Awards

Martin County Boys & Girls Clubs board member celebrated at national conference with Lifetime Achievement award

Martin County Boys & Girls Clubs board member celebrated at national conference with Lifetime Achievement award

 

Appearing in the attached photo: (L-R) James L. Newland, Val McNeely, Jim Clark President & CEO Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and Lorraine Orr Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Office BGCA.

 

It’s the highest acclaim the Boys & Girls Clubs movement can bestow to celebrate outstanding service from a volunteer leader. Earlier in May at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America national conference in Chicago, this tribute was granted to longtime board member Val McNeely. 

McNeely received the James L. Newland Lifetime Achievement Award in Board Leadership for demonstrating “extraordinary service and devotion to the mission of Boys & Girls Clubs, both locally and nationally,” says Keith “Fletch” Fletcher, President, and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County.

Fletcher cited McNeely’s commitment to ensuring the highest possible safety standards for young people attending BGCMC Clubs, as well as establishing a fund to improve Club infrastructure, enhance security measures, and support programs dedicated to the members’ emotional growth and well-being. 

“No one person has been there for our organization more frequently than Val McNeely,” says Fletcher. “Whether it was a safety concern or an opportunity for growth, Val wasted no time in finding or creating solutions. Her nimble, innovative style is an excellent example of leadership in action. And she deserves a great deal of credit for forging the foundation of our incoming flagship Club in Stuart and the state-of-the-art workforce collaborations it will offer our members.”

“It's impossible to overstate the value of the positive environments in our Clubs. They exude an intentional balance of safety, security, warmth, and welcoming,” says Kathy Parsons, BGCMC Board Chair. “Which is more important than ever when so many of our Club members live in challenging environments exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic.” 

Looking ahead to the opportunity to serve even more children and families in Martin County, BGCMC is planning for a new state-of-the-art Club in the heart of Stuart, on property leased from the Martin County School District. In addition to offering a gym, classrooms, creative space, and all the features associated with a traditional Club environment, the incoming facility will feature workforce laboratories equipped with the technologies and tools needed to prepare members for a variety of trades, vocations, and specialties. Through partnerships with local employers, members will not only gain new skills and in some cases, certifications, but also build relationships essential to employment opportunities in the local workforce. 

 

 

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County 

For more than 30 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County has provided award-winning programs designed to guide and inspire young people ages 6-18 to learn, grow and mature in route to becoming successful adults. Each of the four clubs enjoys strong partnerships with local schools and communities. Such cohesion ensures that Boys & Girls Clubs’ programs complement and enrich the curriculum our members learn in class as well as remain attuned to the challenges and opportunities they face on a day-to-day basis. The clubs offer opportunities for fun, fitness, and S.T.E.A.M. activities, and certified teachers collaborate with club members on everything from tutoring and homework help to specialized courses that prepare them for careers in a variety of trades. 

 

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May. 26, 2022|

TCCH Foundation earns Candid Platinum Seal of Transparency

TCCH Foundation earns Candid Platinum Seal of Transparency

 

“The Candid, or Guidestar, Platinum Seal of Transparency signifies the TCCH Foundation as a viable and trusted nonprofit organization. Donors can feel confident that their gifts will be used in a fiscally responsible way to provide complete health care to Indian River County residents,” Elizabeth Thomason, TCCH Foundation Director, said.  

Candid utilizes four Seals - bronze, silver, gold and platinum, to indicate the level of transparent information provided on an organization’s profile. A company must share their audited financial and 990 information, stewardship, program accomplishments, measurable metrics and qualitative evidence to earn the Platinum Seal. There are approximately 1.8 million IRS-recognized tax-exempt organizations at various Seal levels currently listed with Candid. 

 

 

About TCCH Foundation

The TCCH Foundation raises awareness and builds a healthy community by fostering charitable support for TCCH. The TCCH Foundation directs the fundraising and philanthropic activities of the countywide TCCH clinics, purchasing state-of-the art medical equipment, supporting community education initiatives, and promoting health programs. The Foundation is committed to ensuring a healthy future for the people of Indian River County. For more information about the TCCH Foundation, visit www.tcchinc.org or call 772-257-8224.  

 

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May. 26, 2022|

St. Lucie EDC wins three top statewide marketing awards

St. Lucie EDC wins three top statewide marketing awards

 

 

The Economic Council of St Lucie County was honored with three top marketing awards from the Florida Economic Development Council.

