Yesterday was a Father’s Day like none other. Conforming to social distancing rules, our best wishes were shared by phone, Facetime and Zoom. The unusual circumstances, however, did not dim the love we have for the dads in our lives.

They are the coaches,  chauffeurs, caretakers, providers, protectors and spiritual guides. They are our fathers and grandfathers and their influence is profound. To their sons, they set the example and start them on Life’s path. To their daughters, dads are their first love and a frequent predictor of their future choices in Life.

To the stepfathers who stepped up when no one else was around, to the dads who are raising kids alone, we appreciate you. To the grandfathers and father figures who set us on a positive, caring, productive path, we appreciate you. Harbor Hills Country Club celebrated with a special Sunday brunch featuring all of Dad’s favorites.

For children in foster care, Guardians ad Litem perform a special service. Through the advocacy of these trained volunteers, the best interests of children are represented during dependency court proceedings. The program is state-mandated and prohibited from fundraising. To fill this gap, our local organization Voices For Children steps in. The organization creates special events such as the annual auction and dinner. All funds raised benefit 2,300 children in our local counties removed by the state for their protection. Coronavirus concerns caused the cancellation of upcoming fundraisers. Compassion and help are needed now more than ever. Visit www.voices4childrenfl.org or contact Sue Carpenter, Chairperson at 352-489-7112 for more information.

Deserving Dads are remembered with love and affection on Father’s Day and every day.

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