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VOL. 25 NO. 11                                                                             NOVEMBER 2023

      12th Anniversary Of Dancing With The Martin Stars

      Raises Over $200,000

        Driving rhythms, fast-paced footwork, and sky-high enthusiasm enthralled the audience   Dmitriy Kuzmenko, owner                    Carol Briseno
      at the 2023 Dancing with the Martin Stars, the signature fundraising event of the Martin   and professional ballroom                 and Jang Don
      County Healthy Start Coalition.                                             instructor at In Motion                                  danced their way
        Healthy Start, which offers support and education to pregnant women and infants,   Ballroom served as judges.                      to a  resounding
      celebrated its 12th anniversary of the popular event on Sept. 23 at the Lyric Theatre in   Mike Gonzalez, a 2018 Star                championship at
      downtown Stuart.                                                            alumni, emceed the event for                             the 2023 Dancing
        The sellout event was a resounding success, raising more than $200,000 to support essential   the third year in a row.             with the Martin
      programs in Martin County that help ensure every baby is born healthy, every mother is     Carol Briseno of Martin                   Stars competition
      supported, and every father is involved.                                    County Parks & Recreation                                to benefit Martin
        The format for the evening included a dynamic, local cast of nine Martin County   and her dancing partner                          County’s Healthy
      “celebrities,” each paired with a professional dance instructor. These brave, novice dancers   Jang Don walked away with             Start Coalition.
      not only put their best foot forward to shine on the dance floor, but were also tasked with   top honors and the coveted             The event raised
      raising funds from friends, neighbors and business colleagues through sponsorships, ticket   trophy for highest combined             mor e  t han
      sales and contributions.                                                    scores in both dancing and                               $200,000 for the
        The goal was to win enough votes from a judges’ panel to claim bragging rights as the   fundraising.                               Healthy Start
      Dancing with the Martin Stars Champion 2023.                                                                                         Coalition and its
        Dr. Brian Moriarty, owner and president of Loving Chiropractic of Stuart; Megan   Dancing With The Martin   mission to ensure that every baby is born healthy, every
      Acosta, former ballroom dancer and instructor turned realtor for Brokers Choice Realty; and   Stars on page 4  mother is supported, and every father is involved.
       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   our event sponsors: Zweben Law
      families, the Zweben Law Group proudly announces its 10th annual partnership with   Group and Dolphin Bar & Shrimp
      United Way of Martin County for the Zweben Law Group Bike Drive. This cherished   House, and our early significant
      initiative aims to bring extra holiday joy to local families facing financial challenges by   donors, Treasure Coast Running
      gifting 300 brand-new bikes to children in need through the United Way Holiday Project.  and IBEW LOCAL 627.
      Launch Event: Bike Drive Kickoff Party                                      United Way’s Holiday Project:
        To kick off this heartwarming endeavor, Zweben Law Group invites the community   Spreading Joy Across Martin
      to join them at the Bike Drive Kickoff Party on Thursday, Nov. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. at   County
      Dolphin Bar & Shrimp House in Jensen Beach. Tickets for this magical evening are $40     The  United  Way  Holiday
      in advance and $50 at the door, covering one drink and delectable appetizers. Secure   Project unites the community to
      your tickets online at                            provide toys for Martin County
        Gene Zweben, founder of Zweben Law Group, expressed the significance of this   children in need, serving as the
      initiative, stating, “Every child remembers their first new bike because it represents   official coordinating organization
      more  than  just  a  gift –  it  embodies  freedom,  marks  a  rite of  passage,  and  enables   for the Marine Corps Reserve
      transportation to school for some children.”                                Toys for Tots in Martin County.  For the 10th year in a row, Zweben Law Group is
      Supporting The Cause                                                          For more information or    partnering with United Way of Martin County on the
        The kickoff party serves as a vital fundraising event for the bike drive. Contributions,   to make a donation, visit   Zweben Law Group Bike Drive to make the holidays
      both big and small, can be made through ticket sales and direct donations until Monday,  extra special for local families struggling to make
      Dec. 11 at One hundred percent of every dollar raised                          ends meet. Pictured left to right, Tara Zweben and
      directly funds the purchase of bikes and helmets. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to   Zweben Law Group on page 4  Gene 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     “We’re especially proud that the
      in south Martin County between the Loxahatchee and St. Lucie rivers has taken a significant   land  purchase was  made  possible
      step forward with a second land acquisition along Bridge Road in Hobe Sound.  solely through the generosity of the
        The Conservation Fund, a member of the Loxa-Lucie Headwaters Initiative, has closed   community,” said Matt Sexton, senior
      on a 20-acre tract on the south side of Bridge Road in Hobe Sound. This piece of land is   vice president and southeast regional
      another critical component to the Loxa-Lucie vision for conserving a landscape spanning   director for the Conservation Fund
      nearly 70,000 acres between and including Jonathan Dickinson State Park and the Atlantic   and a Loxa-Lucie Steering Committee
      Ridge Preserve State Park.                                                  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 land with private donations. We
                                                                                  didn’t need to draw on any governmental
                                                                                  funds.”                        The headwaters of the Loxahatchee River are
                                                                                    The first parcel purchased by the   beautiful but need attention if we are to preserve
                                                                                  Loxa-Lucie Initiative was a two-mile   their environmental importance.
                                                                                  long stretch along the north side of
                                                                                  Bridge Road that was acquired in   Loxa-Lucie Initiative on page 4
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