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CITY OF HOMESTEAD RECEIVES 400 TREES FROM 'OPERATION RELEAF'

 CITY OF HOMESTEAD RECEIVES 400 TREES FROM 'OPERATION RELEAF'
 HOMESTEAD, Fla., Nov. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The city of Homestead will receive more than 400 trees from "Operation Releaf" on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 10:30 a.m. at the Alexander Landscaping and Tree Farm in Davie, Fla.
 "Operation Releaf" created by Primerica Financial Services, Inc. (PFS), will aid South Florida municipalities in restoring the landscape of public areas affected by Hurricane Andrew by seeking donations of 15,000 trees and plants from area nurseries. As many as 90,000 trees were damaged or killed when Hurricane Andrew ripped through South Florida Aug. 24. Many individuals have received assistance from a Florida Power & Light program that donated trees to homeowners, but to date, municipalities and others have not been able to plan how they would landscape public spaces.
 PFS Chairman Peter M. Dawkins said the company's first contributions came through PFS agent Lillian Cucuzza who arranged for donations from Alexander and Ray's Tree Farm in Sebring, Fla. He noted that further contributions will be coordinated with agents in a matching program that recognizes agents who have secured the most donations.
 "Our corporate philosophy can be paraphrased as 'plant today for tomorrow,'" said Dawkins. "We hope to translate the widespread concern over the devastation into a recommitment to preserve the natural beauty of Homestead, the Everglades and the entire area affected -- from Miami and Coral Gables to the Florida Keys."
 Homestead Parks and Recreation Director Jim Bowman applauded the program, saying it offers his community a chance to expand its reforestation efforts. "With PFS offering assistance, we can build back our parks better than they were before," he said.
 "We hope this initiative will begin to address the needs of parks and other civic spaces," said Dawkins. "With creative partnerships in communities like Homestead, we can begin to rebuild parks, highway right-of-ways and other spaces that were stripped barren."
 PFS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Primerica Corporation of New York (NYSE: PA), markets mutual funds, term life insurance and home equity loans to families across the country.
 A company request for assistance will be issued during the PFS's Jan. 13-16, 1993, convention in Tampa, Fla. Individuals who wish to assist in the project may contact the local PFS representative in their area. For more information, call Lillian Cucuzza at 305-979-8800 or Len Pagano at 404-564-6832.
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: Interview and photo opportunity of trees delivered to the city of Homestead Parks and Recreation Department on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 2:30 p.m./
 /CONTACT: Ann Marie Gothard of the city of Homestead, 305-247-1801, ext. 121; Ana Bischoff, 305-751-9903, for Primerica; or Len Pagano of Primerica Financial Services, 404-564-6832/
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