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Busch Family Foundation, Busch Rodeo and Concert 2021

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In Photo: Peter W. Busch with Sponsors Joey and Mickey Miller of St. Lucie Battery & Tire

Article and Photos by MaryAnn Ketcham
Each year, the Busch Family Foundation hosts two epic events. The recent 3rd Annual Professional Rodeo and Concert performance brought palpable excitement to the hundreds of fans who flocked to the St. Lucie County Fairgrounds in Fort Pierce.

Crowd-pleasing country/southern rock artist Randy McNeely kicked off the festivities with his soulful voice and guitar prowess. At the same time, attendees patronized the food concession, which offered a tasty selection of menu items, such as grilled chicken, burgers, hot dogs, and more! Thirst-quenching beverages, including various beer and wine offerings plus other libations, soft drinks, and water, were also available. Kona Ice was on hand with frosty treats.

Inside the packed Adams Ranch Equestrian Arena, fans delighted in watching traditional rodeo events from bareback and saddle bronc riding, tie-down and team roping, steer wrestling, and the electrifying sport of bull riding! Sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, the top riders and rodeo athletes competed for the grand prize.

Enhancing the family-friendly formula of this event, kids aged 12 and under received an invite to partake in a race on the red-dirt floor of the arena, with one shoe off. The first runner to retrieve their shoe, put it back on, and make it to the rodeo clown was the winner!

The festivities rose to a crescendo with a performance by country music artist Craig Campbell. The singer/songwriter and former piano player for country star Tracy Byrd and later, Luke Bryan, had the audience singing and dancing to his hit chart makers and other country standards.

All funds raised from this event go to the Busch Family Foundation, where 100% of the proceeds help support local charities. Some of this year's benefactors are Boys & Girls Clubs, Carebag, Inc., the Navy Seal Museum, United Way, the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, and other local charities.

The Busch family firmly believes in giving back to the community that keeps them in business! As the owners of Southern Eagle Distributors, they instill these same values in their employees, as evidenced by their spirit of volunteerism at each event!

The Busch family appreciates the event's sponsors Bud light, Modelo, WPBF News, Vatland Dodge, A&G pools, St. Lucie Battery & Tire, John Jacobs Construction, and many others.

The 2021 Busch Family Foundation Wild Game Dinner is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 8th!

For more information, please visit BuschFF.org

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In Photo: Beth Grosshaus, Sponsor Cindy O'Dare and David Busch

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In Photo: Liz Riley and Rob Kusch

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In Photo: Volunteer Chefs Michael Trabulsy and Gerritt Topp

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In Photo: Tiffany Busch, Rebecca and Colton Whitney

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Local Leader Celebrated at National Level

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Port St. Lucie - The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) announced 29 recipients of its 2021 Visionary Voice Awards — a diverse group of honorees from across the country who represent a wide range of disciplines and were selected for their outstanding work toward ending sexual harassment, misconduct and abuse.

This year's recipients include New Hampshire State Senator Jeb Bradley, who was instrumental in advancing several pieces of legislation that extended protections for survivors; the West Virginia Administrative Office of the Courts, whose staff piloted a virtual process for survivors to access protective orders during the pandemic; Good Shepherd Food Bank in Maine, which helped address food insecurity by providing food to the families of sexual assault victims; Bamby Salcedo, the president and CEO of TransLatin@ Coalition, a national organization that focuses on addressing the issues of transgender Latins in the U.S.; Sharon Sayles Belton, the first Black mayor and first woman mayor of Minneapolis, as well as a leader in sexual violence prevention and a voice for systems change; and Mindi Fetterman, local advocate, survivor and founder of The Inner Truth Project nonprofit, dedicated to providing mental health services to all victims of sex crimes.

The Visionary Voice Awards are presented annually by NSVRC, the leading nonprofit in providing information and tools to prevent and respond to sexual violence, in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). SAAM is a national campaign held each April to raise awareness about preventing sexual violence. This year's SAAM theme, "We Can Build Safe Online Spaces," highlights how to practice consent online and build respectful online communities.

To learn more about the 2021 Visionary Voice Award recipients, please visit https://www.nsvrc.org/saam/visionary-voice-awards/2021.

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Palm City Chamber of Commerce Kick Off Party Hosted by Ocean Republic Give Back Brew Series & Ribbon Cutting

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Stuart - On April 30, 2021 the Palm City Chamber of Commerce had a Kick Off Party at Ocean Republic Brewery in Stuart. The event was from 4-8 pm, tickets were $40.00 which included 2 beers, hamburger or Chicken sandwich and fries. The chamber received half of all of the ticket sales and you had a chance to try the chambers new brew! While at the event the chamber showed off and were selling their new swag!

Each month Ocean Republic highlights a non-profit member to showcase their mission. A portion of the proceeds from their brew is donated to each of their 12 non-profits. Ocean Republic is located at 1630 SE Federal Highway in Stuart. For more information call them at: 772.600.5596.

The Palm City Chamber of Commerce strives to promote the continuous improvement of the common good and the quality of life in the community through the pursuit of new business. They are located in Palm City at 3168 SW Martin Downs Blvd. Contact them at: 772-286-8121.

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St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity Golden Hammer Award

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Article & Photos by: MaryAnn Ketcham
Momentum is once again building at St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity. While the past year was a difficult one due to COVID 19 concerns and restrictions, impeding the ability of hands-on volunteers to visit job sites, this year is looking exceedingly better.

On-site volunteer opportunities recently re-launched with the Women Build2021. Eleven teams competed by fundraising to help build a home for Lucson and Benette Leroy. They also spent time team-building and getting their hands dirty by participating in various aspects of the build.

