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VOL. 26 NO. 3                                                                                  MARCH 2024

      Mary’s Home Celebrates A Milestone

      With Annual Fashion Show And Luncheon

        Mary’s Home brought                              with an education appeal for
      together almost 300 of its                         donors. The event also featured
      supporters at its 13th Annual                      a silent auction filled with unique
      Fashion Show and Luncheon                          and eclectic items, ticket raffle
      on Feb. 12 at the Willoughby                       and boutiques with a Valentine’s
      Golf  Club. Together,  they                        theme, a living champagne wall,
      raised $100,000. Executive                         and a fashion show coordinated
      Director Alean  Timm                               by Lynda Hartley-Urban.
      surprised the sold-out                               Luncheon cochairs Timm
      audience by calling the nonprofit organization’s first resident   and Kim Gaudet, operations
      mother, Kayley Meyer and her baby, Weatherly, now 13 years   manager, worked with
      old, to the stage to speak about their journey.    committee  members  Denise
        The event also was highlighted by featuring Cairo Sampson,   Freihofer, Cheryl Lott-Lampard,
      the 100th baby born while under the care of Mary’s Home, and his   Patty Murty and Kelly Harrison
      mother, Kimberly Kasey. She delivered a touching presentation   to organize and present the event.
      about how she has been helped by Mary’s Home.
        Joe Ann Fletcher, executive director of Dress for Success   Mary’s Home Celebrates
      Palm Beaches, delivered an inspirational address that ended   on page 3
      20th Annual Mutt March Festival

      Coming Home To Palm City

        The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast will host its most                                          Event features and activities include a timed 5K race,
      “pupular” event on Saturday, March 23 — the 20th Annual                                              a morning group walk, vendors, a blessing of the animals,
      Mutt March Festival and 5K Race. Previously held in Stuart,                                          adoptable animals, food trucks, a canine costume contest,
      this year’s event will be held on its own campus, 4100 S.W.                                          AKC Canine Good Citizen Testing, a Kids’ Zone, a lure
      Leighton Farm Ave. The race starts at 9 a.m. and the festival                                        course, a doggy playground, a pet photo booth and raffles.
      will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.                                                                  Those planning to participate in the canine costume contest
        The event, which is the humane society’s largest attended                                          should be ready to stroll before the judges at noon. Pet owners
      community fundraiser, will be held rain or shine and is free to                                      can also get their pets microchipped for $10.
      attend. The cost for the 5K race is $35 per runner and those                                           Vendors are welcome to join in on the fun to network with
      who register by March 5 are guaranteed to receive a T-shirt.                                         an audience of more than 1,000 animal loving individuals.
      Race tickets may be purchased at                                        The Mutt March serves as the “paw-fect” platform for
      The race will be a trail run so runners accompanied by dogs                                          business owners looking to connect with potential customers
      or runners pushing strollers should be prepared for uneven   The Mutt March Festival begins with a walk of people and
      terrain, sloped trails, rocks, tree roots, wet grass and more.  their pets.                          20th Annual Mutt March Festival on page 3
      Piper’s Landing Holds Golf Fundraiser For Boys & Girls

      Clubs Of Martin County

      By Michelle Maguire, Piper’s Landing Community     event and 11 other women made donations for a total of   not get to experience otherwise and we all had a great
      and PLWGA Member                                   $9,055 raised for the field trip.                 time at the event.”
        On Feb. 6 the Piper’s Landing  Women’s Golf        During the luncheon, Dr. John Millay, BGC senior vice     For more information about Boys & Girls Clubs of
      Association (PLWGA) held a charity golf tournament   president, spoke about the organization’s mission to enable   Martin County, visit or call (772) 545-1255.
      and lunch for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County   all young people, especially those who need it most, to
      (BGC). A member of the Piper’s Landing administrative   reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible
      staff, David Landsman, had reached out to the women’s   citizens. There are currently four club locations in Martin
      golf association for help in raising a minimum of $7,000 to   County with programs and services for different age groups
      enable 50 K to fifth grade J.D. Parker Elementary School   but all focus on academic success, healthy lifestyles and
      students who are members of the BGC Palm City Club   character and citizenship to prepare kids ultimately for
      to go to Sea World in Orlando over the summer. Debbie   further education and careers after high school. Each of
      Lovequist and Nancy Wong, cochairs of the event, asked   these approaches helps with the children’s after school
      each woman in the community to donate $100 to play in   homework, physical activity and nutritional guidelines.
      the golf tournament. Eighty women participated in the     Lela Abbate, director of BGC Palm City Club, reported
                                                                                on the excitement of all the
                                                                                kids when she announced
                                                                                the field trip to them on
                                                                                Feb. 16. PLWGA President
                                                                                Leslie Robinson responded,
                                                                                “We are very happy to be   BGC Senior Vice President Dr. John Millay; PLWGA Officers
                                                                                able to give these deserving   Paula Chamberlin, Marti Hayes, Leslie Robinson, Deborah
                                                                                children an opportunity for   D’Arcy; Event Cochair Debbie Lovequist; BGC Director
                                                                                an enriching day of fun and   Palm City Club Lela Abbate; Event Cochair Nancy Wong
                                                                                learning which they might                            Photo by Rosemary Burns
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