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Port St. Lucie Business Women honored with proclamation from county

Port St. Lucie Business Women honored with proclamation from county

 

PSL Business Women President Jessica Parrish, Charter Member Lee Hicks, County Commissioner and Chair Sean Mitchell, Vice President Devon Dwyer, Patricia Garcia King, Esperanza Morales

The Port St. Lucie Business Women received a proclamation from St. Lucie County declaring Sept. 22 as “American Business Women’s Day.” At their Sept. 20 meeting, the county recognized the Port St. Lucie Business Women, which was the first professional women’s organization in this area, for its outstanding community service efforts and for its economic and civic impact on the local community.

PSL Business Women President Jessica Parrish came to the podium to accept the proclamation. “American Business Women’s Day was recognized in 1983 and in 1986 by Congressional resolution, with a proclamation issued by President Ronald Reagan,” said Parrish. “It honors the increasing role that women have in the world of business, as well as their accomplishments nationally.”

Parrish pointed out that women own 40 percent of small businesses in the United States and that women launch more than 1,200 new businesses every day.

Parrish continued, “PSL Business Women continue serving our community with action through leadership. They inspire and create additional opportunities through education and career development for their members and mentoring opportunities for young women. Their commitment extends over more than four decades.”

The county proclamation recognizes numerous contributions, including its partnership with Indian River State College which has benefitted more than 70 local women through the award of $130,500 in scholarships to continue their education; distributing more than $200,000 in grants to local non-profit agencies serving women and children; and supporting the community through participation in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, “Day of Caring” for Treasure Coast Food Bank, and swinging hammers and painting walls for Habitat for Humanity and Pace Center for Girls.

Charter member Lee Hicks also came to the podium. She noted that she has lived in Port St. Lucie for almost 49 years. Hicks praised the camaraderie and commitment of the women who have been involved in the organization. She mentioned that Strelsa Schreiber, an author and  former columnist with the Port St. Lucie Tribune who got Hicks to join, was truly the backbone of the PSL Business Women. “It’s a wonderful organization,” said Hicks, “and we’ve done a lot for Port St. Lucie and St. Lucie County. And I want to thank all of the County Commissioners for also supporting us.”

The Port St. Lucie Business Women is a 42-year-old, 501 (c) (6) non-profit professional organization dedicated to promoting the interests of businesswomen and serving our community effectively. For more information, visit PSLBW.com. Follow their Facebook page for updates about events, programs and community involvement.

 

 

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Sep. 27, 2022|

St. Lucie EDC wins 3 international awards

St. Lucie EDC wins 3 international awards

 

The Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County (EDC) on Sept. 20 received international recognition for the organization’s efforts, including special recognition as an Economic Development Organization of the Year.

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) awarded its prestigious Economic Development Organization of the Year bronze award in the 200,000-500,000 population category to the EDC. The award recognizes a non-profit, public agency with a primary mission of economic development that has demonstrated long-term strategic planning, organizational development, and significant community impact and/or innovation. A recent study found that the EDC’s work in attracting new businesses and assisting existing businesses to expand is projected to grow the county’s economy by $1.8 billion.

The redevelopment of the iconic Indian River Packers facility on Midway Road in Fort Pierce earned the EDC and Contender Boats an excellence in economic development gold award, recognizing this innovative real estate reuse project for job creation and enhancement of the tax base.  Serving as a catalyst for economic development, Contender’s reuse of a fruit-packing facility to craft premium sportfishing boats adds 200 jobs and represents the growth of the Treasure Coast’s “blue” marine economy.

The EDC’s 2021 annual report also received a bronze award from the IEDC. This award recognizes excellence in reporting on an economic development organization’s annual activities and highlights.

“Communities need our profession now more than ever. This year's awardees exemplify the ingenuity, leadership, and determination needed to meet the challenges of today and the future. The winners of IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development awards represent the best of economic development and demonstrate the level of leadership that our profession strives for every day,” said IEDC President and CEO Nathan Ohle. 

