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Contents OCTOBER 2020

Features 30 Profiles of Giving

Philanthropy spotlight: Meet a few folks doing what they can to to help others By Skye

Sherman and Jana Soeldner Danger

38 Seaside Bliss

Beachwear from brands that give back Photography by Ian Jacob

44 Guardians of the Sea


Larry Lee Jr. of the Lighthouse Foundation and Restoring the Village in Fort Pierce


Inside FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute

By Judy Martel


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In Every Issue 10 Editor’s Note 79 Flavor

Foodie news and dining guide

88 Surf Report

What’s happening on

Radar 13 Get Inspired

A new exhibition from The Martin County Artisans Guild

14 Buzz

The latest local happenings

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16 Explore

An expert field guide to bird-watching in the area


18 Character

Meet Stuart resident and fiction writer Whitney Gaskell

20 The Goods

Shop these local products that benefit charities

22 Arts


A peek at some of St. Lucie County’s amazing public murals

24 Play

The slightly strange/super fun new sport everyone’s talking about

26 Wellness

Experience the wonders of CBD-infused spa treatments

28 Vero Life

Discover the beauty of Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge

©2020 Palm Beach Media Group North LLC. All rights reserved. Stuart Magazine is published monthly except June and August by Palm Beach Media Group North LLC, P.O. Box 3344, Palm Beach, FL 33480. Known office of the publication 1000 N. Dixie Hwy., Suite C, West Palm Beach, FL 33401. Postage paid at West Palm Beach, FL and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Stuart Magazine c/o Palm Beach Media Group North LLC, P.O. Box 3344, Palm Beach, FL 33480. Subscription price: $29.95 per year. Outside U.S. add $35 per year for postage and handling. Send subscription orders to: Subscription Department, Stuart Magazine, P.O. Box 3344, Palm Beach, FL, 33480 or e-mail circulation@palmbeachmedia. com. Vol. 20, No. 7, October 2020. Stuart Magazine and Palm Beach Media Group North LLC retain exclusive rights to all editorial and photographic materials used, which cannot be reproduced in any manner without our written consent.


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s we head into season, we all know it’s going to look a little bit different this year. While restaurants, shops, and bars are open and finally able to try to regain some of what was lost during the past few months, we can pretty much count out any big social events—at least for the foreseeable future. And unfortunately, that is going to have an impact on the most important events of season: charity dinners and galas, which typically raise millions of dollars every year for those in need. At the same time, the demand for assistance is only increasing, with the pandemic adding to the burdens many already face. We must do what we can, if we have the ability, to help these charitable organizations continue on with their missions. It has been truly heartwarming to see so many individuals and businesses coming together to assist those affected by the COVID crisis—but let’s also not forget there are other serious issues in the community that predate this pandemic. Children are sick. People are homeless. Animals need our protection. And so does the planet. If you have the will and the means to help out, please turn to the Charity Datebook on page 59 for a comprehensive guide to area nonprofits and organizations, what they are planning this season—and how you can help. Also in this issue, we highlight a few of the generous people in our community striving to make life better for us all. Read their stories in “Profiles of Giving,” beginning on page 30. Plus, check out a few fashion companies taking an altruistic approach to business (“Seaside Bliss,” page 38) and shop local products that give back (“Buying Power,” page 20). Finally, don’t miss our cover story, “Guardians of the Sea,” (page 44), where we take you inside FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute to discover the fascinating research being done to protect our local ecosystems, marine life, and so much more. These scientists are among the many people in our area doing their part so we can all feel all right. Peace and blessings,

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he wait for gallery openings is finally over: The Martin Artisans Guild is now welcoming guests to its newest exhibition, Art in Isolation, which can be viewed safely at the Palm Room of Harbour Bay Plaza in Sewall’s Point. The works of 11 professional artists in Martin County—including Angela Krogen, Carol Kepp, Charli Cote, and Lynn Morgan, to name a few—will be on display featuring artwork they completed

during the pandemic. The showcase name, as artist Chris Kling notes, also refers to the seclusion of artists when they work. “This isolation can help artists concentrate and follow their inspiration without distraction,” she says. “We often call this ‘being in the zone’—when time disappears, and the art flows out.” The free exhibition of paintings, glass fusion, jewelry, and ceramics runs through October 31. —Melissa Puppo

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Express YOURSELF Artwork by students ranging from elementary school to college will be on display this month as part of the Young Hearts to Arts campaign, hosted by the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance. The works will be featured online and on social media channels as part of a contest before the show hits the road as a traveling exhibition. The artwork centers on themes of love, friendship, community, and compassion. Check out the showcase October 8 at Heathcote Botanical Gardens and October 29 at the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens.

Artist: Noelia Dominguez-Negron


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This year, the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County took its annual Chili Cook-Off virtual. The 1994-themed event celebrated the organization’s twenty-fifth anniversary and raised more than $100,000 during a 90-minute show, which aired lived on social media and other outlets. During the event, Amy De Los Santos, the 2020 BGCSLC Youth of the Year, shared a story with viewers, while Tom Moran, a four-time speed-eating chili contest winner, challenged viewers to join in on a 20-second competition. If you missed the event, you can still view it online at Facebook or YouTube. Visit for more info; donations are still being accepted.

organ Delgado has always been passionate about health and wellness and is an avid user of elderberry, known for its high concentration of antioxidants and immunity-boosting vitamins. She decided to perfect her own batch of the berry syrup for her family—a blend that includes additional ingredients like organic ginger, Ceylon cinnamon, astragalus root, and hibiscus. She created an online store, HHH Organics, to share her products with others, and in September she


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Make the most of this ghoulish holiday season with a visit to Pumpkin Towne in Stuart, offering festive activities for the whole family beginning October 8. The 10-year-old pop-up (which moved 1 mile north of its original location this year) sells gourds of all shapes and sizes including mini pumpkins, carving pumpkins, and pie pumpkins ideal for purée or baking. Kids can enjoy the “holiday playland” and take advantage of a slew of fun photo ops like scarecrows, hay huts, and the Pumpkin Towne corn house. There is also a variety of fall décor available to purchase, such as ceramic pumpkin lanterns and chimineas. 2200 NW Federal Hwy., Stuart; 561.697.9377; ❖

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WINGED Wonders

SPECIES: ROSEATE SPOONBILL Defining traits: Often mistaken for a flamingo because of its pink-hued body, but its beak looks more like a wooden spoon Where to spot one: Wading in shallow inland bays, between mangroves, and in brackish swamps




resident of Audubon of Martin County since 2014, Palm City resident John Nelson is an expert on the many beautiful birds that call our area home. The Kenyan-born mortgage broker made it his mission to learn about his surroundings, boating down the St. Lucie River and making note of all the bird species he found before going home to Google what he saw. “We have nature all around us, but all too often, we just ignore it,” says Nelson, 64. “But if you’re paying attention, just in your backyard, nature will come to you.” Bird-watcher wannabes can start by simply adding a feeder to their yard to draw certain species. Or start spending some time in places where birds gather—which isn’t hard considering 300 to 400 species call Florida home on any given day. Here, Nelson—who is also the voice of The Audubon Moment on Florida Public Radio, a contributor to National Geographic Channel’s World’s Deadliest series, a wildlife photographer, and a certified Florida Master Naturalist—offers a primer on 10 of the most interesting bird species you may encounter.

SPECIES: PAINTED BUNTING Defining traits: Small songbirds with vibrant splotches of red, blue, yellow, and green (males); yellow-green bodies (females) Where to spot one: In your backyard and woodland edges during winter

SPECIES: RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER Defining traits: Red crown, zebra-striped back, gray chest Where to spot one: Dominating backyard feeders and knocking on tree trunks


SPECIES: SANDHILL CRANE Defining traits: Adults can be as large as geese, with bulging mottled bodies atop stilt-like legs Where to spot one: Everywhere from wetlands to golf courses, often near standing water

SPECIES: GREAT BLUE HERON Defining traits: Tall and pewter-colored, adults have a racing stripe on their crown extending from the beak Where to spot one: Hanging out in inland waterways and occasionally neighborhood canals

SPECIES: FLORIDA SCRUB JAY Defining traits: Long-tailed gray songbird with striking blue patches and stripes Where to spot one: A hard-to-find species, it aptly occupies scrub habitats like the scrub oaks in Jonathan Dickinson State Park

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Audubon of Martin County maintains a list of 15 top birding spots ( Here, Nelson shares his own top three.

SPECIES: OSPREY Defining traits: White crown and dark brown feathers (similar to a soaring raptor or a bald eagle) but with distinctive black eye stripe Where to spot one: Look for their stick nests atop dead trees and channel markers on inland waterways

Jonathan Dickinson State Park Spread out over 11,500 acres, JD State Park includes lots of birding habitat. You’ll find scrub jays, woodpeckers, osprey, red-shouldered hawks, and all types of wading birds along the Loxahatchee River, including white ibis and herons. 16450 SE Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound;

SPECIES: SANDERLING Defining traits: Bulbous body with a contrasting white belly; patches of black, white, and tan on its back Where to spot one: Darting Florida beaches and coastlines during winter

Possum Long Nature Center This site houses the Audubon of Martin County’s headquarters, which includes an extensive library and taxidermic specimens. But the real attraction is the 5-acre preserve, an urban forest full of many species, including black and white warblers, American redstarts, and two pairs of yellow-crowned night herons that have nested in the slash pines since 2002. 621 SE Palm Beach Road, Stuart;

SPECIES: BROWN PELICAN Defining traits: Yellow head, giant bill, and a long neck for gobbling down its catch Where to spot one: Drifting overhead in groups along the coast or waiting for a snack at fishing piers

Lakeside Ranch Stormwater Treatment Area From October to April, this artificial wetland in Okeechobee becomes home to wading birds, songbirds, and raptors, including two bald eagle nests. You can also find the Everglades snail kite and perhaps as many as 100 more species in a single day. Audubon of Martin County offers tours of the STA once a month by reservation. ❖

WHAT TO BRING SPECIES: IBIS Defining traits: Red legs and a patch around the eyes stand out in stark contrast to its snow-white feathers Where to spot one: Wading in water everywhere from the Everglades to swales

• Binoculars—$100 or so will get you “good-quality optics,” says Nelson • Camera with a good zoom • Spotting scope (a small, portable, high-power telescope) • Hat, sunscreen, bug spray • A birding app such as iBird Pro, which even offers audio bites of bird calls

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tuart resident Whitney Gaskell has climbed her way to literary success through 17 published novels, ranging from chick lit to young adult novels to thrillers. In recent years, many of her biggest thriller hits were written—and loosely based—in Stuart. “It’s a beautiful place to live,” says the 48-year-old author. “The town in my books, Shoreham, is based on Stuart. I like the dichotomy of this sedate, sleepy little town where, ultimately, bad things happen.” Originally from Syracuse, New York, Gaskell grew up determined to become a novelist. When her first book, Pushing 30, was published in 2003, Gaskell quit her job practicing law to make writing fiction her full-time career. “Law was more stable, of course,” she says. “But I never stopped writing in the evenings after work, and once I published my first book, I never looked back.” Since then, she has published eight chick lit books as Whitney Gaskell, as well as a popular YA series, Geek High, under the pen name Piper



Banks. Less than five years ago, she transitioned into writing thrillers and published four novels (with two more on the way) under the alias Margot Hunt. Among them, Buried Deep was the numberone downloaded Audible Originals book for five weeks. These days, Gaskell enjoys looking out onto the St. Lucie River Inlet as she writes from her home in Stuart, where she has lived for 16 years. “I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else,” she says. Here, she gives a little insight into how she has perfected her craft. Breaking into the Biz Don’t stop writing. It’s very rare to sell your first book. Almost every writer I know says the first book they sold was actually the third or fourth they wrote. I remember how discouraging it felt to get rejected by so many agents before finally landing one, but I enjoyed the process of writing so much

that I decided I didn’t care if the only person I wrote for was myself. If I never found success, the act of writing brought me so much joy that it was worth it. Pen Names It’s funny, the first book I ever wrote, which didn’t get picked up or published, was a thriller. I always wanted to end up [in this genre], so I definitely feel like I’ve come full circle. But back when my first Whitney Gaskell book was published, women’s fiction and chick lit were very popular. When I started writing young adult, it didn’t feel right to transition into Geek High under the same name. The last thing I wanted was for my middle school readers to associate me with my other books. Then, when I transitioned into writing thriller novels, my publisher actually wanted me to use a different name, which is when we introduced Margot Hunt.

Finding Inspiration With my Whitney Gaskell books, they weren’t necessarily about my life, but they definitely traced what I was going through or experiencing through others. For Geek High, my now ex-husband went to a private school when he was younger that I always thought would be a neat setting for a kid’s book. For my thrillers, I usually get inspiration from real crime stories. Industry Changes When Pushing 30 came out in 2003, it sold 90 percent print and maybe 10 percent e-book. Today, those numbers would be flipped. When I first started writing, everyone talked about publishing being gone in 10 years, but the industry has done an incredible job adapting. People are still passionate about great stories. As long as we have thought, publishing will continue to evolve. On the Horizon My next thriller will be an Audible Original, though eventually it will be available in print. I’m also working on a full-length print thriller—but that’s all I can say for now! ❖


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Buying POWER

RISE UP BRACELET, $30, Alexandra Gioia, Tequesta, For every purchase of this bracelet, 40 percent of profits benefit Operation Underground Railroad and its efforts to end human trafficking.


CABLE CLASSIC ROSE CANDLE, $95, David Yurman, Palm Beach Gardens, Twenty percent of sales from the BCRF Collection during the month of October will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

ELISE SATELLITE PENDANT NECKLACE, $50, Kendra Scott, Palm Beach Gardens, During October, 20 percent of proceeds from a selection of Kendra Scott jewelry, including this necklace, will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

MOONSTONE’S MAGIC VEGAN LAVENDER AND LEMON LOTION BAR, $7, Jar the Zero Waste Shop, Stuart, For every purchase of this item, $1 is donated to various local and national charities.

BINKA PINEAPPLE HAT, $38, available locally at Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island and Jupiter Beach Resort, A portion of proceeds from the entire Binka collection benefits local animal shelters and rescues, including Furry Friends in Jupiter.

GUY HARVEY HAWKSBILL TURTLE YOGA MAT, $40, A portion of proceeds from sales of all products benefits the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, a South Florida nonprofit dedicated to saving the seas, supporting groundbreaking research, and helping foster the next generation of ocean conservationists.


INIS EAU DE PARFUM ROLL-ON, $22, April Daze, Stuart, A portion of proceeds from this line helps support the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group’s Research Expedition from Ireland to Iceland.

HIDDEN WATER When North Palm Beach resident Jeff Irish took note of a problem with plastic not being recycled and polluting our area’s waterways, he decided to be part of the solution. He created Hidden Water, a line of still water that is canned in aluminum to cut down on plastic water bottle waste. Even the six-pack rings are made with nature in mind—they are created out of recycled beer mash and plant fibers, which decompose in three to four months. For every can purchased, one piece of plastic will be removed from the ocean. ($6/six-pack, $10/12-pack;

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The outdoor plaza at A.E. Backus Museum and Gallery showcases murals including Beach Day and Tri Anything Motel.

