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      Good Works from page 8                             proclaimed “history junkie”
      Big Brothers Big Sisters Of                        and is a credited researcher for
                                                         The New York Times best seller,
      Palm Beach And Martin                              Being George Washington –
                                                         The Indispensable Man. In her
      Counties Adds Three To Staff                       spare time she enjoys reading,
                                                         watching documentaries and
      By Jackie Holfelder                                exploring new places.
        Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach & Martin Counties     Lastree Lemene has joined
      (BBBSPBMC) recently announced the addition of three new   BBBSPBMC as Match
      team members.                                      Support Specialist, supporting
        Kara  Hitner is Marketing And Events  Coordinator,   the School to Work program
      responsible for coordination and planning of special   and its participants. She also
      fundraising events.                                assists with recruitment and  Angela Wiltz        Lastree Lemene          Kara Hitner
        Hitner graduated from Florida International University with   enrollment for the program.
      Bachelor of Science in hospitality management and a specialty   Lamene was involved with the agency for more than seven   network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored
      in event and meeting planning and has four years previous work   years as a volunteer Big Sister and recently returned to the   matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children
      experience in the field. In her free time, she enjoys attending   staff this past fall. A graduate of the University of Florida with   (“Littles”), ages 6 through young adulthood in Palm Beach and
      community events/festivals, spending time with family and   a Bachelor of Science in tourism, recreation and parks, in her   Martin counties. We develop positive relationships that have a
      friends, going to the beach, crafting and gardening. She’s thrilled   spare time, Lastree enjoys working as a professional organizer   direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.
      to bring passion for event coordination to BBBSPBMC, “an   and spending time with her boyfriend, her family, and her dog,     To learn more, visit
      amazing nonprofit that enriches the lives of so many children.”   Lulu. Seeing firsthand how her relationship with her Little Sister   Photos by BBBSPBMC
        Angela Wiltz, Community Engagement and Outreach   has flourished, she finds motivation in helping create similar
      Coordinator, majored in public relations at Emerson College   experiences for Littles and Bigs to come. One of her favorite
      in Boston. She has worked for several nonprofit organizations,   quotes is “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone
      including the Cathedral of the Pines, New Hampshire’s only   across the waters to create many ripples” by Mother Teresa.
      congressionally recognized war memorial and Mercury     Since 1904, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under
      One, where she helped organize large scale stadium events,   the belief that inherent in every child is incredible potential. As
      and coordinated international outreach. Wiltz is a self-  the nation’s largest donor- and volunteer-supported mentoring
                                                                                                                                     102 Year Anniversary
      Water Fest And Mutt March                                                                                      Do You Have
      Reunite For An Inspiring                                                                               An Old Fur Hanging

      ‘Saturday In The Park’                                                                                        In The Closet

        The city of Stuart,                                                                                     Not Being Worn?
      in collaboration with                                                                                           Restyle Your Old Fur
      Students4H2O, a local youth
      lead organization, will hold the                                                                               Hanging In Your Closet
      eighth annual Water Fest on
      March 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
      at Stuart Memorial Park, located
      at 300 S.E. Ocean Blvd.                            220-0279. Anne Ellig is the Water Fest contact and may be
        Water Fest involves the                          reached at (772) 600-1206 or via email at aellig@ci.stuart.
      participation of Martin County schools. Its goal is to educate the Courtney Zanetti is the Mutt March contact and may be
      community and surrounding areas on water advocacy and how   reached at (772) 600-3211 or via email at
      water is vital to all forms of life.               About Students4H2O
        Once again, the city of Stuart and the Humane Society of     Students4H2O was established in Martin County
      the Treasure Coast (HSTC) are joining forces and combining   with the mission to enhance education, stewardship, and
      their two signature events, Water Fest and Mutt March, into   citizenship for all students in our community. We believe
      one free event.                                    every individual matters and a sustainable community will
        Martin County elementary, middle and high schools will   lead to a sustainable planet by following the mission of the
      provide environmentally-themed hands-on activities and   United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. By doing so,
      demonstrations at their booths. They will advocate alongside   we strive to empower our children by saving the earth, one
      numerous organizations, including Water for South Sudan.   student at a time. For more information, please visit www.  To A Beautiful
        “I cannot express how excited I am to come to Stuart and or call (772) 220-0279.
      meet some of the fantastic supporters in person that have   About Water Fest                              Vest, Jacket,
      helped provide clean water in South Sudan,” said Elissa     Since 2012, Water Fest has been an environmental   Or Teddy Bear
      Rowley, development and communications coordinator.   festival hosted by the city of Stuart in Stuart Memorial Park.
      “Water for South Sudan is thrilled to participate in Water Fest   The outdoor expo, which is free to the public, focuses on
      2022 – be sure to visit me at the Students4H2O/WFSS booth!”  promoting water conservation and bringing awareness of
        Attendees will be able to enjoy face painting, contests,   current and future water quality and supply issues. Festival
      environmental education, and music throughout the event. At   goers visit booths staffed by respected environmental
      11:30 a.m., there will be a Walk for Water to raise awareness   professionals, local educators and peers, rising leaders,   Come By During Our
      about the global water crisis.                     and utility personnel who provide interactive environmental
        The first 200 attendees that bring a plastic bag to   lessons, demonstrations, contests, and games. The city   Recycle Fur & Mink
      Students4H2O’s booth will receive a Publix reusable bag.   of Stuart collaborates with Students4H2O to produce the   Restyling Event
        Mutt March will host a 5K run, a flea-“less” market, a   springtime event, which among other endeavors, facilitates
      lure course, a pet photo booth, and a canine costume contest,   a walk for water to depict the challenge women and children   Brought to you by Restyle Your Fur,
      which will begin at noon.                          face in many third world countries to obtain drinking water.  Restyle Division of LaBelle Furs since
        “It was Benjamin Franklin who famously said, ‘When the   About The Humane Society Of The Treasure Coast
      well is dry, we know the worth of water.’ Some on our planet     Since 1955, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, 4100   1919, and
      have an arduous time even getting to the well,” said Anne   S.W. Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, has been the leading
      Ellig, recycling and conservation coordinator for the city of   advocate for homeless, abused and abandoned animals in
      Stuart. “Attend Water Fest and learn how you can become   Martin County. The HSTC provides the Treasure Coast’s   Teach Your Old Fur
      better stewards of water so that everyone has enough.”  most progressive spay-neuter and adoption programs and    New Tricks!!!
        Adriana Mancini, founder and president of Students4H2O   dynamic humane education services. The HSTC has long had
      adds, “We encourage students to show up, whether they have   partnerships with like-minded organizations. The HSTC does   March 25th and 26th
      been to Water Fest before or not. Attending is a great start to   not euthanize to make space at its shelter, there are no time
      learning how you can take local action to create global impact.”  limits on how long animals stay in its care, and no companion   Friday & Saturday
        For more information regarding Students4H2O, please   animal is turned away for any reason. For more information,   10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
      contact Adriana Mancini at or (772)   visit or call (772) 223-8822.
                                                                                                                   for Additional Information or Questions
                                                                                                                      call (407) 341-4740

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