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D E PA R T M E N T S
F E AT U R E S
14 PUBLISHER’S LETTER
26 COMMUNITY FOCUSED
18 THINGS WE LOVE
Village manager Teresa Lamar-Samo discusses her interim role with the newly incorporated Indiantown.
38 FOUR SEASONS OF TRAVEL
Words from Kim Capen
Get in the know on upcoming local events
20 TRENDING LOCALLY
Stylish finds in close-by boutiques
22 NOW + FOREVER
Local couples tie the knot
24 DINING WITH TISH
Discover the area’s best restaurants
30 HOME BEAUTIFUL Home design tips
31 THE FISHING CHRONICLES
Fishing advice from a seasoned angler
97 ALL ACCESS
A guide to social events, dining, contests, promotions, charities, arts and more
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28 FASHION FORWARD Port St. Lucie resident Julie Russo helps outfit residents at Top Drawer Boutique in Stuart.
Plan where to take your next trip during each season of the year.
51 GOLFING GREAT Golfer Ken Duke takes us down memory lane as he prepares for the Champions Tour.
66 CORAL CONCERN The mysterious disease that’s putting Florida’s reef ecosystem at risk.
88 ARTFULLY DRIVEN
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PORT SALERNO SEAFOOD FESTIVAL TASTE OF LITTLE ITALY Head to Taste of Little Italy from Jan. 26 to 27 in Tradition to enjoy an Italian cultural journey. Take part in wine seminars and cooking demos, and be sure to grab authentic bites from local vendors. Festival rides, bocce and live performances round out the entertainment offerings.
CHILI COOKOFF Nationally renowned chili cooks will compete on Jan. 19 to qualify for the CASI Terlingua World Championship during Dunkin’s Chili Challenge at Hobe Sound Early Learning Center’s campus. This year’s event will also feature a salsa contest for hot Fort Pierce Mayor Linda Hudson will serve as the “Official Referee.”
ULTIMATE TAILGATE PARTY Voices for Children will host its second annual Ultimate Tailgate Party at Treasure Coast Lexus on Jan. 26 ahead of Super Bowl LII. Guests can take part in a live auction and games, and enjoy entertainment and food in support of abused and neglected children in the area. ($100; voicesforchildrenotc.org)
and spicy food lovers. (Prices vary;
The Port Salerno Seafood Festival will return Jan. 26 to the Treasure Coast. Spend the day trying out fresh seafood prepared by local fishermen and their families. Three entertainment stages will offer sounds from Blackfoot, Live Bait, RPM and others. (Ticket prices
BUSCH CONCERT SERIES
Peter W. Busch Family Foundation will host its first country concert at the St. Lucie County Fairgrounds. The Jan. 19 event will feature a lineup of musicians, including Adam Hambrick, High Valley and headliner Joe Nichols. (Ticket prices vary; buschconcert-
JENSEN BEACH ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL
Downtown Jensen Beach will host its Fine Art & Craft Show on Jan. 12 and 13. Spend an afternoon viewing artwork from 125 artists, and pick out an original work to take home. (free; jensenbeachflorida.info)
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Robin Lee Brown & Francis Morgan Taylor By Melissa Puppo WHAT THEY DO: Robin, 31, is a math teacher and Francis, 32, is the
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at some point,” Robin says. ON THE CEREMONY AND RECEPTION SITES: Robin and Francis chose Jupiter Island since it’s where they’ve spent the holidays for the past eight years together, and it’s where Francis’ grandmother lives. The ceremony took place on Harbor Island, a small isle accessible by footbridge—where the two got engaged. A reception followed at the Beach Club on Jupiter Island.
while before getting married/engaged, and in that time our admiration and love for one another grew slowly, but immensely,” Robin says. “I think there just came a time where we couldn’t and didn’t want to picture life without one another.”
ON THE THEME: The couple chose a color scheme that incorporated rose gold and navy. Francis’ grandmother picked out the floral arrangements and linens. They opted to not cut into a cake but instead hand out individually sized chocolate lava cakes and offer an ice cream bar.
ON THE PROPOSAL: During break at Robin’s school (when the couple lived in Boston), they decided to escape the cold and spend the week at Jupiter Island. While taking a walk to their favorite spot, Harbor Island, Francis proposed. “I wasn’t expecting it, since the walk had been my idea and we went there from lunch, but I guess he was being sneaky and had the ring on him the whole day expecting I would ask him to go
ON THE SPECIAL DETAILS: Robin’s mother walked her down the aisle and they had a mother-daughter dance that turned into a “family dance.” Robin’s sister and her sister’s kids, and Francis’ parents and brother also joined in. The dance was set to “For Once in My Life” by Stevie Wonder in memory of Robin’s father who passed away when she was 16.