The winning team, Team Coastal Florida Real Estate Investors Association or CFREIA, was presented with the Golden Hammer Award at their April meeting at Keiser University in Port St. Lucie. Habitat Development Director Melissa Winstead and Executive Director Bob Calhoun bestowed the iconic plaque to Team Captain Erin Kelly, who then presented it to Charles Fischer, Founder of the CFREIA.

“CFREIA is proud to support our local communities,” said Kelly. “Our mission as Real Estate Investors is to help communities rebuild, and Habitat for Humanity allows us to do that. Our organization was committed to meeting our team goal. After some great fundraisers within the organization, we quickly exceeded that goal!”

Kelly’s dedicated team consisted of Kenya Solomon, Bobbi Spencer, Mary Lee Zealla, and Marybeth Pappas.

“St Lucie Habitat for Humanity is just one of the many organizations we as investors align ourselves with to rebuild and provide housing solutions for the community!”

Bob Calhoun explained the Habitat for Humanity concept to the crowd.

“The principle is that everybody can help each other to create safe and affordable housing that’s accessible. It’s a self-help model. Volunteers, donors, and the homeowners that benefit from the housing services contribute.

The homeowners put in 300 hours of work.”

St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity is in its 25th year of providing affordable homeownership opportunities.

For more information, please visit StLucieHabitat.org

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In Photo: Marybeth Pappas, Melissa Winstead, Erin Kelly

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In Photo: Marybeth Pappas, Melissa Winstead, Erin Kelly, Charles Fischer, Bob Calhoun

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In Photo: Mary Lee Zealla, Erin Kelly, Marybeth Pappas

2nd Salute to Stuart

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Photos by: Steve & Evie Klaassen - Colorado Pawn & Jewelry

Stuart - On April 24, 2021 the Stuart Air Show presented the 2nd Salute to Stuart. The event was 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at the Martin County Airport / Witham Field. Tickets were purchased to go to a USO themed evening of food, drink, music, dancing and support of this community event! Tickets for the event included an open bar, Catering by KORK, professional dueling piano performances, 2 raffle tickets entries. The 2021 Stuart Air Show is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. They are located at: 1895 S.E. Flying Fortress Lane in Stuart.

All proceeds benefitted the 2021 Stuart Air Show.

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Martin County Republican Executive Club April Meeting

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Photos & Article by: Patty Marchesi - Pattydphotography

Stuart - The Martin County Republican Executive Club (REC) held their monthly meeting on Thursday 04/15/21 at the Flagler Center in Stuart. Sheriff Snyder was the guest speaker. The meeting was extremely well attended.

The purpose of the Republican Executive Committee is to provide grassroots support to federal, state, and local Republican candidates. Your local GOP is at work to increase Republican voter registration and turnout for all elections, provide information on important issues of concern, and to further the ideals and purposes of the Republican Party. All patriots are invited to attend.

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In Photo: Guest speaker Sheriff Snyder greeted by Rep Chair MaryLynn Magar

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In Photo: Rep. Chair MaryLynn Magar, Martin County Commissioner Stacey Hetherington and Republican Executive Director - Darlene VanRiper

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In Photo: K.C. Ingram - Radio host and news personality of the K.C Ingram Show

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In Photo: Sheriff Snyder address a packed room at REC Monthly meeting at the Flagler Center.

Sarah’s Kitchen, 10th Annual Carrabba’s Luncheon

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In Photo: Babes and Friends of PGA Village

Article and Photos by MaryAnn Ketcham

Supporters of Sarah's Kitchen of the Treasure Coast gathered, albeit in smaller numbers due to COVID-19, at Carrabba’s Italian Grill in St. Lucie West. This year marks the tenth year of the annual fundraising event. For 9 of those years, Danielle Piazza has served as proprietor, opening the doors and her heart by helping Sarah's Kitchen achieve its mission of providing hot, nutritious meals to local individuals who are hungry and struggling financially.

Diners savored a made from scratch meal wood-grilled, mushroom topped Chicken Marsala with Penne Pomodoro, Caesar’s salad, bread, and a beverage. Many supporters opted to purchase a takeout meal to eat in the safety of home.

"We love to help out with Sarah’s' Kitchen," said Piazza, "because they help directly in our community. Carrabba’s is happy to do what we can, especially after all that's occurred in this last year."

With five fixed feeding sites and a mobile unit, the need for this type of sponsorship is vast, especially since opening a new site opening at St. Marks Baptist Church in Fort Pierce in January and adding a fourth stop to the mobile feeding route.

"I'm so thankful for the long-term support of Carrabba’s and this community," said Co-founder Bob Carey. "I'm constantly amazed at how we've grown and how much our mission is needed, especially during a pandemic."

At its first feeding on June 6th, 2009, Sarah's Kitchen served 35 meals. Last year, thanks to its dedicated sponsors and volunteers, the organization fed tens of thousands of individuals.

"If you are hungry, we welcome you!"

To become a sponsor, donate, or volunteer, please visit SarahsKitchen.org

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In Photo: Corinna Balderamos Robinson and Exec. Dir. Julie Summers

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Indian River State College Celebrates Commencement with “Drive-In” Ceremonies on May 3 & 4, Virtual Ceremony on May 5

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Fort Pierce — It's been an academic year like no other. With drive and perseverance—hallmarks of Indian River State College Pioneers—more than 3,200 students will have degrees conferred this spring, marking the ninth consecutive year that the IRSC graduating class has exceeded 3,000. More than one-quarter of graduates (807) will earn Baccalaureate degrees; 1,950 earn Associate in Arts degrees, and; 495 earn Associate in Science or Associate in Applied Science degrees.

