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The New Shredder-In-Chief

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Mike Bley is the new man in charge of the Shred-a-Thon, one of Lake Mary’s largest – and most handy – fundraising events

For 10 years, the annual Shred-a-Thon in Lake Mary was organized under the leadership of Jim Gudinas. He welcomed the 250 cars that drove through the first year’s event to drop off about 12,000 pounds of paper to be shredded. Jim then partnered with the Rotary Club of Lake Mary to help grow the event, and he watched as more than 1,300 cars arrived at last year’s 10th-anniversary Shred-a-Thon, safely disposing of more than 55,000 pounds of paper and other material.

But, at 75, Jim knew it was time to hand the reins of the Shred-a-Thon to someone who could bring new energy to the event.
That man is Lake Mary’s Mike Bley, a longtime volunteer on the City of Lake Mary’s elder affairs commission. With two parents who required long-term care, Mike knows well the issues that face area seniors – and their children. That’s why the Shred-a-Thon, which benefits the Lake Mary Senior Center and the City’s other resources for seniors, was the perfect fit for Mike’s leadership.

“We’re hoping to do even better this year in terms of traffic and corporate sponsorships,” says Mike. “We’re pounding the pavement to get local businesses to support us.”

As always, the 2017 Shred-a-Thon will give anyone in the community the opportunity to shred two small boxes or bags of paper for free, though any on-site cash donations are appreciated. Additional shredding will cost only $5 for each extra box or bag.

The Shred-a-Thon Saturday, January 28 – it will again take place at the old Siemens property off Rinehart Road near Lake Mary Boulevard, but that property has been sold, and the event will be seeking a new home for 2018. To sponsor the Shred-a-Thon or find out how you can help, contact Mike Bley at 407-221-6699 or

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