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nyone living in or around Fort Pierce over the past 25 years will tell you the city is a pleasant mix of laid-back beach culture and historical significance. It’s where author Zora Neale Hurston is laid to rest; it’s home to several structures named to the National Register of Historic Places; and its natural gem, the Indian River, is one of the most biodiverse estuaries in the northern hemisphere. With these accolades in mind, local Night Train


artists have been creating public art displays across the city to keep the essence of Fort Pierce and the Treasure Coast alive. Since 1995, nearly two dozen murals have been commissioned for the enjoyment of those who want to learn more about the history of the “Sunrise City” (or just appreciate good art in the open air). “St. Lucie County is rapidly becoming a cultural mecca of the Treasure Coast, and murals and public art contribute significantly to the county’s rich cultural landscape,” says Alyona Aleksandra Ushe, executive director of the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance. “It enriches the community’s character, fosters pride and a sense of belonging, and enhances the quality of life for residents and visitors.” The St. Lucie Cultural Alliance’s upcoming initiative, “Art in Unusual Spaces,” will focus on bringing art to every local business, restaurant, and civic organization to showcase and support

the artists living and working in St. Lucie County. In addition, the City of Port St. Lucie recently received a $10,000 Challenge America grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the creation of a diversity-themed mural outside Minsky Gym on Southwest Darwin Boulevard. The city’s goal is to unveil the completed mural at a future Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. While its neighbor to the south reinvents itself for an art-forward future, take a stroll past the many remarkable murals created to honor Fort Pierce’s historic beauty. Here are six to keep an eye out for. Night Train, Blue Sky and Ronald “Ziggy” Bennett Night Train was created in 1995 by professional artist Blue Sky as a tribute to Henry Flagler and the Florida East Coast Railway, which included a Fort Pierce stopover beginning in 1911. In July 2020,


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Clockwise from left: The Fort Pierce Utilities Authority mural; Sailfish on Georgia Avenue; Save Florida at A.E. Backus Museum.

Ronald “Ziggy” Bennett restored the project honoring Blue Sky’s original artwork. 308 Ave. A, Fort Pierce Sailfish, Brian “Bezo” Taylor One of two Bezo murals in Fort Pierce, Sailfish came to life in a splash of color over five days. Using roughly 100 spray paint cans and several gallons of paint, the artist tapped his decades of experience (he was commissioned to create art for the City of Baltimore at age 15) to remind viewers that at its core, Fort Pierce is a seaside town. 415 Georgia Ave., Fort Pierce Fort Pierce Utilities Authority Mural, Harimandir Khalsa The interior mural of the Fort Pierce Utilities Authority building was commissioned in 1998 as part of the Centennial Countdown for the City of Fort Pierce. Fort Pierce and St. Lucie County historical references, as well as Florida flora and fauna, are the main features of Harimandir Khalsa’s 500-square-foot mural. In the piece, look for pineapple farmers, citrus groves, windsurfers, beachgoers, and more. 206 S. 6th St., Fort Pierce Save Florida, Tiffany Beasi Artist and lifelong Florida resident Tiffany Beasi took inspiration from her surroundings to create one of several murals she has completed across her home state. Save Florida was one of 12 nature-themed murals installed in the outdoor plaza of community-based nonprofit A.E. Backus Museum and Gallery during

MORE TO LOVE Also be sure to check out these murals around Fort Pierce and at the A.E. Backus Museum and Gallery:

its recent multimillion-dollar expansion. Today, Beasi’s public art projects focus primarily on environmental awareness themes. A.E. Backus Museum and Gallery, 500 N. Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce Beach Day, Carlos Inocente Gonzalez Venezuelan graphic designer and artist Carlos Inocente Gonzalez used his familiarity with the ocean and love for A.E. Backus’ landscape compositions to create Beach Day for the museum’s outdoor plaza. The circular shapes are a prominent aspect of Gonzalez’s artistic style, used to represent the community, environment, and social topics. A.E. Backus Museum and Gallery, 500 N. Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce Tri Anything Motel, Michael Enns Michael Enns was born in Fort Pierce and studied art at A.E. Backus’ original studio when he was 10 years old. As an adult, Enns has showcased several of his works

AROUND TOWN • Arcade Building interior and exterior murals; 101 N. U.S. Hwy. 1 • Highwaymen Tribute mosaic mural, Pat Cochran and Anita Prentice; 725 Ave. D • Save Our Lagoon, Robert “Bob” Francis; 1110 2nd St. A.E. BACKUS MUSEUM AND GALLERY • Dawn’s First Light, Jackie Brice (a reproduction of the A.E. Backus original) • Dance of the Sailfish and Shark, Brian “Bezo” Taylor • Another Perfect Day, Mary Fragapane • Late Night Sessions, Russell Gulick • Sailfish, Ivan Roque • Bayonets and Bougainvillea, Tony Rosa • Summer Enchantment of the Savannahs, Jackie Modesitt Schindehette

at the gallery and painted this motel sign mural for the museum’s outdoor plaza. Much of Enns’ work features contemporary Florida landscapes done in oils on linen and canvas. A.E. Backus Museum and Gallery, 500 N. Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce ❖

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he key to throwing an ax at a wooden target and hitting the bulls-eye is not to overthink it, says Eric Perez, co-owner of Axe Em in Port St. Lucie: “It’s less about how hard you throw it and more about stance. Eventually, it will come—you’ll find your footing.” Perez and his business partner, Michael Shine, opened the first ax-throwing venue in Port St. Lucie last July. The 10-lane, 2,400-square-foot facility located off of U.S. Highway 1 is a practice ground for those wanting to test their hand at the ancient survival skill that has turned into a contemporary sport in recent years. “People are looking now more than ever for something different to do,” says Perez of the sport’s sudden popularity. “They’ve been in their houses self-quarantining, so right now, ax-throwing is a different experience for them.” Ax-throwing started taking off as a globally recognized sport in 2016 with the creation of the International Axe Throwing Federation, followed by The World Axe Throwing League in 2017. By 2018, recreational ax-throwing venues started cropping up throughout Florida. Competitors stand 12 to 15 feet away from the target and have 10 throws per match. Axes weigh no more than 2 pounds, and scoring is even simpler than a game of darts: A bulls-eye is worth six points; the first ring outside of the bulls-eye is worth



Try your hand at this hot new recreational activity at Axe Em in Port St. Lucie—or rent out the mobile sport trailer for a couple of hours.

four points; and the remaining rings, as they get bigger, are worth three, two, and one. While facilities like Axe Em had to close down in March per a statewide mandate to help slow the spread of COVID-19, Perez and Shine had already launched a mobile ax-throwing trailer in February, in addition to their original venue, and the mobile business was able to remain open. The main venue is now back open as well, at 50-percent capacity, and practices appropriate sanitization and social distancing, says Perez. The two-lane trailer can be rented for a two-hour minimum and lets locals get outside and be active. Axe Em also just added a “smash room,” in which customers donning helmets, goggles, face shields, and gloves can get out some aggression and destroy TVs and furniture with MORE VENUES NEARBY a variety of weapons. $25 a Hard Axe Lounge person per hour (Axe Em); 200 N. 2nd St., Fort Pierce; $400 for two hours (; bile trailer rental); $20 for 772.448.8118 20 minutes (smash room); Game of Axes 8440 S. U.S. Hwy. 1, Port St. 10164 W. Indiantown Road Suite Lucie;; B9, Jupiter;; 772.323.0845 ❖ 561.617.0120

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BD has been having a wellness moment—and with good reason. Short for cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive chemical compound found in cannabis and hemp can treat anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain, among other ailments. Many people add the extract to their lattes or smoothies

CBD oil has natural anti-inflammatory effects that can soothe sore muscles and joints.


as a booster, but recently CBD has also gained popularity in spa treatments like facials and massages. “A massage using CBD offers an unconventional way to get relief from muscle soreness, chronic pain, tension, and stress,” says Amanda Glanzberg, who owns Pure Bliss Day Spa in Jupiter. “CBD binds and acts on the CB2 receptors, which can be found near the skin, and this activates 5 the endocannabinoid system to deliver relief.” Ready to incorporate CBD into your spa routine? Here are a few local treatment options to consider.

PURE BLISS DAY SPA, JUPITER Head to Pure Bliss Day Spa for the CBD Nano Needling Infusion Facial. Nano needling is a pain-free treatment that uses a motorized device to stimulate the skin and help reduce fine lines, acne scars, and large pores. The facial includes the application of ChicBD cherry enzyme, followed by dermaplaning to exfoliate dead skin cells and hair from the face. The esthetician will then suffuse your skin with ChicBD Moringa CBD serum—a concentrated, antioxidant-rich skin infusion of CBD—before ending the treatment by either layering an Eminence Organic Skin Care face mask with a massage or an EstheMax jelly mask if the skin needs it. Pure Bliss also offers CBD massages, plus ointments and liquids for purchase. ($250 for a 60-minute facial; 828 W. Indiantown Road Suite 104, Jupiter;; 561.745.7765)

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Relaxing spa treatments including massage and facials get an extra boost when infused with CBD-infused oils and ointments.

ESSENTIALS SPA, PALM BEACH GARDENS For several years now, Keith and Kristi Laguna have offered CBD-infused Swedish, deep tissue, neuromuscular, and sports massages at Essentials Spa. The couple says that the topical CBD oil they use helps treat arthritis; tennis elbow; swimmer’s shoulder; muscle, joint, back, neck, shoulder, and knee pain; and bruises. Try the neuromuscular massage with CBD infusion, a deep massage that focuses on trigger points on the body that cause pain and discomfort. During a neuromuscular massage, the therapist applies pressure to each muscle for 10 to 30 seconds (as opposed to a Swedish massage, which incorporates long, relaxing strokes). The Lagunas say it is ideal for those who suffer from back pain, knee pain, headaches, or TMJ. Essentials Spa uses CBD Clinic products (a topical pain relief) in levels three to five for all of its treatments. (From $59.95 for a 50-minute treatment; 4206 Northlake Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens;; 561.625.0902) KARLA’S MASSAGE THERAPY AND SKIN CARE, PORT ST. LUCIE Karla Nattis helps clients with pain relief and therapeutic massage so they can perform better on the job or during

physical activities like golf, CrossFit, running, powerlifting, and more. “Not only are we therapeutic, but we also make sure we provide a relaxing atmosphere to get the full experience of wellness,” says Nattis. For the ultimate CBD experience, choose from a 60- or 90-minute Canna-Bliss massage. Melt into relaxation as the oil soaks into the skin while the therapist focuses on specific areas of concern, finishing by applying a CBD ointment wherever pain is more prevalent. “I advise clients to leave the treatment on for the rest of the day since it will continue soaking into the skin/muscles and keep working on relief,” notes Nattis. (From $85 for 60 minutes; 1626 SW Bayshore Blvd., Port St. Lucie;; 772.708.7254)

Florida and at her spa in Colorado. She operates Healing Palms Massage & Spa inside Salt of the Earth in Stuart, using a full-spectrum hemp oil that comes from Colorado Springs as well as other compounds that work with CBD to achieve better results. “There are many health benefits associated with using CBD topically and orally,” says Rasmussen. “When used during a spa treatment, topical CBD acts as an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-spasmodic, which helps relax muscles.” CBD treatments at Healing Palms Massage & Spa include massages, facials, aromatherapy, cupping, and more. A must-try is the CBD Hemp Oil Body Wrap, a custom wrap that uses Bentonite sea clay herbs and flowers along with hemp oil to nourish and calm the skin. The clay is applied, then heated wraps and an electric blanket are put on the body to maintain warmth for about 45 minutes or so. Rasmussen also performs foot reflexology for 10 to 15 minutes (longer if requested) during the wrap. ($100 for a 90-minute treatment; 422 SW Akron Ave. Suite 3, Stuart; 772.225.3887; ❖

HEALING PALMS MASSAGE & SPA, STUART Chelsea Rasmussen loves sharing CBD benefits with her clients in South

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Winging It

Clockwise from far left: The 5,400-acre Pelican Island National Wildlfe Refuge; a brown pelican soars; a flock of white pelicans at the island.



hen you want to get away from it all without having to travel far, Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge beckons with hiking, birding, wildlife viewing— and plenty of photo ops. The 5,400-acre refuge, established in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt, was the first official National Wildlife Refuge in the United States. It protects the 3-acre Pelican Island rookery in the Indian


River Lagoon as well as the 140 species of birds that thrive on its land and in its waters. The refuge draws many wading and migratory birds including white pelicans—one of the largest birds in North America with a 9-foot wingspan—that come for the winter. At the site, there are three different trails to meander, interpretative signage, and a restroom (but no drinking water, so don’t leave home without it). Along the paved,

half-mile Centennial Trail, boardwalk planks name each of the nation’s 568 refuges. Pack binoculars and keep your camera handy because you may glimpse one of dozens of threatened and endangered species. Trails are open 7:30 a.m. to sunset year-round, and parking and admission are free. refuge/pelican_ island; learn more about the refuge and what the Pelican Island Conservation Society is doing to protect it at ❖

PLAN YOUR VISIT • Public use areas are located on the Jungle Trail in Indian River County, off of Florida Highway A1A

• October 10 to 17 is National Wildlife Refuge Week, the perfect time to enjoy a family outing at Pelican Island • The refuge plans to bring back its free wildlife tours soon, so check the official Facebook page for updates:

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The simple, beautiful definition of “philanthropy” is showing goodwill to fellow members of the human race. Whether through monetary donations, grassroots organizations, or time and compassion, here are just a few local folks doing what they can to help where they can.




s one of the largest new-home builders and commercial developers in Florida, GL Homes has a nearly 50-year legacy of constructing quality single-family residences in large-scale, master-planned communities. Across the state, more than 85,000 people are residing in GL Homes developments—including starter houses, luxury residences, and active 55-and-up communities. In Port St. Lucie, the company is in the midst of the Riverland project, a 4,000acre community with nearly 12,000 residential units planned, plus amenities that include a 14-acre Sports & Racquet Club, an Arts & Culture Center, a lively Town Center with commercial and retail


space, softball fields, dog parks, and more. Right now, they are building out Valencia Cay, the first of many active adult 55-plus residential communities within Riverland, featuring affordable luxury homes with swimming pools and amenities such as a 34,000-square-foot Clubhouse that will serve as the social hub of the Valencia Cay community.


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GL Homes President Misha Ezratti

But despite the billions of dollars GL Homes has invested in developing South Florida, the employees take predominant pride in their on-the-ground personal impact, a company culture that starts right at the top. The “GL” stands for “good luck,” that bit of magic that ignites hard work and transforms it into success. It’s a value passed

down to GL President Misha Ezratti by his father, founder Itzhak, and procured through the refining fire of suffering. Ezratti, whose family emigrated to the United States from Israel, lost nearly 40 of his Greek forefathers to German concentration camps— a sordid history he prefers not to focus on but that underlies the company’s culture of generosity.

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From top: Riverland in Port St. Lucie is one of GL Homes’ latest projects, a 4,000-acre community with more than 12,000 residential units planned; inside one of the new Valencia Cay at Riverland homes.

“It’s not something I talk about very often, but when a family that’s thriving and successful gets decimated, I think people start to look at the world a different way and realize that some things are in your control and some things are out of your control,” Ezratti shares. “When you’re in this world and you’re lucky enough to be alive, you have to contribute; you have to try to make lives better for others. There’s a lot of darkness and a lot of problems in the world, and you’re not going to solve them all, but we try to be as active as we can. Stop and give your time, give your money, give your resources, give your connections—whatever you can in order to try to make your little slice of the world a better place.” In light of that mission, and under the guidance of Director of


Community Relations Sarah Alsofrom, who leads GL Homes’ charitable arm (, philanthropy has been a central strand of the company DNA since its 1976 inception. “This company makes a difference in the communities where we live and work,” says Alsofrom, who came to GL Homes from the Hanley Center Foundation in 2015. “Every day, I wake up with purpose and meaning—to be able to help others who may not be as fortunate. Our company embraces a culture of caring, and that’s what it’s all about.” Alsofrom, whose father founded the local 211 Helpline in 1971, also served for two years as Leadership Florida’s regional chair for Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee Counties. Her career background is in the corporate, government, and nonprofit worlds, with stints at WPTV Channel 5, Gunster law firm, and the State Attorney’s Office of Palm Beach County. GL supports charities making a marked positive impact— organizations that innovate, collaborate, and advocate for their beneficiaries—with a special emphasis on efforts to break the cycle of homelessness. “As a home builder, we feel that providing shelter, food, and the basic necessities is very much aligned with what we believe in,” Ezratti says. In total, GL donates to more than 150 charities statewide, including Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens and Place of Hope on the Treasure Coast. But monetary contributions are only one aspect of their benevolence. They also give tangibly— such as when they purchased and outfitted a van for the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County, which has been used during the pandemic to deliver food from Belle Glade farmers to club members in need of hunger relief across the Treasure Coast. Executives and employees also work side-by-side on community outreach projects. For example, they’ve bonded over stuffing backpacks with school supplies for the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County and serving meals at the Lewis Center in West Palm Beach. Says Ezratti: “Whenever we present an opportunity to volunteer time or resources to our team, it’s always oversubscribed.”


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Clockwise from top left: Sarah Alsofrom runs the company’s philanthropic arm; GL Homes volunteers deliver food to locals in need with Feeding South Florida; company outreach projects include delivering backpacks with school suppies to kids at the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County; GL Homes President Misha Ezratti worked with U.S. HUD Secretary Ben Carson (pictured with wife, Candy) on the Home at Tamarind affordable housing project in West Palm Beach.



When you’re in this world and you’re lucky enough to be alive, you have to contribute; you have to try to make lives better for others.” —Misha Ezratti



GL Homes also helps the community through its own inhouse initiatives like Good Night’s Sleep, which provides furnishings and creature comforts to people who are transitioning out of homelessness. The Summer of Service initiative coordinates a dynamic roster of company-wide volunteer opportunities. And No Reservations Needed hosts meals and events for formerly homeless individuals. The company has even created a virtual career library for students who are interested in learning the ins and outs of potential future jobs in construction. That’s not to say the monetary contributions are insignificant: When the pandemic hit, for example, threatening food and shelter security for thousands, GL Homes partnered with Feeding South Florida and donated $40,000 to fund approximately 300,000 meals for locals in need. Alsofrom notes that the company also recently partnered with Treasure Coast Food Bank (FSL’s sister organization) and has donated $10,000 to TCFB’s Senior Mobile Pantry, which provides weekly community distribution of fresh produce, whole grains, and meat to senior citizens. “Another recent project I’m very proud of is the Home at Tamarind, an affordable housing project we constructed in

collaboration with Gulfstream Goodwill and the City of West Palm Beach,” shares Ezratti. “We built beautiful units for developmentally disabled adults who otherwise would have been homeless. Sarah and I recently went there and met one of the first residents to move in. You could see the look of joy on his face, which was only overshadowed by the look of joy on our faces— under our masks, of course,” he says. At its heart, GL Homes operates under the auspice that whatever positive output you submit to the world, you’ll see returned in spades. “That’s how I was raised,” Ezratti says. “We believe in a philosophy that you get what you give.” ❖

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Volunteers paint and repair homes, install landscaping for veterans and seniors, and generally beautify the neighborhood, including a previously neglected cemetery. The initiative also provides educational opportunities such as the Restoring the Village Endowment Fund at Indian River State College. “It gives kids hope that if they do well and want to attend college, we are there to help them,” says Lee. “Education is key to breaking the cycle of generational poverty.” Currently, the Lighthouse Foundation is partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County and First Tee Youth Golf Program to create a Lighthouse Youth Activities Complex. Set to be completed in the next two years, the center will feature an 8,000-square-foot clubhouse with a computer lab, meeting rooms, and a café, as well as a nine-hole, par-3 golf course. “To the best of my knowledge, there is no Boys & Girls Club facility in America like this one,” Lee says. “Our plans include creating jobs for the kids, as they will maintain the golfing facility and operate the snack shop. We intend to teach entrepreneurship.” Lee says he wants to give back because so many people have helped him throughout his life. “I had some amazing people in my life,” he says. “I owe all those people, and I must pay it forward. One of seven children, he describes himself as a tall, skinny kid without much self-esteem. But when a friend convinced him to try out for his high school football team, the change was dramatic. “Football turned my life around,” he says. “It taught me how to work with other people and how to build a team.” He hadn’t originally planned on attending college, so when he later changed his mind, he didn’t have the necessary high school prerequisites. Turned down by several schools, he made a desperate phone call to a football coach at Livingstone, a small, historically black college in North Carolina, and pleaded for admission and a spot on the team. “I told him, ‘I’ll be the best player you ever coached,’” says Lee. And it worked. “The coach saw something in me that I didn’t.” He did well on the football field—but in the classroom, IAN JACOB

arry Lee Jr. grew up in a mostly African American neighborhood where everyone truly cared about one another. “It was like a village,” he says of the area in the 1960s and ’70s. “People looked out for each other and took pride in their neighborhood. Blacks stayed together to protect each other.” But over the years, the area in Fort Pierce known as Lincoln Park fell into disrepair. Crime escalated, and gangs flourished. “I saw how depressed the area had become,” he recalls. “There seemed to be no pride and no hope.” So Lee—who by that time had achieved success as a Florida State Representative, owner of an insurance agency, and partner in a radio station—decided to change that. Years earlier, he had started a not-for-profit called the Lighthouse Foundation, focused on improving the lives of youth, senior citizens, and others in the community. Under the foundation umbrella, he launched an initiative called Restoring the Village in 2013 to help rejuvenate the Lincoln Park neighborhood. “I had a vision to bring back the village environment of the Lincoln Park community I grew up in,” he says. Restoring the Village ( aims to break the cycle of generational poverty in Lincoln Park, restore hope and pride in the area, and create educational opportunities for youth.


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Larry Lee Jr.; (opposite page) Restoring the Village volunteers reveal the new Lincoln Park welcome sign.

not so much. “I was about to flunk out,” recalls Lee. “I prayed to God that if he allowed me to graduate and achieve some financial success, I would never forget those who are less fortunate.” He did graduate—and he also met Alice, the woman who would become his wife. Flush with success, Lee signed as a free agent with the Denver Broncos but was cut during preseason. Disheartened, he returned to Fort Pierce. “I felt like I’d let the community down,” he says. While working through his disappointment, he visited his grandmother in Georgia. They were chatting on the porch when a teacher from the local high school stopped by to say hello. Coincidentally, the school was looking for a physical education instructor and coach. Lee landed the job. After he and Alice married, they moved back to Fort Pierce, where he began volunteering at the local chamber of commerce.

“It gave me great insight into the community,” Lee says. “It was an opportunity to meet people who didn’t look like me, and for people who didn’t look like me to meet people like me.” Eventually, he became the chamber’s first black board member. He went on to open an insurance agency and acquire a radio station that became WFLM The Flame 104.5. In 2012, Lee was elected to the Florida House of Representatives. “People had been encouraging me for years to run for public office,” he says. “When I finally did, my goal was to get Democrats and Republicans to work together more for the benefit of the people.” While there is still much to be done in Lincoln Park, Lee says he sees encouraging progress: “I’m hopeful. It’s not where it needs to be, but I see hope for a positive future. Restoring the Village is an example of what can happen when the community comes together to focus on things that unite us, rather than things that divide us.” ❖

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get them to other foster families.” In 2017, Ericah purchased a backyard shed, where the duo began storing donated items. But it quickly filled to overflowing. They turned again to Facebook, hoping to secure financial contributions toward a larger space. Within 24 hours, one generous donor funded a storage unit for the year, plus shelving and bins to house the donations. “We were blown away and knew we had made the right move,” she says. Soon, however, they outgrew the unit. Ericah had an idea: They needed a space where they could store donations and invite foster families to shop. So they took another leap of faith and signed a lease for their current storefront on SW Monterey Road—a nerve-wracking move since Foster Closet is funded not by major grants and big donors but by community members and fundraising events. “So many families had told us how the Closet changed their ability to foster,” Ericah says. “Not only did it provide their physical needs, but it also helped them feel seen by the community. Neither of us had experience running any sort of organization, but we knew this would be a huge asset to our community. We had no idea how we would make ends meet, but we knew that God would provide a way. And he has.” As a child, Sabrina grew up bouncing between homes, so she had a sense of what foster children have to face. “I know what it’s like going from home to home with a trash bag,” she says. “You fit what you can and leave the rest. I know the trauma these children deal with, and I wanted to be an example that you can grow from your past and turn your trauma into helping others.” A store like Foster Closet would have been a Everything inside the store is gift to her as a child, she says. free to foster families. As foster moms themselves, Sabrina and Ericah are JASON NUTTLE


he Stuart store co-owned by sisters-in-law Ericah and Sabrina Brinson doesn’t work like most. There’s no charge for any item inside, shoppers are free to take as much as they’d like, and the doors are open 24/7. At Treasure Coast Foster Closet (, anyone who fosters or adopts is welcome to “shop” for clothes and other necessities for the children in their care. The process of opening the store was an organic one, says Ericah, who, along with Sabrina, was herself fostering at the time. “We would reach out on Facebook to local friends and family and say things like, ‘Hey, there’s a baby girl heading my way—anyone have an extra car seat?’” she recalls. Fellow foster families began approaching them with requests to post on their behalf too. “We found that people wanted to help foster families—they wanted to give back and be involved—they just didn’t know how.” “People would drop off items like bouncers, clothes, and toys on our porches and say, ‘I’m sure you or another foster parent could use this,’” Sabrina says. “Our porches quickly filled with donations, and we knew we had to figure out a better way to


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Treasure Coast Foster Closet cofounders Sabrina (left) and Ericah Brinson

all too familiar with the scramble of trying to gather all the necessary items for a new placement. Foster parents never know if the child walking through their door will come with belongings—and more often than not, Ericah says, they arrive with just the clothes on their backs. That’s why the Closet is open around the clock and to the whole family. But they are careful not to let others take advantage of their generosity. “We verify each family to ensure they’re a licensed foster home or an adoptive-from-foster-care family,” says Sabrina. “Our mission is to ease the financial burden on foster parents so they can focus on the children in their care and keep saying yes to new children coming into care,” adds Sabrina, who today is a mom to four children, one of whom she and her husband

adopted through fostering. “They know the Closet is here for them, and they can visit any time they have a need. We try to make it as accessible as possible so they can keep opening their homes to our community’s children.” In the future, the Brinson women hope to expand into an even larger space and secure grant funding to provide scholarships for enrichment activities such as music lessons, dance classes, art, and sports—experiences most children in foster care have never had. “This is such a hard calling,” says Ericha, who is raising four adopted children with her husband. “So to be able to get faceto-face with others who get it, or with volunteers who want to support you, or just walking in and seeing all of the beautiful items waiting for our kids... It’s priceless.” ❖

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A day at the beach never felt so good in these gorgeous looks from brands that give back

photography by IAN JACOB Shot by Stuart Magazine on location at Coral Cove Park in Jupiter

GIVING BACK: BREAST CANCER RESEARCH As part of its legacy of giving and supporting women, Lilly Pulitzer collaborates with world-class charities and nonprofits on its Prints with a Purpose program. This month, the designer launched its Paws for a Cause print in support of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The collection includes soft, cozy pieces ranging from skirts and pants to robes and blankets. As a direct contribution, Lilly Pulitzer is donating $30,000 to the BCRF (

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Halo one-piece swimsuit in azul ($220), Jade Swim,

GIVING BACK: OCEAN CONSERVATION AND FEMALE EMPOWERMENT One of the charities that is near and dear to the heart of Jade Swim founder Brittany Kozerski Freeney is Oceana (, the largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation. The company regularly donates to Oceana and also supports the organization with its business practices: The majority of Jade Swim’s suits are made from recycled fabrics and regenerated materials. This reduces waste in oceans and landfills by recycling items such as fishing nets, plastic bottles, and


fabric scraps. Jade Swim also only uses fabrics that do not contain or release any substances that may be hazardous to health. Another nonprofit Jade Swim donates to and supports is Girls Inc. (, an organization whose mission is to inspire girls to be “strong, smart, and bold” through programs and experiences that help them navigate economic, gender, and social barriers. Jade Swim is a 100-percent female-run company and believes the next generation of women hold the keys to our future.


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GIVING BACK: NATURE PRESERVATION As part of its corporate mission, J. McLaughlin partners with local community members to host more than 700 store events each year in support of a wide range of charities. For the past three years, one important local partnership has been with The Everglades Foundation (,


a nonprofit dedicated to protecting and restoring the beauty of our state. A new, limited-edition capsule collection by J. McLaughlin with an exclusive Everglades Foundation print will directly support the cause by donating a percentage of proceeds to the organization. â?–

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The 144-acre campus of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce

Guardians of the Sea Through innovative research, scientists and engineers at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute are finding new ways to protect our coastal ecosystems and marine life, ensure food security, and so much more b y J U DY M A R T E L


rom the air, the aquaculture park at FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute emerges as an unassuming group of eight white low-rise buildings squatting in rows alongside the Fort Pierce Indian River Lagoon. Inside these modified greenhouses with metal roofs, engineers and researchers are creating and studying the ideal conditions to sustainably and responsibly increase the world’s supply of high-quality seafood. Banks of fish tanks, ranging from 30 gallons to 20,000 gallons, contain a variety of warm-water marine life such as fish, clams, shrimp, and various algae, including seaweed. Elsewhere on the 144-acre campus of Harbor Branch, Annie Page-Karjian, assistant research professor and clinical veterinarian, is at work on her specialty: aquatic animal health. At any given time, Page-Karjian might have 20 separate studies underway, but

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the highest-profile work is being conducted with so-called “sentinel” species. Such animals respond to similar environmental threats as humans, giving us a good indication of the health of Florida’s coastal ecosystem. Sea turtles, for example, migrate miles between foraging and nesting grounds, eat near the top of the food web, breathe air, and generally live a long time, according to Page-Karjian. “They are vulnerable to a lot of the same environmental factors as humans, so when we see a healthy sea turtle, it tells us a lot of things are going right in our environment,” she says. According to Executive Director James Sullivan, the major research focus areas at Harbor Branch are: aquaculture innovation and food security, marine ecosystem conservation (which includes mammal research), ocean and human health, and technical innovation and national defense. Founded in 1971 by J. Seward Johnson Sr., son of one of the founders of Johnson & Johnson, the institute became part of Florida Atlantic University in 2007. Its mission, “ocean science for a better world,” is more important now than ever, says Sullivan, because the marine ecosystem is in peril. As any beachgoer can attest, the state’s annual harmful algal blooms, including red tide, have wreaked economic and environmental havoc. Underwater, things are also dire. “In Florida, we have a horrendous situation with coral reef disease, which is killing hard coral reefs


all along the coast,” says Sullivan. “We’re studying the cause of this unknown disease and researching a cure to eventually restore it.” More than 200 scientists, engineers, and students work on campus. And while the diversity of the research is astounding, all are interconnected and share the common goal of improving and maintaining the health of the marine environment, which impacts human health on land as well. Explains Sullivan: “Marine mammals live and play in the same water we do, and they eat the same species of fish we do. So if we start to see disease and toxins in them, it’s a problem for us too.” Conservation efforts enacted 30 years ago are partly responsible for the fact that sea turtles—especially green sea turtles— are generally doing well in Florida today, says Page-Karjian. But climate change may be working against them, affecting their food supply and population sex ratios. Page-Karjian and her team are in the process of a green turtle health assessment that spans several ecologically diverse sites across the state. South Florida beaches produce almost exclusively females, she explains, while cooler, northern beaches produce more males. “We like to say ‘hot chicks’ and ‘cool dudes,’” she jokes. On a serious note, though, she adds that this imbalance could eventually lead to decreased reproduction. Additionally, their food supply— green turtles love seagrass—is affected by harmful algal blooms and toxicants such as chemicals that leach out of plastics.

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Harmful blue-green, red, and countless other algae are increasingly plaguing the state, Sullivan says, and the culprits are the warmer waters from climate change and waste runoff from farm fertilizer combined with leaky infrastructure that results in sewage overflow. All of this, he says, combines to “give [the algae] a nice warm environment and all the nutrients to grow.” The good news, he adds, is that the public, as well as the state government, is responding. “When the public gets fearful of going in the water and we feel the economic impact, people pay attention,” he says. “The population cares—and they should care. It’s where we live, and we need to do a better job and clean up our act.” With the world’s oceans being overfished and some sea life perishing from the results of algal bloom Research teams (pictured and coral reef disease, aquaculture has below) study our waters to try and figure out things like become a crucial undertaking to meet what is causing disease in the increasing demand for seafood. And our coral reefs.



