address the pet overpopulation problem and they need help. Along with your support, PEDIGREE Foundation provides much-needed financial assistance to change the outlook for thousands of dogs, until every dog has a home.

The Foundation was established in 2008 by dog lovers with a passionate belief that every dog deserves a loving home. PEDIGREE Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation that supports shelters and rescue organizations, as well as encouraging people to ADOPT, VOLUNTEER, and DONATE.  SPCA Florida is grateful for their lifesaving support of Polk County’s homeless animals.

About SPCA Florida

Founded in 1979, SPCA Florida is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization headquartered in Lakeland, serving all of Polk County and the surrounding communities. Dedicated to improving the lives of pets and people, SPCA Florida provides caring, compassion and hope to more than 4,300 homeless animals entering our doors each year.

Open to the public, our Reva McClurg Animal Medical Center is a state-of-the-art veterinary facility that heals and helps 50,000 patients annually. Thousands more pets and people are served through our community outreach and education programs.

Simplistically, every $100 donated to SPCA Florida, or essentially the cost of an average adoption, equates to $3,000 worth of positive economic impact throughout Polk County, Central Florida, and the state.  Additionally, we are proud of the fact that 92% of every dollar goes to program resources and helping homeless animals.


Southeastern Hosts Fall Commencement

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LAKELAND, Fla. – On Friday, December 13, Southeastern University will host its fall commencement ceremony at Victory Church in Lakeland, Fla., at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Tom Mullins, the founding pastor of Christ Fellowship Church in South Florida, will be the commencement speaker. 

A total of 582 students qualified to march, with 370 participating in the ceremony. Students qualified to graduate are 14 doctoral candidates, 173 master’s candidates, 305 bachelor’s candidates, and 90 associate degree candidates. Students who are graduating are from Florida and 37 other states, as well as from seven countries, including Brazil, Canada and Nigeria. More than 160 of the graduates in this class come from 45 of Southeastern’s extension site locations in 22 states. This commencement brings the total number of Southeastern University graduates to 16,791.

Mullins is the founding pastor of Christ Fellowship Church, a multi-site church of 30,000 people, meeting on 10 campuses around South Florida and 90,000 online around the world. In addition to the church, Mullins and his wife, Donna, also founded Place of Hope, a residential community of homes for neglected and abused children in Palm Beach County, Fla. He also serves on the advisory board of Global Teen Challenge, a non-profit organization with a mission to help people in every nation find freedom from life-controlling addictions. Mullins is also an alumnus of Southeastern.

The student commencement speaker is Ethan Owen, who is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. A member of the inaugural wrestling team at Southeastern, Owen has been a part of the team for the past four years. Owen is the first wrestler in school history to achieve a No. 1 ranking in the NAIA. He is also a three-time NAIA men’s wrestling national qualifier and a two-time national All-American. After graduation, Owen will further his studies in the master’s of education literacy program at Southeastern. In the fall, Owen plans to begin his teaching career in the Polk County school system. He will continue to reside in Lakeland, Fla., with his wife, Gabby.

The ceremony is a ticketed event. It will be streamed live on the university’s website: www.seu.edu/academics/graduation/. For more information, please contact Priscilla Burr at 863.667.5558.


Is Someone Missing From Your Holiday Celebration?

Is Someone Missing from your Holiday Celebration?

By Danielle LaBossiere, MSW, RCSWI, Cornerstone Hospice Bereavement Counselor

Whether your loved one passed away recently or years ago, the holidays can stir up a sense of loss that overshadow any celebrations. Reminiscing about holiday traditions, knowing your loved one will not be present, can cause sadness and anxiety.

While everyone grieves differently, it’s important to know that intensified feelings associated with loss is common this time of year.

Some may feel the need to hide their feelings from friends and family. They may be embarrassed or may not want to ruin the holidays for others. At the same time, friends and family may feel unsure of how to be with someone who is grieving.

Denying or ignoring your feelings is not the way to deal with grief. In fact, it’s best to acknowledge them and to even speak with family and friends to let them know your feelings and how it is impacting your holidays.

Consider planning to honor your loved one at upcoming family gatherings. Encourage everyone to share their good memories they have about him or her and not avoid bringing them up. Sharing memories and expressing feelings can actually help everyone feel better about the fact that someone special is missing.

It’s important to take care of yourself by eating well, drinking plenty of water and exercising. Grief is exhausting, both physically and mentally. By following a healthy regimen, you’ll clear your mind and refresh your body.

If the grief persists and becomes all-consuming, consider speaking with a certified grief counselor or joining a bereavement support group. Cornerstone Hospice offers grief support to anyone in the community, whether a loved one was in Cornerstone’s care, and it’s free.

Grief is an individual process and can absolutely be overwhelming. You do not need to go through this difficult journey alone. Contact bereavement@cshospice.org or (888)728-6234 for more information.

About Cornerstone Hospice

Cornerstone Hospice is a leading community-owned provider of end-of-life care in Central Florida. For 35 years Cornerstone has set the standard for hospice care as we serve more than 7,000 people in Lake, Sumter, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties each year. For more information, to donate, or to volunteer, call 866-742-6655 or visit www.CornerstoneHospice.org.


Polk County Public Schools Launching An Employee Appreciation Campaign – NEEDS SPONSORS

Beginning January 2020, Polk County Public Schools is launching an employee appreciation campaign titled PCPS 20/20: Focused on Excellence. Our intention is to honor the passionate, and dedicated employees who give their very best to our school district. Each month during the calendar year 2020, our Public Relations & Strategic Partnerships Department will be focusing on the contributions of various divisions/departments to the mission — and success! — of Polk County Public Schools. We hope to be able to highlight every employee group within our school district. This will include 13,235 employees!

We are currently in search of sponsors and donors for this campaign. Donations have the possibility of encompassing everything from merchandise donations to service donations. I have attached a sponsorship flyer for more information on the perks that come with helping us on this campaign. We are very appreciative of the partnerships we make and want to make sure that we reciprocate where we are able.

For more info, please contact: