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Clerk's office supports many good causes

While LeAnne Rimes' song, "We Can," was playing in the background, Clayton County Superior Court Deputy Clerk Vickie Frederick, and Deputy Clerk Supervisor Betty Helms –– dressed as "pink warriors" –– danced, joyfully, in front of their peers.

According to Jacquline Wills, chief deputy clerk in the office which also handles Clayton County's Magistrate Court, the two co-workers created the dance to highlight the last day of the office's "Breast Cancer Awareness" fund-raiser. The event was featured throughout the month of April, Wills said, and was the latest fund-raiser or public-awareness event the employees of the office have held to spotlight, and do something to help, good causes in the community.

Wills said the office has supported the efforts of non-profit organizations for the past three years, but employees decided to try to exceed their own fund-raising expectations in honor of breast cancer patient Sandy King, wife of attorney Larry King, who practices law in Clayton County.

"Larry King is a local attorney, who has practiced in Clayton County for many years," said Diane Christian, also a deputy court clerk supervisor. "He is very respectful with the clerks and the community."

"We also know his love for his wife," added Wills. "Everyone that knows Larry knows how deeply in love he is with his wife." Wills said the office has raised more than $2,000, surpassing the initial goal of $500. The proceeds will go to the cancer-fighting organization Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Greater Atlanta.

According to its web site –– ww5.komen.org –– the non-profit organization is the largest, grassroots network for breast cancer survivors and activists, fighting to save lives through research and other programs. During the month of April, to draw attention to their fund-raiser, employees of the clerk's office dressed according to a theme every Thursday, said Wills. In turn, some visitors at the clerk's office donated generously to the cause, she explained.

Wills said, on Thursday, that, for the theme "Totally Pink," employees wore pink clothing from head to toe, and brought pink-colored food, such as pink-frosted cupcakes and cakes, and pink cereal treats.

In addition, employees competed in an office decorating contest, which began on April 1 and ended Thursday. Terry Baskin, tax commissioner of Clayton County, judged the contest and chose the Superior Court's decorations as the winning effort, Wills said.

Other events during the month included the office's "Jeans for Charity" program, which allowed employees to wear jeans on Thursdays for a $2 fee; and employees also sold Chick-fil-A biscuits for $2.50 on designated days to their colleagues and the public, at the Harold R. Banke Justice Center, in Jonesboro.

"We all work as a team and, together, we make it happen," said Deputy Clerk Supervisor Helms, a 17-year breast cancer survivor.

"I am very proud of the employees' enthusiasm and effort," said Linda Miller, clerk of the Superior and Magistrate Courts of Clayton County. "It's encouraging to see them put on the effort for the cause."