The Florida Economic Development Council (FEDC) presented its Best in Show 2022 Innovation in Marketing award and two other top awards to the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County (EDC) at the organization’s annual meeting in St. Petersburg on May 17.

The Best in Show award recognizes excellence in creative, effective and meaningful marketing and is named in memory of Melissa Medley, who developed Florida’s first ever business brand while serving as chief marketing officer for Enterprise Florida. The award-winning entry, “On the Road with Jenn & Jill” created by EDC Director of Business Development Jenn DuBey, is an animated video tour of St. Lucie County’s industrial assets and projects designed to market the county in conjunction with CRE.Converge, a commercial real estate event in Miami in 2021.

“My role at the EDC had changed and I thought creating this video would be an excellent way to educate myself and others about the various projects we are working on in St. Lucie County,” said DuBey. “I started the video with no real idea of how to do it but ended up with something I’m really proud of.”  To view the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8u_qi20xOc.

The other two top FEDC innovation in marketing awards recognized the EDC staff’s work during the COVID shutdown in 2020 and its ongoing Work Local St. Lucie campaign to make the county’s large number of commuters aware of jobs available in Port St. Lucie and Fort Pierce.

Judges for the FEDC awards mentioned the innovative partnership between the EDC and the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County during the COVID shutdown and its aftermath. Club members were recruited by the EDC to personally visit many small retailers, restaurants and service providers to ensure they were aware of available financial assistance from the federal government. EDC staff also worked with the staff of the Small Business Development Center at Indian River State College to assist with processing aid applications. In addition, EDC staff sent out detailed daily email communications about COVID response programs and related information to the local business community.

“This award is to recognize those EDOs who rose to the occasion and persisted, demonstrating dedication and commitment to the local economy and proved to be a critical resource during crisis and into recovery,” the FEDC noted about the Pivot and Persist award.

The Work Local St. Lucie program includes a section of the EDC’s website, www.youredc.com/worklocal, that lists featured local jobs and links to local employer job boards by industry sector. Regular social media posts, billboards, signage, print and digital advertising, and ongoing partnerships with St. Lucie Public Schools, Indian River State College, CareerSource Research Coast and many other area organizations to address awareness and training to help close skills gaps are all part of the multiyear program.

“The EDC staff is small but mighty, and absolutely dedicated to our mission of promoting economic vitality and enhancing the quality of life in St. Lucie County,” said EDC President Pete Tesch. “We are so honored and humbled that the state’s top economic development association selected our programs and outreach to receive these truly prestigious awards.”

 

 

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 www.youredc.com.

 

 

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May. 23, 2022|

2022 award winners announced during celebration of Environmental Stewardship in Martin County

2022 award winners announced during celebration of Environmental Stewardship in Martin County

 

 

Zoe Glover and Asher Glover representing River Kidz.

More than 40 nominees including youth groups, individuals, businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations, were honored at the 2022 Keep Martin Beautiful Environmental Stewardship Awards ceremony on April 28 at the beautiful oceanfront clubhouse at Sailfish Point Country Club. An enthusiastic and diverse crowd of more than 200 guests attended the event to recognize the nominees’ outstanding efforts in community beautification and revitalization, litter and marine debris removal, recycling and other environmental initiatives. Serving as the organization’s key fundraiser, the event raised more than $40,000 to support its mission to improve and enhance the quality of life in Martin County.

“Each year we continue to be impressed by the creative and impactful ways our nominees show their commitment to and stewardship of our natural environment,” said Craig Ahal, president of Keep Martin Beautiful. “Their projects and initiatives give us great hope for the future of Martin County and our planet.”

Guests enjoyed a lively cocktail hour and passed hors d’oeuvres while engaging in a friendly bidding competition for silent auction items focused on the environment, including an array of nature-themed paintings from local artists and a signed Guy Harvey print.

Fifteen awards were presented during the event. Highlights included the Youth Group Champion award, which was presented to the River Kidz. Created in 2011 by two 10-year-olds, today this group is made up of more than 500 students in Martin County. They participate in numerous environmental activities from creating a workbook that’s now in its fifth edition as part of Martin County School District’s curriculum to lobbying at the local and state level against potentially harmful issues that affect our waterways. The Community Enrichment Award was presented to the Jensen Beach Garden Club for the gardens they create and care for throughout Jensen Beach and Rio.

