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VSOA mural brightens LOTW dentistry offices

VSOA mural brightens LOTW dentistry offices


Lynne Barletta and Lori Sang with Octopus mural

Do you suffer from dentophobia? Lots of people do: it’s fear of visiting the dentist.

Now imagine that you’re eight or nine years old – maybe older. You’ve never been to a dental office – probably never even heard of one. Your teeth and gums hurt so much that you can’t even eat. Maybe they’re so diseased that they even make you ill.

One day, you find yourself at Little Lights Dentistry in Stuart. There are strange people in uniforms with tools you’ve never seen, telling you to do things in a language you may not understand. You’re petrified.

That was the situation facing the multi-lingual staff at Light of the World Charities (LOTW), the nonprofit under which Little Lights Dentistry operates, providing free dental care for uninsured, low-income children living on the Treasure Coast from their first birthdays through high school graduation.

Executive Director Lori Sang thought that gaily colored whimsical murals might help alleviate the stress and fear and applied for a grant from Impact 100 Martin to seed the project and purchase supplies and equipment for one year. In 2022, LOTW received the grant and the search for an artist/muralist was on.

That’s where Lynne Barletta and the talented folks from Visionary School of Arts (VSOA) came in.

Barletta is well-known for the stunning murals she has created in Martin County and received the commission to do the Little Lights Dentistry project. In July, 2022 she, Alicia Jones, staff teachers and artist teachers of VSOA began the spectacular project, finishing on Labor Day weekend. One Saturday, VSOA interns and some of the experienced children who study at the school were invited to participate.

Virtually every room and wall at Little Lights Dentistry is a colorful creative wonder, eliciting excitement and joy from patients and staff alike. Barletta developed the concept for each mural. Alicia Jones contributed the treasure map design of Martin County.

There are spots designed to take selfies in front of the paintings and a special Impact 100 Martin room as a tribute to the women who made the project a financial possibility.

Barletta was thrilled to be a part of this transformative project. She says “This mural has been a labor of love for children, as well as a powerful collaboration of local non-profits.”

“The mural and support for Little Lights Dentistry will impact children for generations to come”, said Sang.

For more about Visionary School of Arts, visit For more about Little Lights Dentistry, visit

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Sep. 9, 2022|

Treasure Coast Food Bank names four to board of directors

Treasure Coast Food Bank names four to board of directors


Treasure Coast Food Bank has named four community leaders to its board of directors. Christine Kelly-Begazo, Richard P. Tambone, Scott Bass, and Maj. Petri Hayes all recently began their board service. The new members add expertise to the board in the areas of agriculture, education, public safety, and economic development.

“We welcome Christine, Richard, Scott, and Maj. Hayes to the Board of Directors and look forward to the wealth of expertise they have to share,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “Their knowledge and longtime dedication to the Treasure Coast will help us as we work to fight hunger and alleviate its causes.”

Christine Kelly-Begazo has been an agriculture educator for nearly three decades, starting with a 4-year stint in the Peace Corps in Honduras. She is a County Extension Director and Agent in the University of Florida/IFAS Extension office located in Vero Beach.

Kelly-Begazo holds a master’s degree in agronomy from the University of Florida and has worked with the agricultural community in Indian River County since 2004. She initiated the Peanut Butter Challenge in Indian River County, a food drive among all the ag extension offices that collects peanut butter for local food banks. In 2020, she received Distinguished Service Awards for Excellence in Extension Education Programs from both the Florida Association and the National Association of County Agricultural Agents. Kelly-Begazo will serve as Treasurer of the Board.

Richard P. Tambone is a leading Florida and New England commercial, industrial and multifamily real estate developer responsible for the acquisition and development of more than 15 million square feet of office, research, industrial, medical, and multifamily projects in South Florida, the Southwest, and the Greater Boston markets.

From 2016-2022, Tambone Companies had the opportunity to serve as the master developer for the City of Port St. Lucie to market and expedite the sale and development of land within the 1,200 acres of Tradition Center for Commerce with the goal of spearheading economic development in the region.

Scott Bass is Deputy Superintendent of the School District of Indian River County. He has served nearly 30 years in public education, beginning as a science teacher and sports coach in Glades County. After leading several schools as a principal and assistant principal, he served as Assistant Superintendent for the Glades County School District, supervising operations, human resources, career and adult education as well as principals. He was elected Glades County Schools Superintendent  in 2012 and re-elected in 2016.

