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        VOL. 20  NO. 7                                                                                 JULY 2018

      Robert F. Novins Memorial Golf For Life

         The 17th Annual Robert F. Novins Memorial Golf for
      Life Tournament and Reception was a success. The brother
      and sister team of Carson Novins and Beth Novins started the
      tournament in memory of their father, who died of colon cancer.
      The amazing committee hosted a fun tournament and this year
      raised $116,000 to benefit Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) Clinic.
      Friday evening festivities consisted of delicious food, auctions,
      raffles and dancing to the live band, The Kinected. Ken Duke,
      Mike Milizia, Fred Caimotto and Carson himself were auctioned
      off to the delight of the audience.
         More than 200 guests enjoyed the Friday evening reception at
      Carsons Tavern and 31 teams played in Saturday’s tournament at
      Stuart Yacht & Country Club. Everyone was ready to play once
      the torrential downpour stopped on Saturday. Janet Milici won                                        Jim Westcott, Bruce Bertrand, Chad Gwinn, Dan Clancy
      the Putting Contest and Mike Milizia won the Helicopter Ball
      Drop. The overall winning team consisted of Rick Wentworth,   Kathy Kramer, Kim Lamb, Patsy Devine, Liz Griffin, Christa   Memorial Golf For Life on page 2
      Tony Barone, Mike Barone and Rob Walser. This lucky   Dun, Paula Rimer
      Martin County Healthy Start                                                                           United Way Funds

      Celebrates 25th Anniversary                                                                           New Programs,

         Twenty-five years ago, Martin County’s Healthy Start                                               Invests More
      Coalition opened its doors. The genesis of a statewide
      network of community organizations focused on reducing
      Florida’s high infant mortality rate was a passion project                                            Than $2 Million In
      of Governor Lawton Chiles and First Lady Rhea Chiles.
         Celebrating the 25th anniversary was the focus of this
      year’s Healthy Start Luncheon held May 18 at Piper’s                                                  Martin County
      Landing Yacht Club in Palm City. Additionally, it was
      the first year anniversary of Executive Director Samantha
         Suffich  recalled  her  first  year  with  Healthy  Start,
      which she said, came with its challenges. However, all
      the difficulties were handled as a collaborative effort with
      community members and a number of achievements were   Shamus Gordon, executive director, Father and Child
      realized. Leading the list was the newly minted maternity   Resource Center; Randy Pennington, incoming board
      leave policy, which allows for six weeks of paid leave. The   member; Dr. Teena White, immediate-past board president;
      organization hopes to be a model to other employers in the   and Samantha Suffich, executive director
         Dancing  with  the                             Services with significant support from Samantha, who has
      Martin Stars in September                         five years’ experience as a doula. The program provides
      raised $140,000. Dr. Brian                        emotional and physical support for expectant mothers
      Moriarty with Loving                              during labor who do not have a support person at the time
      Chiropractic,  the  overall                       of delivery. Eligible Healthy Start moms may be homeless,   United Way of Martin County presented two grants to
      winner, raised $30,000                            military spouses, estranged teenage mothers, or victims of   Martin County Healthy Start. Martin County Healthy
      and has helped to create                          domestic or sexual violence.                        Start’s Lisa Kieffer, prenatal outreach manager; Samantha
      a new pilot program for                              Additionally, the Prenatal Outreach Center expanded   Suffich, executive director; Aubrey Campbell, manager of
      chiropractic care for                             to Indiantown. The number of pregnant women entering   operations; with United Way of Martin County’s President/
      pregnant  Healthy  Start                          prenatal care in the first trimester has increased to 73 percent   CEO Carol G. Houwaart-Diez (holding Otis Campbell)
      moms.                                             from 56.9 percent since the outreach center’s inception.   and United Way of Martin County Incoming Board Chair
         A doula program is                             In recent months, 97 percent of pregnant women and 100   Denise Ehrich
      being piloted through the  Dr. Brian Moriarty and Tiffany   percent of newborns were screened for risk factors that
      doulas at Bell House Birth  Parish                could lead to poor birth outcomes like premature birth,      United Way of Martin County took a major step to
                                                                                  low birth weight, and infant   make sure children start school ready to learn, graduate
                                                                                  mortality. In Martin County,   more students, lift families and individuals to financial
                                                                                  out of 1,260 babies born,   stability and create a healthier community by investing
                                                                                  more than 1,000 mothers   $2,204,848 in the community in 2018/19.
                                                                                  and more than 600 babies      As  part  of  this  impact,  United  Way  recently
                                                                                  received  Healthy  Start   announced community impact grant awards for 47 local
                                                                                  services.                 programs and initiatives totaling $983,042 – a 5 percent

                                                                                  Martin County Healthy     United Way Funds New Programs on page 3
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