The key is, how do we do aquaculture in a manner that is sustainable economically as well as environmentally?” —P aul W ills

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Right: Associate Director of Research Paul Wills says the goal of aquaculture is to stabilize the seafood supply. Below, clockwise from top left: eagle ray; goliath grouper; sea veggies; algae in Lake Okeechobee.

although the world is eating more farm-raised fish—50 percent of all fish consumed— only 1 percent of the production comes from within the United States, according to Paul Wills, research professor and associate director of research at Harbor Branch. There’s a laundry list of reasons for the disparity, he says, but at the top of the list is regulation. “There is a whole host of regulatory agencies to ensure aquaculture is environmentally sustainable, and it’s very expensive,” explains Wills. However, Sullivan stresses the importance of the United States catching up to the rest of the world in this area, noting that 90 percent of the farm-raised fish Americans consume currently comes from Asia. “That’s a food security issue,” he says. The whole point of aquaculture is to stabilize the seafood supply. Says Wills: “The key is, how do we do aquaculture in a manner that is sustainable economically as well as environmentally?” The goal is not to compete with commercial fisheries, who are an important part of providing seafood to the population, but to fill a gap,


he adds. “Worldwide, demand for fish is more than commercial fisheries can supply.” Wills says that of the 25,000 species of fish in existence, not all are suitable for farming. More than 20 species in the United States have been identified for marine aquaculture in the near future—and many more have potential. While much of the focus at Harbor Branch is on food production and environmental sustainability, engineers and marine scientists are also assisting in the testing of national defense projects. One such project, dubbed the “grouper guard,” deploys goliath groupers as a natural defense system. It turns out these massive fish act something like guard dogs for the coast, says Sullivan. Territorial in nature, their behavior can alert us when something big is approaching. Another project relies on bioluminescent light emitted by certain organisms to detect the presence, via satellites, of submarines. “Technical innovation is a huge part of what we’ll be doing going forward,” Sullivan says. Harbor Branch isn’t alone in advancing marine research and engineering. The institute’s scientists collaborate with other notable organizations, both private and public, including Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts and Scripps Institution of Oceanography in California. “We all work together,” says Sullivan. “Researchers come here and give lectures, and we go there.” Being part of a university also gives Harbor Branch an important advantage, he adds. “It’s mutually beneficial, because we want to train the next generation of scientists and grant degrees in marine science.” To learn more about the work happening inside Harbor Branch, visit ❖

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While green sea turtles are generally doing well in Florida, researchers at Harbor Branch worry about their food supply being affected by harmful algal blooms and chemicals from plastic pollution.

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Faces of MARTIN & ST. LUCIE COUNTIES Stuart Magazine presents the faces behind some of the most successful organizations in our region.


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Not pictured: Eric J. Hager, Esq.



Patrick Gambale, Allstate-Gambale Insurance Group The Gambale Insurance Group, led by Agency Principal Patrick Gambale, is an established 11-yearold agency specializing in personal-lines insurance such as home, auto and life. His team of licensed agents takes an educational approach in explaining to clients what their insurance needs are. “Service is the backbone of what makes us different from the competition and is the catalyst as to why we are the largest and fastest-growing independently owned Allstate agency on the Treasure Coast,” he says. A former local standout pitcher for Cardinal Newman High School, he has taken his drive and passion into building a highly successful business that ranks in the top one percent of Allstate agencies nationwide and consistently is recognized as one of the best

agencies in the state. “As an agency with more than 14,000 policyholders, our team works together ensuring our customers are taken care of when the unexpected occurs,” he says. “The most rewarding part of this business is knowing we assisted a client in a time of need.” When he is not working, the avid angler is out on the water with friends and family, including his wife Toney and his daughters Gabriella and Giuliana.



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INTERIOR DESIGN Dianne Davant & Associates Dianne Davant & Associates is renowned for its ability to create interior spaces that reflect the clients’ styles and personalities. The design firm creates interiors that are comfortable and enduring while incorporating the elements that make each project unique. The goal of every project is to exceed each client’s expectations. The firm’s design work encompasses interiors for luxury homes and apartments, beach cottages, mountain cabins, golf clubhouses, and stadium suites. Clientele includes Fortune 500 executives as well as sports figures and media personalities. A native of Blowing Rock, North Carolina, Dianne founded her firm, Dianne Davant & Associates, in 1979 and opened her Florida studio in 1996. Her team has spent over 40 years designing both residential and commercial projects throughout the United States. Dianne Davant and Associates’ lead Florida designer, Priscilla Hyatt Councill, has been with the firm for 12 years. She relocated from the North Carolina office to work side by side with Davant in Florida. She is a professional member of ASID and is a licensed interior designer in Florida.



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CUSTOM CLOSET DESIGN & INSTALLATION Denise Cintron, Artistic Closets Inc. Artistic Closets Inc. owner Denise Cintron and her team of professionals have been organizing homes on the Treasure Coast, Palm Beaches, and Vero Beach since 1992. ACI has a solid reputation throughout the community for its work ethics, quality craftsmanship, outstanding customer service, and experienced, knowledgeable design team that simplifies the process for the homeowner to create the storage spaces of their dreams. They can assist with large and small projects from basic needs on a budget to full custom built-in installations. Denise and her team love seeing completed installations and hearing client satisfaction at the end of every project. Projects are typically installed in one day. The company strives to provide the latest innovation displayed in its two beautiful

showrooms. Artistic Closets manufactures all projects in a large shop facility to ensure quality for every installation. Artistic Closets Inc. is a locally family owned and operated business. If considering a custom closet, pantry, child’s closet, wall bed, media center, laundry cabinets, or garage cabinetry, stop by one of the company’s showrooms, visit their website, or call for a free virtual consultation or in-home consultation. Make the most of your space today.



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Nancy Wright, Erika Maya, Cristina Florio, Jan Dean, Chelsea Hunter and Sandi Switzer



In the Shade is a small business operating 33 years with the original owner, Jan Dean. The showroom boasts many styles and designs to help inspire your imagination. Hunter Douglas shades are featured in the gallery setting, and you will be entranced with the automated blinds. Smart Home design is the term used today, and along with the advancement of technology, motorized shades are a large part of the sales. Automation is today’s buzz word, which you can do without ever touching a button while your blinds operate different times of the day. We are your complete source for window coverings, and you will be delighted to see the custom draperies, valances, bedding, drapery hardware, upholstery, pillows, and soft furnishings on display. Our designers Nancy Wright, Chelsea

Hunter, Erika Maya, and Sandi Switzer advise the homeowner through the selection process while Cristina Florio manages the showroom and is the project coordinator. Jan Dean manages the business operations and works with clients along with her husband Bill, who oversees the large scale projects and is involved in the networking of the business. With over 120 years of combined experience let us put the “wow” in your window coverings!



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Mark Eble, Deb Duvall, Steve Osburn, Chris Clifford, Dave Derrenbacker, pictured: Eric J. Hager, Esq. BillNot Dean, Ryan Billings (not pictured)



Water Pointe Realty Group Water Pointe Realty Group provides its customers with the highest quality real estate services, delivered by friendly and knowledgeable professional agents with integrity, honesty, and well-developed transactional skills. “Our goal is for our customers to know that they have chosen a real estate professional who delivers excellence in business services, a place of comfort and trust, and a firm where they will feel truly welcome and appreciated each time they pass through the doors,” says Managing Broker Bill Dean. Water Pointe has an outstanding reputation and is well respected within the community. This firm offers expertise in residential real estate sales and vacation rentals. The associates are all fulltime, professional, experienced, and supportive Realtors. Water Pointe Realty Group is a locally

owned, independent real estate firm specializing in properties along the Treasure Coast with four convenient locations in Martin and Palm Beach counties. Water Pointe’s business philosophy is to offer clients a team of professionals who are well versed in the local market and offer sound business, negotiating, and marketing skills to guide them through the process of buying or selling real estate. The company’s reputation for providing outstanding customer service is the driving force for their success.

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PRIVATE JET AVIATION Tina Owens, Premier Private Jets

Premier Private Jets is an on-demand Part 135 aircraft charter company. Founded in March 2013, Premier Private Jets first opened its corporate offices here in Stuart. Premier is the culmination of successful aviator and founder Josh Birmingham’s years of experience, industry best practices, and unparalleled luxury service. The company specializes in travel within North America and the Caribbean, with special flight programs that can accommodate the seasonal traveler from their summer homes in the northeast to their winter retreat on the Treasure Coast and beyond. Hectic business schedule? No problem—they have you covered. Premier’s commitment to safety and cleanliness combined with their unparalleled attention to detail make this company an up and coming leader in the industry. Tina Owens, one of Premier’s leading charter sales representatives who has been with the company for 15 months and is a tremendous asset to the team. Originally from the United Kingdom, Owens became a U.S. citizen two years ago after living in the states for more than 20 years. You can reach Tina and the entire Premier Private Jets sales team at 772.223.1219 or



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Explore America’s Happiest Seaside Town Historic Downtown Stuart 37 SW Osceola St., Stuart, FL 34994 • (772) 283-1077

The charm of this historic downtown is undeniable, with the beauty of the St. Lucie River just feet away from over 50 locally-owned shops, restaurants and galleries. There’s history around every corner with turn-ofthe-century buildings and the Feed Store Museum steps from the Riverwalk boardwalk winding from the docks of Sunset Bay Marina to the historic homes of Seminole Street. There’s always something happening in this coastal community, with live entertainment year-round in the beautifully restored Lyric Theatre, on the waterfront Riverwalk Stage, and in unique venues throughout downtown. Add craft and art festivals and holiday events, and there’s something fun for everyone.


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A comprehensive and definitive guide to the 2020-2021 nonprofit season in

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The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness

Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens

Year Founded: 2000 Mission Statement: The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing programs and activities aimed at outreach, education, early intervention, and advocacy for all eating disorders. Founded in October 2000, The Alliance has worked tirelessly to raise awareness; eliminate secrecy and stigma; promote access to care; and support those susceptible to, currently struggling with, and recovered from eating disorders.

Year Founded: 1977 Mission Statement: Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens’ mission is to enrich lives with nature, art, and history. Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Inc. is a nonprofit foundation established in 1977 by resident sculptor Ann Weaver Norton (1905-1982). An urban sanctuary of almost two acres, the compound comprises the historic Norton House with exhibition galleries, her studio, monumental sculptures, and tropical gardens of rare palms and cycads.

Head of Charity: Johanna Kandel Title: CEO and Founder Event: Eleventh Annual Treats and Sweets Date: February 14, 2021 Location: Virtual Price: $150 Description: The Eleventh Annual Valentine’s Treats & Sweets brings together a community of more than 90 Palm Beach women who revel in their joy of baking. There will be a virtual program along with each ticket purchaser receiving a box of delectable cookies, chocolates, and “extreme desserts” beforehand.

Head of Charity: Frances Fisher Title: Board Chairman Campaign: Preserving a Legacy - Restoring the Historic Norton House and Artist Studio Description: Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens’ namesake had a vision for her historic home, artist studio, and rare palm gardens. She wanted to create a legacy—a special venue that would be left for the enjoyment and education of the community. “Preserving a Legacy” is a campaign to raise funds to preserve the 100-year-old Norton House and Artist Studio so generations to come can experience the magic of the Gardens.

1649 Forum Place, Suite 2 West Palm Beach, FL 33401 561.841.0900

Event Contact: Johanna Kandel Contact Number: 561.841.0900 Email:

The ARC of Martin County 2001 S. Kanner Hwy. Stuart, FL 34994 772.283.2525, ext. 106

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Campaign Contact: Margaret Horgan Contact Number: 561.832.5328 Email:

Ballet Palm Beach 10357 Ironwood Road Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 561.630.8235

Year Founded: 1956 Year Founded: 2001 Mission Statement: Empowering children and Mission Statement: Ballet Palm Beach is a 1 2 Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens.indd 1 9/14/20 8:59 AM adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities and other related nonprofit 501(c)(3) professional ballet company dedicated to disabilities to achieve their fullest potential through state-of-the-art preserving the art of classical ballet, impacting the next generation residential, vocational, educational, behavioral, and other health-related through the discipline of dance, and enriching the community through this programs and services that ensure choices, opportunities, advocacy, universal art form. and family supports. Join ARC of Martin County annual events, including a gala in April, fishing tournament in June, and a virtual Head of Charity: Colleen Smith extravaganza in November. Title: Founding Artistic and Executive Director Event: Annual Cocktail Fundraiser Head of Charity: Keith W. Muniz Date: April 16, 2021 Title: President/CEO Location: Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, West Palm Beach Event: Evening of Entertainment Gala Price: $200 Date: April 17, 2021 Description: The evening features a live auction and a special perforLocation: Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa, Jensen Beach mance by the professional company of Ballet Palm Beach. Funds raised Price: $300 through our cocktail fundraiser offset expenses for performances and free Description: Prepare for an evening of entertainment and a gourmet community outreach programs, which reach thousands of underserved dining experience that will delight your senses. Featuring special needs families every year. individuals performing song and dance, guest entertainers, and activities paired with the year’s theme, as well as silent and live auctions, and more. Event Contact: Ann Farber Contact Number: 561.630.8235 Event Contact: Tish Gelineau Email: Contact Number: 772.285.1498 Email:


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The Benjamin School

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary

Year Founded: 1960 Mission Statement: The mission of The Benjamin School is to provide a challenging college-preparatory education to a diverse student body in a structured, nurturing community environment. The school motivates students to master the skills of learning, communicating and evaluating choices, and encourages them to grow intellectually, socially, morally, aesthetically, and physically to their fullest individual potential.

Year Founded: 1983 Mission Statement: Busch Wildlife Sanctuary protects and restores native wildlife for the benefit of its unique animals, environment, and people. Our goal is to inspire and educate the community in leading local conservation and wildlife rescue, rehabilitation, and release efforts. Volunteers are essential and important at the sanctuary. Volunteer opportunities are available, including assisting in the wildlife hospital, caring for and feeding animals, meal prep, trail guides, guest greeters in the welcome center, maintenance, administrative support, and help with fundraising events.

11000 Ellison Wilson Road North Palm Beach, FL 33408 561.626.3747

Head of Charity: David Faus Title: Head of School Event: BASH (Building a Scholastic Heritage) Date: TBA Location: PGA National Resort and Spa, Palm Beach Gardens Price: $350 Description: This event will celebrate the school’s sixtieth anniversary with a BASH honoring long-time supporters Jack and Barbara Nicklaus. The event will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a few surprises, along with an exceptional silent auction.

Head of Charity: Amy Kight Title: Executive Director Fundraiser: Wine in the Wild Date: December 5, 2020 Description: The annual fundraising gala for Busch Wildlife Sanctuary will be a virtual wine and food tasting with animal meet and greets, entertainment, and silent auction.

Event Contact: Sheena Wilber Contact Number: 561.472.3483 Email:

Fundraiser Contact: Carolina Young Contact Number: 561.575.3399, ext: 2116 Email:

Cancer Alliance of Help & Hope, Inc.

Cardinal Newman High School

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Year Founded: 1983 6 Busch Wildlife Sanctuary.indd Mission Statement: Cancer Alliance of Help and Hope, Inc. is a Palm Beach County not-for-profit organization that eases the burden of qualified local cancer patients by paying a portion of their non-medical bills, supplementing basic needs, and providing support and information resources. Head of Charity: Stanton Collemer Title: CEO Event: Shop the Day Away Luncheon Date: February 25, 2021 Location: The Breakers, Palm Beach Price: $475 Description: Shop the Day Away Luncheon is one of the most fun and popular luncheons of the season. The 2021 luncheon will feature Palm Beach’s most fabulous silent auction with more than 600 luxury designer items. The luncheon will once again feature an inspirational celebrity speaker. Event Contact: Stanton Collemer Contact Number: 561.215.7360 Email:

512 Spencer Drive West Palm Beach, FL 33409 561.683.6266 Year Founded: 1961 4:47 PM Mission9/14/20 Statement: The mission of Cardinal Newman High School is to educate the whole person: spirit, mind, and body, and to help all students develop their God-given talents according to the gospel values of Jesus Christ. Founded in 1961, Cardinal Newman is a premier, Catholic college preparatory high school in West Palm Beach. It has a rich tradition of attracting gifted scholars, athletes, and artists who will become women and men of character, faith, and intellect. Our vision is to build life’s champions through faith, scholarship, servant leadership, and a strong family atmosphere.


