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

      And Bunfest Help Shelter Animals                                                                      Are Derby

         Both the 19th annual Mutt March Festival and Bunfest                                               Winners
      – two events organized and hosted by the Humane Society
      of the Treasure Coast (HSTC) – returned this spring as live,                                             Nearly  200 people
      in-person events after a two-year run as online events due                                            attending a Kentucky
      to the coronavirus pandemic.                                                                          Derby party to benefit two
         The Mutt March kicked off with 113 racers participating                                            local nonprofits witnessed
      in the 5K and 10K runs. Roger Travis of Fort Pierce and                                               a thrilling come-from-
      Cindy Webster from North Carolina placed first for the                                                behind victory for Rich
      men’s and women’s divisions in the 5K. Joe Brown and                                                  Strike, a horse that had
      Kay Trager of Port St. Lucie placed first for the men’s and                                           80 to 1 odds. While Rich
      women’s divisions for the 10K.                                                                        Strike was far from a sure
                                                                                                            bet, the two nonprofits
                                                                                                            –  Caring  Children
                                                        A 5K and 10K run kicked off the Mutt March event.   Clothing Children (4Cs)
                                                                                                            and Equine Rescue and
                                                           The Mutt March’s festival portion, emceed by radio   Adoption  Foundation
                                                        personality Jennifer Ross of Sunny 107.9, began with a blessing   (ERAF)  –  were  sure
                                                        by Rev. Jude Denning of Unity of Stuart. A walk with the dogs   winners.   ERAF Derby horse
                                                        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 in a lure course.
                                                           In the ever-competitive canine costume contest, Nicole
                                                        Rathnaw, principal at J.D. Parker Elementary; Amy Lopez,
                                                        Martin County Emergency Management coordinator; and
                                                        HSTC President and CEO Frank Valente served as judges.
       Paula Joyal, Gary Ober, Ahaun Kelly and Robin Thompson  The winners were Piper with Susan Hirsch in the Funniest
                                                                                  category, Coco and Tango
                                                                                  with Alli Young in the Cutest
                                                                                  category, Skipper and Sandy
                                                                                  with Marcy Buford in the
                                                                                  Most Original category, and
                                                                                  Loki with Diane Israel in the
                                                                                  Best Overall category.    Sherrie Crescnini, Susan Dragojlovich and Ellen Moody

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