The College will hold its spring commencement ceremonies "drive-in" style on Monday, May 3, and Tuesday, May 4, at the IRSC Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex in Fort Pierce. The Honorable Tobin "Toby" Overdorf will deliver the keynote address. Overdorf is a member of the Florida House of Representatives from the 83rd district, which includes parts of Martin and St. Lucie counties.

“Commencement is a special time in the lives of our graduates and for IRSC,” shares Dr. Timothy Moore, IRSC President. “This day is a celebration, and it’s a privilege to honor our students’ dedication, perseverance and great success. Indian River State College is only a starting point for so many individuals who will cross our stage and receive their diplomas. We look forward to the many future achievements of our 2021 graduates, across their lives and their careers.”

Monday, May 3, 2021—Spring Commencement Drive-in Ceremonies
11:00 a.m.: Associate Degree Ceremony, graduates with last names beginning with A-F
3:00 p.m.: Associate Degree Ceremony, graduates with last names beginning with G-O

Tuesday, May 4, 2021—Spring Commencement Drive-in Ceremonies
11:00 a.m.: Associate Degree Ceremony, graduates with last names beginning with P-Z
3:00 p.m.: Bachelor's Degree Ceremony
The College will present a virtual ceremony on Wednesday, May 5, for graduates who prefer a Commencement event that is not in-person. That ceremony will be streamed live on YouTube beginning at 11:00 a.m. Photos of graduates and a listing of their achievements will appear on screen as students' names are called. Participants are encouraged to host watch parties with their friends and family, wear their regalia and move their tassel when their degree is conferred.

More than 77,000 students have graduated from IRSC over the past six decades, building a dynamic workforce pipeline and extending economic opportunity to students and their families. IRSC graduates are employed in many of the region's fastest-growing and innovative industries and are on the frontlines serving our community as teachers, healthcare professionals and other first responders.

About Indian River State College
A leader in education and innovation, Indian River State College transforms lives by offering high-quality, affordable and accessible education to the residents of Florida’s Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie counties through traditional and online delivery. IRSC is recipient of the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. The College serves nearly 30,000 students annually and offers more than 100 programs leading to Bachelor’s degrees, Associate degrees, technical certificates and applied technology diplomas. Learn more at https://www.irsc.edu/.

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Photographed on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, on the Massey Campus in Fort Pierce.
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Photographed on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, on the Massey Campus in Fort Pierce.

Enjoy Island of Hope and Fight Sex Trafficking

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In Photo: Catch the Wave of Hope Executive Director Karissa Bolden and (right) Catch the Wave of Hope Board Chair Kelly Laurine accept a proclamation from Stuart City Commissioner Mike Meier recognizing January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Photo was taken in 2020 but proclamation was given in 2021, as well.

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Photo by: Catch the Wave of Hope
Catch the Wave of Hope, the nonprofit with the mission of preventing sex trafficking of children through awareness, education, restoration and legislation, will present its first post-pandemic fundraiser on April 24 at the Flagler Center in downtown Stuart.

The Island of Hope Benefit will take place from 6:30-10 p.m.

It will be a colorful and festive event to raise money for a serious cause that impacts people everywhere and in all walks of life.

In addition to a spectacular auction, enjoy first-class entertainment by the popular band Cindy Rapp and the Rapture and the award-winning Turn Up the Heat dance studio, featuring students from across the Treasure Coast.

Tickets are $100 each. Wear your favorite tropical attire.

100-percent of all proceeds go directly back to Catch the Wave of Hope to continue its important work in awareness and education about the detestable crime of sex trafficking.

Sponsors include Stuart Periodontics, Realty One Group Engage, Leighton Realtors, The Norman Page Team, JetLoan Capital, Paradise Carwash, Ocean Republic Brewing Company, Diversified Roofing Systems and Stuart Yacht and Country Club.

To get more information, buy tickets, learn about sponsorships or donate, visit https://www.catchthewaveofhope.org/island-of-hope-gala-2021

Growing Bolder with Suzy Hutcheson

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In Photo: Suzy Hutcheson - Helping People Succeed

Article by: Jackie Holfelder
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If you have watched either of the local PBS stations -WPBT or WXEL – during the month of March, you might have been pleasantly surprised to see one of the Treasure Coast’s brightest luminaries: Suzy Hutcheson.

South Florida PBS and Growing Bolder TV partnered on a special called, “Ordinary People Living Extraordinary Lives”, which featured individuals 50 years and older who are role models, living with passion and purpose.

As those who know Suzy Hutcheson can attest, that’s a description she wears well.

Since joining Helping People Succeed (then known as Tri-County Rehabilitation Center) in 1975, this proud ‘Nole has helped steer the non-profit through unparalleled decades of growth.

As Glenna Parris, Gift Planning Officer of Helping People Succeed, said in her nominating letter, “Suzanne (Suzy) Hutcheson is certainly a Rock Star of Aging.”

Starting with her childhood as the daughter of a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army, through her skills sailing, to being licensed to fly hot air balloons, to the empathy, passion and compassion she brings not only to her job but her staff and her family, Hutcheson personifies someone who is living an extraordinary life.

Parris noted in her nominating letter, “Suzy Hutcheson is a role model and has a passion with a purpose. The world is a better place with her in it.”

One can view the full interview by visiting Helping People Succeed’s website at www.hpsfl.org.

Ocean Republic Brewing Gives Back

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Stuart – On Friday, April 9, 2021 Ocean Republic Brewing had the first of their Give Back Nights. The event was of the collaborative brew series. The event was from 4-8 pm. Tickets were $40.00 which included a generous donation, 2 beers a choice of burger or chicken sandwich from Ocean Republic.

The kickoff party was for the ARC of Martin County which is a 501 C3 non-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve their fullest potential through residential, vocational, educational, behavioral, and other healthcare services. They are in Stuart at 2001 S Kanner Highway. Contact them at: 772.283.2525 or more information.