Head of Charity: Brother Thomas Zoppo, FSC Title: President Event: Newman Night 2021 “A Night to Shine, Celebrating 60 Years of Time” Date: March 6, 2021 Location: Cohen Pavilion, Kravis Center, West Palm Beach Price: $225 per person Description: Join us as we celebrate 60 years of providing a college preparatory, Catholic education in Palm Beach County. Our annual fundraising event, Newman Night, will feature dinner, dancing, live entertainment, and a live and silent auction. Event Contact: Mary Martens Contact Number: 561.619.7280 Email: O C T O B E R 2 0 2 0 | STUART

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Furry Friends Adoption Clinic and Ranch

Furry Friends Adoption Clinic and Ranch

Year Founded: 1985 Mission Statement: As the only no-kill shelter open to the public in northern Palm Beach County, The Humane Society of Greater Jupiter/Tequesta, Inc., doing business as Furry Friends Adoption Clinic and Ranch, has been rescuing, rehabilitating, re-homing and providing a safe harbor for homeless and neglected animals for more than 30 years.

Year Founded: 1985 Mission Statement: As the only no-kill shelter open to the public in northern Palm Beach County, The Humane Society of Greater Jupiter/Tequesta, Inc., doing business as Furry Friends Adoption Clinic and Ranch, has been rescuing, rehabilitating, re-homing and providing a safe harbor for homeless and neglected animals for more than 30 years.

Head of Charity: Pat Deshong Title: President Event: Pull for Paws: 2021 Land Rover Palm Beach/Furry Friends Clay Shoot benefitting the Shelter to Service Dog program Date: February 12, 2021 Location: South Florida Shooting Club Price: $250 Description: Enjoy a fun-filled day with 100 shot clay competitions, raffles, auctions, barbecue lunch and more to raise much-needed funds for Furry Friends’ Shelter to Service Dog program aimed at training and matching adoptable service dogs from high-kill shelters with U.S. military veterans needing companions.

Head of Charity: Pat Deshong Title: President Event: Gimme Shelter Gala Date: February 27, 2021 Location: Pelican Club, Jupiter Price: $400 Description: The gala will begin with a cocktail reception overlooking the Jupiter Lighthouse, followed by dinner, dancing, and silent as well as live auctions. An exciting program will provide a fun-filled evening for all guests while raising much-needed funds for the animals in its care. This year’s gala chairpersons are Steve Macht and Sharon Stamp. The C.I.G.O. (Courage, Integrity, Generosity, and Outstanding commitment to animals) awardee is Hermé de Wyman Miro.

Event Contact: Curry Krasulak Contact Number: 561.747-5311, ext. 3 Email:

Event Contact: Curry Krasulak Contact Number: 561.747-5311, ext. 3 Email:

Grace Notes Foundation

Guardians for New Futures, Inc.

100 Capital St. Jupiter, FL 33458 561.747.5311, ext. 3

500 Commerce Way West Jupiter, FL 33458 561.379.9072

100 Capital St. Jupiter, FL 33458 561.747.5311, ext. 3

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Year Founded: 2010 Mission Statement: The mission of the Grace Year Founded: 1991 urry Friends Adoption Clinic andNotes RanchMusic (1).inddFoundation 1 10 Furry Friends Adoption Clinic and Ranch9/14/20 4:50 1 PM is to create dynamic music programs and fund Mission(2).indd Statement: To support the unfunded needs of maltreated and instruction for economically stressed students in Palm Beach County. We underserved youth, while increasing community awareness and believe that music is a core aspect of education and must be available education to further protect children. for all students. In 2020, our foundation has funded 23 young musicians for instrumental lessons with scholarships ranging from $800 to $1,400. Head of Charity: Debbie Butler Without the Grace Notes scholarships, these students would be unable to Title: President, Board of Directors pursue their passion for learning music. Grace Notes also has community Fundraiser: Holiday Gift Drive for abused children outreach programs that provide group music lessons, summer band Date: Begins November 16, 2021 camp scholarships, artists in residence support at local public schools, Location: Email organization for details and drop-off locations and music-enrichment classes. Description: GFNF Holiday Gift Drive provides gifts to abused and Head of Charity: Sandra Baran Title: Director Fundraising: Zoom Recital Fundraiser Date: November 2020 Description: The fundraiser will feature our scholarship students who live in West Palm Beach and the surrounding counties and will include performances in March 2020.

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neglected children based on their “wish list.” Fundraiser Contact: Debbie Butler Contact Number: 772.359.2824 Email:

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1000 Wishes Campaign

Angel Crossing Enrichment Center

to build an Enrichment Center on campus

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KidSanctuary Campus Making a difference in the lives of local foster care children HISTORY OF KIDSANCTUARY CAMPUS KidSanctuary Campus was established in 2009 by local Philanthropist, Connie M. Frankino and today has four debtfree cottages on a secure 10-acre campus in West Palm Beach for local at-risk foster care children who receive 24-hour care in a family style home, until they are reunited with parents, adopted, or age out of the system. Today, more than ever, this campus is a vital resource to our community due to the Covid-19 outbreak and the increased need for the placement of foster care children. MISSION Our mission is to ensure that each child that lives on campus receives the benefits of a sense of belonging and permanency in a caring and positive environment that nurtures self-esteem and hope. WHATS HAPPENING NOW KidSanctuary Campus is reaching out to local community leaders for support to help us to complete and name the campus and build an Enrichment Center. The new Angel Crossing Enrichment Center will be a refuge where intervention programs, educational tutoring, case management, mentoring, social initiatives and family visitations will be scheduled for the children living in our cottages. IMPACT To date over 100 children have resided on campus with some of them staying as long as six years. The children are some of the most vulnerable in the foster care system and they come to our cottages with mental, physical and educational challenges. Many of them are behind in their academic performances and some are at least two years behind their current grade level. The new Enrichment Center will empower the children and give them the space and tools they need to enable them

to be able to do their work at grade level. Our Community Partners will design and schedule programs that will further enhance their social and emotional well being, giving them clear direction and vision for a brighter tomorrow. SUPPORT THE COMPLETION OF THE CAMPUS AND THE ANGEL CROSSING ENRICHMENT CENTER Proud to announce that we have broken ground to build the new Enrichment Center and are in the final Phase of construction in our Development Plan. We are happy to report that we received our first 1 million-dollar gift toward our 3.5 million dollar goal and have raised another $500K in pledges towards this 1000 Wishes Campaign. Our greatest wish is to have a matching 1 million dollar donor that will name the campus and help us complete the final Phase of our Development Plan. We also have other naming opportunities available at different donor levels in the Enrichment Center and throughout the campus. MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF LOCAL FOSTER CARE CHILDREN This is a time of great need in our nation and our foster care system is in crises. Please join our 1000 Wishes Campaign and become an Ambassador of KidSanctuary Campus and leave a legacy of hope for local foster care children. Contact Debra Tornaben at (561) 653- 8274 or visit our website at

Connie M. Frankino

KidSanctuary Founder & Visionary Chairman of the Board

Debra M. Tornaben

KidSanctuary Campus President of Development


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Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation

Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County

Year Founded: 2008 Mission Statement: The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF) conducts scientific research and hosts educational programs aimed at conserving the marine environment. The GHOF also funds affiliated researchers who work to better learn our ocean ecosystem and educators who help foster the next era of marine conservationists. The GHOF will help ensure that future generations can enjoy and benefit from a properly balanced ocean ecosystem.

Year Founded: 1986 Mission Statement: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County (HFHPBC) brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope for low-income families. Since its inception, HFHPBC has constructed 243 affordable homes. Volunteer opportunities include working on construction sites, helping out at HFHPBC’s ReStores, or lending a hand at the Habitat Thrift Store. These positions are available year-round, as is the opportunity to assist at our administrative office. The affiliate holds multiple events each year, which also requires volunteers to be successful.

10408 W. State Road 84, Suite 104 Davie, FL 33324 954.424.6389

Head of Charity: Dr. Guy Harvey Title: Founder and Chairman Campaign: Guy Harvey Marine Science Education Curriculum Development Description: The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation is working with the Florida Department of Education, Florida Virtual School, and other education leaders to bring the undersea world into everyday life through engaging and entertaining standards-based marine science curriculum. For more info, visit the website. Campaign Contact: Greg Jacoski Contact Number: 954.424.6389

6758 N. Military Trail, Suite 301 Riviera Beach, FL 33407 561.366.2532

Head of Charity: Bernard J. Godek Title: CEO Fundraiser: Habitat Young Professionals Description: The Habitat Young Professionals (HYP) is a newly formed group that will be working to help new Habitat homeowners get off to a “fresh new start” by providing washers and dryers for the 10 new construction homes on the schedule for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. There will be a variety of social programs and fundraising initiatives from HYP membership. Fundraising Contact: Amy Mauser Contact Number: 561.666.6719 Email:

Hanley Foundation 700 S. Dixie Hwy., Suite 103 West Palm Beach, FL 33401 561.268.235

Hanley Foundation 700 S. Dixie Hwy., Suite 103 West Palm Beach, FL 33401 561.268.235

Year Founded: 2005 Year Founded: 2005 Mission Statement: Hanley Foundation combats Mission Statement: Hanley Foundation combats Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.indd 1 14 Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County.indd 9/14/20 9:44 1 AM within our communities by raising awareness substance use disorders within our communities by raising awareness substance use disorders and providing education through quality substance use prevention and providing education through quality substance use prevention programming in schools and communities in Palm Beach and 21 other programming in schools and communities in Palm Beach and 21 other counties within Florida. The Hanley Foundation will continue to work counties within Florida. The Hanley Foundation will continue to work alongside leaders on the local, state, and national levels to shatter the alongside leaders on the local, state, and national levels to shatter the stigma of addiction. stigma of addiction. Head of Charity: Jan Cairnes Title: Chief Executive Officer Event: The Palm Beach Dinner Date: Jan. 21, 2021 Location: Sailfish Club of Florida, Palm Beach Price: $500/person, $350/40 and younger Description: The Palm Beach Dinner will be an elegant evening with live entertainment that will benefit Hanley Foundation’s mission to prevent children’s experimentation with drugs and alcohol, educate parents and caregivers about substance use disorders, and provide access to quality addiction treatment. This year’s chairpersons are Judy and Fritz Van der Grift and Stacey Leuliette.

Head of Charity: Jan Cairnes Title: Chief Executive Officer Event: Twenty-Sixth Annual Family Picnic Date: March 7, 2021 Location: National Croquet Center, West Palm Beach Price: $225/adults, $50/children 4 to 17, free/children ages 3 and younger Description: To underscore the foundation’s belief that “family time is time well-spent,” the picnic will include lunch, games, activities for children of all ages, and silent auctions with incredible items for both kids and adults. The picnic will benefit substance abuse prevention programming throughout Florida. This year’s chairpersons are Kelly and Joe Rooney.

Event Contact: Maria Bertuzzelli Contact Number: 561.268.2355 Email:

Event Contact: Maria Bertuzzelli Contact Number: 561.268.2355 Email:


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Detect. Treat. Prevent. The scientists at Scripps Research work day and night to fight COVID-19. Your philanthropic support helps propel their efforts to detect, treat and prevent its spread. There has never been a more urgent time for the scientific community and the general public to join forces. Help accelerate this vital work by donating now.

Visit to learn about our work and how you can help. Or call (561) 228-2013 to make your donation. The Scripps Research Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity. For tax purposes, our EIN# is 33-0435954. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION (#CH17266) AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (1-800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATIONS BY THE STATE.

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Hanley Foundation 700 S. Dixie Hwy., Suite 103 West Palm Beach, FL 33401 561.268.235

Year Founded: 2005 Mission Statement: Hanley Foundation combats substance use disorders within our communities by raising awareness and providing education through quality substance use prevention programming in schools and communities in Palm Beach and 21 other counties within Florida. The Hanley Foundation will continue to work alongside leaders on the local, state, and national levels to shatter the stigma of addiction. Head of Charity: Jan Cairnes Title: Chief Executive Officer Event: Monday after the Masters Golf Classic Date: April 12, 2021 Location: Banyan Cay Resort & Golf, West Palm Beach Price: $1,000/golfer, $4,000/foursome, $750/ages 40 and younger Description: This long-standing benefit will raise funds for addiction treatment scholarships. The event will begin with a shotgun start, followed by 18 holes of competitive play. A silent auction and awards presentation will include business and community partners at the “Luncheon with the Suits.”This year’s chairpersons are Nellie Benoit, Virginia Mortara, and Nancy Caraboolad. Event Contact: Maria Bertuzzelli Contact Number: 561.268.2355 Email:

The Hometown Foundation, Inc.

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Year Founded: 2002 Mission Statement: Hannah’s Home of South Florida, Inc. provides a safe and loving Christian environment for single pregnant young women. Through counseling, life skills, and continuing education, we offer hope and transform lives. Head of Charity: Joanne Dively, MSW Title: Chief Operating Officer Event: New Life-New Beginning-New Vision Date: February 5, 2021 Location: Pelican Club, Jupiter Price: $150 Description: The annual fundraising campaign, hosted at the stunning Pelican Club of Jupiter, will feature an evening of music, delicious food, silent and live auctions, raffles, powerful testimonies from the mothers saved through the program, and much more. Join to make a positive impact on the lives of women and children. Event Contact: Robert “Bob” Flynn Contact Number: 561.277.9823 Email:

Honda Classic Cares 3300 PGA Blvd., Suite 800 Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 561.779.4631

Year Founded: 2007 Year Founded: 2002 Mission Statement: The Honda Classic Mission Statement: The Hometown Foundation, Inc.18is Hannah's a nonprofit, chariHome of South Florida.indd 19/14/20 9:48 golfers AM showcases the best on the PGA Tour, with the ultimate goal of table foundation committed to supporting the community in conjunction positively impacting children and families in the community. Since its with Bozzuto’s, Inc. and its IGA retailers. The Hometown Foundation raises inception, the Honda Classic Cares has donated $50 million to charity. money to support a range of programs that meet community needs. The The philanthropic initiative directly impacted more than 91,000 children foundation’s focus and commitment center around five key program areas, in 2020 through its partnership with more than 100 nonprofit organizaincluding animal welfare, emergency response personnel, individuals with tions focusing on medical, educational, and social programs to create a intellectual disabilities or in need, major illness, and the military. By helping healthier and brighter future for children. The Hometown Foundation to sponsor these types of programs, you not only support its philanthropic beliefs and efforts, but you allow it to help Head of Charity: Barbara Nicklaus and Gary Nicklaus you create an impact on the communities. Title: Chairpersons Head of Charity: Michael Bozzuto Title: President and Director Event: Cars and Cocktails Date: February 6, 2021 Location: PGA National Resort and Spa, Palm Beach Gardens Price: $350 Description: The Dream Cars and Cocktails Gala is an unforgettable event that brings together one of a kind and exotic dream cars, Special Olympics athletes, Dream Riders, veterans, pet rescues, and entertainment. It all adds up to a fun, inclusive, and heartwarming experience. Event Contact: Beth Wood Contact Number: 203.206.8588 Email:


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Event: The Honda Classic Date: March 15-21, 2021 Location: PGA National Resort & Spa, Palm Beach Gardens Price: $50 Description: More than 200,000 spectators will attend this community event, which boasts the world’s top golfers in competition, along with kids’ and family activities, fireworks, nightly concerts, and over a dozen public hospitality structures for fans to enjoy. Event Contact: Kenneth Kennerly Contact Number: 561.799.2747 Email:

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House of Hope

Impact the Palm Beaches

2484 SE Bonita St. Stuart, FL 34997 772.286.4673

44 Cocoanut Row, Suite M201 Palm Beach, FL 33480 561.655.1919

Year Founded: 1984 Mission Statement: House of Hope now reaches about 7,000 people per month with services that include basic needs—food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance—and long-term case management that help people build life skills for a more self-sufficient future. The agency has service centers and thrift stores in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown, and Jensen Beach. The nutrition gardens and production farm provide nourishing food to the community as well as vocational training opportunities for local career seekers. The Golden Gate Center for Enrichment offers free programs, technology, and workshops designed to enhance life skills, earning potential, health, and overall well-being. Head of Charity: Robert Ranieri Title: CEO Event: Top Chef Martin County Date: October 26, 2020 Location: District Table & Bar Price: $125 Description: The sizzling battle starts with six amateur chefs and a pantry of ingredients commonly found in House of Hope’s pantries and nutrition gardens. The competitors will have 45 minutes to transform those ingredients into a decadent dish proving their skills are worthy of the distinction as Top Chef. Event Contact: Amy Belisle Contact Number: 772.286.4673, ext. 1002 Email:

Year Founded: 2015 Mission Statement: Impact the Palm Beaches is a philanthropic organization where women collectively give to nonprofits in Central and Northern Palm Beach County to ignite transformational change through five core service areas: arts and culture, education, environment, health and wellness, and family. The collaborative structure of this efficient model empowers women to create waves of positive change. Since 2015, Impact the Palm Beaches has awarded $670,000 in grants. Impact the Palm Beaches is a charitable fund of the Town of Palm Beach United Way. Head of Charity: Jennifer M. Eaton Title: 2020-2021 Chair Event: Impact Awards Celebration Date: April 29, 2021 Price: TBA Description: The 2021 Impact Awards Celebration will be an exciting event where finalists will present their request for funding to the Women of Impact. A vote will be taken, and grants will be immediately awarded. The winner will receive the $100,000 Impact Grant. Event Contact: Cara MacVane Contact Number: 561.685.2342 Email:

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Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County

Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County

Year Founded: 1962 Mission Statement: As the city hall of the Jewish community, Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County is standing up to the unprecedented issues caused by the coronavirus and economic crisis. Fueled by the generosity and leadership of dedicated community members, the Jewish Federation cares for the vulnerable, provides connections to Jewish life, and creates a safe, compassionate, and inclusive community that stands up to hatred.