“The EDC staff and directors are honored and humbled to have our efforts recognized internationally,” said EDC President Pete Tesch. “While the work we do to enhance the quality of life in St. Lucie County is something we are passionate about, and our successes have been the true reward, it’s extremely gratifying to have an organization like the IEDC acknowledge those efforts.”

Awards are judged by a diverse panel of economic and community developers from around the world. IEDC received over 500 submissions from the United States and four additional countries around the world. 

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.

About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,800 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities by creating, retaining, and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions. Learn more at www.iedconline.org.

 

 

Treasure Coast Business is a news service and magazine published in print, via e-newsletter and online at tcbusiness.com by Indian River Media Group. For more information or to report news email [email protected]
Sep. 27, 2022|

Those who work for the cause, not for applause, honored at House of Hope’s 2022 awards

Those who work for the cause, not for applause, honored at House of Hope’s 2022 awards

 

Fellow House of Hope volunteers and the organization's CEO celebrate Walt Keller, a 2022 Hope Award Honoree. Pictured left to right: Sally Brooks (another 2022 Hope Award Honoree), Pat Bartlett, Diane Harman, Walt Keller, Colette Klisky, and Robert Ranieri (CEO of House of Hope)

House of Hope supporters truly “work for the cause, not for applause,” and they never expect any recognition for their efforts. Once a year, however, House of Hope honors the people, businesses, partner agencies, faith-based organizations and neighborhoods that perform extraordinary work hand-in-hand with House of Hope to empower Martin County residents to overcome hunger and hardship.

This year’s annual Hope Awards Recognition Breakfast was held on Sept. 14 at Monarch Country Club in Palm City, with HBKS Wealth Advisors as the Presenting Sponsor and Stuart Main Street as the Silver Sponsor.

“Our award recipients this year – and every year – have a significant, positive impact on our community. They contribute their passion, expertise, creativity and resources to help us carry out our mission,” said Rob Ranieri, CEO of House of Hope.

A special moment in the ceremony was the awarding of the Barbara Trimble Legacy Award, named after a long-standing philanthropist of House of Hope and other community nonprofits. For his contributions of time, talent, and treasure to House of Hope over many years of service, the Barbara Trimble Legacy Award was presented to Stephen Schramm, of HBKS in Stuart.

Another heartwarming recognition was in honor of Walt Keller. At 96 years young, Walt was celebrating his nine-year anniversary as a House of Hope volunteer, donating 4,000 hours of his time working in the Stuart Pantry and Thrift Store. Beyond his volunteer time, Walt is especially beloved by House of Hope for bringing delicious, homemade baked goods for staff and volunteers to enjoy - even through COVID and for his heartfelt handmade cards for special occasions.

The Hope Award recipients for 2022 are:

  • Walt Keller
  • Dr. Erin and Bryan Arruda
  • Cleveland Clinic Martin Health
  • Colab Farms
  • Copper Key Scholarship Promise – recognizing the team efforts of Nina Haven Scholarships, The Community Foundation Martin St Lucie, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County
  • David Hafner
  • EKO North America
  • Treasure Coast Wings
  • John Van Cora
  • Katie Makemson
  • Keith Cutshall
  • Kelly Hawkins of Less is More! Treasure Coast
  • Monarch Women’s Golf Association & Monarch Women’s 9 Hole Golf Association
  • Premier Realty Group
  • Sally Brooks
  • Shoes from Susan through The Community Foundation Martin St Lucie
  • St. Joseph Catholic Church
  • UNEW, Inc.
  • Stephen Schramm – Barbara Trimble Legacy Award

“These award winners have given hope to every client who has benefited from House of Hope programs. From our food and nutrition services to financial assistance, clothes closet, case management, and information and referral, House of Hope keeps our neighbors safe, housed, healthy and secure,” added Ranieri. “We were also very pleased that over 100 guests who were in attendance at this year’s event left with a deeper understanding of the scope and scale of what we do every day at House of Hope.”

 

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 and thrift stores in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown, and Jensen Beach. House of Hope’s Enrichment Centers in Golden Gate (in Stuart) and 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 hohmartin.org or call 772-286-4673. Updates and announcements can also be found on Facebook, Instagram Instagram, and Twitter.

