SARASOTA, Nov.    –Major Shingledecker, a long-time leader on child safety issues, will discuss the pressing issues today that lead to the removal of children from their biological families at the Children’s Guardian Fund’s 17th Annual Fall Luncheon.  It will be held at Michael’s on East on Thursday, Nov. 19.

There are currently over a thousand children in foster and state care in the 12th Judicial Circuit.  Shingledecker personally reviews each child removal case in Manatee County, of which there are over 500 for 2015 year to date.

The doors will open for seating at 11:30 a.m. The program will begin at 12 noon. Luncheon tickets start at $75 per person.

Co-chairs of the event are Bill and Betsy Johnston. Luncheon committee members are Carol Belmont, Jasmine Candlish, Wendy Cox, Betty Ewing, Harold “Hal” Hedley, and Judy Sharple.

Carol and Morton Siegler will receive CGF’s “Child Advocacy” award for their longtime commitment to the needs of local children in foster and state care.

Luncheon Honorary Host Committee includes Robert and Willa Bernhard, Cynthia M. Craig, Joy Holloway, Michael Jerde, Ginger Judge, Catherine Kuhlman, Graci McGillicuddy, Jane Newman, Judy Sharple, and Carol and Morton Siegler.

Proceeds from this fundraising event will support the 1000+ area children now in foster care who have been removed from their homes because they were abused, abandoned or neglected.

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The Children’s Guardian Fund partners with the Guardian ad Litem Program to provide resources that fill the basic needs and enrich the lives of children in foster and state care in Florida’s 12th Judicial Circuit. They also support recruitment, training and retention of Guardian ad Litem volunteers, and promote — awareness and —support for the children’s needs.

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Contact: Svetlana Kaminsky, Office Manager, CGF at (941) 504-9515 (cell) or Harold Hedley, Board Chair, CGF at

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