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VOL. 25  NO. 4                                                                               APRIL 2023

      Piper’s Landing                                                             Hibiscus Children’s

      Holds Golf Tournament                                                       Center’s Martin County

      Fundraiser For SafeSpace                                                    Guild Celebrates 30 Years

      By Michelle Maguire                                                         Helping Children
        On Feb. 21 the Pipers Landing
      Women’s 18 Hole Golf Association
      (PLWGA) held a golf tournament                                                The Hibiscus Martin County Guild recently celebrated 30 years of helping children and giving
      charity event for SafeSpace, the                                            them a brighter future. Pam Gardner, who was a close friend of Hibiscus Founder LaVaughn
      only state certified agency serving                                         Tilton, hosted the first Hibiscus Guild meeting in her home 30 years ago. She was joined by 31
      domestic violence victims and their                                         like-minded women who wanted to make a difference for abused children in our community.
      children in Martin, St. Lucie and                                             Right from the start, they went to work doing what they do best … creating and planning
      Indian River counties. Members                                              special events and activities to raise funds for the children and help spread community awareness
      of the PLWGA and other members                                              about the needs of abused children on the Treasure Coast. Several of these incredible women,
      of the Piper’s Landing community                                            many who are still active today, stepped up and enthusiastically led and organized creative
      supported the event by sponsoring                                           events including special themed black-tie galas, fashion show luncheons and art auctions. Today,
      golf holes, making donations,                                               the guild has grown to encompass over 100 incredible volunteers, led by guild officers, who
      buying raffle tickets and auction                                           donate hundreds of hours annually to raise funds through special events, as well as spearheading
      items.  The event cochaired by                                              many community projects, booths, the Santa’s Elves Program and a long list of other activities
      Nancy Wong and Rosemary Burns                                               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
      Piper’s Landing on page 4     Piper’s charity event cochairs                30 years as the guild has never wavered in their support and has significantly increased the
                                                                                  time, talents and financial support they have personally and collectively provided to Hibiscus.
      Fore Sistas Hit ’Em Long And                                                This dynamic group has raised $12 million for the Hibiscus children since the beginning!
                                                                                    The result of the guild’s heartfelt philanthropic spirit can be witnessed on a daily basis at
      Straight At Golf Fundraiser                                                 the children’s home, the Tilton Family Children’s Shelter in Jensen Beach, where 36 abused,
                                                                                  abandoned and neglected children find safety, nurturing, love and healing, every day. The
                                                                                  guild’s amazing support enables Hibiscus to provide children who have suffered severe trauma
                                                                                  with life-changing services. These services include mental health counseling to help them heal,
      By Jackie Holfelder                                                         educational and literacy services to prepare them for a successful future, medical and dental
        When Stanley Campbell, owner of Martin Downs Golf Club, welcomed approximately   services and enriching opportunities they would not otherwise experience.
      80 golfers and 20-plus volunteers to the Second Annual Fore Sistas Golf Tournament on     Thank you to our wonderful Martin County Guild for all of your hard work and support
      March 4, he complimented the board members for going from staging last year’s introductory   and for continuing to change lives through your unwavering volunteerism and love for the
      event to quickly becoming its own 501(c)(3) nonprofit this year.            children. Hibiscus is deeply grateful for your support and the children are very blessed to
                                                                                  have the Martin County Guild in their corner. You have all made a tremendous difference in
                                                                                  children’s lives.
                                                                                    For more information about the Hibiscus and the guild, please contact Lori Swift at (772)
                                                                                  334-9311, Ext. 404 or visit
                                                                                                                                   Photo by MaryAnn Ketcham

       Lynn Solomon and Ernie   Stanley Campbell and   Synthia Snow and Renee
       Ellison                 Phyllis Gillespie       Pinder

      Fore Sistas Hit ’Em Long And Straight on page 3

                                                                                  Some of our lovely guild members: Sitting left to right: Dana Anderwald, Alicia Weber, Terri
                                                                                  Cole and Mary Zottoli. Standing left to right: Lori Swift, Jill Hanson, Joyce Powell, Pam
                                                                                  Gardner, Molly Hoffman, Carol Holth, Di Baker, Amy Freese and Ellie Lafer
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