Charitable Events

Dancing with the Martin Stars takes stage in support of Healthy Start Coalition

Dancing with the Martin Stars takes stage in support of Healthy Start Coalition


The Martin Stars 2022: Front Row: Toni Ryll, Jessica Alvarez, Samantha Suffich, Tanya Chaves, Jane Hallick, Kasia D’Auria, Daisy Krakowiak; Back Row (left to right): Tyler Raynes, Donna Demarchi, Michael Chaves, Bob Murray, Jang Don.


The curtain goes up on the 2022 edition of Martin County’s Dancing with the  Martin Stars at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Lyric Theatre in Stuart. Tangos, tap dances, sambas, and waltzes will take center stage in support of the Martin County  Healthy Start Coalition and its mission to ensure that every baby in our community is born healthy and every mother receives support. The premise of Dancing with the Martin Stars is simple but challenging: local volunteers learn dance steps from area professionals, raise funds from friends and neighbors, and then vie for the judges’ votes to claim bragging rights. 

“Dancing with the Martin Stars is always a fun event,” says Healthy Start CEO Samantha Suffich. “The purpose, though, is very serious. The funds our volunteers raise help us with our  many programs that provide prenatal care to expectant mothers and then follow through to be  sure that babies are born healthy and receive the services the family needs for a successful  future.” 

This year’s contestants include: Kasia D’Auria, Realtor with Re/Max of Stuart, paired with  professional dancer Jang Don; Donna DeMarchi, Esq., Personal Injury Attorney with the Eberst  Law Firm, with Bob Murray; Jane Hallick, President of Jane’s Dane Boutique, with Craig Galvin;  Jessica Alvarez, Founder of Velo Med Spa, with Michael Chaves; Natalie Desmangles, Assistant  Branch Manager with SouthState Bank, with Brian Spector; Rio Ratermanis, Clinical Educator  with HCA Center for Clinical Advancement St. Lucie Hospital, with Marianella Tobar; Dr. Noor 

Yono, Premier Neurology, with Leah Landau; Tyler Rayes, SLC Commercial Real Estate, with  Daisy Krakowiak-Wiebe; and Dr. Rabih Kashouty, Neurostrive, with Tanya Chaves. The dancers are actively raising funds in advance of the event. Community members can support a favorite dancer through the Healthy Start website, Tickets to the event are available through the Lyric Theatre box office,  

A Sponsors Only cocktail party will be held before the dance competition begins. The Eberst  Law Firm is the evening’s title sponsor and encourages individuals and organizations to join them at sponsorship levels ranging from $500 to $10,000.  

For more information, visit or call 772-463-2888.  

About Martin County Healthy Start 

Martin County Healthy Start is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that every baby is born healthy. It provides educational and health services to pregnant women, new mothers and their families at no cost, particularly expectant mothers who are at risk for late or no prenatal care.  

Part of a statewide coalition, Healthy Start connects pregnant women and young mothers with essential services including prenatal care, home visitations by a nurse or social worker,  breastfeeding support, parenting education, car seat and sleeping safety, a free diaper pantry,  and access to other community partner agencies through the Betty Moore Prenatal Outreach  Center. The David Cardno Father and Child Resource Center, also part of the Martin County  Healthy Start Coalition, helps fathers to become more involved in parenting and offers legal assistance to fathers who are separated from their children.  

The programs of Martin County Healthy Start Coalition are voluntary and available to all Florida residents at no cost.  

For more information about Martin County Healthy Start Coalition and its ongoing programs,  visit, call 772-463-2888 or follow the organization on Facebook.  


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Jul. 26, 2022|

Sawbones vs. Jawbones softball tournament raises funds for United Way 

Sawbones vs. Jawbones softball tournament raises funds for United Way 


From Left to Right: Jawbones (red) - Robert Nall, Michael Zito, Dane Ullian, James Harpring, Jason Odom, Barry Segal, Eva Lauer, Jesse Larsen, Andrew Metcalf, Justin Barenborg, Raul Perez. Sawbones (blue) - Miguel Rivera MD, Marc McCain MD, Jason Stack MD, Alan Friedenstab MD, Geoff Wolf MD, Amber Dunn MD, Brett Haake MD, Clay Greeson MD, Jeff Livingston MD, Tom Baudo MD, Santos Ruiz Cordero MD, Pamela Kirwin MD, Sri Yerneni MD


Local professionals give back to their community at the annual Sawbones VS. Jawbones softball tournament presented by Cleveland Clinic Indian River. The doctors vs. lawyers rivalry continued for the 11th year at the newly renovated Holman Stadium at Jackie Robinson Training Complex, raising nearly $8,000.  