Ocean Republic Brewing will have more of these collaborative brew series in the upcoming months. This month on April 24th from 12 – 5pm is their Spring Brew Fest. Proceeds benefitting Operation 300 in honor of SOC Aaron Vaughn. Musical performances included Ryan Owens and Burnt Biscuit. Tickets for $25.00 for a sampling package can be purchased on their website. For more information call them at: 954-241-0395. Ocean Republic Brewing is located at 1630 SE. Federal Highway in Stuart.

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SFWMD Governing Board Declares April Water Conservation Month

20 Nov South Florida Water

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board today declared April to be Water Conservation Month, an annual declaration highlighting the District's efforts with communities, utilities, and local partners to encourage water conservation efforts.

Demand for water is projected to increase by 533 million gallons per year (15 percent increase) Districtwide over the next 20 years. These projected demands could be reduced by using water more efficiently through conservation measures.

One of the biggest impacts residents can make to conserve water is to adjust irrigation controller settings to reduce the irrigation frequency and duration. South Florida yards normally only need to be irrigated up to twice a week for 15 minutes. The majority of residential water use occurs outdoors with landscape irrigation accounting for 50 percent of home water use on average.

The District supports community outreach efforts to educate the public about ways to conserve water as well as supporting Florida Water Star aimed at helping new construction projects save water and Water CHAMP aimed at helping hotels save water.

SFWMD also supports water conservation projects by providing cost sharing grants with its local partners for more than 10 years. In the past two years, the District has provided more than $2.1 million in grants to 24 projects that are estimated to conserve approximately 963 million gallons per year.

Residents can learn more about things they can do around the house to conserve water including:

Ensuring rain sensors are operating properly. Irrigating during or after significant rainfall is a major cause of outdoor water waste and can cost you money.
Replacing aerators in kitchen and bathroom sinks.
Switching to WaterSense-labeled and high-efficiency including indoor showerheads, bathroom facets and toilets.
Implement Florida-Friendly landscaping by using native plants.
Update appliances like dishwashers and washing machines to Energy Star rated products.
Wash only full loads of laundry.
Thawing frozen food in the refrigerator.
Scraping your dishes before loading in the dishwasher without rinsing.

The efforts being highlighted by the Water Conservation Month declaration are working. Since 2005 the average amount of water used by each resident in South Florida has decreased from about 170 gallons per day to less than 130 gallons per day.

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10th Annual National Walk to End Brain Tumors and Silent Auction

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As part of the National Walk to End Brain Tumors, Team “Go Joey Go” of Jensen Beach has been formed. All walker runners are welcome to join them Saturday, May 1, 2021, 7:00 am at Indian Riverside Park, 1707 NE Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach. Registration begins at 7:00 am, Run/Walk at 8:00 am, Fun Run at 9:00 am. Silent Auction to be conducted immediately after.

Team “Go Joey Go” has had firsthand experience with the challenges of a brain tumor when in 2011; 4-year old Joey Swanson of Jensen Beach was diagnosed with pilomyxoid astrocytoma, an extremely rare and lethal form of cancer. He had surgery on September 9, 2011 and during a 10-hour surgery, doctors removed part of the tumor on Joey’s brain, however, an inoperable tumor remains on his brainstem. Doctors implanted chemotherapy wafers in Joey’s brain. Joey has had several procedures and after his January, 2014 MRI it seems to be in remission.

Joey and his family live in a Jensen Beach neighborhood with both sets of grandparents, three aunts and two uncles. Their strong family ties are important as the family fights for Joey and all those affected by brain tumors. Everyone is encouraged to join them for this very important cause.

You can register online at JensenBeachRace.com and sign up to join Team “Go Joey Go.” A free T-shirt for each runner/walker is included with registrations paid at least 10 days in advance. Adults: $30.00, Children 8-17 yrs: $15.00

Children 7 and under do not need to register unless they want a t-shirt.

Fun Run is $40.00 for the whole Family (T-Shirt Sold Separately)

For more information on Team “Go Joey Go” contact Nancy Swanson 772-530-1504 or Susan Parisi 772-215-8662.

To See Auction Items: Visit JensenBeachRace.com & Click Auction Items

Dredging for Bathtub Beach Renourishment Project Begins

21 Feb Bathtub

Stuart- With the staging of submerged, floating and shore pipeline now complete, dredging operations will begin for the Bathtub Reef Beach Renourishment project this week.

Dredging will begin in the Sailfish Point Navigation Channel and move to the impoundment basin located at the mouth of the St. Lucie Inlet. Martin County's contracted dredging company, Weeks Marine, will dredge approximately 220,000 cubic yards of sand through the pipelines onto designated beach areas. The company is using larger, high production barges and equipment than in previous renourishment projects, to shorten the duration of the project timeline.

During the renourishment process, the beach itself will remain closed. Boaters are asked to be patient and remain safe by avoiding the barges, pipelines and other equipment, to prevent accidents and unnecessary interruptions to the construction schedule.

Dredging operations will be conducted 24/7 and the project will be completed by April 30, 2021, in advance of the beginning of sea turtle nesting season.

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United Way of Martin County Foundation Announces John Loewenberg has Joined its Board

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United Way of Martin County Foundation has announced John Loewenberg has joined the United Way of Martin County Foundation Board of Directors. Loewenberg has had extensive senior management experiences with IBM, Mass Mutual, Capital Holding, Aetna, and Connecticut Mutual. After retirement, he became very active with the Venture Capital firm Safeguard Scientifics.

He was non-executive chairman of Applix, NEIC, Precision Systems, and Wang Healthcare Information Systems, as well as being a Director of Sherwood International; a public London, UK, based Software Company, and a Director of four other US-based Public Companies including, CompuCom, Diamond Partners International, DocuCorp and CompuCom.

