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35th Hobe Sound Christmas Parade and Bridge Road Main Street Ribbon Cutting

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Hobe Sound - On December 4, 2021 the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce continued their traditional Christmas Parade with a long awaited ribbon cutting for the Bridge Road Main Street. The ribbon cutting was done in front of the Hobe Sound Chamber building at 12:30 pm with many dignitaries in attendance.

The parade began at 1:00 pm which was led by the Martin County Sheriff's Department followed by several dignitaries, vintage cars, floats, marchers, trucks, school bands. After the parade, trophies were awarded to entries for the Most Humorous, Best Marching, Most Original, Best Religious, Best Hobe Sound History and Best Overall.

Sponsors for this event were O’Donnell Impact Windows and Storm Protection, Waste Management, Becker Tree Farm, Bingman’s Painting Service, Law Office of Marc R. Gaylord, Celebrities Fore Kids and Eye Marketing.

The 2021 Christmas Parade Catagories were as followed.

Best Overall - Jenkins Landscaping Company

Most Humorous - Aycock Funeral Home

Best Marching - South Fork High School

Most Original - The Nature Center

Best Religious - First United Methodist Church

Best Hobe Sound History - J.D. Parker

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Rising Up From Silence Foundation (R.U.F.S.), Elegant Masquerade Ball

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Article by: Terry Hughey /Photos by: MaryAnn Ketcham

On behalf of the Rising Up From Silence Foundation (R.U.F.S.), we would like to extend a note of thankfulness to everyone who attended R.U.F.S. 2nd. Annual Elegant Affair – “Elegant Masquerade Ball”. It was a great experience having your valuable presence there.

It was the vision of our Board of Directors to inform, encourage, entertain, continue to bring awareness, and to engage with our audience, to give them a better understanding of what R.U.F.S. Foundation is all about. We respectfully like to extend our gratitude to everyone i.e., Speakers, Entertainers and Contributors who made this fundraiser a successful event.

Victims of abuse often stay silent due to many factors. Fear, dependency, lack of self-esteem, hope, and even love, are just a few of the reasons that victims remain silent. Whatever the reason, these individuals often lack the knowledge and support to find their voice and escape their dangerous situation.

R.U.F.S. is dedicated to our mission to support the well-being and healing of all abused victims. We are working toward our vision of providing a safe, long-term or transitional facility that offers emotional, mental, and financial support.

We hope that you will continue to honour us by attending our future events and meetings. Thanks a lot once again for your warm presence at the event.

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Glitter & Glam Gala a Roaring Success!

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In Photo: Pete Morello, Tammy Calabria, Samantha Stewart (Giraffe), Colleen Joyce

Palm City - The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast hosted its second Glitter & Glam Gala, a Jungle Safari themed event, at the exclusive Harbour Ridge Yacht and Country Club Saturday night and it was a roaring success. Guests were greeted by a live tiger, zebra and giraffe, not real live animals but performers Pete, Samantha and Colleen were outfitted and painted from head to toe to entertain and take photos with guests upon arrival. As the guests continued their entrance they were able to walk through a jungle themed lush rain forest full of plants and trees delivered by Leighton Farms.

This year the event had some unexpected surprise guests! Ashleigh Walters with WPTV Channel 5 News, Master of Ceremonies, introduced special guest Stephen Lapore, AKA Mr. Hollywood who captured the audience with his personal journey after being diagnosed with Autism at the age of 2. Doctors predicted Stephen would never speak but today he is an inspiring businessman and entrepreneur. All guests went home with unique handmade animal shaped soaps, made by Stephen, a true soap star!

The Glitter Glam Squad, led by Colleen Holmes and Kathy Carmody, is thrilled to announce that the event raised over $125,000. “The Museum is truly overwhelmed by the level of support we received this evening. We are very excited to announce that all of the proceeds from the silent and live auction will bring new exhibits to the museum starting with a Race Car Simulator opening this Fall and a new fire station opening Winter 2022.” says Tammy Calabria, Executive Director. The Children’s Museum would like to give a huge round of applause to our jungle superstar supporters Marsha & Mike Cetta, McCarthy, Summers, Wood, Norman, Melby & Schultz, PA, Ellie Termine, Evie & Steve Klaassen with Colorado Pawn & Jewelry, Tracy Armstrong & Chris Clifford, C2 Equipment Rental, Carole & Pete Kozloski, Dr. Richard & Janice Berger, Mike & Lety Atieh, William and Audrey Crandall, PACE 2000, Kibbey Wagner, Leighton Farms, The Lahowchic’s, Paula and Jeff Chamberlin with SLC Commercial Realty and Baron Graphics. The Museum would
also like to thank Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club for their superior service. They truly made the event special; Chef Robert even created a hand-made chocolate Monkey that accompanied the sinfully wonderful dessert. Thank you to all of the wild guests who supported and attended the 2021 Glitter & Glam Gala!