Year Founded: 1962 Mission Statement: As the city hall of the Jewish community, Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County is standing up to the unprecedented issues caused by the coronavirus and economic crisis. Fueled by the generosity and leadership of dedicated community members, the Jewish Federation cares for the vulnerable, provides connections to Jewish life, and creates a safe, compassionate, and inclusive community that stands up to hatred.

Head of Charity: Hope Silverman Title: Board Chair Event: Third Annual H. Irwin Levy Founders Dinner Date: December 1, 2020 Location: Virtual Price: By invitation Description: This annual event honors leading philanthropists who are contributing extraordinary gifts of $50,000 or more to the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County’s 2021 Annual Campaign. Jewish Federation will celebrate community leaders Linda and Ray Golden as they receive the H. Irwin Levy Community Guardians Award. Honorary Event Chairpersons: Sondra and David S. Mack. Event Chairperson: Stacey K. Levy

Head of Charity: Hope Silverman Title: Board Chair Event: The Lions Pride Event Date: January 12, 2021 Location: Virtual Price: By invitation Description: This celebration welcomes women who give at the Lion of Judah level to any Jewish Federation in North America in 2021 or have established a Lion of Judah Endowment in Palm Beach. Filmmaker Lacey Schwartz (Little White Lie) will share the powerful story of her unusual upbringing and unique racial identity. Event Chairpersons: Sandra Bornstein, Cynthia Hirsch, and Helene Kaplan.

Event Contact: Hope Levin Contact Number: 561.242.6632 Email:

Event Contact: Rachel Berg Contact Number: 561.242.6612 Email:

1 Harvard Circle, Suite 100 West Palm Beach, FL 33409 561.478.0700

1 Harvard Circle, Suite 100 West Palm Beach, FL 33409 561.478.0700

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Millie, 6 months, was born with spinal muscular atrophy ©2020 The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

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Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County

Junior League of the Palm Beaches

Year Founded: 1962 Mission Statement: As the city hall of the Jewish community, Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County is standing up to the unprecedented issues caused by the coronavirus and economic crisis. Fueled by the generosity and leadership of dedicated community members, the Jewish Federation cares for the vulnerable, provides connections to Jewish life, and creates a safe, compassionate, and inclusive community that stands up to hatred.

Year Founded: 1941 Mission Statement: Now in its eightieth year, the Junior League of the Palm Beaches (JLPB) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. JLPB’s 800 volunteers dedicate more than 3,000 hours every year to training their members and supporting more than 20 community nonprofit partners.

1 Harvard Circle, Suite 100 West Palm Beach, FL 33409 561.478.0700

470 Columbia Drive, Building F West Palm Beach, FL 33409 561.689.7590

Head of Charity: Hope Silverman Title: Board Chair Event: Celebrating Philanthropy: A Major Gifts Event Date: March 17, 2021 Location: Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, with a virtual option Price: By invitation Description: This celebration will recognize donors who contribute $10,000 or more to the Jewish Federation in 2021, or who have established an endowment of $200,000 or more. Jonah Platt (Wicked, NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live) will provide an exclusive performance and remarks. The event will also honor Samuel D. Liebovich. Honorary Event Chairpersons: Robert M. Beren. Event Chairpersons: Marilyn and Bruce Alexander, Sheryl and Dr. Tommy Davidoff

Head of Charity: Julie Rudolph Title: President Campaign: 80 Years - Now More Than Ever Description: Please donate $80.80 to the Junior League of the Palm Beaches. The league continues to make a difference every week, from get out the vote initiatives to supporting the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Won’t you support by donating $80.80? Campaign Contact: Kathryn Sexton Contact Number: 561.689.7590 Email:

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Jupiter Medical Center Foundation

LIFE (Leaders in Furthering Education)

Year Founded: 1989 Mission Statement: Since its founding, Jupiter Medical Center Foundation has empowered Jupiter Medical Center with the financial resources to impact the delivery of health and wellness for the region. JMCF, together with JMC, is committed to transforming regional health care through a combined vision using innovative techniques and technology, world-class physicians, and high-quality, patient-centered care, all housed within extraordinary facilities.

Year Founded: 1993 Mission Statement: LIFE is dedicated to helping and improving the lives of the voiceless and vulnerable in our society—those who are disadvantaged, marginalized, or forgotten because of disabilities, socio-economic status, neglect, age, abuse, and other barriers. Founded by Lois Pope, LIFE provides aid and assistance for disabled veterans, medical research, humanitarian relief, and animal welfare.

1210 S. Old Dixie Hwy. Jupiter, FL 33458 561.263.5728

1720 S. Ocean Blvd. Manalapan, FL 33462 561.582.8083

Head of Charity: Liv E. Vesely Title: President Event: Forty-Fourth Annual Black-Tie Ball Date: April 10, 2021 Location: The Breakers, Palm Beach Price: $750 Description: Join Ball Chairs Lee Ann and Jeffrey Alderton, and Honorary Chairs Tesa and Martin A. Dytrych for the Black-Tie Ball benefiting Jupiter Medical Center’s campaign,Vision. Innovation. Impact. Event Contact: Laura Greene Contact Number: 561.263.3712 Email:

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Head of Charity: Lois Pope Title: President Event: Twenty-Seventh Annual Lady in Red Gala Date: February 19, 2021 Location: The Breakers, Palm Beach Price: $1,000 Description: The gala will star Gladys Knight and comedian Dana Carvey.

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PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach & Martin Counties is a 501C(3), not-for-profit organization as recognized by the United States Internal Revenue Service. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Tax ID #: 59-2676889.

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Little Smiles

Loxahatchee Guild

Year Founded: 1999 Mission Statement: Little Smiles helps heal hearts and create little smiles by providing essentials, gifts, and fun activities to children impacted by serious illness, homelessness, or tragedy. Little Smiles believes every child deserves to smile.

Year Founded: 1981 Mission Statement: The purpose of the Loxahatchee Guild is to support and assist the Loxahatchee River Historical Society and other historical projects in the raising of funds for construction and maintenance of facilities, acquisition, and restoration of historical structures, and educational programs.

3569 91st St. N., Suite 4 Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33403 561.660.8745

P.O. Box 4544 Tequesta, FL 33469 561.707.7032

Head of Charity: Nicole Grossmayer-Mercado Title: Executive Director Event: Stars Ball Date: March 13, 2021 Price: Free Description: Each year, nurses and law enforcement agencies partner with Little Smiles to nominate local children to receive special recognition at the Stars Ball. The “stars” are chosen for their extraordinary bravery and character. The evening’s virtual program features a silent auction and award presentation.

Head of Charity: Cindy Wester Title: President Event: A Party for Preservation Date: February 25, 2021 Location: The Pelican Club, Jupiter Price: $150 Description: North County’s premier historic preservation organization will hold its annual gala, “A Party for Preservation.” The cocktail reception will feature gourmet delights from around the world, music, and a silent auction to raise funds for the guild’s historic preservation projects. Members and guests will be entertained in a beautiful setting along the Loxahatchee River.

Event Contact: Nicole Grossmayer-Mercado Contact Number: 561.899.4700 Email:

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Madison’s Miracles

Molly’s House

Year Founded: 2016 Mission Statement: Madison’s Miracles is a 30 and Loxahatchee Guild.indd nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides support resources to grieving parents who have experienced stillbirth, pregnancy, or infant loss.

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Head of Charity: Katie Watts Title: Executive Director Event: Polo Classic Date: March 6, 2021 Location: Port Mayaca Polo Club, Okeechobee Price: $50-$100 Description: Supporters and friends of Molly’s House can stomp divots, sip Champagne, and enjoy an exciting day of polo. Event Contact: Polly Wilcox-DeLater Contact Number: 772.223.6659 Email:


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Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation 11770 U.S. Hwy. 1, Suite 308 North Palm Beach, FL 33408 561.630.0025

Year Founded: 2004 Mission Statement: To advance and enhance health care for children locally and globally. Head of Charity: Jack and Barbara Nicklaus Title: Founders Fundraiser: Wear the Bear. Show You Care. Price: $100 Description: Join Jack and Barbara Nicklaus in supporting hope and healing for children and get a limited-edition “Wear the Bear. Show You Care” hat. For every $100 donation, the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation will send you a hat with the iconic Golden Bear wearing a face mask, and proudly match your gift, sending $200 to the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. All proceeds will support the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital COVID-19 Relief Fund, which provides personal protective equipment (PPE) and other needs for patients and frontline health care workers. Fundraiser Contact: Rachel Azqueta Contact Number: 561.630.0025 Email:

Palm Beach County Food Bank 525 Gator Drive Lantana, FL 33462

Palm Beach County Food Bank 525 Gator Drive Lantana, FL 33462

Year Founded: 2012 Mission Statement: The Palm Beach County Food Bank’s mission is to alleviate food insecurity in Palm Beach County. Before COVID-19, the Food Bank’s programs provided nutritious food to more than 100,000 hungry Palm Beach County residents every month through nearly 200 local agency partners. Now that demand has more than doubled, the Palm Beach County Food Bank is distributing more than 10 million pounds of food annually. Head of Charity: Marti LaTour Title: Board Chair Event: Eighth Annual Palm Beach Empty Bowls Date: February 26, 2021 Location: Virtual Price: $25 Description: Empty Bowls invites the public to “eat simply, so others can simply eat.” Guests will pick up their meal of bread, soup, and water from the area’s best restaurants and country clubs and will join a virtual celebration with local community leaders. Each guest will also receive a bowl to take home as a powerful reminder of all the empty bowls in the community. Event Contact: LaShaundra Highsmith Contact Number: 561.670.2518, ext. 309 Email:

Palm Beach Harvest, Inc. 4601 S. Flagler Drive West Palm Beach, FL 33405 561.310.6641

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Head of Charity: Deborah Morgan Title: Chief Executive Officer Fundraiser: 22 Loaded Questions Date: October to December 31, 2020 Description: A virtual scavenger hunt loaded with fun, information, laughs, and sometimes tears. No, not just the onion kind! Dig into our virtual feast of nosh knowledge and cornucopia of friends who make it possible to Meet the Need to Feed in South Florida. Fundraiser Contact: Denise Proffitt Contact Number: 561.310.6641 Email:

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Year Founded: 1974 Mission Statement: Palm Beach Symphony’s mission is to engage, educate, and entertain through live performances of inspiring orchestral music. Now in its forty-seventh season, the symphony has earned a stellar reputation as a world-class orchestra with a mission that includes carefully designed education and community outreach initiatives. The 2020-21 season offers a series of concerts programmed in its entirety by the symphony’s internationally acclaimed music director Gerard Schwarz. Each year, Palm Beach Symphony invites its patrons and friends to mingle with musicians and enjoy an unforgettable black-tie gala evening. The elegant affair features live music, dinner, dancing, and a live auction that benefits the symphony’s world-class concerts, community outreach, and music education programs. Head of Charity: David McClymont Title: Chief Executive Officer Event: Nineteenth Annual Gala “An Evening of Enchanting Notes” Date: April 19, 2021 Location: Kravis Center for the Performing Arts Price: $750 Description: The gala will be preceded by the symphony’s season finale featuring violinist Joshua Bell. Concert and gala ticket packages are available. Event Contact: Hulya Selcuk Contact Number: 561.568.0265 Email:

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Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society 1301 Summit Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL 33405 561.547.9453

Year Founded: 1969 Mission Statement: To inspire people to act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world. Head of Charity: Margo McKnight Title: President & CEO Event: Do at the Zoo Date: December 4, 2020 Location: Palm Beach Zoo Price: $185 Description: Chaired by Ruth Baum, Dr. Dan Comerford, and Jan Willinger, Do at the Zoo guests will enjoy this annual alfresco culinary evening under the stars. Spend the evening strolling the lush tropical Palm Beach Zoo, surrounded by rare and exotic wildlife. Experience animal encounters, one million festive holiday lights, classic cocktails, and delightful bites from local, top-rated restaurants while supporting conservation and your zoo! Event Contact: Karen H. Carr Contact Number: 561.533.0887, ext: 222 Email:

Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League 3200 N. Military Trail West Palm Beach, FL 33409 561.472.8845

Year Founded: 1969 Year Founded: 1925 38 Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society9/14/20 5:47 1 PM Mission Statement: To inspire people to act on behalf of wildlife and the Mission (1).indd Statement: Our mission is to provide shelter to lost, homeless, natural world. and unwanted animals; to provide spay and neuter, and other medical services for companion animals; to care for, protect, and find quality homes for homeless and neglected animals; and to advocate animal Head of Charity: Michele Kessler welfare, community involvement, and education to further the bond Title: Board Chairman between people and animals. Peggy Adams saves more lives than any Event: Tropical Safari Gala: Journey to Africa other rescue organization in Palm Beach County. Date: April 9, 2021 Location: Palm Beach Zoo Price: $900 Head of Charity: Rich Anderson Description: Chaired by Michele Kessler and Thomas C. Quick, Tropical Title: Executive Director/CEO Safari: Journey to Africa supports the zoo’s conservation mission and Event: Party Animal Gala expert animal care. The Gala features haute cuisine dining, dancing, a Date: April 2021 live auction, and encounters with the zoo’s animal residents. Location: TBA Price: $275 Description: Guests are invited to an unforgettable night of dinner, Event Contact: Karen H. Carr dancing, and letting your spirit animal take flight to support the animals Contact Number: 561.533.0887, ext: 222 in need at Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League. Email:

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Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League 3200 N. Military Trail West Palm Beach, FL 33409 561.472.8845

Year Founded: 1925 Mission Statement: Our mission is to provide shelter to lost, homeless, and unwanted animals; to provide spay and neuter, and other medical services for companion animals; to care for, protect, and find quality homes for homeless and neglected animals; and to advocate animal welfare, community involvement, and education to further the bond between people and animals. Peggy Adams saves more lives than any other rescue organization in Palm Beach County. Head of Charity: Rich Anderson Title: Executive Director/CEO Event: Twentieth Annual Barry Crown Walk for the Animals Date: February 20, 2021 Location: Meyer Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach Price: Free; fundraising incentives start at $35 Description: Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League is excited to announce its Twentieth Annual Walk for the Animals! The largest dog walk in Palm Beach County is a community favorite and sure to be a tail-wagging good time. All of the proceeds benefit the programs, services, and animals at Peggy Adams. Event Contact: Kaitlyn Seyler Contact Number: 561.530.6057 Email:

Place of Hope

9078 Isaiah Lane Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418 561.775.7195 Year Founded: 2001 Mission Statement: Place of Hope provides a 41 Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League 1 environment for children, youth, and 42 families Pine School.indd stable(2).indd and loving that are 1 hurting. We are committed to meeting desperate needs in our community by placing love and hope in their lives—one life at a time. Head of Charity: Charles L. Bender, III Title: Founding CEO and Board Member Event: Hope Bash Palm Beach Date: March 26, 2021 Location: The Breakers, Palm Beach Price: $600 Description: Co-chaired by Trish Bender, Nicole Bessette, Sue Ende, Michelle Grande, Danielle Jenkins, this signature fundraiser directly supports the comprehensive daily care to over 340 foster children, homeless youth, and human trafficking victims and survivors in care at Place of Hope. Event Contact: Jamie Bond Contact Number: 561.775.7195 Email:

The Pine School 12350 SE Federal Hwy. Hobe Sound, FL 33455 772.675.7005

Year Founded: 1969 Mission Statement: The Pine School provides the most robust K-12 educational offering on the Treasure Coast. Its small size and careful attention to each family allows The Pine School to develop a unique path for each student it has the privilege to educate. It is a school of academic innovation—with celebrated educators dedicated to developing a true love of learning. Students graduate with tremendous communication and creative problem-solving skills, as well as an impressive empathy for the world beyond the beautiful 142-acre campus (the largest independent campus in Florida). Its unique programming includes a range of specially designed focuses, including environmental education, beyond-the-campus travel opportunities, inspiring arts, and competitive athletics. Head of Pine School: Binney Caffrey Campaign: The Pine School’s Capital Campaign for our new Arts & Athletic Complex Description: Support of The Pine School’s Capital Campaign for its new Arts & Athletic Complex will provide the campus with a permanent stage, a beautiful art gallery, dedicated music classrooms, additional athletic space, and opportunities to host community events. Campaign Contact: John Boyer, director of development Contact Number: 772.675.7005 Email:

Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts 701 Okeechobee Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Year Founded: 1992 Mission Statement: The Kravis Center’s mission is to enhance the quality9/14/20 of life in10:08 PalmAMBeach County by presenting a diverse schedule of artists and companies of the highest quality, offering comprehensive arts education programs, serving nearly 3 million students since its inception, providing a home for local and regional arts organizations, providing economic catalyst and community leadership in West Palm Beach, and supporting efforts to increase tourism to Palm Beach County. Head of Charity: Jeffrey A. Stoops Title: Board Chairman Event: Kravis Center Gala Date: January 30, 2021 Location: Kravis Center, West Palm Beach Price: $1,250/gala patron, $650/young gala patron Description: The Kravis Center Gala will feature David Foster: Hitman Tour with special guest Katharine McPhee, including prime reserved seating in Dreyfoos Hall. The enchanted evening will continue with a dinner party in the Gimelstob Ballroom. Event Contact: Kimberly Kiely Contact Number: 561.651.4273 Email:

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Rooney’s Golf Foundation

Scripps Research

Year Founded: 2006 Mission Statement: Since its launch, the Rooney’s Golf Foundation has donated over $1,079,680 to local Palm Beach County charities through fall and spring golf tournaments, 5K run/walks, bowling tournaments, and guest speaker luncheons. (The Overcomer Luncheon focuses on autism awareness, and The Armed Forces Appreciation Luncheon celebrates our veterans and active military community.)

Year Founded: 2003 Mission Statement: Ranked number one for its influence on global innovation, Scripps Research celebrates its seventeenth year of high-impact science in Palm Beach County this season. From COVID to cancer, Alzheimer’s to ALS, Parkinson’s to HIV, Scripps Research is making the discoveries that change the world, right here in Florida. Its top 10 Skaggs graduate school and STEM educational programs inspire new generations of innovators. Home to several of the world’s foremost coronavirus experts, Scripps Research fights the pandemic from every angle. Your support helps accelerate the vital work to detect, treat, and prevent COVID-19.

1111 N. Congress Ave. West Palm Beach, FL 33409 561. 683.2222

130 Scripps Way, Suite 4B Jupiter, FL 33458 561.228.2016

Head of Charity: Pat Rooney Jr. Title: Founder Event: 2020 Armed Forces Appreciation Luncheon Date: December 10, 2020 Location: Trump National Golf Club, Jupiter Price: $200 Description: This patriotic event honors those who protect our country and includes lunch, a preview of the upcoming Army-Navy football game, and our keynote speaker, Rocky Bleier, a former Pittsburgh Steelers running back and Vietnam War veteran. All proceeds will benefit local military charities.

Head of Charity: Douglas Bingham Title: Executive Vice President and Florida Site Head Campaign: COVID-19 Community Campaign at Scripps Research Description: COVID-19 is challenging communities across the country. Scientists at Scripps Research are working around the clock and are determined to defeat it. There has never been a more urgent time for communities—the scientific and the public—to join forces. Your philanthropic support is immediately directed toward developing effective treatments for patients with COVID-19.

Event Contact: Mary Rooney Contact Number: 561.683.2222 Email:

Campaign Contact: Tara Holcomb Contact Number: 561.228.2013 Email:

Scripps Research

Selfless Love Foundation

130 Scripps Way, Suite 4B Jupiter, FL 33458

Year Founded: 2003 Mission Statement: Ranked number one for its influence on global innovation, Scripps Research Rooney's Golf Foundation.indd celebrates 1 its seventeenth year of high-impact science46inScripps Palm Research Beach (1).indd County this season. From COVID to cancer, Alzheimer’s to ALS, Parkinson’s to HIV, Scripps Research is making the discoveries that change the world, right here in Florida. Its top 10 Skaggs graduate school and STEM educational programs inspire new generations of innovators. Home to several of the world’s foremost coronavirus experts, we fight the pandemic from every angle. Meet our scientists by joining the Front Row (virtual) Lecture Series. Head of Charity: Douglas Bingham Title: Executive Vice President and Florida Site Head Event Name: The Front Row Lecture Series Date: December 16, 2020 Price: Free Description: The third season of the Front Row Lecture Series has begun! Each month hear from top scientists working on the frontiers of research in fields as diverse as COVID, cancer, heart disease, and HIV. Floridabased virologist Susana Valente, PhD, will speak December 16. To see the full schedule and register, visit

1095 Military Trail, #1033 Jupiter, FL 33458 954.372.7760


Year Founded: 2015 Mission Statement: Selfless Love Foundation 9/14/20 5:05 PM transforms the lives of current and former foster youth through awareness, strategic partnerships, and advocacy. Whether finding families for children in foster care or being an extension of family for aged-out youth, the organization knows family is everything. Selfless Love Foundation invites you to explore its website to learn more about our organization and show your support by becoming a part of the family.

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Head of Charity: Ashley Brown Title: Founder/CEO Event: 2021 Fourth Annual Gala Date: May 1, 2021 Location: The Breakers, Palm Beach Price: $1,500 Description: Selfless Love Foundation will host its exclusive and intimate signature event to support the lives of foster youth. Event Contact: Stephanie Absmeier Contact Number: 954.372.7760 Email:

Fundraiser Contact: Tara Holcomb Contact Number: 561.228.2013 Email:


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St. Mark’s Episcopal Church & School

Stand Among Friends 777 Glades Road NU 84 Room 120 Boca Raton, FL 33431 561.297.4400

3395 Burns Road Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 561.622.1504

Year Founded: 1997 Mission Statement: Stand Among Friends was founded in 1997 to build awareness, educate the community, and provide much-needed resources for youth and adults with disabilities. Located on the Florida Atlantic University campus, the Disability Center assists a significant number of college and high school students with disabilities who lack resources as they approach graduation. Programs include job readiness, assistive technology (AT), and vocational evaluations to determine an individual’s skills, interests, and aptitude to effectively prepare and place individuals in employment.

Year Founded: 1962 Church, 1979 School Mission Statement: St. Mark’s Episcopal School offers a balance of superior academics, tradition, and innovation, which prepares students for life in a rapidly changing world. The school offers a safe and welcoming community for children age 2 through eighth grade. Small class sizes allow us to be nimble, responsive, and provide personal attention to our students as well as build strong partnerships with our families. Learning to think with their head and their heart, St. Mark’s students gain admission to top area high schools and leave with a sound foundation for life.

Head of Charity: Shawn Friedkin Title: President Event: Valentine’s Emb(race) Virtual Challenge Date: February 14, 2021 Price: $25 Description: A safe and fun opportunity to help those with neurological disabilities. Everyone can participate from the comfort of their home or local neighborhood! It’s a new and innovative way to stay fit while remaining safe and benefiting those in need.

Head of School: Deborah A. Strainge Rector: The Rev. James B. Cook Event: St. Mark’s School Auction Date: April 16, 2021 Location: The Pelican Club, Jupiter Description: The annual School Auction—the fundraising event that benefits the school each year—supports major upgrades and enhancements that impact our students, faculty, and staff.

Event Contact: Cheryl Saragossi, executive director Contact Number: 561.297.4400 Email:

Event Contact: Alison Samarias Contact Number: 561.622.1504 Email:

Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation

Vita Nova, Inc.

2724 N. Australian Ave. West Palm Beach, FL 33407 561.689.0035

1201 SE Indian St. Stuart, FL 34997 772.403.4500

Year Founded: 1982 Mission Statement: Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation is aAmong nonprofit, 49 St. Mark's Episcopal Church & School .indd 1 50 Stand Friends.indd community-based organization that raises funds to support hospice and grief support programs for patients and families in Martin and St. Lucie counties. Since 1982, Treasure Coast Hospice has provided access to compassionate, caring, expert and professional hospice, and grief support services to patients and families at the end of life. Thanks to the support of generous donors, the Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation can fund indigent hospice care, a pediatric hospice program, music therapy, and comprehensive grief support programs, including individual and group bereavement services and Camp Good Grief for children who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Head of Charity: Jackie Kendrick, CHPCA Title: CEO Event: Annual Rose Ball – A Night at the Oscars Date: February 13, 2021 Location: Mariner Sands Country Club, Stuart Price: $150 Description: A night of dinner, dancing, and fun; live and silent auctions. Proceeds to benefit Treasure Coast Hospice’s Little Treasures Pediatric Care Program. Event Contact: Agnes Palmer Contact Number: 772.403.4574 Email:


Year Founded: 2005 Mission Statement: Vita Nova, Inc. has been find9/14/20for5:07 PM adults ages 18 to 25 in Palm Beach County who ing solutions young have aged out of foster care or are homeless since 2005. This solution involves programs designed to ensure that there is No Kid Homeless. Vita Nova provides housing, a homeless drop-in center, employment readiness training, and life coaches for older foster youth. Vita Nova means “new life” and was founded by Father Leo Armbrust, who believed that foster youth deserved a better quality of life. Head of Charity: Jeff DeMario Title: CEO Event: Fifth Annual Mallets & Martinis Date: March 2021 Location: The National Croquet Center, West Palm Beach Price: $150 Description: Guests of Mallets & Martinis will experience an exhilarating evening featuring an array of culinary delicacies paired perfectly with exotic beverages. They will also have the opportunity to bid on unique auction items, participate in rousing croquet competition, and more. Event Contact: Shelly Mayes Contact Number: 561.689.0035 Email:

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Volunteers in Medicine Clinic

YMCA of the Treasure Coast 1700 SE Monterey Road Stuart, FL 34996 772.286.4444

417 SE Balboa Ave. Stuart, FL 34994 772.463.4128

Year Founded: 1995 Mission Statement: For 25 years, VIM Clinic’s mission has been to provide free, comprehensive health care to legal, adult residents of Martin County who earn less than 200 percent of the poverty level and are without access to health care. VIM Clinic provided more than $10 million worth of medical care last year. VIM’s volunteer medical professionals practice the art of medicine, not the business of health care, to give patients hope, dignity, and a better chance of remaining productive members of our community. Head of Charity: Mary Fields Title: Executive Director Event: VIM Gala 2021 Spirit of Change Date: January 30, 2021 Location: Mariner Sands Country Club, Stuart Price: $400 Description: One of the most anticipated events of the year, the annual black-tie optional gala fundraiser will include an evening of dinner, dancing, and entertainment.

Year Founded: 1977 Mission Statement: The YMCA is a cause-driven charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. JudeoChristian principles are put into practice through programs to build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. Head of Charity: Charlene Lyons Title: Interim Chief Operating Officer Event: YMCA of the Treasure Coast Amazing Race Date: November 14, 2020 Location: YMCA Treasure Coast, Stuart Price: $200 Description: Create a team of four to complete a series of challenges at local businesses. These challenges will earn your team clues to lead you to the next undisclosed location. Refreshments included. Event Contact: Allison Earnest Contact Number: 772.285.4444 ext: 224 Email:

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Marchesi-style bouillabaisse at Chef’s Table



he mention of bouillabaisse awakens memories of Provence, yet versions of the iconic fish stew are consumed all over the world. The rendition created by Italian-born Paolo Ferretti, executive chef at Chef’s Table in Stuart, reflects his home region of Marche on the Adriatic coast. “The seas near Marche are ripe with an abundance of small fish, squid, shrimp, and cuttlefish,” he says. “My inspiration for this dish was the

similarity of Marche and Stuart and having the opportunity to showcase the vibrant fresh seafood of the area.” Ferretti first pan-sears fresh fluke, then serves it in a brodetto (a savory fish broth) with shellfish, potatoes, fennel, roasted cherry tomatoes, and spinach. Says the chef: “The flavors of olive oil, tomatoes, and saffron remind me of home.” 2313 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart;; 772.287.5599 —Mark Spivak ❖

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he COVID-19 quarantine has been an uncertain time for restaurants, but The Black Marlin has managed to survive through a combination of strategy and luck. “We were already planning to close for several months to remodel,” says General Manager Jeff Schilling. “We expanded into the space next door, which gave us more seating space along with a private dining room for weddings and special events.” The 2,100-square-foot dining area (which reopened in late June) now has the capacity to seat nearly 100 customers, allowing it to thrive


Clockwise from top left: After amid social distancing restrictions. a recent expansion, The Black The restaurant first opened as Marlin now seats up to 100 patrons; Caribbean jerk swordfish; The Black Marlin in 1993, although exposed brick walls provide a the site has been an active bar since unique ambience at the bar. the 1920s and is the location of the first tavern in Stuart. It’s part of the Prawnbroker Restaurant Group, which includes local favorites such as The Prawnbroker Grill, Palm City Grill, Shrimpers Grill & Raw Bar, and The Magic Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill. While Schilling characterizes The Black Marlin as a latter-day version of Cheers, he explains that the purpose of the expansion was to place the primary emphasis on food, rather than drinks. Under the direction of Chef Richard Allen, the kitchen focuses on American fare with fusion accents. Steaks and fresh local seafood are augmented by popular Italian dishes and items with


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Bam Bam Shrimp; Maple Manhattan (below).

tropical and Asian touches. The most popular appetizer is Bam Bam Shrimp (tossed in a spicy peanut teriyaki cream sauce), a Prawnbroker recipe that predates Bonefish Grill by several decades. Among the entrées, standouts include Caribbean jerked swordfish and snapper crusted with panko breadcrumbs and asiago cheese. Honoring the tavern heritage in The Black Marlin’s DNA, the 75-item spirits list offers something for everyone. For customers wanting to sip something rare out of a snifter, possibilities include bourbon such as Woodford Reserve Double Oaked, single malts like The Balvenie 17 Year DoubleWood, and a series of aged rums including Ron Zacapa 23. The inventive cocktail list changes with the seasons, and Schilling works with the bartenders to develop creative uses for fresh local ingredients. The high point of the bar program is The Black Marlin’s series of barrel-aged cocktails, matured in a charred oak barrel for several months and bottled when ready to make room for the next libation. The current selection is the Maple Manhattan, a combination of Hudson small-batch Maple Cask Rye, sweet vermouth, and aromatic bitters served with maple candied bacon and nuts. While the world has no doubt become more complex, Schilling’s mission at The Black Marlin remains simple: “to provide high-quality food and drinks in a friendly atmosphere.” 53 W. Osceola St., Stuart;; 772.286.3126 ❖


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Supreme Meats & Gourmet Market Est. 1985

“A Cut Above the Rest”

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Flavor A Selection of Area Restaurants AMERICAN



f the many ways to mark the start of Florida’s fall/winter season, one of the best and most pleasurable is the arrival of stone crabs. The festivities begin with the Blessing of the Stone Crab Fleet in Everglades City in late September, and by October 15 fishermen can once again provide the sweet and delicious shellfish to consumers. Stone crabs are a uniquely sustainable seafood product because the crab doesn’t need to be killed to be harvested: Fishermen remove a single claw and throw the crab back into the water to regenerate. Sizes are strictly regulated and begin at medium (seven to eight claws per pound), ranging up to colossal (one to two claws per pound) and occasionally super colossal, which can weigh more than one pound each. The local leader in stone crabs is New England Fish Market and Restaurant, which offers every aspect of the consumer experience: sit-down restaurants in both Jensen Beach and Palm City with accompanying fish markets, along with a clambake catering business and a wholesale branch for restaurants. Founded in 1981 by John Mellaci, the operation also specializes in lobster, supplying between 20,000 and 30,000 pounds each week. While stone crab season typically runs through May 15, this year, in an effort to conserve and build the crab population, season will end two weeks early on May 1. New England Fish Market and Restaurant, 419 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach, 772.334.7324; 3102 SW Martin Downs Blvd., Palm City; 772.872.7355; —M.S.