Over the years, Loewenberg has volunteered extensively. He was a Trustee of Springfield College, the National Computer Museum, The Clarke School for the Deaf, the Pioneer Valley United Way, a Director of the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, and participated in several Treasure Coast nonprofit advisory committees.

In 2011, Loewenberg joined the Martin Health System Board of Directors and was chairman from 2015 to 2019. As chairman, he played a key role in the merger of Martin Health System with the Cleveland Clinic.

He and his wife Linda have lived on the Treasure Coast for the past 25 years.

“We are so honored to have John Loewenberg join our Foundation Board of Directors,” said United Way of Martin County Director of Philanthropy Elisabeth Glynn, CFRE. “His vast professional experience and commitment to this community will help guide the Foundation’s mission to build an endowment fund to meet the current and future unmet needs of Martin County.”

The United Way Foundation is solely focused on building a permanent endowment to support the work of our local United Way here in Martin County for generations to come. For more information, visit www.UnitedWayMartin.org/Foundation.

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IRSC Names Room at Pruitt Campus for VITAS Healthcare

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Port St. Lucie - A room at the Indian River State College Pruitt Campus in Port St. Lucie has been named in recognition of VITAS Healthcare—a leading provider in end-of-life care with locations ranging across 14 states and the District of Columbia. The VITAS Healthcare Simulation Room houses a state-of-the-art, end-of-life human patient simulator donated by VITAS, providing immersive and true end-of-life patient encounter experiences for students in IRSC Nursing program.

“VITAS is proud to support the next generation of healthcare and hospice professionals,” said Susan Acocella, General Manager for VITAS. “With a growing focus on compassionate end-of-life care, this kind of technology exposes students to patient symptoms and end-of-life scenarios that are instructive, safe, and as real as possible. Providing this technology is one way that we can contribute to students’ understanding and delivery of empathetic hospice care.”

The IRSC Nursing program takes a holistic approach to prepare students for a career in healthcare. This includes the critical aspect of palliative care education. In the VITAS Healthcare Simulation Room, students train on how to respond in scenarios that include communication skills and understanding family dynamics between the patient’s family members regarding how to proceed with their loved one’s care. Students can evaluate their performance with the professor post-simulation, tracking progress as they go through their clinicals.

To learn more information about the donation, visit https://www.irsc.edu/news/articles/irsc-receives-vitas-donation-for-hospice-simulator-052820.html.

Head, Heart and Hands of Indian River Club Awards $10,000 to Tykes & Teens to Support Infant Mental Health Program

21 Mar Tykes and Teens

In Photo: Tykes & Teens Director of Infant Mental Health Laura Girlando; Head, Heart and Hands Board Member Marybeth Cunningham; Head, Heart and Hands Board Member Sally Bryan; Head, Heart and Hands Board Member Becky Stiles; Tykes & Teens Board Member Theresa Kelso; Tykes & Teens CEO Eric Garza; Head, Heart and Hands Donor Linda Braun

Article & Photo by: Misty Stoller

Palm City – Head, Heart and Hands of Indian River Club has awarded $10,000 to Tykes & Teens, a leading provider of the highest quality, evidence-based mental health services and programs for children and adolescents for nearly 25 years. The funding will support the agency’s Infant Mental Health Programming in Indian River County.

“We are truly grateful to Head, Heart and Hands for their generosity and sharing our commitment to serving children and families throughout the Indian River community who are in need of mental health services,” said Tykes & Teens CEO Eric Garza, MHA, LCSW. “The need has never been greater and this funding allows us to further our mission of prioritizing children’s mental health in our families, schools and communities through prevention, education and treatment.”

“Head, Heart and Hands of Indian River Club is very pleased to present a grant to Tykes & Teens to further their work in the area of infant and toddler mental health,” said Head, Heart and Hands Board Member Marybeth Cunningham. “Mental health is a growing concern in our county and, while we need to support it for all age groups, it is vitally important to start at birth to support our children at their most vulnerable age while helping parents raise a healthy happy child.”

The first few years of a child’s life are a blueprint for their entire future. When very young children are exposed to traumatic events, it increases their risk of long-term mental and physical health problems. Addressing traumatic issues early means healthier children who will require less intervention later in life and can reach their full potential. The Tykes & Teens Infant Mental Health Program is an evidence-based program for children from birth to age five that is typically done in the child’s home or in select childcare centers. The primary goal is to support and strengthen the relationship between a child and his or her parent or caregiver in order to restore the child’s sense of safety and attachment, and to improve the child’s cognitive, behavioral and social functioning. It helps improve a child’s behavior and ability to regulate emotions; strengthens the relationship between the child and the parent or caregiver; helps healing from a traumatic experience for the parent or child that is interfer
ing with a healthy attachment; and helps avoid suspension or expulsion from childcare or preschool.

In addition to Infant Mental Health, Tykes & Teens’ Indian River programming includes Healthy Families Indian River County, School-Based Services and Prevention Services, including Trauma-Informed Care and ALTOSS (Alternative to Out of School Suspension), as well as Psychiatric Services and Targeted Case Management.

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Fewer Children Removed from Home; Rate at 10-Year Low

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St. Lucie West – Communities Connected for Kids has much to celebrate this month, beginning with the number of children removed from home due to abuse or neglect.

That number decreased significantly in Florida’s southeast region, which includes Broward, Palm Beach, and the counties covered by CCKids – Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties.

From July 2020 to January 2021, Child-welfare professionals in the area removed 205 fewer children than the same period the year before. Even better, Judicial Circuit 19, which is made up of Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast - the smallest part of the southeast region - was responsible for 45 percent of the total reduction.

