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VOL. 24  NO. 5                                                                                 MAY 2022

      11th Annual Purse Party Fundraiser

      Jensen Beach – 2022 Purse                          Ashleigh Walters, welcomed
                                                         guests as they enjoyed a
      Party SOLD OUT!                                    delicious lunch, signature
                                                         cocktail, raffle drawings and
        On March 28, 200 magnificent and generous ladies   live auction, led by local
      gathered to enjoy a day full of great conversation and   auctioneer celebrity Reed
      competitive bidding for some amazing designer handbags,   Hartman. “We are blown
      shoes and accessories. This girly gathering was hosted   away at the generosity of the
      by Harbour Ridge Yacht and Country Club in Palm City   attendees and are thrilled
      and presented by Kathleen B. Walgreen. Event attendees   to announce that this year’s
      participated in some fun onsite games and were blessed to   event grossed over $90,000,
      hear the angelic voice of the young Jordan Jones! The room   a true compliment to the
      silenced when the winners of the New Louis Vuitton Graceful   history and following of the
      Handbag and Credit Card holder and Gift Card Raffle tree   event. Proceeds from this
      valued at over $2,000 were pulled and announced.   event will fund the Museum’s
        For the first time ever, the silent auction aired live online,   Educational Community
      allowing offsite participation! Of course there were some                  Christina Franco, Lorna Day, Tara Biek-Robison, Brigid McLaughlin, Amy Thornton, Marsha
      special surprises reserved for the event attendees. The   11th Annual Purse Party   Cetta, Andi McAvoy, Kira Libratore, Marcie Ferraro. Committee members not photographed:
      event’s emcee, superstar WPTV Channel 5 news anchor   on page 3            Susan O’Rourke, Kelley Decowski
      Salvation Army Celebrates Its Volunteers

        The Salvation Army of Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee
      Counties recently showed appreciation for its volunteers at
      a celebratory luncheon held at Martin Downs Golf Club
      in Palm City. The program included recognition of top
      volunteers and guest speakers Major Sarah Nelson and
      Lieutenant Mariah Deshazo, who gave testimony of their
      experiences serving in the Salvation Army. In addition to
      being treated to a delightful lunch, each guest received a
      small gift and a ticket for a chance to win a basket of goodies.
        “One of the most important choices you can make is
      how you share your time,” said Gary Blackmon, Volunteer   Bruce Nathan of Nathan
      Coordinator for the Salvation Army. “Every day I see our   Family Farms in Palm City
      volunteers giving so freely to help others in need.”  was recognized for his regular   Lori Baird of Port St. Lucie   Martin County Tax Collector Ruth Piestruszewski and
                                                         donations of fresh eggs for the   won top honors as the 2021   Supervisor of Elections and Salvation Army Advisory Board
      Salvation Army on page 4                           Salvation Army’s food pantry.   Volunteer of the Year.  Chair Vicki Davis
      Humane Society Generates Funds

      For Shelter Animals With A Touch Of Country

        Cowboy hats and boots were the attire for the evening at the   Jackson Band and line dancing led by DeeDee Maynard of     “This past fiscal year, our shelter provided services for
      Humane Society of the Treasure Coast’s (HSTC) annual Paws &   the Wild Roses Dance Team.             more than 7,548 animals, which includes adoption, spay-
      Claws gala. The event’s theme was “Country Cats and Dogs.”     In addition, a virtual silent         neuter and obedience and agility programs,” said HSTC
      Held at the brand-new Colab Kitchen, the countrified gala raised   auction featured an impressive    President  and  CEO  Frank
      $270,000, which benefits the Palm City shelter’s animals.  array of items including an               Valente.  “This  was  made
        WPTV/WFLX anchor Jay Cashmere emceed the event and   exclusive Pam Huizenga                        possible due to our staff’s
      Elliot Paul served as the live auctioneer. Katie Astras and Kit   necklace, a trip to Bimini,        outstanding dedication
      Haas cochaired the affair. The evening’s activities included   and packages for Chef’s Table         along with support from our
      fancy beverages, gourmet food, the southern sounds of the Tom   and Colab Kitchen.                   donors, corporate partners,
                                                                                                           individuals, businesses,
                                                                                                           foundations, volunteers and
                                                                                                             The annual Paws & Claws
                                                                                                           gala is the Treasure Coast’s
                                                                                                           most prestigious, successful
                                                                                                           shelter animal fundraiser
                                                                                 Paul Feinsinger and Shaun   benefiting Martin County’s
                                                                                 Kelly with 14-year-old foster
                                                                                 dog Chloe                 Humane Society on page 3  Tracy Baldwin with Lance
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