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VOL. 24 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                                                             of us experienced one way or another through COVID, I felt it
      offering free admission in honor of its anniversary to thank the                                     was important for me to make a gesture to show how thankful
      community for all the years of support. The festival will be held                                    we are and that we are here for you, and we are one community
      where it all began in Tradition Square.            Little Italy draws three generations of families on the Treasure   together,” said Jerry Somma, founder and producer of the festival.
        Festival hours throughout the weekend are 4 to 10 p.m.   Coast with a promise to offer something special for everyone to     Cheers to the next 15 years, we will offer new areas for the
      Friday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.   enjoy and remember as they create memorable moments together   festival. The Aperol Spritz Piazza and the Voga Prosecco and
      Parking is free.                                   that last a lifetime.                             Bellini Lounge, are great places to relax and enjoy the sights and
        Now in its 15th year, the Taste of Little Italy presented by     “As I reflected on the past 15 years, my heart is full of   sounds of The Taste of Little Italy.
      Galbani Cheese, promises a weekend filled with entertainment,   gratitude for the way in which our community received the
      food, and fun, served up Italian-style! Each year, the Taste of   Taste of Little Italy. With and knowing all the hardships that all   Taste Of Little Italy on page 5
      Lundin Kudo Empty Bowls Returns In 2022

      Long Running Event Raises                                                                            from Chef’s Table of Stuart, Conchy Joe’s Seafood, Dolphin

      Money To Fight Hunger                                                                                Bar & Shrimp House, Ellie’s Downtown Deli, The Gafford,
                                                                                                           Healthy Harvest Catering, Kazu, Osceola Street Café, and
        Local ceramic artists from across the Treasure Coast will                                          students from the Martin County High School Academy of
      bring back the Lundin Kudo Empty Bowls event on Sunday,                                              Culinary Arts.
      Feb. 27, at the Woman’s Club of Stuart. The long-running                                               While these soups will provide a hearty meal, the empty
      event pairs the talents and generosity of the artists, volunteers                                    bowl and a serving of soup is a reminder of the one in four
      and local restaurants to raise money for organizations that                                          people on the Treasure Coast who don’t always have enough
      fight hunger in Martin County.                                                                       nutritious food to eat.
        On that day, guests can enjoy a serving of savory soup                                               The event is made possible with support from The
      and locally baked bread served in handcrafted bowls created                                          Woman’s Club of Stuart, Clay Habit Studio, Lighthouse
      by the local artists. Guests keep the bowl of their choice in   Jay Hatfield, Thomas Adkisson, Joan Hooks, Chad Steve, and   ArtCenter Gallery and School of Art, 3D Potter Inc., and
      exchange for a $20 donation. All proceeds benefit Treasure   May Wong at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery  Publix, which is providing fresh bread to be served with
      Coast Food Bank and Mary’s Kitchen.                                                                  each bowl of soup.
        The Lundin Kudo Empty Bowls Project honors the late   by community artists who donate their time and talent.     The event takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the
      ceramic artist Lundin Kudo, who created art for many decades     Area chefs and restaurants are donating their culinary   Woman’s Club of Stuart, 729 East Ocean Blvd.
      in her Stuart, Fla., studio. The event also features the Mae Slaton   talents to the event, providing guests with several varieties
      “Souper” Bowl Auction, featuring exceptional bowls provided   of soup for their empty bowls meal. Look for selections   Lundin Kudo Empty Bowls on page 3
      United Way Of Martin County Honors Charlie

      And Gerry Ruibal At Tocqueville Society Reception

        The United Way of Martin County Alexis de Tocqueville     Attendees heard from Tocqueville Society cochairs Muffin
      Society is made up of individuals who have committed to   Adamiak and Noreen Fisher. “I believe in the mission of United
      making a significant investment in the future of Martin County   Way. I believe it improves lives by taking our dollars and
      – they set the standard for charitable giving. Collectively, their   magnifying their impact through coordinated grants to well-run
      generosity represents 40 percent United Way of Martin County’s   nonprofits,” Fisher said.
      annual campaign with gifts that total more than $1.4 million.    United Way presented the coveted Alexis de Tocqueville
        But more than that, they are visionaries who lead by example.   Outstanding Philanthropy Award to Sailfish Point residents
      United Way recently hosted the annual Tocqueville Society   Charlie and Gerry Ruibal for their leadership and passion for
      reception at Sailfish Point Country Club to gather those members   improving people’s lives and strengthening our community. The
      for an evening of fellowship.                      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   Charlie  and  Gerry  Ruibal,  recipients  of  the Alexis  de
                                                                                 two scholarships and the   Tocqueville Outstanding Philanthropist Award, with Noreen
                                                                                 RUIBAL Challenge (Reaching   Fisher and Muffin Adamiak, cochairs of UWMC’s Alexis de
                                                                                 Urban Individuals By Action   Tocqueville Society
                                                                                 and Love) at Villanova. “At
                                                                                 Villanova I learned about   United Way on page 3
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