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Nancy Eckerd Hart and Tom Denham
Nancy Eckerd Hart and Tom Denham

By the time Nancy Eckerd was a child in the 1960's her father Jack had moved the family to Florida so he could operate the 3 drug stores he had purchased in the late 50's. After expanding from those three stores to a regional chain, he read about and later visited a youth camp in Texas and set out to create a similar program to benefit the troubled youth of Florida. Forty years later, after expansion now covering nine different states and developing seven unique youth programs, the Eckerd name is now just as associated with philanthropy as it was originally associated with the retail drug store business. Nancy talked with Tom Denham about her experiences growing up in the Eckerd household and how she's working to keep the family's vision a reality.

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