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VOL. 23 NO. 2                                                                            FEBRUARY 2022

       Taste Of Little Italy Celebrates 15th Anniversary

       – The Year Of Gratitude

      They Are Excited To Be Back At Tradition
      Square Where It All Began

         The long-awaited return of the Taste of Little Italy will celebrate its
      15th Anniversary, a year full of gratitude on Feb. 18 to 20. The cultural
      festival known for the Italian ambience, national Italian-American
      entertainers, and authentic food will be offering free admission in honor
      of its anniversary to thank the community for all the years of support.
      The festival will be held where it all began in Tradition Square.
         Festival hours throughout the weekend are 4 to 10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday;
      and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Parking is free.
         Now in its 15th year, the Taste of Little Italy presented by Galbani Cheese, promises
      a weekend filled with entertainment, food, and fun, served up Italian-style! Each year,
      the Taste of Little Italy draws three generations of families on the Treasure Coast with
      a promise to offer something special for everyone to enjoy and remember as they create
      memorable moments together that last a lifetime.                            Taste Of Little Italy on page 6

        Lundin Kudo Empty Bowls                                                   United Way Of Martin County

        Returns In 2022                                                           Honors Charlie And Gerry

        Long Running Event Raises Money To Fight                                  Ruibal At Tocqueville Society

        Hunger                                                                    Reception

           Local ceramic artists from
        across the Treasure Coast                                                    The United  Way of
        will bring back the Lundin                                                Martin County Alexis de
        Kudo Empty Bowls event                                                    Tocqueville Society is made
        on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the                                                up of individuals who have
        Woman’s Club of Stuart. The                                               committed to  making  a
        long-running event pairs the                                              significant investment in the
        talents and generosity of the                                             future of Martin County – they
        artists, volunteers and local                                             set the standard for charitable
        restaurants to raise money                                                giving. Collectively, their
        for organizations that fight   Jay Hatfield, Thomas Adkisson, Joan Hooks, Chad Steve,   generosity represents 40
        hunger in Martin County.   and May Wong at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery  percent United Way of Martin
           On that day, guests can                                                County’s annual campaign
        enjoy a serving of savory soup and locally baked bread served in handcrafted bowls   with gifts that total more than
        created by the local artists. Guests keep the bowl of their choice in exchange for a $20   $1.4 million.
        donation. All proceeds benefit Treasure Coast Food Bank and Mary’s Kitchen.      But more than that, they   Charlie  and  Gerry  Ruibal,  recipients  of  the Alexis  de
           The Lundin Kudo Empty Bowls Project honors the late ceramic artist Lundin Kudo,   are visionaries who lead by   Tocqueville Outstanding Philanthropist Award, with Noreen
        who created art for many decades in her Stuart, Fla., studio. The event also features the   example. United Way recently   Fisher and Muffin Adamiak, cochairs of UWMC’s Alexis de
        Mae Slaton “Souper” Bowl Auction, featuring exceptional bowls provided by community   hosted the annual Tocqueville   Tocqueville Society
        artists who donate their time and talent.                                 Society reception at Sailfish
                                                                                  Point Country Club to gather those members for an evening of fellowship.
        Lundin Kudo Empty Bowls on page 3                                            Attendees heard from Tocqueville Society cochairs Muffin Adamiak and Noreen Fisher.
                                                                                  “I believe in the mission of United Way. I believe it improves lives by taking our dollars and
                                                                                  magnifying their impact through coordinated grants to well-run nonprofits,” Fisher said.
                                                                                     United Way presented the coveted Alexis de Tocqueville Outstanding Philanthropy Award
                                                                                  to Sailfish Point residents Charlie and Gerry Ruibal for their leadership and passion for
                                                                                  improving people’s lives and strengthening our community. The Ruibals have been members
                                                                                  of United Way of Martin County’s Tocqueville Society for more than two decades while
                                                                                  also supporting many other nonprofit organizations. The Ruibals have also endowed two
                                                                                  scholarships and the RUIBAL Challenge (Reaching Urban Individuals By Action and Love)
                                                                                  at Villanova. “At Villanova I learned about Saint Augustine who challenged us to become

                                                                                  United Way on page 4
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