While last spring's school closures and resultant decrease in calls to Florida’s abuse hotline may have had something to do with that reduction, it's not the whole story, said Christina Kaiser, CCKids community relations director.

There may be fewer children coming into care because of last year's shutdown, she said, but the rate by which those same children are removed from home also is down – from 5.38 children per 100 alleged victims to 3.96.

That’s the lowest the measure has been since 2011.

"And while our numbers were going down, other regions throughout Florida experienced an increase in removals during the same time," Kaiser said.

This says a great deal about the local system of care and the mental-health, substance-abuse and child-abuse prevention providers whose programs are engaging families early and preventing removals down the road.

“Safely serving children in their own homes greatly diminishes the trauma and disruptions that occur as a result of removal,” Kaiser said. “That requires strong programs and services that can be trusted to keep children safe.”

House of Hope Put the FUN in Raising FUNds During Their First Annual Hunt for Hope Scavenger Hunt

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Stuart – An enthusiastic and diverse group of more than 40 participants scattered across Martin County on a sunny Saturday as part of House of Hope’s first annual Hunt for Hope scavenger hunt presented by Crary Buchanan Attorneys at Law. On February 27, teams used House of Hope’s customized app to compete for unique prizes by completing various challenges and missions at local landmarks, businesses, and attractions in Stuart, Indiantown, Palm City, Hobe Sound, and Jensen Beach. The scavenger hunt was a clever new way for the organization to raise funds to support its critical programs.

Scavenger hunt challenges included problem-solving, performances, gathering items, taking videos or selfies, and other hilarious or thought-provoking tasks closely related to the House of Hope’s mission. Some of the group’s favorite tasks were performing a catwalk at the House of Hope Stuart Thrift Store in their best-thrifted outfit, packing food for distribution at House of Hope’s largest pantry in Stuart, making smoothies on the manpowered “smoothie bike” machine in the East Stuart Nutrition Garden, and learning about the history of the Golden Gate Center for Enrichment and the New Monrovia One-Room Schoolhouse. Children enjoyed showing off their best t-rex dinosaur impressions, having karaoke showdowns against their teammates, and reenacting scenes as National Geographic explorers.

“Hunt for Hope was designed to incorporate COVID-19 safety protocols while engaging participants in a fun, team-based scavenger hunt. We weren’t sure what to expect with Hunt for Hope being a brand-new event, but the feedback we received from participants was overwhelmingly positive,” said Rob Ranieri, Chief Executive Officer of House of Hope.

After teams completed the scavenger hunt, they went to Growing Hope Farm in Palm City for the outdoor after-party. In addition to the announcement of winners and prizes awarded, teams enjoyed delicious, boxed lunches from Jimmy’s BBQ Food Truck and received tours of the Growing Hope Farm to learn more about their nutrition initiatives.

The grand prize, valued at $4,700, was awarded to Team Nozzle Nolen, including Glenda Vander Wilt, Mark Davis, Shaun Jones, and Kevin Eaton and featured gift certificates for hotel stays, fine dining, and fun experiences like axe throwing and trampoline parks. Second-place prize, valued at $2,400, was awarded to the Super Scavengers including Sue and Tom Whittington, Brigite Babine, Kelly McIntyre, Farrah Taylor, and Lexington Taylor.

Team ESP including Elaine Matts, Sonita Farr, and Pattie Dunn, was awarded a Hunt for Hope medal for being the top fundraiser team, raising approximately $4,250.

Team Safari Madness, including Debbie Lovequist, Lorraine Cardarelli, Melanie Scanlon, and Darlene Kane won for best team theme.

More than fifty sponsors and in-kind donors supported the inaugural event for which House of Hope is grateful. Lead sponsor: Crary Buchanan Attorneys at Law. Other sponsors include: HBKS Wealth Advisors; Cleveland Clinic Martin Health; Pinder’s Nursery; and Nozzle Nolen. In-kind sponsors include: Anthony’s Apparel; Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza; April Daze Boutique; Balanced Body Works; Barre Necessities; Bella Bella Skin Care Pros; Berry Fresh Café; Black Marlin Restaurant; Carson’s Tavern; Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast; Conchy Joe’s & Dolphin Bar; Diamonds by Terry Tea Room & Bistro; Dolphin Bar & Shrimp House; Dr. Breslauer of South Florida Orthopedics; Evelyn & Arthur’s; Florida Oceanographic Society; Game of Axes; Giuseppe’s Restaurant; Golf Gear; Gumbo Limbo Coastal Chic & Coastal Kids; Hard Exercise Works; Inn Shepard’s Park Bed & Breakfast; Jan’s Place; Jensen Beach Inn; Kilwins; Kyle G’s; Luna Italian Cuisine; Matilda’s; Miles Grant Country Club; Monarch Country Club; Monkee’s of Stuart; Must
Boutique; Old Colorado Inn; Painting With A Twist; Piper’s Landing; Play Money; Quill & Press; River Palm Cottages & Fish Camp; RUSH Jensen Beach; Sailors Return; Salon Alchemy; Sam Matthews House; Seminole Inn; Shrimpers Grill & Raw Bar; Skin Serenity Spa; South Florida Shooting Club; Spritz City Bistro; Stuart Ceramics; Summer Crush Winery; Tootsies; Top Drawer Boutique; Transitions Float Studio; Urban Air; and YMCA of the Treasure Coast.

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Chad Cianciulli Confirmed as New Fire Chief of Martin County Fire Rescue

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Martin County - Martin County Board of County Commissioners unanimously confirmed the appointment of Chad Cianciulli as the new fire chief of Martin County Fire Rescue (MCFR) this morning, at the March 9 Board of County Commissioners meeting.