Two dozen sponsors provided financial and in-kind support, for which the organization is grateful: Presenting Sponsor, Sailfish Point Country Club; Champion Sponsors, Sunrise Grove Commerce Center and Three Lakes; Steward Sponsors, Martin County Board of County Commissioners District Five Edward V. Ciampi and Waste Management; Sustainer Sponsors, AHS Residential, FPL, Meritage Homes, and van Vonno Consulting; and Supporter Sponsors, Bonnie Landry & Associates, Camo Farms, Captec Engineering, Circular Recycling, City of Stuart, ColorLength, Ecological Associates, Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Goldasich Environmental, Illustrated Properties, Jenkins Landscape, Lucido & Associates, Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales, The Mil-Cor Group; The Pulte Group, Shearwater Marine, the Stull-Wise Family, Treasure Coast Urgent Care; Program Partners, Crown Trophies, The Firefly Group and Steven Martine Photography.

To view a complete list of Environmental Stewardship Award nominees, as well as images from the event, visit KeepMartinBeautiful.org or facebook.com/KeepMartinBeautiful.

 

2022 Environmental Stewardship Award Winners

  • Community Cleanup Award - Live Love Local Hobe Sound Cleanup
  • Community Enrichment Award - Jensen Beach Garden Club
  • Community Impact Award - Paula Smith, Indiantown Garden
  • Community Improvement Award - City of Stuart, Shepard Park
  • Community Revitalization Award - Martin County Board of County Commissioners, Hobe Sound Scrub Preserve
  • Conservation Steward Award - Loxa-Lucie Initiative
  • Environmental Education Award - Florida Oceanographic Society, Ocean EcoCenter
  • Innovation Award - House of Hope, Traveling Nutrition Garden
  • President's Award - Students4H2O & Martin County School District
  • Remarkable Recycler Award - Project LIFT
  • Riley Jackson Award - Kathy Fitzpatrick
  • Trailblazer Award - Maggy Hurchalla
  • Youth Engagement Award - Jackie Brownie
  • Youth Group Champion Award - River Kidz
  • Youth Impact Award - The Pine School

 

About Keep Martin Beautiful

Keep Martin Beautiful (KMB) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization founded in 1994 as an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. Its mission is to preserve and enhance the quality of life in Martin County through litter prevention, the promotion of recycling, improvement of solid waste management practices, and beautification and community revitalization activities. KMB signature events and programs include the Environmental Stewardship Awards, the International Coastal Cleanup, the Great American Cleanup, the Adopt-A-Road and Adopt-A-Street programs, and other educational and outreach activities. Find KMB on Facebook at facebook.com/KeepMartinBeautiful, follow KMB on Twitter at twitter.com/KMBmartin, visit KeepMartinBeautiful.org or call 772-781-1222.

 

 

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May. 9, 2022|

SCORE Treasure Coast receives Community Award nomination from Haitian American Chamber of Commerce

SCORE Treasure Coast receives Community Award nomination from Haitian American Chamber of Commerce

 

The Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Treasure Coast Inc. (HACCOF-Treasure Coast) will be presenting SCORE with a Community Award Nomination at its First Annual Gala on Saturday, April 16, 2022in celebration of its one year anniversary as a Chamber. The event begins at 6:00 pm at Tradition Village Center.

The partnership between HACCOF-Treasure Coast and SCORE Treasure Coast began about a year ago. “This partnership has given SCORE the opportunity to expand our outreach to individuals and communities who need business help, including women and minorities,” said Rob Cosentino, Community Outreach Representative. The Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Treasure Coast Inc., a 501 (c) (3) organization, was established as a chapter of the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida. Their mission is to serve as the advocate for the community as well as a resource for consumers and businesses dedicated to serving both the needs of its members and the economic development needs of the broader Haitian American Community on the Treasure Coast.

Tickets and sponsor information about the First Annual Gala is available at https://www.haccof-treasurecoast.com/

To learn more about SCORE Treasure Coast and its business-related workshops and confidential business mentoring, visit www.treasurecoast.score.org

Individuals interested in mentoring may call 772-489-0548 for assistance. The Chapter’s listing of workshops can be found at www.treasurecoast.score.org.
SCORE is a resource partner with the Small Business Administration.

