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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
      enthusiasm enthralled the audience at the 2023 Dancing   and  Jang  Don                              to 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   championship                               Chiropractic of Stuart; Megan Acosta, former ballroom dancer
      pregnant women and infants, celebrated its 12th anniversary   at the 2023                            and instructor turned realtor for Brokers Choice Realty;
      of the popular event on Sept. 23 at the Lyric Theatre in   Dancing with                              and Dmitriy Kuzmenko, owner and professional ballroom
      downtown Stuart.                                  the Martin Stars                                   instructor at In Motion Ballroom served as judges. Mike
         The sellout event was a resounding success, raising more   competition to                         Gonzalez, a 2018 Star alumni, emceed the event for the third
      than $200,000 to support essential programs in Martin County   benefit Martin                        year in a row.
      that help ensure every baby is born healthy, every mother is   County’s Healthy                         Carol Briseno of Martin County Parks & Recreation and
      supported, and every father is involved.          Start Coalition.                                   her dancing partner Jang Don walked away with top honors
         The format for the evening included a dynamic, local   The event raised                           and the coveted trophy for highest combined scores in both
      cast of nine Martin County “celebrities,” each paired with a   mor e t han                           dancing and fundraising.
      professional dance instructor. These brave, novice dancers   $200,000 for the                           In addition to Carol and Jang, these dancers also brought
      not only put their best foot forward to shine on the dance   Healthy Start                           the audience to a pitch of enthusiasm: Noel Thomas, CEO
      floor, but were also tasked with raising funds from friends,   Coalition and its                     of Zero Trafficking, paired with Cheri Shanti Garcia; Joan
      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.  12th Anniversary Of Dancing on page 3
      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 a                     Dolphin Bar & Shrimp House in Jensen Beach. Tickets for
      to helping Martin County families, the Zweben Law Group   row, Zweben Law Group                      this magical evening are $40 in advance and $50 at the door,
      proudly announces its 10th annual partnership with United   is partnering with United                covering one drink and delectable appetizers. Secure your
      Way of Martin County for the Zweben Law Group Bike   Way of Martin County                            tickets online at
      Drive. This cherished initiative aims to bring extra holiday   on the Zweben Law                       Gene Zweben, founder of Zweben Law Group,
      joy to local families facing financial challenges by gifting   Group Bike Drive to                   expressed the significance of this initiative, stating,
      300 brand-new bikes to children in need through the United   make the holidays extra                 “Every child remembers their first new bike because it
      Way Holiday Project.                              special for local families                         represents more than just a gift – it embodies freedom,
      Launch Event: Bike Drive Kickoff Party            struggling to make ends                            marks a rite of passage, and enables transportation to
        To kick off this heartwarming endeavor, Zweben Law   meet. Pictured left to                        school for some children.”
      Group invites the community to join them at the Bike Drive   right, Tara Zweben and
      Kickoff Party on Thursday, Nov. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. at   Gene Zweben                                Zweben Law Group Embarks on page 6
      Loxa-Lucie Initiative Secures Second Parcel For Protected

      Ecological Corridor In Hobe Sound

         An innovative and ambitious plan to create a permanently   acres between and including
      protected ecological corridor in south Martin County between   Jonathan Dickinson State
      the Loxahatchee and St. Lucie rivers has taken a significant   Park and the Atlantic Ridge
      step forward with a second land acquisition along Bridge Road   Preserve State Park.
      in Hobe Sound.                                       “We’re especially proud
         The Conservation Fund, a member of the Loxa-Lucie   that the land purchase was
      Headwaters Initiative, has closed on a 20-acre tract on   made possible solely through
      the south side of Bridge Road in Hobe Sound. This piece
      of land is another critical component to the Loxa-Lucie   Loxa-Lucie Initiative
      vision for conserving a landscape spanning nearly 70,000   Secures on page 3

                                                                                 The headwaters of the Loxahatchee River are beautiful but need attention if we are to preserve
                                                                                 their environmental importance.
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