Cianciulli has served Martin County since 1995, joining MCFR as a firefighter/EMT, earning his first officer-level promotion to fire captain (lieutenant) in 2003. Most recently, Cianciulli was appointed interim deputy chief in October of 2020 as a result of Fire Chief William Schobel's retirement and following Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Herndon's retirement in March of 2021, Cianciulli assumed the interim fire chief position.

As the fire chief of MCFR, Cianciulli will lead Martin County's largest department with 384 total personnel. MCFR encompasses Emergency Management, Fire Rescue Communications, Fire Prevention, Ocean Rescue, Fire Rescue Administration, Fleet Maintenance & Logistics, Fire Rescue Operations and Special Operations (aeromedical rapid transport services, HazMat, technical rescue, and dive) services.

MCFR protects and serves approximately 528 square miles of a mix of suburban, agricultural/rural lands, and waterfront with a population estimate of 161,000 residents.

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Martin County Fire Rescue Announces Participation in Florida's State Opioid Response Project

21 Mar Fire Releases

Martin County Fire Rescue (MCFR) is excited to announce participation in Florida's State Opioid Response Project (SOR) through the Narcan© Leave Behind Project.

MCFR Community Paramedic Rob Chagnon and EMS Bureau Chief Christopher Kammel joined Martin County Medical Director Dr. Michael Ferraro in introducing the new program that supplies the MCFR Community Paramedic program with naloxone (Narcan©) nasal spray in the Narcan© Leave Behind kits to distribute to the families, loved ones or those likely to be in imminent proximity of individuals treated by MCFR emergency responders for Opioid misuse and addiction. Naloxone (Narcan©) is the life-saving medication that acts as an Opioid antagonist and can reverse Opioid overdoses when administered properly during an emergency.

According to the Florida Department of Health, in 2019, Martin County suffered 398 drug overdoses of which 109 non-fatal overdoses were suspected to involve Opioid misuse and 27 fatalities directly resulting from Opioid misuse as identified by the Florida Medical Examiners.

Martin County's Narcan© Leave Behind Project is funded through Florida Department of Children and Families' (DCF) SOR project. A total of 100 kits will be available to MCFR Community Paramedic program on March 8, 2021. The kits encompass two nasal units of the life-saving drug Narcan©, instructions for use, as well as treatment and prevention resources.

"The goal of this initiative is to reduce the tragedy of Opioid overdoses in our community by giving essential resources to individuals and their loved ones who are battling addiction, Chief Kammel said. "Through our Community Paramedic Program and support from the community agencies, the distribution of Narcan© Leave Behind kits will help accelerate emergency treatment of patients suffering from an Opioid overdose, decrease patient hospitalization, and aid in facilitating a pathway for long-term addiction recovery."

"It is important to keep in mind that the distribution of the Narcan© Leave Behind kits is not the solution to the overdose crisis," said Community Paramedic Chagnon. "This initiative will serve as a mechanism to interact with patients, begin conversations about access to care, substance abuse treatment, and recovery." in facilitating a pathway for long-term addiction recovery."

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21 Mar Open Enrollment

What is ACA Open Enrollment?

In 2014, Obamacare, also known as ACA or the Affordable Care Act, was established and an ‘Open Enrollment’ was established between Nov 01 – DEC 15 each year to ensure individuals can make changes or join a medical health insurance plan that’s more suitable for them. This nationwide enrollment is your only chance you get to make such changes (unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period – like losing employer/group coverage) and it can certainly save you a ton of headaches and frustration with future medical situations. Due to the coronavirus emergency via Presidential Executive Order, you are able to now enroll in health coverage February 15th through May 15th, 2021. Your effective date will be on the 1st of the following month. For example, if you enroll on March 15, your effective date will be April 01.

Failing to join a new insurance plan within the enrollment period will result in your buying options being extremely limited until late the following year when you’re able to apply again. It’s essential that you re-analyze your current plan as you may be able to find something more suitable for you or insurance that is cheaper and can save you some money.

You could also qualify for a subsidy meaning that you could have a $0 or very low premium. This is based on your household income and the number of people living in your home. There are more choices available for health plans today than were previously offered so be sure to review each plan carefully.

What Can YOU Do During the ACA Open Enrollment?

During the ACA ‘Open Enrollment’ period, you’re able to make changes and updates in the following ways:

• Renew your current policy – If you have reviewed and analyzed your existing plan and the upcoming changes that may occur in the years ahead. You can renew your current ACA insurance plan, so you’re covered for another year.

• Make changes to employer-based health insurance – In some cases, you may get health insurance through your current employer. If your employer offers this, the nationwide enrollment period doesn’t affect you. Your employer will have its own enrollment period that you’ll need to be aware of. All insurances including the ones supplied by an employer, are likely to change through the years. Be sure that you’re aware of any possible changes before enrolling back into it.

• Purchase a short-term health plan – Not so long ago, short-term health insurance plans were only available to the younger generation that couldn’t afford long-term health coverage. However, nowadays it’s available for most individuals. These plans can work well if you have a coverage gap and go from 30 day up to 03 year plans. However, this may change with the new administration.

Short-term health plans may not cover the basic services that the ACA policy generously offers. These short-term health plans may exclude pre-existing conditions, prescriptions, mental health and maternity. Short-term plans may seem like a better deal and much more inviting due to their affordability. But before diving into a short-term plan, be sure that you know exactly what is and what is not covered. These plans are very popular for the younger population and/or those with good to excellent health.

If you need additional advice, would like a “NO COST – NO OBLIGATION” quote, or would like to change your current medical health insurance plan, contact one of our insurance experts today. Get your personalized and free consultation today at 772-210-1020.

