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VOL. 25 NO. 4                                                                                    APRIL 2023

       Piper’s Landing

       Holds Golf Tournament Fundraiser For SafeSpace

      By Michelle Maguire
        On Feb. 21 the Pipers Landing Women’s 18 Hole Golf
      Association (PLWGA) held a golf tournament charity
      event for SafeSpace, the only state certified agency serving
      domestic violence victims and their children in Martin, St.
      Lucie and Indian River counties. Members of the PLWGA
      and other members of the Piper’s Landing community
      supported the event by sponsoring golf holes, making
      donations, buying raffle tickets and auction items. The event
      cochaired by Nancy Wong and Rosemary Burns included
      a luncheon with a live auction conducted by Mik Panavas,
      silent auction and a tea cup raffle of over 60 items and a
      talk by SpaceSafe CEO Teresa Albizu.
        The event raised $26,335 which included over $3,000
      from about 50 PLWGA members who paid to buy welcome
      bags/purses containing personal hygiene and toiletry items                                           Piper’s charity event golfers
      to give to domestic violence victims when they enter the
      emergency shelter, many of whom come with nothing but   Piper’s charity event cochairs               Piper’s Landing on page 4
      Hibiscus Children’s Center’s                                                                          Fore Sistas Hit ’Em

      Martin County Guild Celebrates                                                                        Long And Straight

      30 Years Helping Children                                                                             At Golf Fundraiser

        The Hibiscus Martin County Guild recently celebrated 30   to raise funds for the children and help spread community   By Jackie Holfelder
      years of helping children and giving them a brighter future.   awareness about the needs of abused children on the Treasure     When Stanley Campbell, owner of Martin Downs
      Pam Gardner, who was a close friend of Hibiscus Founder   Coast. Several of these incredible women, many who are   Golf Club, welcomed approximately 80 golfers and 20-
      LaVaughn Tilton, hosted the first Hibiscus Guild meeting in   still active today, stepped up and enthusiastically led and   plus volunteers to the Second Annual Fore Sistas Golf
      her home 30 years ago. She was joined by 31 like-minded   organized creative events including special themed black-  Tournament on March 4, he complimented the board
      women who wanted to make a difference for abused children   tie galas, fashion show luncheons and art auctions. Today,
      in our community.                                  the guild has grown to encompass over 100 incredible
        Right from the start, they went to work doing what they   volunteers, led by guild officers, who donate hundreds of
      do best … creating and planning special events and activities   hours annually to raise funds through special events, as
                                                                                well as spearheading many
                                                                                community projects, booths,
                                                                                the Santa’s Elves Program and
                                                                                a long list of other activities
                                                                                that have benefited children.
                                                                                The motto of these amazing
                                                                                ladies was, and still is, “our
                                                                                hearts belong  to Hibiscus
                                                                                and  the  children.”  Their
                                                                                dedication and commitment
                                                                                has  been  evident  for  30
                                                                                years as the guild has never   Brigitte Babine, Emilie McKendall, Sue Whittington,
                                                                                wavered in their support and   Jean Laws-Scott
                                                                                has significantly increased
                                                                                the time, talents and financial
                                                                                support they have personally
                                                                                and collectively provided to
                                                                                Hibiscus. This dynamic group
                                                                                has raised $12 million for the
                                                                                Hibiscus children since the
      Some of our lovely guild members: Sitting left to right: Dana Anderwald, Alicia Weber, Terri  beginning!
      Cole and Mary Zottoli. Standing left to right: Lori Swift, Jill Hanson, Joyce Powell, Pam    The  result  of  the  guild’s
      Gardner, Molly Hoffman, Carol Holth, Di Baker, Amy Freese and Ellie Lafer  heartfelt philanthropic spirit
                                                                                can be witnessed on a daily
                                                                                basis at the children’s home,
                                                                                the Tilton Family Children’s
                                                                                Shelter in Jensen Beach, where
                                                                                36  abused,  abandoned  and
                                                                                neglected children find safety,   Marvin and Kim Williams with Pam Carrithers and
                                                                                nurturing, love and healing,   Ernie Ellison

                                                                                Hibiscus Children’s Center   Fore Sistas Hit ’Em Long And Straight on page 3
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