Under his leadership, the school district experienced significant achievements, including third-highest graduation rates in Florida and second-highest kindergarten readiness scores.  He was named Deputy Superintendent for Indian River County in 2020, and oversees school safety, district operations, human resources, and supervision of all the district’s principals.

Major Petri Hayes commands the Department of Detention within the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, which includes numerous divisions that oversee inmates. He holds a degree in Criminal Justice and a graduate certificate in Public and Environmental Affairs from Indiana University. He served with the Indiana Department of Corrections for 10 years prior to moving to Florida.

Petri joined the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office after completing the Florida Corrections Officer Proficiency Course through Indian River State College in 2009. He was a member of the agency’s Gang Intelligence Task Force, serves as Commander of the jail’s Emergency Response Team, and worked to develop a physical fitness training course for members of the Emergency Response Team.  Petri also serves the community through tireless work organizing and coaching basketball camps and leagues for youth in St. Lucie County.

Mitch Hall, General Manager of Walmart Distribution Center #7038, will continue in his role as Executive Board Chairman for the 2022-23 year. He will serve along with Vice Chairman Peter Tesch, President of the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County, and Secretary Mark Satterlee, Deputy County Administrator of St. Lucie County. Professor Emeritus Ed Skvarch is Past Immediate Chairman.

Returning to the board are David Jackson, legislative aide to Congressman Bill Posey, and Karl Zimmermann, a community advocate from Vero Beach.


Christine Kelly

Major Petri Hayes










Richard P. Tambone

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Treasure Coast Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief organization on Florida’s Treasure Coast, providing the community each year with millions of meals valued at more than $50 million through robust programs and in partnership with 400 charitable organizations in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee counties. In addition to emergency food distribution, Treasure Coast Food Bank operates a full roster of direct service programs that not only solve the immediate problem of hunger, but help individuals and families gain long-term food security, better health outcomes, and self-sufficiency. Treasure Coast Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. For more information on Treasure Coast Food Bank, call 772.489.3034, log on to, visit our Facebook page at, or follow us on Twitter at


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Sep. 9, 2022|

45th annual Youth Guidance luau to raise funds for local children in need 

45th annual Youth Guidance luau to raise funds for local children in need

LaKia Patterson, YG Group Leader and YG Students: Mariah’Ka, Genese, Naudiah, with Jenna Manfredi, YG Mentor Resource Manager

Aloha! Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy will hold its 45th annual Tropical Night Luau Friday, Oct. 7th, at the Boulevard Village and Tennis Club in Vero Beach from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Known by many as “Vero Beach’s Best Party of the Year,” this event will delight all who attend. Guests will be adorned with traditional Hawaiian leis upon arrival and will have the opportunity to meet children enrolled in Youth Guidance. The Luau will include an open bar, tropical buffet, dancing, an exciting live auction with spectacular prizes, and an unforgettable performance by Hiti Mahana Polynesia featuring a Siva Afi Fire Knife Spinning Finale.

Sponsorships for the Luau are available starting at $500, which includes two tickets to the event and promotion on event signage, social media, and marketing materials. Youth Guidance anticipates 180 guests in attendance this year.

Luau proceeds will provide life-changing mentoring programs for children and families with limited resources in Indian River County. Youth Guidance serves approximately 250 children and young adults ages 5-24 each year. Thanks to generous donors, all programs are made available free of charge, and the children receive a healthy dinner every night.

As Youth Guidance approaches its 50th anniversary, the organization’s strategic focus is to provide local children access to life skills, academic enrichment, and vocational training.

In October 2022, Youth Guidance will offer an eight-month pre-apprenticeship program, providing young adults ages 16-24 with six professional certifications and experience in five different trades: Welding, plumbing, electric, carpentry, and HVAC.

Other programs at Youth Guidance include afterschool tutoring, website design, gardening, cooking, bicycle repair, boat mechanics, sewing, and money management.

“The Tropical Night Luau is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about our mission and the programs that we offer at Youth Guidance,” Barnes said.

For more information on Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy programs and the Tropical Night Luau, visit or call Executive Director Phil Barnes at 772-492-3933.

