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The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kickoff took place at Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort & Marina. The event featured MC Scott Bristow from Scott 93.7 GYL, guest speaker Denise Sanderson, M.D., a trivia game from Tony Solomon, as well the announcement of the 2017 Real Men Wear Pink candidates.
Seventy-five guests gathered for Place of Hope’s third annual Sea of Hope preseason kick-off party, which celebrated hope and opportunity for local children in foster care. One of Place of Hope’s young men spoke about his journey and the help he’s received from the organization.
The 27th annual All Florida Juried Show featured 45 pieces of art, including a range of photography, painting and mixed media. All pieces were selected by juror Sharon Lee Hart. The Arts Council of Martin County hosted the annual exhibition at the historic Court House Cultural Center.
Piper’s Landing in Palm City set the backdrop to United Way of Martin County Community Leaders’ Breakfast, which kicked off the 2017-18 annual campaign. The event celebrated past accomplishments and future endeavors.
Held at The Stuart Jet Center, the “Big Taste of Martin County” fundraising event for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin counties welcomed nearly 700 supporters and raised more than $50,000. The premier food and wine festival featured wall-to-wall food and beverage samples.
The fifth annual Dine Around Hobe Sound Progressive Dinner presented by Jupiter Island Pools began at the Hobe Sound Golf Club for an hors d’oeuvres spread and cocktail hour, followed by a “Balloon Bust,” where guests could win a prize. The night continued as guests dined at one of many celebrity chef’s homes. A dessert after-party took place at Flash Beach Grille.
The ninth annual Michael Shields Memorial Inshore Open took place at the River Palm Cottages & Fish Camp in Jensen Beach where 170 anglers participated. A Captain’s Party and family barbecue also took place over the weekend. The Open is held each year to raise critically needed funds for Project LIFE. This year’s funds will be restricted to a new girl’s program called The Willow Project.
Attendees were treated to an “Around the World” theme during LifeBuilders of the Treasure Coast’s sixth annual Cocktail Par-tee. Supporters raised nearly $70,000, of which 91 percent will go toward helping low-income Treasure Coast families who have connections to the criminal or dependency court system within the 19th circuit.
Local celebrities put their best feet forward at the Lyric Theatre to benefit Martin County Healthy Start Coalition. More than $143,000 was raised this year to help ensure that babies born in Martin County are healthy. Brian Moriarty was the overall winner (achieving the best combined dance score and fundraising nearly $30,000 in donations).
A kick-off dinner party was held for the Aaron Vaughn Memorial Frogman Swim Race to honor the member of DEVGRU SEAL Team VI who was killed in action in 2011 in Afghanistan. From its inception, the swim was designed to honor Vaughn by raising money to care for children who have lost a parent fighting for our country. Stuart Jet Center was a sponsor of the kick-off dinner.
The Vero Beach Wine + Film Festival, held at the Riverside Theatre, honored distinguished actor and local resident Burt Reynolds with the 2017 Life Worth Living Legend Award. Reynolds joined film critic Jeffrey Lyons for a Q&A ahead of a screening of his latest film, “Dog Years.”
Martin County Healthy Start Coalition held its 24th annual luncheon at Piper’s Landing Yacht & Country Club, which gave supporters, service providers, board members and staff an opportunity to communicate on their current programs and achievements.
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