The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast is located at 1707 NE Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach at the center of Indian Riverside Park. The museum is a great place for children to explore, learn, and play through interactive activities and imagination. For more information, please call Tammy or Katie 772-225-7575 ext. 203 or 201 or visit www.ChildrensMuseumTC.org.

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4KIDS Treasure Coast, At Home with 4KIDS

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In Photo: Rick Jacobs, State Senator Gayle Harrell and Tom Lukasik

Article by Jennifer Garcia / Photos by MaryAnn Ketcham

On November 12th , 4KIDS Treasure Coast, a local foster care agency, serving all 4 counties, took guests on a journey through a typical 4KIDS foster home.

In the living room, guests enjoyed light bites, including family finger foods, while lounging on the couch watching the evening news. Sadly, the screen was filled with heartbreaking stories of abuse, abandonment and neglect cases being reported by local news channels throughout the recent years.

Once they heard the need, guest continued their journey by participating in a multi-scene room experience, which included a teenage boy and his foster mom hanging out in his room waiting to go to baseball practice- an occurrence that may have never happened if the young man hadn’t been placed in a 4KIDS home.

Moving right along, the homework scene provided guests with heartbreaking stats on dropout rates and kids stuck in the system, who will mostly likely face many challenges in receiving proper educational support .

The following scene portrayed an EPIC Therapy session, 4KIDS own approach to trauma-based therapy. A therapist connected with the children in a 4KIDS foster home to provide therapeutic services through the agency’s support program.

In the final scene, a young foster mom engaged with a toddler in their room. Every scene was filled with information on why the normalcy you thought you were seeing is not normal for children living in group homes or shelters.

The message: without a home environment with loving parental figures guiding them, the most vulnerable members of our community, our kids, are at great risk.

In the Dining Room, guests turned advocates enjoyed a family style dinner with their community members. Many hugs and few handshakes were seen around a room full of friends.

The spotlight shined brightly in the Dining Room, on 4KIDS Treasure Coast foster families , who shared the intimate details of their foster care journey, and how they got to experience first-hand the hope and healing that took place when responding to this call- saying YES!

It was a night to remember. 4KIDS Treasure Coast is grateful for the generosity of their sponsors , who helped advance the mission of 4KIDS; Congressman Brian Mast, iThink Financial, Life Beautifier (Staging and Decor), Little Nugget Learning, McCurdy & Co., Radiant Outfitters, CareNet, the Britney Lee Foundation.

Life Beautifier, AATR (An Affair to Remember Events), Sarandity Floral, Oceans Edge School of Worship generously donated their services and time. For more information please go to 4kidstreasurecoast.org

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Shoot for the Moon Scores Big for Mark Garwood SHARE Foundation

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Article & Photos by: Jackie Holfelder / Photos by Melissa Fuller Photography

For the fifth year, the Mark Garwood SHARE Foundation awarded its life-changing Phoenix Scholarships to local men and women who are successfully combating the devastating effects of substance abuse and wish to initiate or resume their education.

The emotional ceremony, at which eight applicants received the treasured $5,000 stipend, was the cornerstone of the 5th Annual Shoot for the Moon Sporting Clays competition held on November 12 at South Florida Shooting Club in Palm City.

Recipients this year were Shawn Fardink, Mandy Phillips, Lorena Fontenot, Bailey Marie Szarzynski, Brianna Hardy, Jessica Wood, Kim Watson and Jamie Castleberry.

They were selected from a group of applicants by Advisory Board members Matt Hirsch, Chris Collins, Erica Garwood, John Garwood and Clarice Redding Louis.

The scholarships provide a bridge to a more stable and financially successful future for those individuals dedicated to getting their lives back on track by pursuing career paths.

Thirty-seven teams with a total of 140 shooters participated in the fundraiser, which had Audi Stuart. INFINITI Stuart, Maserati Stuart and Alfa Romeo Stuart as its presenting sponsors for the third year.

The delectable lunch was prepared by the Martin County Sheriff’s Grill Team.

Live auctions and raffle items started the financial ball rolling for next year’s Phoenix Scholarship funding.

Local luminaries in attendance included Florida State Representatives Toby Oberdorf and John Snyder, Martin County Sheriff William Snyder and Martin County Commissioner Ed Ciampi.

