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Dottie Berger, child advocate and Hillsborough commissioner, dies at 71

Dottie Berger, child advocate and Hillsborough commissioner, dies at 71

TAMPA, Fla (970 WFLA)- Dottie Berger MacKinnon, former Hillsborough County commissioner and longtime children’s advocate who raised millions in establishing safe havens for at-risk kids, died Sunday morning.

She was 71 and had been battling intestinal cancer for more than three years. Berger was the driving force behind the 1992 opening of Joshua House — a temporary safe haven in Lutz for abused, neglected, and abandoned children. She then helped create a $1.2 million endowment to ensure its continuation.

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