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VOL. 24 NO. 5                                                                                     MAY 2022

      11th Annual Purse Party Fundraiser

      Jensen Beach – 2022 Purse                          and Credit Card holder and
                                                         Gift Card Raffle tree valued
      Party SOLD OUT!                                    at over $2,000 were pulled
                                                         and announced.
        On March 28,                                       For the first time ever,
      200 magnificent and                                the silent auction aired live
      generous ladies gathered                           online, allowing offsite
      to enjoy a day full of                             participation! Of course
      great conversation and                             there were some special
      competitive bidding for                            surprises reserved for the
      some amazing designer                              event attendees. The event’s
      handbags, shoes and                                emcee,  superstar WPTV
      accessories. This  girly                           Channel 5 news anchor
      gathering was hosted                               Ashleigh Walters, welcomed
      by Harbour Ridge Yacht   Ashleigh Walters and Laura   guests as they enjoyed a
      and Country Club in   Barbone                      delicious lunch, signature
      Palm City and presented                            cocktail, raffle drawings and   Christina Franco, Lorna Day, Tara Biek-Robison, Brigid McLaughlin, Amy Thornton, Marsha
      by Kathleen B. Walgreen. Event attendees participated in   live auction, led by local   Cetta, Andi McAvoy, Kira Libratore, Marcie Ferraro. Committee members not photographed:
      some fun onsite games and were blessed to hear the angelic   auctioneer celebrity Reed   Susan O’Rourke, Kelley Decowski
      voice of the young Jordan Jones! The room silenced when   Hartman. “We are blown
      the winners of the New Louis Vuitton Graceful Handbag   away at the generosity of the attendees and are thrilled to   11th Annual Purse Party on page 3
      Salvation Army Celebrates Its Volunteers

        The Salvation Army of Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee   the Salvation Army. In addition to being treated to a delightful     The crowd cheered as Blackmon recognized volunteers for
      Counties recently showed appreciation for its volunteers at a   lunch, each guest received a small gift and a ticket for a chance   their total hours of service working for the Salvation Army in
      celebratory luncheon held at Martin Downs Golf Club in Palm   to win a basket of goodies.            2021. Top honors were given to Steve Casola, Kaylee Cumming
      City. The program included recognition of top volunteers and     “One of the most important choices you can make is how you   and June Stires for their work in the Salvation Army food
      guest speakers Major Sarah Nelson and Lieutenant Mariah   share your time,” said Gary Blackmon, Volunteer Coordinator
      Deshazo, who gave testimony of their experiences serving in   for the Salvation Army. “Every day I see our volunteers giving
                                                         so freely to help others in need.”

      Bruce Nathan of Nathan                                                                               Mike Dewey of Palm City poses with Col. Dennis Strissel,
      Family Farms in Palm City                                                                            Corps Officer for The Salvation Army of Martin, St. Lucie
      was recognized for his regular   Lori Baird of Port St. Lucie   Martin County Tax Collector Ruth Piestruszewski and   and Okeechobee Counties.
      donations of fresh eggs for the   won top honors as the 2021   Supervisor of Elections and Salvation Army Advisory Board
      Salvation Army’s food pantry.   Volunteer of the Year.  Chair Vicki Davis                            Salvation Army on page 4
      Humane Society Generates Funds

      For Shelter Animals With A Touch Of Country

        Cowboy hats and boots were the attire for the evening at the   sounds of the Tom Jackson Band and line dancing led
      Humane Society of the Treasure Coast’s (HSTC) annual Paws &   by DeeDee Maynard of the Wild Roses Dance Team.
      Claws gala. The event’s theme was “Country Cats and Dogs.”     In addition, a virtual silent auction featured an
      Held at the brand-new Colab Kitchen, the countrified gala raised   impressive array of items
      $270,000, which benefits the Palm City shelter’s animals.  including an exclusive Pam
        WPTV/WFLX anchor Jay Cashmere emceed the event   Huizenga necklace, a trip
      and Elliot Paul served as the live auctioneer. Katie Astras   to Bimini, and packages
      and Kit Haas cochaired the affair. The evening’s activities   for Chef’s Table and Colab
      included fancy beverages, gourmet food, the southern   Kitchen.

                                                                                                                                    Paul Feinsinger and Shaun
                                                                                                                                    Kelly with 14-year-old foster
                                                                                                                                    dog Chloe
                                                                                                           Committee Cochair Katie
                                                                                  Tracy Baldwin with Lance  Astras                  Humane Society on page 3
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