Since 2015, the Mark Garwood SHARE Foundation has provided over $250,000 in educational grants to 41 individuals. Recipients of the 2022 Phoenix Scholarships will be introduced during the awards luncheon. It was created after John and Erica Garwood received a phone call on May 24, 2014 that their 24-year-old son, Mark, had lost his five-year battle against prescription drugs. In response to this unimaginable tragedy, they established the Mark Garwood SHARE Foundation in his memory.

For more information about the Mark Garwood SHARE Foundation, visit www.markgarwoodsharefoundation.org.

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Salvation Army’s Wings of Hope Resounding Success

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Stuart - The Salvation Army’s Women’s Auxiliary recently held their 20th Wings of Hope Luncheon to raise awareness and funding for its Compassion House shelter for homeless women and children. In spite of a year’s hiatus due to the pandemic, the event exceeded expectations and raised more than $63,000 for the shelter.

Guests at the event, held this year at Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa in Jensen Beach, enjoyed champagne cocktails while bidding on over 70 silent auction items before being ushered in for lunch. Guest speaker Rob Lord, retiring President of Cleveland Clinic Martin Health, discussed the challenges the local health care system has faced during the pandemic and the health disparities many low-income households encounter. Local auctioneer and emcee K. C. Daniel kept the program light, finishing off the luncheon with a live auction of a few big-ticket items.

Much of the support for the event came from the many sponsors, including Jack and Char Meyering; The Lichtenberger Foundation; The Edward P. and Juanita J. Henson Foundation; Team Parks; Reed and Joan Smith; Bob and Carol Weissman; Pat and Ted Tiemeyer; Mrs. John Grimmer; Kathy Span; Agler Kitchen, Bath & Floors, Inc; Custom Pool & Spa Mechanics; Florida Power & Light; Ralph Parks; Brenda and Albert Auer; One & All, Inc and Attorney Philip DeBerard.

“I want to express my extreme gratitude to my fellow Women’s Auxiliary members, donors, guests and local vendors that helped make our luncheon and silent auction a success!” says luncheon chair Andrea Raffinan-Shaffer. “the generosity and belief in our mission helps ensure a brighter future for the women and children of Compassion House.”

The Salvation Army’s Compassion House provides more than 11,000 nights of shelter to homeless women and their children every year. More than just an overnight shelter, the program provides support and counseling tailored to the needs of each woman to help them find and maintain stable employment and housing.

To learn more about Compassion House or the other programs of The Salvation Army of Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee Counties, visit salvationarmymartin.org or call 772-288-1471.

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Record Turnout at Visionary School of Arts Art Exhibit

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Lynne Barletta, Founder of Visionary School of Arts (VSOA) has announced that attendance at the America, the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave exhibit’s opening night event on November 5 set a new record for the non-profit.

The show recognized the beauty of the nation with an art show entitled, “America the Beautiful”, at which VSOA students aged five-18, painted their interpretations of the theme from their own experiences and travels across the country.

Subjects included everything from national monuments to state parks, and included thought-filled narratives.

Speakers included Stuart Mayor Eula Clark, VSOA Founder Lynne Barletta, VSOA Board President Mushtaq Maxwell and INFINITI Stuart General Manager Michael Eagle.

The show opened with Joe Durr singing the National Anthem.

“America the Beautiful” took place at INFINITI of Stuart, the 2021 Platinum Sponsor. South State Bank, Blueyes Foundation, Women Supporting the Arts, Barbara Grimmer and Vianne Nichols sponsored student scholarships.

Ellie’s Deli provided delicious deserts.

Visionary School of Arts, established in 2010, is a 501(c) (3) non-profit that uses art to not only provide a creative outlet for students of all ages, but to use art as a vehicle, in order to bring messages of leadership, values and change.

For more information, visit VisionarySchoolofArts.org or call 772-283-4888.

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Impact 100 Martin Holds Annual Kickoff, Annouces Goal of $1 Million in Philanthropy in Five Years

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Impact100 Martin launched its 2021-2022 philanthropic year with its annual Kickoff event held recently at Florida Oceanographic Society’s Coastal Center on Hutchinson Island. Approximately 150 current and potential members attended the celebration of female philanthropy.

Executive Committee chair Genevieve George thanked the members for their generosity and noted the significant impact their collective giving has had in Martin County. The organization has awarded nearly $700,000 in grants to area nonprofit organizations since it was founded in 2017. The program also included updates from prior Impact100 Martin grant recipients SafeSpace and the Education Foundation of Martin County.

Membership Committee co-chairs Maureen Cotter and Ann Barwig announced this year’s goal of achieving at least 306 members, which would enable the group to award a total of $1 million over its first five years. They noted that the organization is well on its way, with 189 members to date. Each Impact100 member contributes $1,000 toward grant monies, and has an equal vote in which nonprofit organizations receive that funding.