Frank & Sandi Lardani, Carol Braun & Mary Lewisy


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Sep. 9, 2022|

City of Fort Pierce receives $2.7 million state infrastructure grant

City of Fort Pierce receives $2.7 million state infrastructure grant

From left – Shyanne Harnage, City of Fort Pierce; Port St. Lucie Vice Mayor Jolien Caraballo; Sen. Gayle Harrell; Rep. Toby Overdorf; Rep. Dana Trabulsy; Port St. Lucie Council Member Stephanie Morgan; Fort Pierce Mayor Linda Hudson; Rep. Erin Grall; Port St. Lucie Council Member Anthony Bonna; St. Lucie County Commissioner Cathy Townsend; St. Lucie County Commissioner Linda Bartz; St. Lucie County Commission Vice Chair Frannie Hutchinson; Pete Tesch, Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County. Photo credit: Marisol’s Photography


Governor Ron DeSantis presented the City of Fort Pierce with a $2.7 million Florida Job Growth Grant on Aug. 30. The grant will help fund infrastructure improvements in the city’s historic downtown.

The improvements to critical infrastructure include water, wastewater, electric, fiber, natural gas, roadway and sidewalk improvements. The infrastructure upgrades will stimulate more than $72.7 million of private investment on 10 brownfield acres along Indian River Drive, where the city’s power plant was once sited.

“We’re very bullish on St. Lucie County as a whole. We think Fort Pierce really is a great spot and think this is really going to help the area continue to blossom,” said DeSantis during a press conference and check presentation in Fort Pierce.

“It has been an absolute honor to work with the Governor’s Office, the DEO (Department of Economic Opportunity), the City of Fort Pierce and the EDC to help secure this transformative grant to help revitalize our historic downtown corridor,” said State Rep. Dana Trabulsy. “This funding assistance is going to provide a much-needed boost to help spur economic growth, small business, entrepreneurship and tourism in our waterfront community.”

The grant will be matched with an additional $2 million from the City of Fort Pierce. The $4,746,000 investment will fund replacement of 80-year-old water mains, relocation of an electrical transformer, pedestrian safety enhancements on A.E. Backus Avenue, improvements to Indian River Drive between Seaway Drive and Marina Way, and preliminary work on replacement of the Moore’s Creek Bridge.

“We know we’re a beautiful city. With these improvements, everyone is going to know we are a beautiful city,” said Fort Pierce Mayor Linda Hudson.

Communities receiving Job Growth Grants must demonstrate how the funding will help create private sector jobs.  According to an economic impact report by Downs & St. Germain Research, just the hotel alone in the King’s Landing mixed-use development on the downtown site will create 221 jobs, generate more than $2 million a year in state and local tax revenues and $6-7 million annually in wages. Also planned at King’s Landing are restaurants, retail shops, offices, condominiums, townhomes and a parking garage.

“The state’s job growth grants are awarded after a very competitive process. We had a great team working together to bring this grant home to Fort Pierce,” said Pete Tesch, president of the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County (EDC).  “I’d especially like to thank Representative Trabulsy for her tireless efforts in support of economic opportunities for the citizens of Fort Pierce, as well as the DEO for ably guiding us through the grant process.”

The City of Port St. Lucie received two Job Growth Grants in recent years to fund infrastructure improvements in Southern Grove, the city’s jobs corridor along I-95.

Fort Pierce Mayor Linda Hudson. Photo credit: Marisol’s Photography

About the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund

The Florida Job Growth Grant Fund is an economic development program designed to promote public infrastructure and workforce training across the state. Proposals are reviewed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) and chosen by the governor to meet the demand for workforce or infrastructure needs in the community they are awarded to.


About the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County

The EDC is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting economic vitality in St. Lucie County through the attraction, retention and expansion of businesses in the community. The EDC works in partnership with local governments and the private sector to advance its goals of creating more and better-paying jobs for residents, broadening the tax base and improving St. Lucie County’s economic quality of life. Contact the EDC at 772.336.6250 or


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Rendering of King’s Landing.

Sep. 2, 2022|

House of Hope receives grant from Florida Blue Foundation

House of Hope receives grant from Florida Blue Foundation

Growing Hope Production Farm enables House of Hope to increase its ability to supply its pantries and partners with fresh fruits and vegetables.


House of Hope’s efforts to feed the hungry and empower residents to overcome hunger and hardship have received a huge boost from Florida Blue Foundation’s 2022 Food Security Grant Program.

House of Hope will receive a total of $328,613 over four years to support its four client choice pantries, the Growing Hope Production Farm operations that produce fresh fruits and vegetables, case management for individuals looking to better their future, and innovative nutrition education programs for adults and children.