 

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Apr. 11, 2022|

Fort Pierce Gold Hammer Awards Nominations Now Open

Fort Pierce Gold Hammer Awards Nominations Now Open 

 

Mayor Linda Hudson is now accepting nominations for Gold Hammer Awards. The award recognizes the efforts of residents and business owners in the Fort Pierce community that have significantly improved their homes or businesses through new construction or rehabilitation efforts.

The Gold Hammer Awards will be announced at the Coffee with the Mayor on April 15, 2022, at 8:00 AM at the Fort Pierce Yacht Club. Forms are available in the Mayor’s Office at City Hall or online at www.cityoffortpierce.com. For more information, call 467-3065.

The deadline for nominations is March 25, 2022, and should be submitted to the Office of the City Clerk, 100 N US Highway 1, Fort Pierce, FL 34954 or via email to [email protected]    The form can be found at:  http://www.cityoffortpierce.com/DocumentCenter/View/989/Gold-Hammer-Nomination-Form

 

2021 Gold Hammer Award

 

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Mar. 21, 2022|

Treasure Coast Business named best new magazine in state

Treasure Coast Business named best new magazine in state

Treasure Coast Business Magazine, a publication of Indian River Magazine Inc., has been named the best new magazine in the state by the Florida Magazine Association.

The general excellence award was announced July 24 during the FMA’s annual awards ceremony. Treasure Coast Business Magazine, which launched in July 2019, is produced through a unique partnership between Indian River Magazine Inc. and the Florida Small Business Development Center at Indian River State College. The magazine is published quarterly: in January, April, July and October.

In each issue, the professional writers from the Indian River Magazine staff write about current business stories of the day while experts from the Florida Small Business Development Center provide supplementary columns on related issues affecting small business owners and operators. Staff members from both the magazine and the SBDC brainstorm on story topics.

Indian River Magazine Inc. President Gregory Enns and regional SBDC Director Tom Kindred created the concept for the magazine and their work was cited by the Florida Magazine Association, along with the work of writers Bernie Woodall and Anthony Westbury, design editor Michelle Moore Burney and copy editor Patricia Durham.

Treasure Coast Business Magazine is proof that a public/private partnership can work,’’ said Enns, who is also publisher and editor of Treasure Coast Business Magazine. “As newspapers across Florida and the country cut back on their business coverage, Tom and I saw a way to fill the gap on the Treasure Coast.’’

In addition to the published magazine, the Treasure Coast Business staff also produces a web site, TCBusiness.com, and distributes a weekly e-newsletter that reaches nearly 10,000 readers.

“The Florida SBDC at IRSC is proud to be a part of the unique private/public partnership that created and launched Treasure Coast Business Magazine,” said Kindred. “Combining Indian River Magazine’s award winning publication experience with the Florida SBDC at IRSC’s business consulting, tools, and support programs helped create the “Go To” publication for Treasure Coast business leaders, owners and operators.”

During the annual awards ceremony, Indian River Magazine Inc. also received a bronze award for the annual St. Lucie Travel Guide produced in partnership with St. Lucie County Tourism. The award cited the work of Charlotte Bireley, director of tourism for the county, Tayler A. Hardison, content and digital specialist for the tourism office, and Michelle Moore Burney, design editor for Indian River Magazine Inc.

Besides Indian River Magazine, Treasure Coast Business Magazine and the St. Lucie Travel Guide, Indian River Magazine Inc. also produces Port St. Lucie Magazine, Fort Pierce Magazine, the playbill for the Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce and the program for the Emerson Center in Vero Beach.

Jul. 30, 2020|

FPUA Awarded GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded Fort Pierce Utilities Authority (FPUA) the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its FY 2019 Annual Budget.
Aug. 16, 2019|

RUSH Jensen Beach Supports Young Authors

JENSEN BEACH — RUSH Jensen Beach is teaming up with St. Lucie County’s Reading Council to celebrate the success of the Young Authors in our community. RUSH is providing 150 certificates for the organization to distribute to the Young Authors.

The Young Author Program encourages creativity and provides support to school-specific writing initiatives, schools may […]

Apr. 25, 2018|

Treasure Coast manufacturers dominate South Florida awards

TREASURE COAST — Treasure Coast based manufacturers dominated this year’s South Florida Manufacturer’s Association (SFMA) Manufacturer of the Year Awards, presented this month at the organization’s 39th annual recognition event.

Five of the 18 finalists and three of the eight award winners were Treasure Coast companies. D & D Welding & Fabrication (Fort […]

Mar. 28, 2018|