To learn more about Impact100 Martin or to become a member, visit www.impact100martin.org, e-mail info@impact100martin.org or call 772-288-3795.

Impact100 Martin empowers women to create positive, lasting change in Martin County through collective giving. The philanthropic organization maintains a field of interest fund with The Community Foundation Martin-St. Lucie, and is a chapter of the global Impact100 Council.

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Whiskers for Whiskey Raises Money for Shelter Animals

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Stuart — Dozens of Humane Society of the Treasure Coast supporters gathered for the second annual Whiskers for Whiskey tasting at The Chef’s Table in Stuart. They came together for an evening of savory plates and distinctive spirits, all for a worthy cause. The event raised more than $4,700 for the shelter pets, and one special guest won dinner for two at The Chef’s Table with a bottle of Michter’s whiskey.

“Following last year’s inaugural success, it soon became evident that this unique fundraiser would become the shelter’s newest signature event, and its return was met with great anticipation this fall,” said Courtney Zanetti, the humane society’s community outreach director.

Michter’s Distillery was the featured spirit during the intimate gathering. Guests were treated to a historical oration of America’s first whiskey company while they enjoyed several flavorful pairings. The mouth-watering menu was just as impressive with beautifully prepared Porchetta as the main entrée accompanied by a dark chocolate mousse creatively crafted in the shape of a cigar for dessert.

The humane society thanks its sponsors, Stuart Magazine and Treasure Coast Legal, as well as the event’s hosts and partners, The Chef’s Table and Libations Mobile Catering Co.

For more information, visit the website, www.hstc1.org.

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Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Pack the House

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Treasure Coast - Treasure Coast Food Bank kicked off the holiday season on Oct. 29 with the 7th Annual Pack the House. About 500 volunteers pitched in to pack 15,000 holiday meal boxes destined for people who don’t always have enough to eat.

The boxes began going out this week to Treasure Coast Food Bank’s partner agencies that will provide them to families in need of help for the holidays. Treasure Coast Food Bank also will be distributing them during upcoming drive-through mobile distributions in each of the four counties the Food Bank serves. If you or someone you know needs assistance with a holiday meal, visit stophunger.org/holidayhelp.

“I want to thank everyone who helped to make the 7th Annual Pack the House a success, especially our sponsors and volunteers,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “With thousands of people facing lingering difficulties from the COVID-19 pandemic, including shortages and the high cost of food, we anticipate that the demand for food will be especially steep this holiday season. It’s because of your support that we are able to provide holiday meals to those in need throughout the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee.”

Treasure Coast Food Bank is planning several ways for people to get involved in helping their neighbors in need during the holidays. People who would like to provide a turkey or full holiday meal for a family may do so through a cash donation at www.stophunger.org. Each $30 donation provides a holiday meal box.

Treasure Coast Food Bank also will be collect donated frozen turkeys at its main headquarters, 401 Angle Road, Fort Pierce, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day.

Treasure Coast Food Bank will host its Holiday Online Auction Dec. 3-13. Join Treasure Coast Food Bank in helping to plan the auction by signing up for the organizing committee. Treasure Coast Food Bank also seeks auction items and sponsors for the event. Contact Alexandra Lord at alord@tcfoodbank.org or 772-446-1765 for more information.

“Our goal this holiday season and every year is to ensure that everybody on the Treasure Coast has the opportunity to share a holiday meal, no matter what they’re facing in their lives,” Cruz said. “In the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, we’ll use our Mobile Distributions to provide families with food they can use to prepare traditional holiday meals. We also encourage people who can’t make it to a distribution to use our Order Ahead option available through our website.”

Pack the House began on Friday, Oct 29, with breakfast and an opening ceremony to thank area officials and sponsors for supporting Treasure Coast Food Bank. The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard presented the nation’s colors, and Pastor Wayne Hewlett of the First Seventh Day Adventist Church of Port St. Lucie gave an invocation. Ceremonial sponsors were Walmart Supply Chain and Wells Fargo. Supporting Sponsors were Cleveland Clinic Martin Health and iTHINK Financial, and the American Public Works Association was the kick-off sponsor.

The volunteers worked in three-hour shifts throughout the two-day event, made lively with themes, music and food. Shift Sponsors were Coastal Breeze Realty, Fort Pierce Utilities Authority, Healthy Harvest Catering, and Soundslinger. Food and beverages were provided by Dunkin’ Brands, Healthy Harvest Catering, Moonswiners Bar-B-Q, Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company, Pappy’s Pizza, Starbucks, and the Thirsty Turtle Seagrill.

For more information about ways to get involved or to receive assistance, visit stophunger.org.

