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        VOL. 11 NO. 9                                                                         SEPTEMBER 2019

      2019 Jupiter Medical Center Loggerhead Triathlon

      Report and Photos by Penny Sheltz                                                                    Top 10 The First Hour
        The Jupiter Medical Center Loggerhead Triathlon is one of                                          1. Steve Jackson, Jupiter                  55:15
      the longest enduring triathlons in the state of Florida. Dating                                      2. John Reback, North Palm Beach           58:21
      back to 1985, triathletes have made the trip to Jupiter year                                         3. Cliff Drusinsky, Jupiter                58:47
      after year to enjoy the magnificent oceanside setting, the                                           4. Christopher Miller, Boca Raton          59:57
      family-friendly atmosphere, and the competition. The event                                           5. Bill Ketchem, Jupiter                 1:00:31
      has become a “must do” on the southeast race circuit and                                             6. Jason Ramdeen, Boca Raton          1:01:56.39
      has spawned some of the top triathletes in the United States.                                        7. Edson Soares, Orlando              1:02:31.82
      The race course consists of a 3/8-mile ocean swim, which                                             8. Brian Schmidt, Jupiter             1:03:15.37
      begins at sunrise, then a 13-mile bike ride and last a 3.1-                                          9. Linda Robb, North Palm Beach          1:03:20
      mile run. More than 600 athletes participate in Loggerhead                                           10. Michael Reed, Palm Beach Gardens     1:03:33
      Triathlon each year. More than 150 volunteers help to make
      Loggerhead Triathlon a success.                    The Star Spangled Banner is sung to open the triathlon.   2019 JMC Loggerhead Triathlon on page 2
      Touchdown! T.E.A.M. Elam

      Charity Poker Tournament A Big Success At PBKC

        It was a touchdown for the first annual T.E.A.M. Elam     The event offered a $50 buy-
      Charity Poker Tournament in the Poker Room at Palm Beach   in with $20 re-buys and add-
      Kennel Club (PBKC). The event that included a poker   ons and $2,500 was guaranteed
      tournament, NFL star appearances, great food and fun raised   to the winners with the top 10
      $4,500 for                           percent  getting  paid. Among
        Abram Elam, a Cardinal Newman High School graduate,   the celebrity guests: Pierre
      heads up the charity organization. Elam played for several   Garcon, Curt Maggitt, Jacoby
      teams in the NFL as a safety including the Miami Dolphins,   Brissett, Crevon LeBlanc, Vinny
      Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns and   Sutherland, Brandon Flowers and
      Kansas City Chiefs.                                Nick O’Leary.
        “This poker tournament was a resounding success and I     PBKC hosts a variety of charity
      think we scored a touchdown,” said  Elam. “We look forward   tournaments each year, and over
      to doing this event again next year and making it even bigger   $1 million has been raised for  Abram Elam  and 50 percent going to the top winners. Other tournaments
      and better. Mark down Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020!” he added.   local organizations in the last 10         held include: Butch Smith All-In For Firefighters, Tyler
      “Myself and my fellow athletes have been so very fortunate   years. The charities involved incur no costs and have the   McClellan Foundation, Special Olympics and many more.
      and we feel it is our duty to give back to the stars of the   full backing by PBKC promotionally. Most events feature 50
      future.”                                           percent of the buy-ins and add-ons going back to the charity   Charity Poker Tournament on page 4
      Sea Turtle Released Off Juno Beach

        The Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) released Vitti   over 700 hours of her time in the seven years she spent at   focus on threatened and
      the sea turtle from its facility off Juno Beach on Thursday,   LMC, helping the development and marketing departments   endangered sea turtles.
      Aug. 1 at 10:30 a.m.                               with administrative tasks, adoptions, event registration and   The center features an
        Vitti is a sub-adult loggerhead sea turtle patient that was   more. Vitti was passionate and offered a lot of wonderful   on-site hospital, research
      found at Florida Power & Light’s St. Lucie site. The patient’s   ideas to help the center grow.      laboratory, educational
      bloodwork on arrival indicated anemia and hypoglycemia.     Outside of LMC, she was a highly involved volunteer in
      Vitti was underweight, lethargic and in poor health due to   all of her daughter’s schools as the treasurer of the PTO for   Sea Turtle Released
      chronic debilitation. The turtle received parenteral nutrition,   several years and was a devoted and loving wife and mother.   on page 6
      antibiotics and iron to treat its chronic debilitation. Hospital   Vitti was a well-traveled individual who loved talking about
      staff monitored Vitti the sea turtle with routine blood work   her trips and food from all over the world. Vitti will be truly
      as it was treated.                                 missed by all who knew her.
        Vitti the sea turtle is named in memory of Bitasta “Vitti”     Vitti the sea turtle was prepared for release from LMC
      Chaturvedi, a devoted and beloved LMC volunteer who   starting at 10 a.m. LMC docents conveyed the history of
      started at the center in August 2010. Vitti generously donated   the turtles’ journey and final preparations to visitors, with
                                                                                 a procession to the beach for
                                                                                 the release following.
                                                                                 A bou t Loggerh ead
                                                                                 Marinelife Center
                                                                                   Loggerhead Marinelife
                                                                                 Center (LMC) is  a
                                                                                 nonprofit sea turtle
                                                                                 research, rehabilitation and
                                                                                 educational institution that
                                                                                 promotes conservation of
                                                                                 ocean ecosystems with a
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