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VOL. 13 NO. 12                                                                         DECEMBER 2021

      Fourth Annual Live Like Jake ‘Be The Light’ Gala

      Raised Over $100,000 To Prevent Childhood Drowning

      Drowning Prevention
      Advocates Honored During

      Diamonds And Denim-

      Themed Night

        Live Like Jake, the local foundation created in the memory
      of Jake Roarke Morrison, held its annual “Be the Light” Gala
      on Oct. 9, in the stunning setting of Lady Jean Ranch. Over
      160 guests and sponsors came together to raise more than
      $100,000 that will be used to provide scholarships for Infant
      Self Rescue (ISR) swimming lessons and ISR instructor   Emma, Kellie and Nick Linder                 Jo Locker, Heather Atkins and Sue Eusepi-Green
      training grants, as well as critical funds for families who
      have lost a child or have a child with critical care needs.   we absolutely love our new venue, Lady Jean Ranch,” says     This year, Life Saver Pool Fence awarded their Life
        The evening soiree included drinks, dinner, dancing,   Live Like Jake Founder, Keri Morrison. “It brought me so   Saver Award  to  Richard Specht, whose son  Richard
      silent auction, and the presentation of its annual Be the Light   much joy to see everyone thoroughly enjoying themselves   Edwin Ehmer Specht (Rees) drowned at 22 months
      Award, which was given to Jenna and Skyler Edwards,   and already talking about attending next year.”   old. Rich and his wife Samantha created the Rees Specht
      whose child was involved in a non-fatal drowning incident.     Keynote speakers for the evening featured  Tunishia
      That moment led Jenna to becoming an ISR instructor herself.   Wardally and Chrystal Copenhaver whose own experiences   Live Like Jake ‘Be The Light’ Gala on page 4
      Each year, the Edwards family raises record numbers of funds   with the drowning accidents of their children have led to their
      for Live Like Jake’s mission during the annual Watermelons   impassioned advocacy for water safety. Both Wardally and
      for Water Safety campaign.                         Copenhaver have been chosen to receive Live Like Jake’s   Furry Friends
        “This was by far our best Be The Light gala ever and   ISR instructor training grants.
      Homes For Our Troops To Kick                                                                           And Fancy Things

      Off Building Of Home For Injured                                                                        On Saturday Nov. 6 more than 300 people gathered at
                                                                                                            the gorgeous Pelican Club for the second annual Furry
                                                                                                            Friends and Fancy Things event presented by Pantelides
      Soldier In West Palm Beach, Fla.                                                                      PR. Guests were treated to fancy things such as drinks
                                                                                                            from cotton candy-filled prosecco glasses and a live Saks

        The national nonprofit                           While on a mission with the 1-32nd
      organization, Homes For Our                        Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division,
      Troops (HFOT) kicked off the                       in Kunar Province, Afghanistan,
      building of a specially adapted                    a rocket propelled grenade struck
      custom home for Army Staff                         Staff Sergeant DeLoach’s vehicle.
      Sergeant Joseph “Blake” DeLoach                    SSG DeLoach lost his sight as a
      on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 10 a.m.                    result of the blast.
      SSG DeLoach was injured while                        The home being built for SSG DeLoach will feature more
      serving in Afghanistan.                            than 40 major special adaptations such as widened doorways
        The community kickoff event                      for wheelchair access, a roll-in shower, and kitchen amenities   Diane Marvin, Gigi’s Pet Market owner Wendy Depinto,
      signified the start of the build                   that include pull-down shelving and lowered countertops.   Dania Velasco. Photo by Paul Marino Photography
      process  and  introduced  SSG                      The home will also alleviate the mobility and safety issues
      DeLoach to the community. The                      associated with a traditional home, including navigating a
      event was held at Cornerstone                      wheelchair through narrow hallways or over thresholds, or
      Fellowship, 13969 Orange Blvd.,                    reaching for cabinets that are too high.
      West Palm Beach, FL 33412.                           HFOT has built 322 homes since the organization’s inception
        On Oct. 18, 2010, the career SSG DeLoach enjoyed so   in 2004. Homes For Our Troops relies on contributions from
      much came to an abrupt end during his second deployment.   donors, supporters, and corporate partners for the building of each
                                                                                 veteran’s home. Community
                                                                                 members may hold fundraisers
                                                                                 or make donations. To find out
                                                                                 more on how to get involved
                                                                                 or make a donation visit www.  Tinsley Mortimer and her dogs Strawberry and
                                                                                      Shortcake with Furry Friends and Fancy Things
                                                                                   Read more  about  SSG    Chairwoman and President and CEO of Pantelides PR
                                                                                 DeLoach’s story and watch   & Consulting Emily Pantelide
                                                                                 his video at www.hfotusa.
                                                                                 org/deloach.               Furry Friends And Fancy Things on page 2
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