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Palm City Chamber of Commerce 2nd Annual Veterans Memorial Bridge 5K

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Palm City - On Saturday, November 6, 2021, at 7:00 am the Palm City Chamber of Commerce had their 2nd Annual 5K Run for Veterans. The event occurred over the Veterans Memorial Bridge back to Jock Leighton Park to support all veterans in the community. The runners & walkers were charged $30.00 to participate in the run. Blue Sponsors for the event were Colorado Pawn & Jewelry, State Insurance, Evergreen Private Care, St. Lucie Firefighters, SouthState, Sandhill Cove, Treasure Hospice. White Sponsors: Seacoast Bank, Fully Promoted, Recovery Insurance Adjusters, Sunshine Land Design, Tami Karol Insurance, iThink Financial, Sailfish Insurance, ReMax of Stuart, Owen Insurance, Kirchman Construction, CWR Contracting, Coquina Cove. The event was early, but it did not keep the runners from running this wonderful event!

Jock Leighton Park is located at: 3755 SW Mapp Road in Palm City.

The Palm City Chamber of Commerce's mission is to serve as the principal advocate of the community and its businesses, acting as the catalyst in promoting the economic development of the Palm City area, stimulating jobs, and improving the quality of life. Contact them at: 772-286-8121.

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Launching a National Non-Profit Called MedicareJourney.org

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Article by: Gary Owen - Owen Insurance Group
I’m excited to announce that we have launched a national non-profit called MedicareJourney.org. The reason for this is because of unbridled and unethical business practices related to Medicare insurance sales which are causing undue hardship to many Medicare beneficiaries. The website is user-friendly with explanation videos intended to make Medicare easy to understand.

Many have seen the outrageous Joe Namath and JJ Walker (plus other big-name celebrity) commercials espousing all these “FREE” Medicare benefits that “you’re entitled to…call now”. Like most of us, I’m sure you’re beyond tired of this noisy nonsense. Oh, and you can bet your bottom dollar that we will find none of these celebrities on any of these types of Medicare plans they are pushing on you!

Most consumers have no idea what plan they have, but you need to know the differences between Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Supplement plans. I always tell my clients, “The decisions you make today can last a lifetime, so it’s important to get it right the first time”. Most Medicare beneficiaries have no idea that if they end up not liking their (Advantage) plan and/or are having issues with their plan, they most likely would not be able to go to a Supplement plan unless they can qualify with health underwriting.

Many unsuspecting consumers have been bamboozled into a plan that they really don’t know anything about, nor do they know anything about the person on the other end of that phone in a call room situated in another country or state, trying to push the sale just to make a commission. It’s important to work with a duly licensed insurance professional with experience, who specializes in Medicare, is unbiased, offers both Supplement, Advantage, and PDP (Rx) plans, and who will provide a thorough needs analysis and review to determine the best solution. Remember, there is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution to your Medicare insurance.

Consumers can go to the MedicareJourney.org website to get unbiased information and education and if they are interested in working with an independent insurance agent, they will have the ability to choose one from the website. They can choose their state and find an agent near them that they believe will be a good fit for them. All independent agents on the Medicare Journey website are vetted and we confirm that they have at least 2 years of experience in Medicare, offer both Supplement and Advantage plans, are professional, ethical, and promote the high standards of professionalism that we demand. Medicare Journey agents will be your guide and help you along your journey and will never push you into any plan.

Go to the website at www.MedicareJourney.org to peruse the videos and information so you can make the best decision for your specific needs.

Premier Realty Group Charitable Fund at The Community Foundation Martin – St. Lucie Awards $2,500 to Tykes & Teens

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Palm City – Premier Realty Group Charitable Fund at The Community Foundation Martin – St. Lucie has awarded $2,500 to Tykes & Teens, a leading provider of the highest quality, evidence-based mental health services and programs for children and adolescents for 25 years. The funding is providing sand trays for play therapy, as well as webcams to further the agency’s telehealth services from outpatient offices in Palm City, Jensen Beach, Hobe Sound and Port St. Lucie.

Sand trays are an instrumental part of Tykes & Teens evidence-based play therapy that allows children and youth to express themselves more freely through play while processing various mental health issues, including trauma, abuse and neglect. Webcams are an essential component of the agency’s telehealth services which have been critically needed throughout the pandemic and have become an integral part of Tykes & Teens’ ongoing services.

“We are very grateful to Premier Realty for their continued support of children’s mental health,” says Tykes & Teens Director of Outpatient Services Dr. Alethia DuPont, Psy. D. “Because of you, we are able to continue providing the highest quality of children’s mental health services that are so desperately needed – now more than ever.”

