Florida's Points of Light

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Florida Gov. Jeb Bush opened the doors to the Governor's Mansion in Tallahassee to Floridians from across the state. It was all part of the Governor's 6th Annual Points of Light reception, honoring 56 Floridians who've gone above and beyond.

The Governor's Office said, "The Point of Light Award recognizes people who exemplify volunteerism and a commitment to serving others."

It's the Florida version of the National Points of Light Program started by the governor's dad, former President George H.W. Bush. In fact, the most recent national recipient hails from the capital city. It's Tallahassee attorney and mentoring advocate Steve Uhlfelder.

He said, "We were able to get 200,000 people to be mentors in the state of Florida. The governor changed state rules to allow state employees to get one hour for every week and we've been able to dramatically increase the number of people that work with at risk kids."

Since Florida's Points of Light program kicked off in 2002, 348 Floridians have been honored.