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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                            environmental initiatives. Serving as the organization’s key   presented to the River
      including youth groups,                            fundraiser, the event raised more than $40,000 to support   Kidz. Created in 2011 by
      individuals,  businesses,                          its mission to improve and enhance the quality of life in   two 10-year-olds, today
      government agencies and                            Martin County.                                    this group is made up of
      nonprofit organizations,                             “Each year we continue to be impressed by the creative   more than 500 students
      were honored at the                                and impactful ways our nominees show their commitment   in Martin County. They
      2022 Keep Martin                                   to and stewardship of our natural environment,” said Craig   participate in numerous
      Beautiful Environmental                            Ahal, president of Keep Martin Beautiful. “Their projects   environmental activities
      Stewardship Awards                                 and initiatives give us great hope for the future of Martin   from creating a workbook
      ceremony on April 28 at                            County and our planet.”                           that’s now in its fifth
      the beautiful oceanfront  Zoe Glover and Asher Glover     Guests enjoyed a lively cocktail hour and passed hors   edition as part of Martin   Faye Flack and Georgia Fowler
      clubhouse at Sailfish  representing River Kidz     d’oeuvres while engaging in a friendly bidding competition   County School District’s   representing the Jensen Beach
      Point Country Club. An                             for silent auction items focused on the environment,   curriculum to lobbying at   Garden Club
      enthusiastic and diverse crowd of more than 200 guests   including an array of nature-themed paintings from local   the local and state level
      attended the event to recognize the nominees’ outstanding   artists and a signed Guy Harvey print.   against potentially harmful issues that affect our waterways.
      efforts  in  community  beautification  and  revitalization,     Fifteen awards were presented during the event. Highlights
      litter and marine debris removal, recycling and other   included the Youth Group Champion award, which was   2022 Award Winners on page 3
      Humane Society’s Mutt March                                                                           Two Nonprofits

      And Bunfest Help Shelter Animals                                                                      Are Derby

        Both the 19th annual Mutt March Festival and Bunfest
      – two events organized and hosted by the Humane Society                                               Winners
      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.                                                                            Nearly 200 people
        The Mutt March kicked off with 113 racers participating in                                          attending a Kentucky
      the 5K and 10K runs. Roger Travis of Fort Pierce and Cindy                                            Derby party to benefit two
      Webster from North Carolina placed first for the men’s and                                            local nonprofits witnessed
      women’s divisions in the 5K. Joe Brown and Kay Trager                                                 a thrilling come-from-
      of Port St. Lucie placed first for the men’s and women’s                                              behind victory for Rich
      divisions for the 10K.                             A 5K and 10K run kicked off the Mutt March event.   Strike, a horse that had
                                                                                                            80 to 1 odds. While Rich
                                                           The Mutt March’s festival portion, emceed by radio   Strike was far from a sure
                                                         personality Jennifer Ross of Sunny 107.9, began with a blessing   bet, the two nonprofits
                                                         by Rev. Jude Denning of Unity of Stuart. A walk with the dogs   – Caring Children
                                                         around Memorial Park followed. Attendees also shopped the   Clothing Children (4Cs)
                                                         flea-“less” market, had their picture taken with their furry friends   and Equine Rescue and
                                                         in a special photo booth and dogs had their day in the sun by   Adoption  Foundation
                                                         chasing an obstacle in a lure course.              (ERAF) – were sure
                                                           In the ever-competitive canine costume contest, Nicole   winners.       ERAF Derby horse
                                                         Rathnaw, principal at J.D. Parker Elementary; Amy Lopez,
                                                         Martin County Emergency Management coordinator; and HSTC
                                                         President and CEO Frank Valente served as judges. The winners
                               Matthew Spangler with     were Piper with Susan Hirsch in the Funniest category, Coco
                               Ham & Cheese and Reyna    and Tango with Alli Young in the Cutest category, Skipper and
      Ava with her bunny, Cadillac,  Spangler with Peanut Butter   Sandy with Marcy Buford in the Most Original category, and
      and Jaime Longmaid       & Jelly                   Loki with Diane Israel in the Best Overall category.
                                                                                   The top two fundraising
                                                                                 teams were Misty’s Pals, which
                                                                                 brought in $3,500, and a “pack”
                                                                                 of HSTC volunteers who raised
                                                                                 $1,250. All in all, the event
                                                                                 raised nearly $22,000 for the   Carol Kucharski and Tom Wendy Dewitt and Cathleen
                                                                                 HSTC’s shelter pets.       Koelher                Owen

                                                                                 Mutt  March And  Bunfest   Two Nonprofits Are Derby Winners on page 4
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