“We are honored at the confidence that Florida Blue Foundation has shown in House of Hope with this generous grant,” said House of Hope CEO Rob Ranieri. “Last year alone we distributed 2.1 million pounds of nutritious food to our clients and our 35 food bank partner agencies, together reaching more than 12,000 individuals monthly, and the demand continues to grow.”

Florida Blue Foundation invests in programs that are focused on advancing mental well-being, improving health equity, impacting food security, growing healthy communities, and addressing systemic racism and resulting health disparities.

“This grant comes at a time when House of Hope is preparing to expand to Okeechobee County. We’re opening a packing house at our Growing Hope Production Farm to increase our ability to supply our pantries and partners with fresh fruits and vegetables. Our grove of fruit trees is almost fully planted. And because we know that eating well leads to healthier people and better economic status, we continue to teach people of all ages how to eat healthier and be healthier,” Ranieri said. “We’re grateful to have Florida Blue Foundation as our newest partner.”

The extensive programs and services of House of Hope are provided at no cost to those in need. It depends on generous donors and volunteers throughout the community to meet its mission. For more information about ways to get help or give help, call House of Hope at 772-286-4673 or go to the House of Hope website

About House of Hope

Founded in 1984, House of Hope is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that empowers Martin County residents to overcome hunger and hardship. House of Hope touches the lives of more than 7,000 people each month helping with basic needs such as food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance, as well as longer-term case management services that help build life skills for a more self-sufficient future.

The organization has service centers in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown, and Jensen Beach, with thrift stores in Stuart, Hobe Sound, and Indiantown. House of Hope’s Centers for Enrichment at Golden Gate in Stuart and in Jensen Beach offer free programs, technology, and workshops designed to enhance life skills, earning potential, health, and overall well-being.

House of Hope also operates the Growing Hope Farm in Palm City and several nutrition gardens that provide sustainable sources of fresh produce for clients as well as nutrition education and vocational opportunities to the community. For more information, visit or call 772-286-4673. Updates and announcements can also be found on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.



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Sep. 2, 2022|

Martin Artisan Guild plans fabulous fall

Martin Artisan Guild plans fabulous fall


Dinija Berkien


An exciting autumn season is ahead for the talented and prolific members of Martin Artisans Guild.

The Fall into Art Exhibit is offered in the Guild’s Palm Room Gallery & Artisans Boutique in Harbour Bay Plaza from Sept. 7-Oct. 29.

The Opening Reception is set for Wednesday, Sept. 7 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. with a Meet the Artists taking place on Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 4-6 p.m. Both events will feature live music and delectable appetizers.

Participating artists are:

  • Barb Bucci
  • Charlie Coté
  • Doreen Lepore
  • Glen Allen
  • Kim Beltrame
  • Mallo Bisset
  • Marian Vitale
  • Mark Stall
  • Michaelann Bellerjeau
  • Sue Klahne
  • Jane Lawton Baldridge

The Palm Room & Artisans Boutique of Martin Artisans Guild is located at 3746 SE Ocean Boulevard in Sewall’s Point. It is open from noon-6 p.m., Tuesdays-Saturdays.

Concurrent with the art exhibit, Chances for Art, which raises funds for artists needing Martin County Open Studio Tour scholarships, will be held. Artists who are members of the Guild each donate a specific work of art. Raffle tickets are $20 each and available both at the Palm Room and on the website at

All donated works can be seen at both venues, as well. A drawing for winners will take place Oct. 28 and winners will be announced online.

Artists donating are:

  • Angela Krogen
  • Barb Bucci
  • Billie Jo Thomson
  • Carolyn Walsh
  • Cheryl Coté
  • Chris Kling
  • Curt Whiticar
  • Cynthia Cooper
  • Danuta Rothschild
  • Deborah Bottorff
  • Dinija Berkien
  • Doreen Lepore
  • Dot Galfond
  • Ed Douglas
  • Eduardo Gomez
  • Jackie Roesch-Sanchez
  • James J. DeMartis
  • Jane Lawton Baldridge
  • Janis Clary
  • Jim & Tess Dirks
  • Jordan Silvia
  • Judi LeBlanc
  • Justin Klahne
  • Kimberly Beltrame
  • Laura Kay Whiticar-Darvill
  • Lynn Morgan
  • Mallo Bisset
  • Maria Miele
  • Marian Vitale
  • Mark Stall
  • Martha Quigley
  • Mia Lindberg
  • Michaelann Bellerjeau
  • MJ Dowling
  • Nan Finlayson
  • Ray Reiland
  • Renee Keil
  • Sally Browning Pearson
  • Sheryl Levine
  • Sue Klahne
  • Suzanne Connors
  • Tepa Charles

Finally, another Art Down the Hall collaboration with the Elliott Museum is set for Sept. 22-Nov. 13 when the exhibition Perspectives of Paradise will be hung.

