City of Palm Bay’s Dana Packard Recognized For Raising $38,000 For United Way
By Yvonne Martinez, City of Palm Bay // July 15, 2015
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BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Raising money for local charities is outside the normal job description for a police department employee.
But when called upon to manage the City’s annual United Way fundraising campaign Police Community Services Division Manager Dana Packard went above and beyond the call of duty raising more than $38,000 for the cause.
Packard led the city’s campaign for the third consecutive year. The 2015 campaign netted a total of $38,114.52 from Palm Bay employees.
The money will help support local charities like the American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Haven for Children and many others.
“We are incredibly grateful to you and your team for being part of our campaign success,” Robert Rains, president of United Way of Brevard said in a letter to City Manager Gregg Lynk.
“We appreciate Dana Packard for serving as your employee campaign manager.”
Dana Packard has been employed with the city since 1998. She currently manages the Victim Services Unit (VSU) which provides services to crime victims including counseling referrals and court assistance.
The unit also connects victims to vital resources to help them not only recover but transition from victimization to independence.
In 2014, through Packard’s leadership, the VSU assisted 2,935 victims (Victim Services Unit 2014 Data). Packard is also responsible for the Police Department Records Division and school crossing guards.
United Way of Brevard campaign raised $6.3 million countywide during the 2015 campaign.