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VOL. 24 NO. 11                                                                          NOVEMBER 2023

      12th Anniversary Of Dancing With The Martin Stars

      Raises Over $200,000

         Driving rhythms, fast-                                 Carol Briseno     essential programs in Martin County that help ensure every baby is born healthy, every mother
      paced footwork, and sky-high                              and Jang Don      is supported, and every father is involved.
      enthusiasm enthralled the                                 danced their way      The format for the evening included a dynamic, local cast of nine Martin County
      audience at the 2023 Dancing                              to a  resounding   “celebrities,” each paired with a professional dance instructor. These brave, novice dancers
      with the Martin Stars, the                                championship at   not only put their best foot forward to shine on the dance floor, but were also tasked with
      signature fundraising event                               the 2023 Dancing   raising funds from friends, neighbors and business colleagues through sponsorships, ticket
      of the Martin County Healthy                              with the Martin   sales and contributions.
      Start Coalition.                                          Stars competition      The goal was to win enough votes from a judges’ panel to claim bragging rights as the
         Healthy Start, which offers                            to benefit Martin   Dancing with the Martin Stars Champion 2023.
      support and  education to                                 County’s Healthy      Dr. Brian Moriarty, owner and president of Loving Chiropractic of Stuart; Megan Acosta,
      pregnant women and infants,                               Start Coalition.   former ballroom dancer and instructor turned realtor for Brokers Choice Realty; and Dmitriy
      celebrated its 12th anniversary                           The event raised   Kuzmenko, owner and professional ballroom instructor at In Motion Ballroom served as
      of the popular event on Sept.                             mor e  t han      judges. Mike Gonzalez, a 2018 Star alumni, emceed the event for the third year in a row.
      23 at the Lyric Theatre in                                $200,000 for the      Carol Briseno of Martin County Parks & Recreation and her dancing partner Jang Don
      downtown Stuart.                                          Healthy Start     walked away with top honors and the coveted trophy for highest combined scores in both
         The sellout event was a                                Coalition and its   dancing and fundraising.
      resounding success, raising   mission to ensure that every baby is born healthy, every
      more than $200,000 to support   mother is supported, and every father is involved.  Dancing With The Martin Stars on page 4
      Zweben Law Group Embarks On A Decade Of Generosity:

      10th Annual Bike Drive To Benefit United Way Holiday Project

         In a remarkable milestone of a decade-long commitment to helping Martin County   Supporting The Cause                         For the 10th year in
      families, the Zweben Law Group proudly announces its 10th annual partnership with United      The kickoff party serves as        a row, Zweben Law
      Way of Martin County for the Zweben Law Group Bike Drive. This cherished initiative   a vital fundraising event for the          Group is partnering
      aims to bring extra holiday joy to local families facing financial challenges by gifting 300   bike drive. Contributions, both   with United Way of
      brand-new bikes to children in need through the United Way Holiday Project.  big and small, can be made                          Martin County on the
      Launch Event: Bike Drive Kickoff Party                                      through ticket sales and direct                      Zweben Law Group
         To kick off this heartwarming endeavor, Zweben Law Group invites the community to   donations until Monday, Dec. 11           Bike Drive to make the
      join them at the Bike Drive Kickoff Party on Thursday, Nov. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Dolphin   at       holidays extra special
      Bar & Shrimp House in Jensen Beach. Tickets for this magical evening are $40 in advance   One hundred percent of every           for local families
      and $50 at the door, covering one drink and delectable appetizers. Secure your tickets online   dollar raised directly funds the   struggling to make
      at                                                purchase of bikes and helmets.                       ends  meet.  Pictured
         Gene Zweben, founder of Zweben Law Group, expressed the significance of this initiative,   We extend our heartfelt gratitude   left to right, Tara
      stating, “Every child remembers their first new bike because it represents more than just a gift – it                            Zweben and Gene
      embodies freedom, marks a rite of passage, and enables transportation to school for some children.”  Zweben Law Group on page 4  Zweben
      Loxa-Lucie Initiative Secures Second Parcel

      For Protected Ecological Corridor In Hobe Sound

         An innovative and ambitious plan to create a permanently protected ecological corridor in south   acres between and including Jonathan
      Martin County between the Loxahatchee and St. Lucie rivers has taken a significant step forward   Dickinson State Park and the Atlantic
      with a second land acquisition along Bridge Road in Hobe Sound.             Ridge Preserve State Park.
         The Conservation Fund, a member of the Loxa-Lucie Headwaters Initiative, has closed on     “We’re especially proud that the
      a 20-acre tract on the south side of Bridge Road in Hobe Sound. This piece of land is another   land purchase was made possible
      critical component to the Loxa-Lucie vision for conserving a landscape spanning nearly 70,000   solely through the generosity of the
                                                                                  community,” said Matt Sexton, senior
                                                                                  vice president and southeast regional
                                                                                  director for the Conservation Fund
                                                                                  and a Loxa-Lucie Steering Committee
                                                                                  member. “The fundraising campaign we
                                                                                  launched last December to purchase this
                                                                                  piece of land was a great success. The
                                                                                  $1.2 million raised enabled us to acquire   The headwaters of the Loxahatchee River are
                                                                                                                 beautiful but need attention if we are to preserve
                                                                                  Loxa-Lucie Initiative on page 3  their environmental importance.
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