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Deputies will take dunking at fundraiser


© St. Petersburg Times, published May 17, 2000

A week after the Million Mom March in Washington, D.C., Citrus County will have an event that also seeks to protect children by promoting gun safety.

Citrus County deputies will be trying to encourage children to fire baseballs instead of guns by giving away trigger locks during the second annual Dunk a Deputy Day on Saturday. The trigger locks will be given to anyone who knocks a deputy down in the dunking booth.

The event will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Heilig-Meyers Furniture store at 1850 W State Road 44 in Inverness.

In addition to promoting gun safety and an anti-drug message, the event will raise money for the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, camps for troubled children founded and sponsored by the Florida Sheriffs Association.

The afternoon features several fair-style attractions, including face painting and country music. There will be free food, a yard sale, a drawing and prizes. Additionally, deputies will fingerprint and videotape children and give the documents to parents.

McGruff the Crime Dog will be there, as will Sheriff Jeff Dawsy.

Chances to dunk a deputy will be sold for $1 each. Deputies and police will compete in a hottest wing eating contest. Visitors will be able to place bids, with the highest bidder getting to put a pie in the face of a lieutenant.

Donations of $20 or more will give visitors 22 percent off regularly priced items in the store, excluding bedding, appliances and recliners. Someone who donates $10 gets 10 percent off appliances and electronics. Another $10 brings a free delivery.

For information, call 726-5060.

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