“I am so proud of the impact that the Premier Realty Charitable Fund has had on the programs and services at Tykes & Teens,” said Premier Realty Group Broker/Owner Jessica Bohner. “During our tour of the facility, we were able to see the sand trays and experience their importance first-hand. We hope they will bring healing to many children in the future.”

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St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity Celebrates 25th Anniversary

21 Oct Habitat

In Photo: Future Habitat Homeowners: Patsy Collins, Gary Grimsley, John P. Chandler, Paulette Coakley, Sa’Rae Stockton, Antwan Jones, and Tameshia Martin

This December, St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity celebrates its 25th year of building and repairing homes in St. Lucie County. To honor this milestone, Treasure Coast Lexus is hosting the Home for the Holidays Celebration and bringing the community together to help build three new Habitat homes. On December 11th, 2021 from 6-9pm, guests will enjoy cocktails, dinner, music, and a one-of-a-kind live auction in the newly renovated Lexus showroom. Proceeds from the event will go toward building the three Habitat homes that will make homeownership possible for Paulette Coakley and her two kids, John (13) and Sa’Rae (10), Patsy Collins and her grandson Gary (9), and Tameshia Martin and her son Antwan (16).

For 25 years, St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity has been driven by the vision that everyone deserves a decent place to live. The organization partners with low-income working families to build or improve upon a place for them to call home. Habitat homebuyers help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage that includes real estate taxes and insurance. This creates a situation where homeowners can save more, invest in education, pursue opportunity, and have more financial stability. Since 1996, St. Lucie Habitat has provided housing solutions to over 220 local families.

Home for the Holidays Celebration tickets are being sold for $125 and sponsorships start at $1,500. All sponsorships include tickets to the event and optional Construction Site Team Builds. Visit stluciehabitat.org or call 772.464.1117 ext. 121 to purchase tickets or sponsor the Celebration.

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Helping People Succeed’s 2022 Art for Living Calendars on Sale Now!

21 Oct Art Living Calendar

Stuart - It’s that time of year when Helping People Succeed distributes its popular Art for Living Calendars, available for residents and guests at local business outlets, including Barnes & Noble Book Store in Jensen Beach. Looking for that perfect gift? Helping People Succeed's 2022 Art for Living Calendar reflects the beauty we have right here on the Treasure Coast! Each month is represented by one of our talented local artists. The calendars sell for only $20.00 each.

Our featured artists this year include: Holly Cannon, Diane Raymond, Pam Patterson, Patrice Scott, Val Lally, Susan Clifford, Dan Mackin, Marian Vitale, Pat Hoshino, Julia Kelly, Sue Ann Mosley-Saleeby, Laura DeBerard and Don MacIntosh. We are also thankful for our underwriters: Water Pointe Realty, Stuart Business Systems, Green Design, Sandhill Cove Retirement Living, All Creatures Animal Hospital, NisAir Air Conditioning & Heating, Mark Brechbill, PLLC, Dave’s Plumbing, EW Consultants, Ross Mixing, Mary Kay Buckridge, Peggy’s Natural Foods, Premier Physical Therapy and Corporate Furniture Options.

The calendars are available for sale at the Helping People Succeed office, 1601 NE Braille Place, off Savanna Road in Jensen Beach as well as throughout the Treasure Coast. For a complete listing of outlets where you can purchase a calendar – visit our website at hpsfl.org.

Back by popular demand is our Art for Living Gallery. Not only can you view (and/or purchase) the artwork that is featured in our 2022 Art for Living Calendar – you can also see additional works of art displayed by the artists. Their artwork is also for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Helping People Succeed. The gallery can be found on our website at hpsfl.org. This state-of-the-art exhibit will be available for viewing from now through November of 2022.

You can also view the original works of art on the Second Floor Art Gallery at the Elliott Museum. The Museum is located at 825 NE Ocean Boulevard and is open daily.

Serving our community for over 57 years, Helping People Succeed helps develop healthy families in Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee and Indian River counties by providing numerous parenting, mental health and behavioral support programs. Helping People Succeed also provides support services designed to enable adults with special needs to fully participate in volunteer and employment roles in our community.

For more information, visit our website at hpsfl.org or contact Glenna Parris at 772.320.0778.

Martin County Office of Tourism & Marketing Earns Top Honors At Visit Florida's 2021 Flagler Awards

21 Sept Discover Martin

Stuart – The Martin County Office of Tourism & Marketing was recently honored to win a total of three of the top Flagler Awards, known as “The Henry,” during the annual Florida Governor’s Conference on Tourism, held in Hollywood, Florida.

