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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                               Carol Briseno       The goal was to win enough votes from a judges’ panel to
      enthusiasm enthralled the audience at the 2023 Dancing                             and Jang Don      claim bragging rights as the Dancing with the Martin Stars
      with the Martin Stars, the signature fundraising event of the                      danced their way   Champion 2023.
      Martin County Healthy Start Coalition.                                             to a  resounding     Dr. Brian Moriarty, owner and president of Loving
        Healthy Start, which offers support and education to pregnant                    championship at   Chiropractic of Stuart; Megan Acosta, former ballroom
      women and infants, celebrated its 12th anniversary of the popular                  the 2023 Dancing   dancer and instructor turned realtor for Brokers Choice
      event on Sept. 23 at the Lyric Theatre in downtown Stuart.                         with the Martin   Realty; and Dmitriy Kuzmenko, owner and professional
        The sellout event was a resounding success, raising                              Stars competition   ballroom instructor at In Motion Ballroom served as judges.
      more than $200,000 to support essential programs in Martin                         to benefit Martin   Mike Gonzalez, a 2018 Star alumni, emceed the event for
      County that help ensure every baby is born healthy, every                          County’s Healthy   the third year in a row.
      mother is supported, and every father is involved.                                 Start Coalition.     Carol Briseno of Martin County Parks & Recreation and
        The format for the evening included a dynamic, local                             The event raised   her dancing partner Jang Don walked away with top honors
      cast of nine Martin County “celebrities,” each paired with a                       mor e  t han      and the coveted trophy for highest combined scores in both
      professional dance instructor. These brave, novice dancers                         $200,000 for the   dancing and fundraising.
      not only put their best foot forward to shine on the dance                         Healthy Start       In addition to Carol and Jang, these dancers also brought
      floor, but were also tasked with raising funds from friends,                       Coalition and its   the audience to a pitch of enthusiasm: Noel Thomas, CEO
      neighbors and business colleagues through sponsorships,   mission to ensure that every baby is born healthy, every
      ticket sales and contributions.                    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                         For the 10th year in   covering one drink and delectable appetizers. Secure your
      to helping Martin County families, the Zweben Law Group                         a  row, Zweben  Law   tickets online at
      proudly announces its 10th annual partnership with United                       Group is partnering     Gene Zweben, founder of Zweben Law Group, expressed
      Way of Martin County for the Zweben Law Group Bike                              with United Way of   the significance of this initiative, stating, “Every child
      Drive. This cherished initiative aims to bring extra holiday                    Martin County on the   remembers their first new bike because it represents more
      joy to local families facing financial challenges by gifting                    Zweben Law Group     than just a gift – it embodies freedom, marks a rite of passage,
      300 brand-new bikes to children in need through the United                      Bike Drive to make   and enables transportation to school for some children.”
      Way Holiday Project.                                                            the holidays extra   Supporting The Cause
      Launch Event: Bike Drive Kickoff Party                                          special  for local     The kickoff party serves as a vital fundraising event for the
        To kick off this heartwarming endeavor, Zweben Law                            families struggling   bike drive. Contributions, both big and small, can be made
      Group invites the community to join them at the Bike Drive                      to make ends meet.   through ticket sales and direct donations until Monday, Dec. 11
      Kickoff Party on Thursday, Nov. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. at                         Pictured left to right,   at One hundred percent of every
      Dolphin Bar & Shrimp House in Jensen Beach. Tickets for                         Tara Zweben and
      this magical evening are $40 in advance and $50 at the door,                    Gene Zweben          Zweben Law Group on page 3
      Loxa-Lucie Initiative Secures Second Parcel

      For Protected Ecological Corridor In Hobe Sound

         An innovative and ambitious plan to create a      The Conservation Fund, a member of the Loxa-Lucie
       permanently protected ecological corridor in south Martin   Headwaters Initiative, has closed on a 20-acre tract on
       County between the Loxahatchee and St. Lucie rivers   the south side of Bridge Road in Hobe Sound. This piece
       has taken a significant step forward with a second land   of land is another critical component to the Loxa-Lucie
       acquisition along Bridge Road in Hobe Sound.      vision for conserving a landscape spanning nearly 70,000
                                                                                 acres between and including
                                                                                 Jonathan Dickinson State
                                                                                 Park and the Atlantic Ridge
                                                                                 Preserve State Park.
                                                                                   “We’re especially proud
                                                                                 that the land purchase was
                                                                                 made possible solely through
                                                                                                           The headwaters of the Loxahatchee River are beautiful but
                                                                                  Loxa-Lucie Initiative    need attention if we are to preserve their environmental
                                                                                  on page 4                importance.
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