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VOL. 24 NO. 4                                                                                    APRIL 2022

      Mary’s Home Presents 11th Annual Fashion Show And Luncheon

      By Jackie Holfelder
        Returning after a year hiatus, Mary’s Home’s Annual
      Fashion Show and Luncheon had the ambiance of a family
      wedding as friends and acquaintances joyfully saw each other
      for the first time in months – or even years.
        The sold-out event took place at Willoughby Golf Club on
      March 15 and featured a silent auction filled with unique and
      eclectic items, a fashion show, coordinated by Lynda Hartley-
      Urban, that had models sashaying through the dining room
      in outstanding outfits and a touching presentation by Mary’s
      Home resident Nneka Towine sharing the role the residence
      has played in helping her prepare for the best possible life for
      herself and her baby girl.
        Ashleigh Waters, early morning news anchor at WPTV   Alean Timm, executive director of Mary’s Home; Jan Lindsay,
      NewsChannel 5 was a warm and affable master of ceremonies.  founder of Mary’s Home; and Ashleigh Waters, WPTV   Jonathan Knaus, Gina Thompson and Nick Grubbs, Mary’s
                                                         NewsChannel 5 anchor and luncheon emcee           Home board members
      Mary’s Home on page 3                                                   Photo provided by Mary’s Home                          Photo by Jackie Holfelder
       United Way Foundation Honors

       Bob And Karen Croce For Humanitarian Efforts

        The United Way of Martin County Foundation recently   United Way of Martin County
      presented Bob and Karen Croce with the 2022 Frances Langford   as Tocqueville donors since
      Humanitarian Award during a reception held at Sailfish Point.  1989.  Bob  also  served  as
        The couple was honored for their ongoing philanthropic   chair of United Way of Martin
      endeavors directly benefiting United Way and a multitude of   County’s Tocqueville Society
      nonprofit organizations throughout the community.   for 10 years. Over the years,
        “We made a conscious decision to give back to the   Bob and Karen have supported
      community through United Way because they provide a broad   other nonprofit organizations,
      spectrum of services to address many issues – from helping   including the Children’s Home
      victims of domestic violence to youth substance abuse to caring   Society, Hibiscus Children’s
      for the elderly. It is the most efficient and strategic way to help   Center, Project Lift, Florida
      local people reach their full potential,” Bob Croce said.  Oceanographic  Society,
        The Croces have a long history of supporting the United   Treasure Coast Food Bank,
      Way. Before relocating to Florida, Bob was involved with a
      United Way in New Jersey for 15 years, serving as campaign   United Way Foundation
      chair and chairman of the board. Bob and Karen have supported   on page 4   Elisabeth Glynn, Steve Pinnacoli, Karen and Bob Croce, and Carol Houwaart-Diez

       Tennis/Pickleball Fundraiser

       To Benefit Mark Garwood SHARE Foundation

      By Jackie Holfelder                                  Individual  luncheon  tickets  for  guests  and
        On Saturday, April 30, The Mark Garwood SHARE    spectators  can  be  purchased  for  $10  each.
      Foundation will host its Second Annual Racquets for Recovery   Sponsorship opportunities are also available.
      Tennis and Pickleball charity tournament. The event takes     On May 24, 2014, John and Erica Garwood’s
      place at North River Shores Tennis Club in Stuart to benefit the   24-year-old son Mark lost his five-year battle
      foundation’s Phoenix Educational Scholarship Fund.   with  prescription  drugs.  In  response  to  this
        The one-day competition offers women’s and men’s doubles   unimaginable  tragedy,  the  Mark  Garwood
      tennis and pickleball. Entry is $75 per player and includes a long-  SHARE  Foundation  was  established  to  honor
      sleeve athletic T-shirt for each player, a “South of the Border”   Mark’s life. Its primary mission is to provide
      buffet luncheon and barbecue and awards.           educational scholarships to local men and women
        Levels for both sports are 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0. Women’s events   who are recovering from devastating effects of
      take place in the morning and men’s events start midday. Specific   substance use disorder and who wish to initiate
      court times will be provided in advance.           or resume their education.
        No partner? No problem – the tennis director at North River     Since 2015, the foundation has awarded more
      Shores will pair up individual players.            than $250,000 in financial aid to 41 qualified
                                                                                 individuals.  The
                                                                                 nonprofit supports   Kelly McCarthy, Kristi Becker, Sunnathai Immerman, Deb Londoli,
                                                                                 the Mark Garwood   Carla Miller and Donna Burton, 2021 women’s pickleball winners
                                                                                 Phoenix House, a                     Photo by Mark Garwood SHARE Foundation
                                                                                 women’s recovery
                                                                                 residence;  Bridge  House,   no insurance; and Clean Start Backpacks, which contain
                                                                                 a transitional facility   essential  hygiene  items  distributed  to  individuals  just
                                                                                 providing  bed  and  board   entering recovery.
                                                                                 for  men  in  recovery  with     To register, learn about sponsorships or donate directly,
                                                                                 no  means  of  support  and   visit
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