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Publisher's Letter

Stronger Than A Storm

When disaster strikes, our human instinct is to help, fix or give back.

This seems almost impossible with hurricanes. These storms can seem overwhelming and completely catastrophic, especially when they hit thousands of miles away or worse—right in our backyard. I sit here today writing this letter to you in the midst of a possible Category 5 hurricane heading our way. This letter will be printed tomorrow, and the hurricane still has three days to get to us. It’s eerie that we don’t know how it will affect us yet, but I pray all will be smart and prepare ahead of time, or head out if needed.

 Locally, we’ve had many opportunities to give back to those affected by the storm that devastated Houston, Texas. At every turn, I gave directly while shopping at Publix or online and I helped pack up food and somehow got it on a FEMA truck to take care of all those suffering during this historic disaster. My friends Kimberly and Nate Albers from Stuart partnered to bring Nate’s company, TentLogix, to the disaster once again—this time in Texas to build another tent city. Nate’s wife, Kimberly, and Lisa Lorenz collected and donated more than $3,000 worth in animal supplies from neighbors and friends, and sent truckloads of dog food and more to help stranded animals that suffered from the tragic storm.

I know so many of you did the same, and if you helped Texas residents or locals during our approaching storm, please send me pictures just like they did. We have an amazing community of giving residents, and I love to hear these stories.

 Now, onto our first fashion shoot in five years: It could not have been possible without our team here at Stuart Magazine. Thanks to the generous couple C.J. and Jack Heckenberg for the use of their beautiful home; Bloomingdale’s in Boca Raton and Palm Beach Gardens for the gorgeous women’s dresses; and the tuxes from Cardita Formal Wear in Jensen Beach. With all of these elements, our team of creators, including stylist Jodi Belden and photographer Steven Martine, went to work to photograph our newest group of charity chairwomen and chairmen. We had a great day shooting, laughing and styling with our great makeup and hair stylist teams. (See it on page 58.) It was so great meeting and talking to everyone about their events and to see them participate in this all-day photo shoot.

 Our story on the new offices for Helping People Succeed was a much-needed announcement. Read about the organization’s great work in the community in our October issue.

 We are nearly at the end of 2017. Now, we move into a new, exciting year. Our calendar is packed with amazing stories to share with you, and we would love to continue to hear from you about your involvement in the community or a new business you have opened here. Don’t forget to visit our website and sign up to receive our monthly newsletter that gives you full access to what is going on in our area.

 With the spirit of giving in this issue, please visit our Charity Datebook and make a difference in your community.

Car loaded with donations of dog and cat food
Kimberly Albers and Lisa Lorenz buying pet supplies