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Treasure Coast Newspapers, Stuart, Fla., Jackie Holfelder column

July 1, 2014

By Jackie Holfelder, Treasure Coast Newspapers, Stuart, Fla.

July 01--Thanks for asking me

This was the first year I had the opportunity to attend Retro Game Show Night, the fun- and fund-raiser for Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County. StarStruck Performing Arts Center & Theatre was filled with more youthful crowd than is the norm at most events I get to attend and the energy and humor were contagious.

Hollywood Squares was an absolute hoot -- who knew we had so many local luminaries that could ad lib with the best of them?! Al and I had a great time -- it's easy to see why this easygoing event grows in popularity every year. Thanks to Juliet Ciaravino for including Al and me.

Welcome aboard

Martin Health System is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to the organization's board of directors. John Fedorek, Suzanne Kissling and Tiffany Weakley will be bringing their own areas of expertise to this important board. Thanks for your service to the community.

Perfect partners

Tykes & Teens has enjoyed a great relationship with Women Supporting the Arts (WSA) for several years and the non-profit has received several WSA grants. The most recent was a collaboration on a Children's Mental Health Awareness Art Contest.

A reception honoring the winners was held at Stuart Coffee Company, where honorees received ribbons and prizes.

Winners in the elementary school category were Summer Sinclair, Mia Gifford and Morgan Uber. Middle school winner was Liam Rooney. In the high school category, winners included Jared Zweben, Emily Royo and Allison Bell. Judges Choice Awards were given to Danielle Becker, Sebastian Soffici and Ashley Graff.

The ripple effect

When a community unites to help those in need, the ripple effect is a beautiful and powerful thing. St. Mary's Episcopal Church of Stuart recently became a supporter of Mary's Shelter through its foundation, The Heritage Fund, and approved a $10,000 grant for the transitional home to use to purchase a van.

To ensure that the purchase became a reality, three families from Willoughby Golf & Country Club chipped in to donate an additional $6,000, which allowed the Shelter to purchase a Mazda MPV Mini-Van. Collaborating and cooperating are two of the most beautiful words in philanthropy.

Successful shower

The guests of honor at the Kitten Shower held at Caring Fields Felines surely felt the love at the recent event. More than 100 people attended, bringing toys, food, litter, and monetary donations for the four-legged toddlers. Guests enjoyed sandwiches, cupcakes and punch, supplied by volunteers. And best of all, by the end of the day nine of the kittens had found forever homes. There are still many more kittens and cats available, however. Appointments to see them can be made at (772) 463-7386.

KMB wrap-up

After three months of painting, cleaning and planting, Keep Martin Beautiful (KMB) and its community partners removed nearly 11,000-pounds of litter, cleaned 23 parks and beaches and revitalized four Martin County neighborhoods. More than 1,000 volunteers participated in 30-plus events,

Sponsors of the 2014 Great American Cleanup include: R3 Recycling, Kohl's, Seacoast National Bank, Southern Eagle, Sailor's Return, Wallace Automotive, FPL, Waste Pro, NisAir, Whiticar Boat Works, AmeriSweeps, Cook Electric, Inc., Abney & Abney Green Solutions, Culligan, Peter's Hardware, Rocky's Ace Hardware, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, The Firefly Group, Treasure & Space Coast Radio, Tidy Coast Event Services, Habitat for Humanity, Tent Logix and Capps Roofing.

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