“It's a tremendous contribution to United Way and our community that all the physicians and attorneys do this each year,” said Meredith Egan.  

Despite the game ending a few innings short due to rain, the lawyers on Team Jawbones took home the win.  

Special thanks to the generous sponsors and supporters:  

Home Run Sponsors: Gould Cooksey Fennell, Mazzola Mediation, and Vero ENT Associates 

Double Sponsors: Kimberle Beckett, Florida Eye Institute, Grove Place Surgery Center, Legler Orthodontics, MN  Worldwide, and Zayas & Ruiz Immigration Attorneys 

Single Sponsors: Dill Evans Rhodebeck, Barry Segal, P.A., Vero Beach Neurology 

Thank you to the lawyers on Team Jawbones: Justin Barenborg, James Harpring, Jesse Larsen, Eva Lauer, Andrew  Metcalf, Bob Nall, Ashley Novander, Jason Odom, Raul Perez, Barry Segal, Dane Ullian, Rebecca White, and Michael Zito.  Additionally, thank you to the doctors on Team Sawbones: Tom Baudo, Amber Dunn, Alan Friedenstab, Clay Greeson,  Brett Haake, Pamela Kilwin, Jeff Livingston, Michael Mazziota, Marc McCain, Miguel Rivera, Santos Ruiz, Jason Stack, Luis  Velazco, Geoff Wolf, and Sri Yerneni.  

Little League took the field for the first annual Vero Beach Little League United Way Cup game following the softball tournament. All proceeds from the game benefit the United Way and support the significant work of advancing the  common good in the impact areas of Health, Education, and Financial Stability. 

For more information about getting involved in next year’s tournament, please get in touch with Meredith Egan at  [email protected] or (772) 567-8900.  

United Way of Indian River County (UWIRC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that fights for the health, education,  and financial stability of every community member. United Way works with local programs to provide resources to  individuals and families in crisis today while working year-round to improve community conditions and create lasting solutions. We are effectively building a strong foundation and improving lives by mobilizing the caring power of our  community. For more information about your local United Way, please call (772) 567-8900 or visit our website,  


Treasure Coast Business is a news service and magazine published in print, via e-newsletter and online at by Indian River Media Group. For more information or to report news email [email protected]


Jul. 26, 2022|

St. Lucie’s Evening for Education raises a record amount for the Education Foundation

Michelle Miller, Jane Rawley and Thom Jones during the auction.
Credit: Education Foundation of St. Lucie
FORT PIERCE – The Education Foundation, St. Lucie’s Evening for Education was a huge success raising 60% more money than the previous year. The annual dinner, ‘Hooray for Hollywood’ was held at the Harbour Ridge Club […]

Dec. 3, 2018|

St. Lucie Battery & Tire Supports BGC

St. Lucie County — St. Lucie Battery & Tire, a strategic partner with the Boys & Girls Club of St. Lucie County, supported the Clubs recent Seafood Festival as the T-shirt sponsor. Thousands of local people attended the Festival, held at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center.

“The Boys & Girls Clubs is a […]

May. 21, 2018|

Local doctor and wife host event to raise funds for House of Hope

Custom cake crafted by “The Cake Lady” honoring House of Hope’s nutrition initiatives

STUART — More than 150 guests attended a private fundraiser thrown by Dr. Daniel and Marlena Husted in support of House of Hope’s nutrition garden programs at their grand waterfront home on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. A clarinet foursome musically set the […]

Mar. 7, 2018|

Grand Harbor gala raises record funds

Some 120 people attended the annual Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program Gala Dinner and Auction.

VERO BEACH — Some 120 Grand Harbor residents and club members attended the sold-out 6th annual Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program Gala Dinner and Auction on Feb. 7 to generate additional funding to support homeless families, veterans in need, and […]

Feb. 19, 2018|

Golf event to raise funds for mammograms

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Premier Wellness Centers will host the Inaugural Premier Wellness Centers Golf Classic on Saturday, Sept. 10 at St. Lucie Trail Golf Course. The event is open to the public and will benefit Windsor Community Angels. Windsor Community Angels provides free mammograms to women in St. Lucie County who have no […]

Aug. 28, 2016|