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VOL. 22 NO. 7                                                                                     JULY 2020

      ‘Wear The Bear. Show You Care.’ Campaign Extended

      Initiative Has Raised $150K                        of golf” and their                                embroidered with the iconic
      For COVID-19 Relief                                foundation have                                   Golden  Bear  wearing  a
                                                         renewed their
                                                                                                           protective face mask and the
                                                         commitment to                                     words “Wear the Bear. Show
        Helping children is not seasonal, and efforts to bring   help protect health                       You Care.” The popular hat
      pediatric care to families in need certainly does not end   care workers,                            is part of an initiative to
      after a holiday. So, after successfully launching the   while sharing a                              fund the supply of personal
      “Wear the Bear. Show You Care.” campaign just prior   message of hope                                protective equipment (PPE)
      to Father’s Day, Jack and Barbara Nicklaus and the   and healing.                                    and other needs for front-  Wear the Bear Hat (Photo
      Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation will extend     The Nicklaus                              line health care workers.   courtesy of  Nicklaus
      the program to continue raising money for the COVID-19   Children’s Health                             For every $100 you    Children’s Health Care
      Relief Fund at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.       Care Foundation                                   donate, the Nicklaus    Foundation)
        The campaign has already  raised  $150,000  for  the   and their headwear                          Children’s Health Care
      COVID-19 Relief Fund at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.   partners at AHEAD                            Foundation will match your donation, sending $200 to
      As more states, including Florida, report record-setting   USA created a   Jack and Barbara Nicklaus (Photo by
      daily numbers of COVID-19 cases, the “first family   limited-edition hat   Tracey Benson Photography)  Wear The Bear on page 6
      2020 Bigs And Littles Of The Year For BBBS

      Of Palm Beach And Martin Counties

       By Jackie Holfelder                               conference, where
         Every year, Big Brothers                        the  annual  winners
       Big Sisters (BBBS) honors                         are chosen.
       two outstanding matches:                            In addition to
       Big Brother/Little Brother                        these two important
       and Big Sister/Little Sister                      selections, BBBS
       of The Year. The pairs are                        of Palm Beach &
       nominated to illustrate how                       Martin Counties also
       mentoring relationships                           nominates a Volunteer
       help Littles achieve their                        of the Year and Teen
       biggest possible futures and                      Big of the Year.
       makes a long lasting affects                        In the local BBBS
       the Big, too.                                     of Palm Beach &
         After nominees are                              Martin Counties  Jessica Grassi with Cynteria     John Sedwitz with Erick
       selected by local staff,                          chapter, the 2020
       their names and stories                           winners are:                                      • Volunteer of the Year: John Sedwitz
       are submitted to  a  state                        • Big Brother of the Year: Lawrence Howell        • Little Brother: Erick
       association chair, who                            • Little Brothers: Zakai and Zamir                  Although they weren’t the national awardees, the life-
       ultimately selects the                            • Big Sister of the Year: Jessica Grassi          changing effects these Bigs have on the lives of their Littles
       state’s winning pair in each                      • Little Sister: Cynteria                         make them winners in anybody’s book!
       category. These designees  Lawrence Howell with Zakai   • Teen Big of the Year: Emily Osborn
       then go on to the national  and Zamir             • Little Sister: Janiya                           2020 Bigs And Littles on page 2
      25 United Cleans Up Hobe Heights After Flooding

      By Jackie Holfelder                                  More than 300 people took only nine hours to clean   Harold Jenkins; State Senator Gayle Harrell and U.S.
        25 United is a nonprofit organization that was born out   up nine affected homes, removing waterlogged furniture,   Representative Brian Mast.
      of the Treasure Coast Relief effort in the Bahamas after   taking out ruined  appliances  and cabinets,  stripping     Martin County Fire Rescue Chief Bill Schobel and his
      Hurricane Dorian wreaked its havoc.                drywall and baseboards, pulling up carpeting and padding   entire emergency management team also helped facilitate
        Under the leadership of Stephen Leighton, 25 United is   and getting each house down to essentially pad and studs.  the effort.
      dedicated to providing worldwide relief to areas impacted     A  group  of  concerned  local  political  leaders  have
      by a disaster, whether natural or man-made.        been involved with the cleanup and will be focusing   25 United Cleans Up on page 3
        Within the last several weeks, they didn’t have to travel   on the fragility of Hobe
      far, as the Hobe Heights neighborhood was basically   Heights’ drainage problems
      devastated by heavy rainfall and flooding in early June.   going forward. Included
      Between 11 to 12 inches of rain fell in the area.  in  the  group  are  Martin
        Just a few days later – on June 11 – 25 United   County Commissioners
      volunteers showed up in response to a shoutout issued   Ed Ciampi, Sarah Heard,
      by Leighton.                                       Stacey Hetherington and

                                                                                 Some of the 300 25 United volunteers who responded to the call to action in Hobe Heights
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