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       VOL. 20 NO. 7                                                                                     JULY 2018

      Robert F. Novins Memorial Golf For Life

        The  17th Annual                                                                                     Mo r e   t h a n  2 0 0
      Robert F. Novins                                                                                     guests enjoyed the
      Memorial Golf for                                                                                    Friday evening
      Life Tournament                                                                                      reception at Carsons
      and Reception was a                                                                                  Tavern and 31 teams
      success. The  brother                                                                                played in Saturday’s
      and sister team of                                                                                   tournament at Stuart
      Carson Novins and                                                                                    Yacht & Country
      Beth Novins started the                                                                              Club. Everyone was
      tournament in memory  Kim McMath, Beth Novins, Kait                                                  ready to play once the
      of their father, who  Toebe                                                                          torrential downpour
      died of colon cancer.                                                                                stopped on Saturday.
      The amazing committee hosted a fun tournament and this                                               Janet Milici won the
      year raised $116,000 to benefit Volunteers in Medicine (VIM)                                         Putting Contest and
      Clinic. Friday evening festivities consisted of delicious food,                                      Mike Milizia won the
      auctions, raffles and dancing to the live band, The Kinected.                                        Helicopter Ball Drop.  Carson Novins putting
      Ken Duke, Mike Milizia, Fred Caimotto and Carson himself   Kathy Kramer, Kim Lamb, Patsy Devine, Liz Griffin, Christa
      were auctioned off to the delight of the audience.   Dun, Paula Rimer                                Robert F. Novins Memorial Golf For Life on page3
       Martin County Healthy Start Celebrates 25th Anniversary

         Twenty-five years ago, Martin County’s Healthy Start                                                A doula program is
       Coalition opened its doors. The genesis of a statewide network                                      being piloted through the
       of community organizations focused on reducing Florida’s high                                       doulas at Bell House Birth
       infant mortality rate was a passion project of Governor Lawton                                      Services with significant
       Chiles and First Lady Rhea Chiles.                                                                  support from Samantha,
         Celebrating the 25th anniversary was the focus of this year’s                                     who  has  five  years’
       Healthy Start Luncheon held May 18 at Piper’s Landing Yacht                                         experience as a doula.
       Club in Palm City. Additionally, it was the first year anniversary                                  The program provides
       of Executive Director Samantha Suffich.                                                             emotional and physical
         Suffich recalled her first year with Healthy Start, which she                                     support for expectant
       said, came with its challenges. However, all the difficulties were                                  mothers during labor who  Dr. Brian Moriarty and Randy
       handled as a collaborative effort with community members and                                        do not have a support  Pennington, incoming board
       a number of achievements were realized. Leading the list was   Stacey Hetherington, board member; Scott Berry, executive   person at the time of  member
       the newly minted maternity leave policy, which allows for six   director, Community Chest Hobe Sound; and Marianne   delivery. Eligible Healthy
       weeks of paid leave. The organization hopes to be a model to   Paulsen, board member                Start moms may be homeless, military spouses, estranged teenage
       other employers in the community.                                                                   mothers, or victims of domestic or sexual violence.
         Dancing with the Martin Stars in September raised $140,000.   raised $30,000 and has helped to create a new pilot program for
       Dr. Brian Moriarty with Loving Chiropractic, the overall winner,   chiropractic care for pregnant Healthy Start moms.   Martin County Healthy Start Celebrates on page 4
      United Way Funds New Programs,

      Invests More Than $2 Million In Martin County

        United Way of Martin County took a major step to     Each year, United Way raises funds through workplace
      make sure children start school ready to learn, graduate   or  community  campaigns,  grants  and  corporate
      more students, lift families and individuals to financial   partnerships. These funds are invested in programs that
      stability and create a healthier community by investing   assist individuals and families in Martin County who are
      $2,204,848 in the community in 2018/19.            struggling to meet basic needs in the areas of education,
        As part of this impact, United Way recently announced   financial stability and health.
      community impact grant awards for 47 local programs and     “Many people are surprised to learn that 41 percent
      initiatives totaling $983,042 – a 5 percent increase in these   of our households are either living in or on the edge of
      grant awards compared to last year. When you combine this   poverty,” said United Way of Martin County President/
      with the amount United Way is investing through donor   CEO Carol G. Houwaart-Diez. “Our problems may be
      designations, United Way of Martin County Foundation   well hidden, but at United Way we go looking for our
      funding, CHARACTER COUNTS! mini-grants and literacy   community’s most daunting social crises and we find every
      initiatives, and internal programs such as CHARACTER   dollar we can to address them.”
      COUNTS! Martin Volunteers and United Way’s White     In education, United Way is investing in programs that
      Doves Holiday Project, United Way of Martin County’s   increase the quality of preschools available to our kids as
      total investment in the community is $2,204,848.   well as focus on achieving grade-level reading, and provide   United Way presented a grant to ARC of Martin County and
                                                                                 the support necessary to see   Helping People Succeed for a collaborative program, Project
                                                                                 our kids through high school   Search. Left to right: ARC of Martin County Chief Operations
                                                                                 graduation and beyond.    Officer Danielle Sexton-Wells; United Way of Martin County
                                                                                   For financial  stability,   President/CEO Carol G. Houwaart-Diez; ARC of Martin
                                                                                 United  Way is investing   County President/CEO Keith Muniz; Helping People Succeed
                                                                                 in programs helping       President/CEO Suzy Hutcheson; Helping People Succeed Vice
                                                                                 individuals and families   President, Successful Futures France Mason; United Way of
                                                                                 achieve and maintain      Martin County Incoming Board Chair Denise Ehrich
                                                                                 financial stability with
                                                                                 a  focus  on  workforce   United Way Funds New Programs on page 2
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