Helping People Succeed’s white shirt night event honors Veterans


Maureen DeThorne, Kathy Lowery, Jenny Yingling and Amanda Yingling

Summer in Martin County brings one of our favorite events: White Shirt Night, the colorful and joyful fundraiser that benefits Helping People Succeed.

For over 10 years, Taste Casual Dining in Hobe Sound has welcomed some of the Treasure Coast’s premier artists to an evening in which they paint original expressions of their own unique art on white shirts, aprons, tote bags and caps.

This year, those award-winning artists – who donated the gift of their time and talent – were Susan Clifford, Laura DeBerard, Sharon Ferina, Barbara Lyons, Don MacIntosh, Dan Mackin, Pamela Patterson, Diane Raymond, Sue Ann Mosley Saleeby, Marian Vitale and Theresa Krueger Woleslagle.

Premier Event Sponsors were Celebrities Fore Kids, Inc. sponsored by Marlene K. Filer and a contribution honoring the memory of Sue Herskowitz; VIP Reception sponsors included Seacoast Bank, CarMax, Mary Kay Buckridge, EW Consultants and Karine Rich – honoring the memory of loved ones; Artist “Painting” sponsors were Marcia Benson – Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway, Donna E. DeMarchi, Esq. of The Eberst Law Firm, Jenkins Landscape Company and Kim Boosinger and The It’s for the Kids Sponsor was NisAir Air Conditioning.

Beautiful silent auction baskets were decorated by Vicki Davis, Martin County Supervisor of Elections, with one more breathtaking than the next. There was something for every taste.

During the evening, military veterans – who received a 50-percent discount off the entry fee – wore special medals given to them by Helping People Succeed in recognition of their service.

All proceeds from White Shirt Night benefit Helping People Succeed’s Camp Success, a free therapeutic summer camp led by master’s level therapists for children six-12 years of age. The camp is available to families who fall below the federal poverty line. Each year, kids embrace this eight-week camp as an incredible cultural and educational experience – one that they wouldn’t have otherwise.

Helping People Succeed is a local nonprofit that has been serving the Treasure Coast for over 58 years. Through its diversified, effective program services, the most vulnerable local children, families and adults have been able to improve their lives through education, counseling, training and employment.

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