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Keystone Heights, FL – Saturday, June 23rd, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office hosted the CCSO 2018 Summer event at the Golden Head State Park in Keystone Heights. As part of their mission to support local law enforcement in Clay County, the Grit Foundation rallied volunteers to cook home-style meals for the Clay County deputies, agency employees and their families.

Over 120 meals were served Saturday that included everything from pulled pork to gourmet mac and cheese. Among the volunteers serving the Sheriff Deputies and families was Congressman Ted Yoho (FL-03) who was on hand to help serve, lead the pledge and clean up after the event. Other volunteers included Clay County residents, Bill & William Hamilton, Jeff Rountree, Savannah & Jessica Norfleet, Matt & Nicole Aston, Christen Aston, Annette Engelman, Alex & John Hess, and Susan Carter who also serves on the Grit Foundation board.

Grit Foundation Executive Director, Kat Cammack issued the following statement following the event, “We are so thrilled to be able to serve our local first responders and what better way than to quite literally, ‘serve’ these incredible first responders! Our mission from the beginning has been to generate community-based support for our departments so what you see here are volunteers from this community and meals from right here in this community.”

Grit Foundation President and Nitty Gritty Cookin’ Team program leader Matt Harrison was responsible for organizing the 13 volunteers who cooked and served for this event. “As a first responder myself, it was truly humbling to see the overwhelming amount of support for CCSO. People were eager to help in any way they could. It’s a tradition among first responders to come together over a home cooked meal and this was a great way to kick off this mission of supporting our hometown heroes.”

CCSO Public Information Officer Chris Padgett shared his appreciation for the Grit Foundation saying, “Our 2018 Summer Event was a great time. We truly thank the GRIT Foundation for all your donations of food, time and support. The success of this event was largely attributed to your [the Grit Foundation] organization.”

Leftover food was donated and delivered to the local chapter of Waste Not, Want Not in Orange Park by the Grit Foundation team.


The mission of the Grit Foundation is to generate community-based support for local first responders and hometown heroes. For more information about the Grit Foundation, please visit

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