An opening reception will take place on Thursday, Sept. 22 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., with snacks and a cash bar.

Exhibiting artists are:

  • Angela Krogen
  • Barb Bucci
  • Cheryl Coté
  • Chris Kling
  • Curt Whiticar
  • Danuta Rothschild
  • Deborah Bottorff
  • Dinija Berkien
  • Doreen Lepore
  • Dot Galfond
  • Glenn Allen
  • Jacquelyn Roesch-Sanchez
  • James J. DeMartis
  • Jane Lawton Baldridge
  • Janis Clary
  • Keith Oehlschlager
  • Kim Beltrame
  • Laura Kay Whiticar-Darvill
  • Linda Reymore
  • Lynn Morgan
  • Mallo Bisset
  • Maria Miele
  • Marian Vitale
  • Mark Stall
  • Mary Mirabito
  • Michaelann Bellerjeau
  • Sue Klahne
  • Torenzo Gann

The Elliott Museum is located at 825 NE Ocean Blvd, Stuart.

For more, visit


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Sep. 2, 2022|

Youth Guidance receives grant from Bank of America to support workforce development programs

Youth Guidance receives grant from Bank of America to support workforce development programs

Twelve teenagers and young adults received their forklift certification as part of the Youth Guidance Pre-Apprenticeship Program.

To strengthen our community in the Treasure Coast, Bank of America is helping address barriers to basic needs, workforce development, and education by directing grant funding to Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy.

Bank of America recently awarded Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy a grant for $10,000. These funds will enable Youth Guidance to continue its workforce development and pre-apprenticeship programs for youth ages 12-24 living with limited resources in Indian River County.

Youth Guidance serves approximately 250 children, teenagers, and young adults every year. Through Bank of America’s grant and partnership, the grant will be used to provide youth ages 12-24 group mentoring programs that teach various life skills, including: culinary arts, sewing, bicycle repair, boat mechanics, and gardening.  

The grant will also support the Youth Guidance Pre-Apprenticeship, the only pre-apprenticeship in Indian River County. Over eight months, youth ages 16-24 will learn five trades, including HVAC, welding, carpentry, electric, and plumbing. Those who complete the entire course will receive six professional certifications that will help them start a career in the trades. 

“We are thrilled to partner with Bank of America to help prepare our youth for careers and explore the trades industry,” said Phil Barnes, Executive Director of Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy. “This partnership will play a key role in our efforts to provide local children and young adults with hands-on experience while earning professional certifications.”

Youth Guidance implemented the pre-apprenticeship for the first time from October 2021 to May 2022. Out of the 15 students who participated, 14 received professional certifications. Upon graduation, one student started his career as an apprentice electrician.  

The pre-apprenticeship will start again in Fall 2022 in partnership with the Indian River County School District. Youth Guidance anticipates serving 20 students this coming year.

This grant is aligned with the bank’s broader efforts to advance economic opportunity and equity through health, jobs and reskilling, affordable housing, and small business. As part of those efforts, the bank has granted a total of $150,000 to 14 Treasure Coast nonprofits so far this year.  

“Investing in this partnership is part of our approach to driving economic opportunity and social progress in Indian River County,” said Susan Rabinowitz, president, Bank of America Treasure Coast. “This grant is just one way we are deploying resources locally to help remove barriers to economic success and build a more sustainable community.”

In addition to its grant funding, Bank of America’s 243 Treasure Coast teammates pitch in roughly 2,900 volunteer hours yearly. With the constantly changing landscape, charitable grants and fundraising are critical to support the important work of our nonprofit partners. 

Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy is dedicated to enriching the lives of Indian River County youth through mentoring relationships that inspire trust, self-esteem, and positive futures. Founded in 1973, Youth Guidance provides daily meals as well as one-on-one and group mentoring programs to children and young adults ages 5-24 with limited resources.

