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VOL. 24 NO. 5                                                                                   MAY 2023

       Piper’s Landing                                                             12th Annual

       Holds Golf Tournament                                                       Purse Party Fundraiser

       Fundraiser For SafeSpace                                                    2023 Purse Party – Laughing To Raise

      By Michelle Maguire                                                          Money For Educational Programs!
         On Feb. 21 the Piper’s Landing Women’s
      18 Hole Golf Association (PLWGA) held a                                         On March 27 over 150 fabulous
      golf tournament charity event for SafeSpace,                                 ladies gathered to enjoy a day full of
      the only state certified agency serving                                      great conversation and competitive
      domestic violence victims and their children                                 bidding for some amazing designer
      in Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River                                        handbags, shoes and accessories.
      counties. Members of the PLWGA and other                                     This girly gathering was hosted by
      members of the Piper’s Landing community                                     Harbour Ridge Yacht and Country
      supported the event by sponsoring golf holes,                                Club in Palm City and presented by
      making donations, buying raffle tickets                                      Marsha and Michael Cetta. Event
      and auction items. The event, cochaired by                                   attendees participated in some fun
      Nancy Wong and Rosemary Burns, included                                      on-site games and we announced the
      a luncheon with a live auction conducted                                     winners of the New Louis Vuitton
      by Mik Panavas, silent auction and a tea                                     Graceful handbag and credit card
      cup raffle of over 60 items and a talk by                                    holder and gift card raffle tree, valued   Purse Party Committee: Gina Palagonia, Jessica
      SpaceSafe CEO Teresa Albizu.                                                 at over $4,000!              Ville, Andi McAvoy (chair), Kelly Stancato, Wendie
         The event raised $26,535 which included over                                 This year’s theme brought a bit of   Berardi. Committee members not photographed:
      $3,000 from about 50 PLWGA members who paid                                  humor to the annual event. Comedian   Marsha Cetta, Kira Libratore, Marcie Ferraro
      to buy welcome bags/purses containing personal                               Casey Peruski entertained guests with
      hygiene and toiletry items to give to domestic                               many laughs and children wrote jokes for the table settings. The event’s master of ceremonies
      violence victims when they enter the emergency                               superstar news journalist, T.A. Walker with WPTV Channel 5 News, welcomed guests as they
      shelter, many of whom come with nothing but                                  enjoyed a delicious lunch, signature cocktail, raffle drawings and live auction, led by local
      the clothes they are wearing. This helps defray                              auctioneer celebrity Reed Hartman. Then guests witnessed a heartfelt speech from museum
      the costs of about 50 bags SafeSpace will give to                            volunteer Sam McIntosh. Sam explained how volunteering at The Children’s Museum has
      victims who come to the shelter for safety.                                  helped him overcome challenges he faces with autism.
         Albizu shared that besides a hotline and
      emergency shelters, SafeSpace also provides a wide                           12th Annual Purse Party on page 2
      range of other services to victims seeking help inside and outside the shelter such as safety planning,
      mental health counseling for victims and their children, legal assistance, financial literacy training,
      child protective services, youth violence prevention education, and more – all free of charge.   Access Your Voter Information
         “Federal and state grants cover only about half of the agency’s expenses,” says Albizu,
      “so SafeSpace is very grateful to Piper’s Landing for raising over $26,000 to help us sustain
      the programs and services that will help victims become survivors and transition to a life      Spring greetings to all! With this new season, I am pleased
      free from violence.”                                                        to share that staff and I are diligently working in preparation
         The charity event would not have been successful without the donations of items for the   for the 2024 presidential election cycle.
      auctions and raffles from PLWGA members and Piper’s Landing staff, as well as from others in      As your Supervisor of Elections, I encourage all registered
      the Martin County community: Diane Anthony’s Permanent Make Up, Frank Bianco/Miracle   Martin County voters to take this time to become familiar
      Jewelry Exchange, Marjorie Collins Massage Therapist, Lourdes Cortina/Tapas by Lourdes, Cat   with our user-friendly website, Please
      Kaltenhauser Personal Trainer, Dr. Charles Oliveri/Spinal Health & Wellness Center, Michelle   visit the “Access Your Voter Information” link and fill in the
      Radich/Alyce & Co., Sailfish Point Golf Club, The Gafford and The Lyric Theatre.   required prompts. You can also access this link by using the
         Piper’s Landing could not have held this fundraiser without the help of its many volunteers.   QR code below.
      They are: Susan Ash, Zenta Barger, Nancy Bowden, Michele Bragg, Lois Brooks, Sue      From this link you can view, verify and update your voter
      Chase, Sandra Conley, Micki Dion, Pattie Dunn, Sonita Farr, Barbara Flynn, Ann Grace,   information, such as:
      Linda Harlan, Maryann Kiely, Shirley Kohl, Gretchen Kundahl, Deborah Lovequist, Shirley      • Where your Election Day precinct is located.
      MacDonald, Judy Papayanakos, Nancy Patterson, Leslie Robinson, Mary Sabbatelli, Mary      • Access your precinct-specific sample ballot.
      Simpson, Ellen South and Helene Young.                                         • Know and calendar the 2024 election dates.
         For more information about SafeSpace, visit or call (772) 223-2399.      • Request a vote by mail ballot.
      Hotline help is available 24/7 at (772) 288-7023.                              • Check the status of your vote by mail ballot.
                                                                                     • Review and update your voter registration information.
                                                                                     • View precinct statistics and current office holders.
                                                                                     During this off-election cycle, it is my goal to provide
                                                                                  you with accurate information as you prepare to make “Your
                                                                                  Choice in 2024.”
                                                                                     If there is anything staff or I can do to better assist you,
                                                                                  please call the office at (772) 288-5637 or visit us online at
                                                                         for more information.
                                                                                                                                                Vicki Davis,
                                                                                                                           Martin County Supervisor of Elections
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