The team won in the Social Media Marketing and Niche Marketing categories, accepting two coveted Henry Awards for their “Fish Like a Local” and “Moments of Escape” campaigns, respectively. Additionally, the team was awarded a Best of Show trophy during the ceremony for destinations with annual marketing budgets between $500,000 and two million dollars.

The award-winning marketing campaigns were developed during the COVID-19 pandemic to showcase Martin County’s wide-open natural spaces and highlight the destination’s dynamic range of outdoor experiences for visitors to enjoy safely. The innovative programs were created using CARES Act funding and aligned with the Office of Tourism’s ongoing efforts to keep the destination top of mind for future travel.

“It is a tremendous honor to be honored by VISIT FLORIDA at the Flagler Awards,” says Nerissa Okiye, Tourism Director of Martin County. “The state of Florida boasts some of the most talented and creative marketers in the world, and we are thrilled to see Martin County recognized in such great company.”

Named for Henry Flagler, the Flagler Awards were established by VISIT FLORIDA in 2000 to recognize outstanding tourism marketing in Florida. The Flagler Awards honor the individuals and organizations that help maintain and improve Florida’s position as one of the world’s most popular travel destinations. The annual awards are open to all individuals, private businesses and not-for-profit organizations offering a product or service that promotes tourism to or within the state of Florida.

As in previous years, the 2021 Flagler Awards drew entries from a broad range of Florida’s tourism partners. Working independently, a panel of judges evaluated the creativity, innovation, production quality, and effectiveness of each entry. Based on the judges’ cumulative scores, awards are presented to the top three entries in each category: the Bronze Award for the third-highest scoring entry, the Silver Award for the second-highest scoring entry, and the Henry Award for the highest-scoring entry in each category. A complete list of the 2021 Flagler Award winners can be found on the VISIT FLORIDA website.

“We are extremely proud of the work we produced over the past year, especially considering the unpreceded challenges that the global tourism industry faced throughout the pandemic,” says Ian Centrone, Tourism Public Relations and Community Liaison for Martin County. “We are incredibly grateful to our partners, and we could not have achieved these results without the ongoing support of the Martin County Tourism Development Council and our local stakeholders.”

Ian Centrone
Tourism Public Relations and Community Liaison
Office: (772) 320-3157 | Mobile: (772) 361-2276 | icentrone@martin.fl.us

Encompassing the communities of Port Salerno, Stuart, Palm City, Jensen Beach, Indiantown, Jupiter Island, Hobe Sound, Sewall's Point, and Hutchinson Island, this hidden gem is a place for unwinding and reconnecting. The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing is the official tourism marketing arm of Martin County, Florida, whose goal is to provide information to those interested in Martin County and to spread the word about this one-of-a-kind destination.

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Bank of America Partners with Habitat for Humanity to Increase Access to Affordable Housing in the Treasure Coast

21 Sept Habitat Multi

Bank of America awarding $32,500 in grant funding to support homeownership programs of local Habitat chapters

Stuart – Bank of America today announced a partnership with Indian River Habitat for Humanity, Habitat for Humanity of Martin County, and St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity to expand the reach of each organization’s affordable housing programs serving Treasure Coast residents.

The $32,500 invested by the bank will support each organization’s initiatives targeting different stages of the homeownership journey. Indian River Habitat for Humanity will use the grant to help replace or repair the roofs of least 12 Indian River County families as part of the organization’s Neighborhood Revitalization Program.

Habitat for Humanity of Martin County’s grant will help fund the organization’s latest affordable housing neighborhood in Hobe Sound. Construction for the 18-home Pettway project is expected to begin in 2022 and will also be completed in partnership with the Martin County Community Redevelopment Agency and the Board of County Commissioners.

St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity is utilizing Bank of America’s funding to support construction and repairs costs for St. Lucie County homeowners who earn 80% or less of the area’s median income. By July 2022, St. Lucie Habitat plans to build nine new homes utilizing a land trust model, and perform 20 critical repairs.

For years, Bank of America has teamed up with Habitat for Humanity and its local Treasure Coast chapters as part of their shared mission to help members of the community achieve the dream of homeownership. With volunteer opportunities limited due to the current health crisis, charitable grants and fundraising efforts are critical for Habitat and other local non-profits to address issues such as affordable housing that are fundamental to economic mobility.

“We believe in empowering people to achieve the dream of homeownership because when more members of the community realize their financial goals, our neighborhoods are transformed and we grow as a region,” said Doug Sherman, President, Bank of America Treasure Coast. “Our partnership with Habitat for Humanity will increase access to affordable housing in areas of the Treasure Coast and create meaningful solutions for the long-term economic gaps many residents are facing.”