After school, students complete their homework under the supervision of trained Youth Guidance staff. Then they participate in group mentoring programs that include vocational training, life skills, and STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, arts, and math). All programs and meals are provided free of charge thanks to the generosity of the local community.

If you are interested in learning more about Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy or making a donation, please call 772.492.3933, or visit our website at


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Sep. 2, 2022|

Treasure Coast Business News 8.30.22


Chemical Technologies opens flagship facility in Fort Pierce

Fort Pierce will be home to Chemical Technologies Holding Corporation’s (ChemTech) flagship facility, a one-of-a-kind lumber treatment plant created to showcase the company’s ground-breaking TechWood product.

Production at the Techwood facility will begin in late August. This first phase, 8,000 square feet on Commercial Circle, will employ approximately eight people and has been third-party qualified and certified to produce and apply ChemTech’s protective, environmentally friendly treatments to soft wood lumber, plywood and engineered wood... Read More>>

Former fortune 500 executive returns to Fort Pierce to inspire students and community

The public is invited to join Lee E. Rhyant, former executive vice president and general manager for Lockheed-Martin Marietta and Fort Pierce native son, on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. for a community conversation in support of his new book, Soaring Eleven Guiding Principles on the Path from Segregation to Success, co-authored with Dr. Catherine Lewis.

The program will take place at the Kight Center for Emerging Technologies, Room V-110, on the Indian River State College Massey Campus, 3209 Virginia Ave. in Fort Pierce. The talk will be followed by a meet and greet and book signing with the authors... Read More>>

United Way of Martin County announces board chair, board members and campaign committee

United Way of Martin County benefits from the guidance, leadership and advocacy of a dynamic and dedicated 24-member board of directors. As United Way celebrates its 50th year in Martin County, the organization welcomes its 2022-2023 executive officers, board members and campaign committee.

Geoff Lieberman, vice president store manager, Macy's Treasure Coast, will serve as chair of the board of directors... Read More>>

Stuart Air Show set for weekend of Nov. 12-13

Who doesn’t love the thrill of seeing sleek planes and breathtaking pilot demonstrations?

Luckily, the Stuart Air Show, the biggest event on the Treasure Coast, is headed back to Witham Field the weekend of Nov. 12-13, 2022.

The theme of this year’s show is “Celebrating Aviation: Honoring its Past and Inspiring its Future.”... Read More>>

Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation announces appointment of Sara Wilson as new executive director.

After an extensive search process, Sara was the optimal candidate bringing executive experience in both business and non-profit environments. In addition to her professional expertise, Sara’s deep love for history and literature align well with the mission of the Foundation which is to preserve Laura (Riding) Jackson’s home, maintain the Florida native plant garden which surrounds it at the Mueller Campus of Indian River State College in Vero Beach, and nurture writers through a series of literary offerings including adult and teen writers groups, summer camps, workshops, and poetry festivals... Read More>>

A-1 announces appointment of Robert Chance to vice president of human resources  

A-1 Industries of Florida, Inc. (“A-1”), a leading manufacturer of pre-engineered wood trusses,  announced that Robert Chance has joined A-1 as its new vice president of human resources.  

With over 30 years of Human Resources experience, Bob most recently held the role of global vice president of human resources at Troy Corporation, providing global human resources oversight to the organization... Read More>>

Family promise bed race puts the FUN in fundraisers

The mission of Family Promise of Martin County is a serious one. The non-profit, interfaith hospitality network provides temporary assistance, hospitality and case management to families with children who are experiencing homelessness, which currently affects an increasing number of residents in the county.

But that doesn’t mean that the nonprofit’s annual fundraiser isn’t a roll-in-the-aisles riot... Read More>>

CTM Custom’s family-friendly fall festival benefits three nonprofits

Catch the Wave of Hope (CWH) will be one of three lucky nonprofit beneficiaries of the Automotive Fall Festival that will be hosted by CTM Customs on Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at the Hobe Sound Farmers Market.

Operation 300 and 4KIDS will also share in the weekend’s proceeds. The Fall Festival will offer something for everyone, auto buffs or not... Read More>>

Turn up the heat dance foundation thrives

An Indian proverb says, “To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak”.

That’s the perfect description of the founders, teachers, students and supporters of Turn Up the Heat Professional Dance Company, which was formed in 2021 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm of the Turn Up the Heat Dance School.

Its mission is to cultivate a diverse community of students, educators, artists and audiences by promoting dance in schools, expanding community awareness, and increasing professional development and performance arts... Read More>>

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