2ND STREET BISTRO This lively bistro, located in historic downtown Fort Pierce, highlights local produce in its delicious dishes. The extensive beer list features a brew to complement every meal and satisfy everyone’s taste buds. 122 N. 2nd St., Fort Pierce;; 772.293.9191 CASTAWAYS As a self-proclaimed “Treasure Coast craft beer destination,” Castaways serves brews from Florida and around the world. The gastropub also offers a full menu to complement your beer of choice. 911 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach;; 772.618.3838 CYPRESS ON OCEAN Locally sourced products get a global spin at this quaint kitchen and bar. 2875 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart;; 772.872.6080 DISTRICT TABLE & BAR Chef Jason Stocks presents his creative take on everything from dry-aged burgers to sourdough pizza in a contemporary dining space. Sustainability is also a focus: All oyster shells are recycled to rebuild local reefs and oyster beds. 4665 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart;; 772.324.8357 HARRY AND THE NATIVES This longstanding family business in Hobe Sound offers a selection of traditional American favorites and a casual atmosphere. 11910 SE Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound;; 772.546.3061 JAMMBAR WINGS For finger-licking bar food, JammBar’s wings can be customized to order, whether you prefer flats or drums, soft or crispy, or one of the 17 different sauces or plain. 8031 S. Federal Hwy., Port St. Lucie;; 772.237.4802 (second location) 2903 Orange Ave., Fort Pierce; 772.448.8670 MANATEE ISLAND BAR & GRILL Manatee Island Bar and Grill offers a variety of options from seafood to steak to veggie burgers, all filling and all fresh. 4817 Dixie Hwy., Stuart;; 772.872.7288; (second location) 1640 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce; 772.242.8460 PELICAN CAFE This cozy outdoor café serves up everything from fish tacos to lobster rolls to delicious Cuban sandwiches. Bring your furry friends as well for pet-friendly dining. 351 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart;; 772.283.3133 SHINDIG IRISH RESTAURANT AND PUB With decor reminiscent of an old Irish pub and a menu that embodies contemporary Irish fare, Shindig transports diners straight to Ireland without leaving the Treasure Coast. 464 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie;; 772.785.6202 SONNY’S BBQ Traditional, smoky barbecue including mouth-watering pulled pork and brisket. 1961 S. U.S. Hwy. 1, Stuart;; 772.283.4150 SOUTH FORK KITCHEN AND BAR Made-from-scratch dishes, from seafood to steak, prepared by Naples native Chef Ron Kerr. 900 SE Indian St., Stuart;; 772.247.7382 SPIRO’S TAVERNA Greek-American fare like gyros and sandwiches, along with beer and wine, in a casual setting. 1738 St. Lucie W. Blvd., Port St. Lucie;; 772.879.4083 THE CRAFTED KEG Where growlers, affordable bites, and beer flights unite. This brew pub, located inside a former grocery store, serves a wide selection of craft beer, wine, and soda along with typical bar foods, flatbreads, specials, and customizable meat and cheese platters. 555 S. Colorado Ave., Stuart;; 772.600.8218


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ASIAN ASIAN CHAO Mix and match Chinese entrées, sushi, and sides from the buffet-style counter takeout. Choose from a variety of classic dishes like orange chicken, lo mein, and California rolls. 3174 NW Federal Hwy., Jensen Beach;; 772.692.3674 EMMAN’S ASIAN GOURMET Filipino Chef/owner Emman Eugenio creates small plates of Asian-fusion cuisine in a casual setting. 555 S. Colorado Ave. Suite 105, Stuart; fusionofec; 772.888.3171 KRUA THAI RESTAURANT Authentic Thai dishes served family-style in an eclectically themed restaurant. 3283 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.600.8114 PHO DELI Authentic Vietnamese restaurant in a casual setting with a counter-serve option and dishes from Pho to Bahn Mi. 466 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie;; 772.877.2133; (second location) 1007 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce; 772.882.9584 RAMEN HANA AND WINGS Ramen that warms the mouth and soul. Choose between small and large plates of various ramen flavors or try the namesake wings in four flavors. 6935 Heritage Drive, Port St. Lucie;; 772.444.2825

FRENCH 11 MAPLE STREET Where French country meets Florida. 11 Maple Street offers a dining experience with fare resembling art. Chef Michael Perrin prepares his plates with some of each season’s peak items, including locally sourced produce and humanely raised meats. 3224 NE Maple Ave., Jensen Beach;; 772.334.7714


O’S CAFÉ AT THE ELLIOTT Discover a French spin on breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch at the café inside the Elliott Museum, under Chef Olivia Binn-Ostrow. 825 NE Ocean Blvd., Stuart;; 772.225.1961 x112

ITALIAN 18 SEMINOLE ITALIAN BISTRO Inside this quaint, historically preserved building lies one of the area’s most intimate and romantic atmospheres. All meals are made to order and crafted with top-quality, local seasonal ingredients. 18 SE Seminole St., Stuart;; 772.463.0059 CASA BELLA This quaint restaurant combines northern and southern Italian cuisine under one roof. Expect big flavors and beyond satisfactory Italian dishes. 512 SW 3rd St., Stuart;; 772.223.0077 LA BORGATA RISTORANTE La Borgata has taken its patrons on tours of Italy’s famous dishes for more than 50 years. The menu features favorites such as calamari Siciliana and penne puttanesca, as well as pizza, calzones, and stromboli. 3227 SW Mapp Road, Palm City;; 772.288.2121 LA FORCHETTA ITALIAN RESTAURANT This family-owned gem is home to a selection of gourmet pasta including lobster ravioli and gnocchi Capri. Plus, enjoy hand-tossed pizza pies and an attentive staff. 7820 SW Lost River Road, Stuart;; 772.872.7333 LIZZA’S PIZZA Fast, casual eating with dishes including pastas, breads, subs, and, of course, pizzas. 3359 NW Main Ave., Jensen Beach;; 772.692.9233 LOURÓNZO’S ITALIAN FUSION A downtown eatery offering a unique perspective of Italian cuisine, with menu items like gnocchi di zucca: potato and butternut squash gnocchi with

gorgonzola sauce, topped with walnut and coffee powder. 301 S. Colorado Ave., Stuart;; 772.287.3334 MARIO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT Longstanding, casual dining joint servingItalian classics with delicious and generous portions. 1924 SE Federal Hwy. Stuart;; 772.283.6660 PIETRO’S ON THE RIVER Under the supervision of Chef Robert King, the kitchen puts out memorable authentic Italian dishes such as roasted Long Island duckling and swordfish puttanesca. 8735 S. Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach;; 772.229.7575 RISTORANTE CLARETTA Authentic Italian dishes like Tagliatelle with funghi porcini served in a fine dining setting. All ingredients are imported fresh from Italy, and seafood comes straight from the Mediterranean Sea. 1315 SW Martin Hwy., Palm City;; 772.219.9940 RUFFINO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT AND PIZZERIA This family-owned restaurant boasts authentic Italian fare from a menu of more than 70 choices, as well as daily specials. 1145 SE Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie;; 772.335.2988 TUTTO FRESCO An elegant Italian restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating featuring upmarket entrées, steaks, and a full bar. 9501 Reserve Blvd., Port St. Lucie;; 772.464.8988

MEXICAN CASA TEQUILA Authentic Mexican cuisine from burritos to fajitas. Stop in Fridays for live mariachi band performances. 1725 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.600.5482 PUEBLO VIEJO A family-owned local chain restaurant offering Mexican fare, drinks, and a tropical mural setting. 3181 NW Federal Hwy., Jensen Beach;; 772.934.6683; (second location) 291 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie; 772.336.5050 TACO DIVE Open late, Taco Dive offers craft beers with their homemade Mexican fare featuring fresh ingredients. 10501 SW Village Center Drive, Port St. Lucie; 772.345.3483 TACO SHACK Creative, one-of-a-kind tacos prepared by Chef/ owner Julie LaFrance-Lentine. 555 S. Colorado Ave. Suite 102, Stuart;; 772.288.9696 TACO TRUCK OF STUART Tasty Mexican fare from a food truck. Take it to go or eat at a stool just out front. 31 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart;; 772.486.6639 TAQUERIA MONTANO’S This restaurant offers small plates of Mexican fare for a quick bite of comfort food. 10786 S. U.S. Hwy. 1, Port St. Lucie;; 772.777.3406


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TAQUERIA TORRES Authentic Mexican fare featuring tacos and other traditional plates. 2995 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart;; 772.678.9014

SEAFOOD CHUCK’S SEAFOOD From New England clam chowder to shrimp Parmesan, this eatery delivers affordable seafood to every table. 822 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce; chucksseafood; 772.461.9484 COBB’S LANDING A quality waterfront dining experience, the menu features hearty servings of pasta, seafood, and meat, along with live entertainment and a buzzing mojito bar. 200 N. Indian River Drive Suite 4424, Fort Pierce;; 772.460.9014 CONCHY JOE’S SEAFOOD Dive into fresh seafood items such as the Bahamian-inspired conch salad. 3945 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach;; 772.334.1130 CRABBY’S DOCKSIDE Enjoy fresh catches like stuffed grouper and hogfish snapper, plus other entrees including pasta, pizza, and more. Signature drinks like the rum punch—and amazing views of the inlet and lagoon—round out

the experience at this new location. 2 Avenue A, Fort Pierce;; 772.252.5672 CRAWDADDY’S Every day is Mardi Gras at Crawdaddy’s, where Cajun cuisine (think grilled Andouille sausage ) reigns supreme. 1949 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach;; 772.225.3444 DOLPHIN BAR & SHRIMP HOUSE A wide-ranging menu features plentiful seafood selections, wood-grilled meats, and home-style specials. 1401 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach;; 772.781.5136 HARBOR COVE BAR & GRILL Located inside the Harbor Town Marina, Harbor Cove Bar & Grill seamlessly merges waterfront views and casual dining. 1930 Harbortown Drive, Fort Pierce;; 772.429.5303 KYLE G’S PRIME SEAFOOD & STEAKS Eclectic, seafood-centric menu that blends the freshest daily catches, highest-quality raw bar, and shellfish selections. Plus, premium cuts of meat—all with stunning water views. 10900 S. Ocean Drive, Hutchinson Island;; 772.237.5461 PIRATES LOFT AT PIRATE’S COVE RESORT & MARINA The food rivals the fantastic views of the marina and Manatee Pocket at Pirate’s Loft. From flavorful

salads to outstanding seafood, there is something for everyone on the extensive menu. 4307 SE Bayview St., Stuart;; 772.223.5048 RHUMCAY BEACH RESORT AND ISLAND GRILLE A quality beachside culinary experience well-coupled with oceanfront, pet-friendly accommodations. 110 S. Ocean Drive, Fort Pierce;; 772.882.3602 RIVERWALK CAFE AND OYSTER BAR A top stop for fresh-caught seafood and drinks in a casual atmosphere. Try the oyster stew and lobster ravioli, two favorites, and see why the venue fills up so quickly every night. 201 SW St. Lucie Ave., Stuart;; 772.221.1511 SAILOR’S RETURN Serving fresh seafood, chops, and steaks, enhanced by a beautiful sunset. The restaurant offers 220 seats for indoor or patio dining, two full bars, and live music seven days a week. 625 SW Anchorage Way, Stuart;; 772.872.7250 STUART BOATHOUSE A stunning waterfront setting on the St. Lucie River, an outstanding happy hour, enticing specials, and live music seven days a week makes Stuart Boathouse a go-to on the local dining scene. 49 SW Seminole St., Stuart;; 772.266.4586


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Flavor THE BLACK MARLIN Head to The Black Marlin for everything from local seafood to late-night martinis. This cozy hideaway was once the site of the oldest tavern in Stuart. 53 SW Osceola St., Stuart;; 772.286.3126 THE DECK RESTAURANT Located inside Harbor Inn & Marina, The Deck is dedicated to providing diners classic favorites with a twist, like the BLGT po’ boy with bacon, lettuce, and fried green tomatoes, along with beautiful sunsets and a view of the St. Lucie River. 307 NW North River Drive, Stuart; the-deck; 772.692.1203 THE MAGIC OYSTER BAR AND SEAFOOD GRILL A wide selection of Gulf, East, and West Coast oysters paired with wine, local brews, and tropical cocktails make this casual eatery a must-visit for oyster lovers. 10999 S. Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach;; 772.877.3139 THE TWISTED TUNA Between the live music, waterfront views, freshcaught seafood, and sushi bar, it’s no surprise that The Twisted Tuna is one of Stuart’s most-loved dining destinations. 4290 SE Salerno Road, Stuart;; 772.600.7239 TIDEHOUSE Expansive views span from the St. Lucie River to the Roosevelt Bridge. Fresh, Florida seafood purchased

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STEAK HOUSE MANERO’S RESTAURANT Enjoy steaks cooked to order, a shrimp cocktail, or other classic American dishes. 2851 SW High Meadow Ave., Palm City;; 772.2203011 OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE Sink your teeth into steaks and seafood from this well-known Australian-themed chain. 3101 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.286.2622 PETER’S STEAKHOUSE Fine wines and sides like Pete’s Famous Hash Browns and fried shoe-string onions accompany the succulent, dry-aged steaks at this longstanding steak house. 3200 NE Maple Ave., Jensen Beach;; 772.225.2516 THE GAFFORD Family-run establishment with Southern hospitality and perfectly executed plates such as Mabel’s fried chicken, a local favorite. The signature “Gafford” is a 20-ounce bone-in prime Revier Ranch rib eye that pays homage to owner Rick Wilson’s grandfather, and the steaks they used to cook together. 47 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart;; 772.221.9517

VEGETARIAN/VEGAN/HEALTHY BERRY FRESH CAFE This Treasure Coast breakfast and lunch spot is a GMO- and preservative-free cafe serving healthy fare that tastes great and feels even better. 1429 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.324.8287 DELITEFUL KITCHEN Artisan market, community hub, and cafe boasting healthy, organic, and farm-to-table fare. 2401 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart;; 772.324.3413 FIRST WATCH Grab breakfast, brunch, or lunch from this healthminded cafe chain featuring delights such as BLT benedicts and superfood bowls . 2125 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.220.4076 FRUITS AND ROOTS VEGAN CAFE Plant-based menu offering cold-pressed juices, juice shots, oat bowls, salads, and sandwiches all made with locally harvested ingredients. 710 S. Colorado Ave., Stuart;; 772.678.6627 MODERN JUICE CO. STUART Enjoy made-to-order juices, smoothies, poke bowls, and blended bowls (including the yummy Pitaya Purple Punch) in a quick, casual setting. 2325 SE Federal Hwy. Suite 428, Stuart;; 772.291.2640 ❖

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