 

Treasure Coast Business is a news service and magazine published in print, via e-newsletter and online at tcbusiness.com by Indian River Media Group. For more information or to report news email [email protected]
Sep. 27, 2022|

A-1 Industries celebrates 45 years of excellence with day of appreciation for employees 

A-1 Industries celebrates 45 years of excellence with day of appreciation for employees 

 

A-1 Industries of Florida, Inc. (A-1), a leading manufacturer of pre-engineered wood trusses in the Southeastern United States and the  Caribbean, is celebrating its 45th anniversary with the launch of a new corporate video and a  special day of appreciation for its employees. 

"What sets us apart from other manufacturers is our people," says John Herring, A-1's President  and CEO. "We use state-of-the-art software and have amazing facilities, but our team is truly  our company bedrock. They are the reason we have been in business for more than four  decades." 

A-1's special day of employee appreciation was held on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at its Fort  Pierce, Fla., and Bainbridge, Ga., manufacturing facilities.  

A-1 was formed in 1977 as A-1 Roof Trusses. In 2022, the company changed its corporate  name to A-1 Industries of Florida and laid plans to use the A-1 brand name to identify all future  bases of operation.  

Since 1977, A-1's accomplishments have been extraordinary. A-1 ranks in the top 5 percent of  all building materials manufacturers in single-site production quality and efficiency through its  use of technology. Over the years, A-1 has won many awards for its business operations,  including Manufacturer of the Year in 2022 by the South Florida Manufacturers Association and  the 2021 Best Places to Work in St. Lucie County, Fla. 

"A-1 has enjoyed 100 percent growth in the past three years," says Jan Beck, A-1's Executive  Vice president and CFO. "We ship 40 to 50 units daily, and we're positioned to ship 100 to 200  units a day with the continued ramp-up of our Bainbridge facility." 

As A-1 celebrates 45 years, Herring says the company plans for the long-term. "Our vision is for  A-1 to be a 100-year company," Herring says. “We will continue to use technology and focus on  people to change the way America builds homes.” 

About A-1 

Founded in 1977, A-1 has over 350 employees and is a leading manufacturer of pre engineered wood trusses and EZWALL® wall panels. The company has manufacturing  facilities in Fort Pierce, Fla., and a sister company located on 80 acres in Bainbridge, Ga.,  operating as A-1 Industries of Georgia, LLC. A-1 has multiple employment opportunities in  Florida and Georgia for candidates looking to be part of A-1’s continued growth and who share  in A-1’s Core Values – Own it, Passionate, Honesty, and Respect. 

 

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Sep. 27, 2022|

Treasure Coast extension makes space for food system connections Oct. 11

Treasure Coast extension makes space for food system connections Oct. 11

 

The Good Food Connections virtual meet up is back. Do you grow a food product you aren’t sure how to market or distribute?  Are you a chef looking to add unique local items to your menu?  Join us starting Tuesday, Oct.  11 from 5 – 6 p.m. via Zoom.

Good Food Connections meetings are free virtual networking events designed to give all participants of the food system, such as growers, distributors, retailers, food pantries, chefs, school food service and more, the opportunity to make connections that will strengthen our food system. Maybe someone needs your old equipment. Perhaps you can make a great food special with the last of someone’s harvest. Because we are virtual, the opportunity to connect regionally is better.

Each meeting will include a presentation from someone who is part of the food system. It is a chance to learn about their efforts and needs. Past meetings have led to less local food waste, increased food supplies for food banks and even the establishment of a food policy council in a nearby county.

Let the St. Lucie UF/IFAS Extension staff know if you’d like to present during a session about your operation. In the past, we’ve learned about the resources provided by the Treasure Coast Food Bank and House of Hope. We took a virtual tour of Colab Farms in Martin County. We would love to feature a local restaurant or food truck.

