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VOL. 23 NO. 6                                                                                  JUNE 2022

      2022 Award Winners Announced During Celebration

      Of Environmental Stewardship In Martin County

         More than 40 nominees including youth groups, individuals,                  “Each year we continue to be impressed by the creative
      businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations,                and impactful ways our nominees show their commitment
      were honored at the 2022 Keep Martin Beautiful Environmental                to and stewardship of our natural environment,” said Craig
      Stewardship Awards ceremony on April 28 at the beautiful                    Ahal, president of Keep Martin Beautiful. “Their projects and
      oceanfront clubhouse at Sailfish Point Country Club. An                     initiatives give us great hope for the future of Martin County
      enthusiastic and diverse crowd of more than 200 guests                      and our planet.”
      attended the event to recognize the nominees’ outstanding                      Guests enjoyed a lively cocktail hour and passed hors
      efforts in community beautification and revitalization, litter              d’oeuvres while engaging in a friendly bidding competition
      and marine debris removal, recycling and other environmental                for silent auction items focused on the environment, including
      initiatives. Serving as the organization’s key fundraiser, the              an array of nature-themed paintings from local artists and a
      event raised more than $40,000 to support its mission to   Zoe Glover and Asher Glover   signed Guy Harvey print.          Faye Flack and Georgia Fowler
      improve and enhance the quality of life in Martin County.  representing River Kidz    included the Youth Group Champion award, which was   representing the Jensen Beach
                                                                                    Fifteen awards were presented during the event. Highlights
                                                                                                                                 Garden Club
      Humane Society’s                                                            presented to the River Kidz. Created in 2011 by two 10-year-
                                                                                  olds, today this group is made up of more than 500 students in Martin County. They participate
      Mutt March And Bunfest                                                      in numerous environmental activities from creating a workbook that’s now in its fifth edition as
                                                                                  part of Martin County School District’s curriculum to lobbying at the local and state level against
                                                                                  potentially harmful issues that affect our waterways. The Community Enrichment Award was
      Help Shelter Animals                                                        presented to the Jensen Beach Garden Club for the gardens they create and care for throughout
                                                                                  Jensen Beach and Rio.

                                                                                    Two dozen sponsors provided financial and in-kind support, for which the organization
                                                                                  is grateful: Presenting Sponsor, Sailfish Point Country Club; Champion Sponsors, Sunrise
         Both the 19th annual Mutt                                                Grove Commerce Center and Three Lakes; Steward Sponsors, Martin County Board of County
      March Festival and Bunfest                                                  Commissioners District Five Edward V. Ciampi and Waste Management; Sustainer Sponsors,
      – two events organized and                                                  AHS Residential, FPL, Meritage Homes, and van Vonno Consulting; and Supporter Sponsors,
      hosted by the Humane Society                                                Bonnie Landry & Associates, Camo Farms, Captec Engineering, Circular Recycling, City of
      of the Treasure Coast (HSTC)                                                Stuart, ColorLength, Ecological Associates, Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Goldasich Environmental,
      – returned this spring as live, in-
      person events after a two-year                                              2022 Award Winners on page 3
      run as online events due to the
      coronavirus pandemic.
         The Mutt March kicked off                                                 Two Nonprofits Are Derby
      with 113 racers participating in
      the 5K and 10K runs. Roger                        Matthew Spangler with
      Travis of Fort Pierce and Cindy                   Ham & Cheese and Reyna     Winners
      Webster from North Carolina   Ava with her bunny, Cadillac,  Spangler with Peanut Butter
      placed first for the men’s and   and Jaime Longmaid   & Jelly
      women’s divisions in the 5K.                                                    Nearly 200 people attending a Kentucky Derby party to benefit two local nonprofits
      Joe Brown and Kay Trager of                                                  witnessed a thrilling come-from-behind victory for Rich Strike, a horse that had 80 to 1 odds.
      Port St. Lucie placed first for the                                          While Rich Strike was far from a sure bet, the two nonprofits – Caring Children Clothing
      men’s and women’s divisions                                                  Children (4Cs) and Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation (ERAF) – were sure winners.
      for the 10K.
         The Mutt March’s festival
      portion, emceed by radio
      personality Jennifer Ross of
      Sunny 107.9, began with a
      blessing by Rev. Jude Denning
      of Unity of Stuart. A walk with
      the dogs around Memorial
      Park followed. Attendees also   A 5K and 10K run kicked off the Mutt March event.

      Mutt March And Bunfest on page 3                                             Carol Kucharski and Tom  Wendy Dewitt and Cathleen
                                                                                   Koelher                 Owen                    ERAF Derby horse

                                                                                      “It was such a fun event,” said Gigi Suntum, executive director of 4Cs. “We were raising
                                                                                   money to support our programs and having a great time doing it.” Held at the Rockin H Ranch
                                                                                   in Palm City, guests attending the party were outfitted in traditional Derby attire, with many
                                                                                   women sporting fancy flowered hats. A Derby hat contest added to the proceeds of the event,
                                                                                   as did raffles and a silent auction.

                                                                                   Two Nonprofits Are Derby Winners on page 4
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