PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) – Bay County’s main coalition today announced that a local businessman
and former Florida House President Allan Bense will donate $ 10,000 to the LEAD Coalition of Bay County.
After discussions with LEAD executives about their goals for 2021, Bense pledged to make a large donation, officials wrote in a press release.
The coalition has raised over $ 35,000 since October.
“The outpouring of community support has been so uplifting,” said LEAD Coalition executive
Director Janice Lucas. “We can only accomplish our mission to build trust, increase security and
restore targeted neighborhoods with the support of caring people in Bay County. To reach
these donation goals show that we have that support.
Bense added that the organization has played a positive role in the region.
“LEAD plays such a vital role in our community,” said Bense. “They have made a huge difference in the lives of our at-risk youth and made our entire community a better place to live. Having lived here all my life, it is truly encouraging to see how LEAD is showing our young people that there is hope and that there is a path to a better life for all of them. I am fortunate to be able to help LEAD achieve its financial goals this year, and I look forward to seeing them continue to serve those of us who need them most.
Since 2014, the LEAD Coalition has been working in underserved neighborhoods in Bay County to deliver programs to alleviate the burden of poverty: Title-1 after-school and summer programs, financial education, life skills courses. base for construction workers, health clinics, interventions for the homeless, and collaborative action forums.
The LEAD Coalition of Bay County is a diverse public-private partnership of cross-sectoral community organizations. LEAD stands for Leadership, Empowerment and Authentic Development.