Please register in advance to receive the zoom link; there is no fee to participate.  All UF/IFAS Extension programs are open to all and the University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Organization.  For more information about this event, contact Carol Roberts via email at [email protected] or call 772-462-1895 or co-organizer Yvette Goodiel at [email protected].

 

 

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Sep. 27, 2022|

St. Lucie County Public Safety partners with Recovery Sports Grill for “Dine to Donate” event benefitting 2022 chili cook-off

St. Lucie County Public Safety partners with Recovery Sports Grill for "Dine to Donate" event benefitting 2022 chili cook-off

 

St. Lucie County’s Public Safety Department is partnering with Recovery Sports Grill on a Dine to Donate event on Tuesday, Sept. 20 to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County. These donations will go toward St. Lucie County’s efforts to raise money for the 2022 Chili Cook-Off, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Clover Park.

Residents must present a voucher, which can be downloaded from St. Lucie County’s website and/or Facebook page and present that to their server on Sept. 20 when ordering inside the Recovery Sports Grill –Tradition, 10350 SW Don Led Duke Dr., Port St. Lucie, between 4 and 8 p.m. Recovery Sports Grill will also allow donations to be made through online ordering all day at www.recoverysportsgrill.com/port-st-lucie, just enter code “BG922” in the coupon code box at check out.

Residents can also help St. Lucie County’s Public Safety Department raise funds for the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County by donating through a safe and secure website: https://e.givesmart.com/events/rr5/c/:tHY5edh7Uhc.

Those who wish to donate in-person should plan on attending the 40th Annual Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Clover Park, located at 31 Piazza Drive in Port St. Lucie. For more details, visit: https://bgcofslc.org/event/chili-cook-off.

 

 

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Sep. 19, 2022|

Sunshine Kitchen partners with Florida Small Business Development Center at IRSC

Sunshine Kitchen partners with Florida Small Business Development Center at IRSC

 

Florida's Small Business Development Center

 

The National Restaurant Association estimates that one in three restaurants won’t survive their first year in business. To combat that static, St. Lucie County’s Sunshine Kitchen is partnering with Indian River State College’s Small Business Development Center to provide free consultation to clients at the kitchen.

Starting in October, the Small Business Development Center will have a full-time consultant located at the Sunshine Kitchen to provide advice and direction to small business owners and would-be entrepreneurs on topics such as creating marketing plans, developing new clients and navigating local, state and federal regulations. The consultant will also present group training programs on a variety of business-related topics that meet the needs of local businesses as well as conducting outreach activities to local trade groups and associations.

Located at 7550 Pruitt Research Center Road in Fort Pierce, the Sunshine Kitchen is a 10,000-square-foot commercial kitchen facility designed to offer culinary entrepreneurs the space to grow their business. For more information, visit: www.sunshinekitchenslc.com.

 

About the FSBDC at IRSC

The Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at Indian River State College (IRSC) is a part of the Florida SBDC Network.

The Florida SBDC Network provides tools, training, and resources to help small businesses grow and succeed. Designated as “Florida’s provider of small business assistance,” the Florida SBDC Network has more than 40 offices from Pensacola to Key West to serve the needs of Florida’s business community. Since 1976, our network of partners has helped construct a statewide ecosystem to foster the spirit, support, and success of hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs and innovators.

The Florida SBDC Network is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida, and other private and public partners, with the University of West Florida serving as the Network’s designated lead host institution. The Florida SBDC Network is nationally accredited by the Association of SBDCs.

Ready to get your business started on the path to success? Contact your local Florida Small Business Development Center at IRSC!
[email protected] | (772) 336-6285 | www.irscbiz.com

 

 

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Sep. 9, 2022|

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 www.visionaryschoolofarts.org. For more about Little Lights Dentistry, visit www.lightoftheworldcharities.org

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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

Scott Bass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT TREASURE COAST FOOD BANK


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 stophunger.org, visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/tcfoodbank, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/tcfoodbank.

 

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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 www.youthguidanceprogram.org or call Executive Director Phil Barnes at 772-492-3933.

Frank & Sandi Lardani, Carol Braun & Mary Lewisy

 

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Sep. 9, 2022|