In addition to receiving a new home, Habitat for Humanity partner families attend classes that prepare them for homeownership and teach them valuable skills that help stabilize the neighborhoods in which they live. After classes are completed, Habitat continues to support those families with ongoing counseling.

To learn more and support these organizations and their efforts, visit https://www.irchabitat.org, https://www.habitatmartin.org and https://stluciehabitat.org.

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Community Health Improvement Plan Reflects Community Voices

20 Oct MC Health Logo

Priority areas include access to health and human services, mental health and substance use, and economic and social mobility

Martin County – The Martin County Community Health Advisory Council announces the completion of the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), which identifies goals and strategies for improving health in the county.

The plan identifies three priority areas with actionable goals and strategies:

• Access to Health and Human Services
• Mental Health and Substance Use
• Economic and Social Mobility

“The Community Health Improvement Plan is an excellent example of how partners work together to identify issues of concern and set goals to improve health.” said Carol Ann Vitani, Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health, Martin County. “This collaborative effort helps to make our community stronger, healthier and more resilient.”

The development of this plan began in 2020 with the creation of the Community Health Assessment (CHA) where residents provided feedback related to community health and quality of life. The report also provides extensive county specific health and population data.

The Martin County Advisory Council consists of representatives from more than 25 agencies including the Florida Department of Health, Martin County Government, City of Stuart, Martin County School Board, UF/IFAS Family Nutrition program, the Kane Center, Helping People

Succeed, Treasure Coast Food Bank/Whole Child Connection, Mary’s Home, Pentecostal Church of God, Love and Hope in Action (LAHIA), Children’s Services Council of Martin County, House of Hope, Salvation Army, Tykes & Teens, Volunteers in Medicine, Florida

Rural Legal Services, Community Foundation of Palm Beach & Martin Counties, The Healing Center of Martin County, Martin County Sheriff’s Department, Light of the World Charities, United Way of Martin County, Healthy Start of Martin County, 2-1-1 Palm Beach/Treasure

Coast, Communities Connected for Kids, Project Lift, Christ Fellowship Church, Cleveland Clinic Martin Health, Indian River State College, AmBetter, Martin County Fire Rescue, , Martin County Health and Human Services, Martin County Library System, The Council on

Aging of Martin County and the Florida Community Health Center. The Florida Department of Health in Martin County worked in partnership with the Health Council of Southeast Florida on both the CHA and CHIP.

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Local Church “Celebrates 90 Years” By Doing 90 Days of Community Service Projects

21 Sept Port Salerno Church of God

In Photo: Port Salerno Church of God officers Paul Curate, Gay Barnes, Dr. Xenobia Poitier-Anderson, Alfred Patton and Charles Anderson

Article by: Jackie Holfelder / Photo by: Kherri Anderson

Few entities in Martin County have been blessed to thrive and survive for ninety years, but Port Salerno Church of God has done just that.

The venerable church will actually celebrate the important date during the weekend of December 3-5, 2021, but the 90 days leading up to that will be filled with community service projects

The church came from humble beginnings and grew to establish itself as a body of believers who are devoted to Biblical standards and ethical practices with accountability.

Port Salerno Church of God’s long-standing commitment to serve “all people” continues to be a priority for the congregation.

The celebration kicked off on September 25 at the church with a beautification project that included adding plants to the exterior and fresh paint to the interior.

Each week, beginning with September 27 and ending with December 4, the worshippers from Port Salerno Church of God will share their love of the community by doing a variety of projects. These include:

The Christian Education Board will adopt one minority teacher at Anderson Middle School and one at Stuart Middle School, each of whom will receive $200

The Evangelism Department will purchase two $50 gift cards and give one to a needy family in Port Saint Lucie and one in Stuart/Port Salerno.

Girls’ Ministries will provide a gift basket to a local family

Women’s Discipleship has already provided funding for five of its members to join the Salvation Army Woman’s Auxiliary Board for the year. They have also contacted Compassion House and was given a list of their needs, which will be filled

The coordinator of the Youth Department has arranged to have volunteer youth come and complete various activities to benefit the children and staff of Gertrude Walden Child Care Center

The Music Ministry will provide a free gospel concert on Nov. 6, 2021, location and time to be announced

Greeters and ushers will host a boxed lunch event on November 13 for First Responders to drive-by and pick up

Senior Ministries will provide Thanksgiving meals to several families on November 23

Men’s Discipleship will complete a project with the Samaritan Center for Young Boys & Families

The Community Project event will conclude with a special program on Friday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m. with “Music and Ministry from Past to Present;” presented by guest speaker, Bishop Anthony T. Pelt, State Administrative Bishop for Florida-Cocoa Churches of God.

For more information, call Dr. Xenobia Poitier-Anderson at 772-263-6986.