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VOL. 24 NO. 6                                                                                     JUNE 2022

       2022 Award Winners Announced During Celebration

       Of Environmental Stewardship In Martin County

        More than 40 nominees                            efforts  in  community  beautification  and  revitalization,   including an array of
      including youth groups,                            litter and marine debris removal, recycling and other   nature-themed paintings
      individuals,  businesses,                          environmental initiatives. Serving as the organization’s   from local artists and a
      government agencies and                            key fundraiser, the event raised more than $40,000 to   signed Guy Harvey print.
      nonprofit organizations,                           support its mission to improve and enhance the quality     Fifteen aw ards
      were  honored at the                               of life in Martin County.                         were presented during
      2022 Keep Martin                                     “Each year we continue to be impressed by the creative   the  event.  Highlights
      Beautiful Environmental                            and impactful ways our nominees show their commitment   included  the Youth
      Stewardship Awards                                 to and stewardship of our natural environment,” said Craig   Group Champion award,
      ceremony on April 28 at                            Ahal, president of Keep Martin Beautiful. “Their projects   which was presented to
      the beautiful oceanfront   Zoe Glover and Asher Glover   and initiatives give us great hope for the future of Martin   the River Kidz. Created   Faye Flack and Georgia Fowler
      clubhouse at Sailfish   representing River Kidz    County and our planet.”                           in 2011 by two 10-year-  representing the Jensen Beach
      Point Country Club. An                               Guests enjoyed a lively cocktail hour and passed hors   olds, today this group is   Garden Club
      enthusiastic and diverse crowd of more than 200 guests   d’oeuvres while engaging in a friendly bidding competition
      attended the event to recognize the nominees’ outstanding   for silent auction items focused on the environment,   2022 Award Winners on page 3

       Humane Society’s Mutt March And Bunfest Help Shelter Animals

        Both the 19th annual Mutt March Festival and Bunfest
      – two events organized and hosted by the Humane Society
      of the Treasure Coast (HSTC) – returned this spring as live,
      in-person events after a two-year run as online events due
      to the coronavirus pandemic.
        The Mutt March kicked off with 113 racers participating in
      the 5K and 10K runs. Roger Travis of Fort Pierce and Cindy
      Webster from North Carolina placed first for the men’s and
      women’s divisions in the 5K. Joe Brown and Kay Trager
      of Port St. Lucie placed first for the men’s and women’s
      divisions for the 10K.                                                                               A 5K and 10K run kicked off the Mutt March event.
                                                                                 Matthew Spangler with
                                                                                 Ham & Cheese and Reyna
                                                         Ava with her bunny, Cadillac,  Spangler with Peanut Butter
                                                         and Jaime Longmaid      & Jelly

                                                           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  shopped  the  flea-“less”  market,  had  their  picture
                                                         taken with their furry friends in a special photo booth
                                                         and dogs had their day in the sun by chasing an obstacle   The Mutt March Festival began  with  a  walk around
                                                         in a lure course.                                 Memorial Park.
      Rev. Jude Denning prepares to do a blessing of the animals     In the ever-competitive canine costume contest, Nicole
      before the walk began.                             Rathnaw,  principal  at J.D. Parker  Elementary; Amy   Mutt March And Bunfest on page 5
      Two Nonprofits Are Derby Winners

        Nearly 200 people attending a Kentucky Derby party to   the proceeds of the event, as did raffles and a silent auction.
      benefit two local nonprofits witnessed a thrilling come-from-    Partygoers enjoyed mint juleps, tasty appetizers, and
      behind victory for Rich Strike, a horse that had 80 to 1 odds.   posed for photos with horses rescued by ERAF. They
      While Rich Strike was far from a sure bet, the two nonprofits   watched the historic race live on a huge screen inside the
      – Caring Children Clothing Children (4Cs) and Equine Rescue   beautiful Rockin H Ranch facility.
      and Adoption Foundation (ERAF) – were sure winners.     This was the fourth year the two nonprofits joined to raise
        “It was such a fun event,” said Gigi Suntum, executive   money with a Derby party, and
      director of 4Cs. “We were raising money to support our   plans are already underway
      programs and having a great time doing it.” Held at the   for next year. The mission
      Rockin H Ranch in Palm City, guests attending the party   of Caring Children Clothing
      were outfitted in traditional Derby attire, with many women   Children is to collect and             Carol  Kucharski  and  Tom  Wendy Dewitt and Cathleen
      sporting fancy flowered hats. A Derby hat contest added to   distribute gently used clothing,        Koelher                 Owen

                                                                                                           as well as new underwear, socks and shoes to underprivileged
                                                                                                           children in Martin County. In addition, volunteer tutors help
                                                                                                           children with reading and math at five local elementary
                                                                                                           schools. The mission of ERAF is to care for at-risk horses with
                                                                                                           rehabilitation and retraining. ERAF has rescued hundreds of
                                                                                                           horses and completed nearly 300 adoptions.
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                                                                                  ERAF Derby horse         Two Nonprofits Are Derby Winners on page 3
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