Treasure Coast Food Bank Seeks Partners for Sit-down & Grab-n-go Summer Meals for Kids

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Treasure Coast - Stay for a meal – or grab-n-go. This summer, Treasure Coast Food Bank will be providing summer meals for kids in both formats, and it’s seeking partners who can help.

For several years, Treasure Coast Food Bank has worked with partners across Indian River, St. Lucie, and Martin counties to provide meals to children during summer when school cafeterias are closed. This year, the program will include the option to provide them “grab-n-go” style meals, opening the opportunity for more partners to participate.

Each year, Treasure Coast Food Bank partners with organizations like social service agencies, churches and summer camps that feed children at their sites during summer. This year, other organizations that might not offer a summer program or have enough space for sit-down meals will be able to participate as well.

“This change will allow us to bring on partners who may have the desire to help, but not have room for kids to eat at their location,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “It also will help families who might have a parent working remotely at home or who feel more comfortable with their children eating meals at home.”

Treasure Coast Food Bank provides all the meals to partner locations at no charge. The nutritious food is made daily, and typically includes fresh-made sandwiches and wraps, salads, and fresh cut fruits and vegetables.

To become a Summer Meals site, you must:

• Complete Treasure Coast Food Bank’s online training
• Provide a sheltered, supervised area for eating or a grab-n-go style distribution
• Use social distancing measures
• Serve meals to children
• Supervise meal service
• Keep daily records of meals served

For more information, visit www.stophunger.org/sfsp or contact Program Coordinator Jade Alexander at 561-771-6213 or ealexander@tcfoodbank.org.

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A Financial Wellness Plan Can Help Pave the Road to Retirement

21 Mar Financial

If we've learned any lesson over the past year, it's that no matter how carefully we plan and prepare, we'll likely encounter unexpected hurdles. While a global pandemic has certainly underscored the need to pay close attention to our physical wellness, it has also revealed the need to shore up our financial wellness.

According to PwC's 9th Annual Financial Wellness Survey conducted in January 2020, financial matters were the top cause of stress for employees even well before the pandemic hit in earnest. More than one-third of full-time employed millennials, Gen Xers, and baby boomers had less than $1,000 in emergency savings. Only 29% of women said they would be able to cover their basic necessities if they found themselves out of work for an extended period, compared with 55% of men. And more than half of millennials and Gen Xers and 35% of baby boomers said they would likely use their retirement funds for something other than retirement, with most noting it would be for an unexpected expense or medical bills.1

Although tapping your retirement savings can help you get through a crisis, it can hinder your ability to afford a comfortable retirement. Having a plan to guard your financial wellness throughout your working years can help you avoid putting your retirement at risk.

What Is Financial Wellness?
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) defines financial well-being as:2

1) Having control over day-to-day and month-to-month finances. In order to achieve this, your expenses need to be lower than your income.

2) Maintaining the capacity to absorb a financial shock. This typically refers to having adequate emergency savings and insurance.

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3) Being on track to meet financial goals, meaning you have either a formal or informal plan to meet your goals and you are actively pursuing them.

4) Having the financial freedom to make choices that allow you to enjoy life, such as a splurge vacation.

The CFPB has identified several key factors that contribute to an individual's ability to achieve financial well-being. Among them are: (1) having the skills needed to find, process, and use relevant financial information when it's needed; and (2) exhibiting day-to-day financial behaviors and saving habits.

Assistance Is Available
Many employers have begun offering financial wellness benefits over the past decade. These programs have evolved from a focus on basic retirement readiness to those addressing broader financial challenges as health-care costs, general finance and budgeting, and credit/debt management.3

If you have access to work-based financial wellness benefits, be sure to take time and explore all that is offered. The education and services can provide valuable information and help you build the skills to make sound decisions in challenging circumstances.

In addition, a financial professional can become a trusted coach throughout your life. A qualified financial professional can provide an objective third-party view during tough times, while helping you anticipate and manage challenges and risks and, most important, stay on course toward a comfortable retirement.

Drive-Thru Food Distributions at Clover Park Made Possible by the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation

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In Photo: Family Church Volunteers Marie Brown and Warren White

As new Mets owner, Cohen supports Spring Training hometown

Fort Pierce – The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation has partnered with Treasure Coast Food Bank to provide additional opportunities for people who are struggling to obtain food.

With support from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, Treasure Coast Food Bank has held two drive-thru mobile food distributions in recent weeks at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Fresh produce, meat, and shelf-stable food items were distributed to 1,000 families in need.

At a distribution on Feb. 13, Mets Outfielder Brandon Nimmo greeted families and lent a hand distributing food. Mets President Sandy Alderson and several local officials pitched in as well.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation to help families impacted by COVID-19 here in Port St. Lucie,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “We’ve had a longstanding relationship with the Mets organization, and we’re looking forward to growing those partnerships under the Cohen’s ownership of the Mets.”

In November, Steven Cohen became the owner of the Mets, whose Spring Training home is Clover Park. The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation was launched in 2001, and has given more than $675 million to organizations that improve children’s healthcare and education, serve the underserved, support the arts, protect the environment, and further Lyme and tick-borne disease research.

“Hunger relief is such an important and central focus for our giving, and we’ve seen the need increase dramatically during the pandemic,” said Alex Cohen, President, Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation. “We also care deeply about our communities, which have expanded recently due to our involvement with the Mets. We are happy to partner with the Treasure Coast Food Bank to support our neighbors during this difficult time.”

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In Photo: Mets staff and Mets Left fielder Brandon Nimmo

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In Photo: SLC Sheriff Chief of Staff Garry Wilson and Traer Van Allen of the Mets Organization

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In Photo: TC Food Bank CEO Judith Cruz and Mets Left Fielder Brandon Nimmo