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newcomer to the Stuart dining scene, South Fork Kitchen & Bar serves the kind of food that’s as exciting as it is genuine. Chef-owner Ron Kerr, a graduate of The New England Culinary Institute and a Naples native, takes great trouble to source the best local produce and ingredients. But fresh foods are only half of the formula; it’s Kerr’s skillful cooking and artful flavor combinations that make this restaurant really shine. These features, along with the restaurant’s stylish interior and excellent service, place South Fork among the very best restaurants on the Treasure Coast, and it’s one of my personal favorites. The menu features an impressive variety of small plates and salads, including one of Kerr’s most popular dishes, a grilled octopus beautifully plated with a warm farro salad and light tomato broth. Another popular starter is the Street Cauliflower, a mix of charred florets, chilis, feta cheese and cilantro. The addictive deep-fried squash blossoms, coated in a light cornmeal
tempura batter and stuffed with a delicious pimento cheese, are served with a fiery pepper jelly. There’s also a top-notch raw bar with stone crab claws, jumbo shrimp and cold water oysters. Kerr’s award-winning SF Burger is one of his most popular entrees, and there’s no mystery as to why: he places two juicy patties decked out with a house-made bacon-onion jam, American cheese and chipotle aioli, atop a brioche bun and serves it with hand-cut, ultracrispy fries. It’s burger heaven. The hanger steak is another winner, served with grilled corn and a vibrant chimichurri sauce. The Parmesan Crusted Chicken (a newer item) is accompanied by roasted artichokes and a lemon-basil sauce. Fish lovers will enjoy the miso-glazed salmon, served in a bowl over udon noodles, bok choy and broth. Don’t miss out on dessert here, either. The Key lime pie topped with brûléed marshmallows, the molten chocolate cake and the vanilla panna cotta are all worthy contenders.
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Creating A Community Teresa Lamar-Samo chose to become a certified planner instead of a city politician and ended up as the first village manager for the newly incorporated Indiantown. By Amy Woods Photography by Lindsey Potter
he graduated from South Fork High School, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from the University of Central Florida, then decided to pursue a doctorate at Florida International University. Could a career as an elected leader lie ahead? “At one point in time, yeah, I thought I would run for office,” says Stuart resident Teresa Lamar-Samo, the owner of a consulting company that helps local municipalities with special projects. “A politician is a job that I do not envy now that I am older and have a family.” Instead, the 40-year-old wife and mother of two came upon a career as a certified planner, and it began in Martin County. “A lot of people may complain about the fact that you’re dealing with the public, but I have always enjoyed the aspect of dealing with the public,” says Lamar-Samo, who landed a job as a project manager for the Community Redevelopment Agency. After four years with the county, she joined the “Sailfish Capital of the World” as a Community Redevelopment Agency administrator and later as the special assistant to the city manager. Most recently—and most notably—she became the first village manager of newly incorporated Indiantown. “Not every city manager out there has had the incredible opportunity to start from the ground up,” Lamar-Samo says. “What I wanted to do was to make sure the mission and vision was the public’s—their thoughts, their ideas.” As village manager, her tasks include creating and administering all areas of government, as well as authoring an all-important comprehensive plan. “Indiantown is the future of the Treasure Coast,” Lamar-Samo says. “It is a community centered around attracting industry, celebrating tradition and promoting family-friendly neighborhoods.”
Her contract ends this month, at which point a permanent city manager will be appointed. What have you done as interim village manager that you would like the permanent city manager to continue?
I think what’s important for whoever replaces me is that the entire community as a whole has to keep being educated. Keep it open. Keep informing the public what the village is doing, what it’s working on, what the future holds. How have your previous career roles set you up to take on the position of interim city manager?
Working at the city of Stuart gave me a great
head start for what running a city looks like. It’s primarily listening to the public. I am grateful for my experience at the city of Stuart, as it has served me well to establish the initial policies of the village of Indiantown. What do you plan to do next?
I am excited to pursue my consultancy business to serve at multiple Treasure Coast municipalities as a consultant. I am enjoying the latitude it provides me to work on special projects. What do you like to do when you are not working?
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ulie Russo, 60, always wanted to be in fashion. She got her start at age 16, working retail at a mall in Manhattan. She became a production coordinator after graduation, assisting with the buying of fabrics and trimmings. She built her career in the industry and spent the 1980s working with brands like Calvin Klein and French label Marithé+François Girbaud, helping designers get their collections ready for market. It was a crazy time—the economy was booming, she was young, working alongside designers, models, seamstresses and samples—and she loved every minute of it. “It was a very high time of my life,” Russo says. The birth of her son, Salvatore, and a move to Florida in 2000 put a pause on professional ambitions. When the break turned to boredom for the Port St. Lucie resident, she found an advertisement for a job at Top Drawer Boutique in Stuart. Russo answered, was offered the job in 2003 and has been the manager there for 15 years and counting. How did you discover your love for fashion?
My mom used to do house parties, and I went buying with her to New York. I was only maybe 6 years old, and back then it was a big thing, you would do house parties with clothing. What is your favorite part of the job?
The buying and working with the clients. It’s really rewarding because you’re helping them with a need. You help them coordinate things: what should I wear for this event, or that event, or does this travel, is this quality going to hold up? They become like family, and [you get to know] what they like to wear, where they travel and what they need for their lifestyle. How do you decide what designers to carry?
There are collection reps that we’ve been dealing with for years, many times they’ll get new collections and let us know, or we go to the shows.
You get to see all the new and upcoming designers and lines, and you pick and choose what you know is going to be good for your clientele. You can’t follow the trends too much, but we are more forward. What we carry in Top Drawer you’ll see three years prior to seeing it in the mass market. What can shoppers expect when working with a personal stylist or fashion consultant?
We have an understanding of someone’s lifestyle and what would work better for them, and how things would interchange with what they already own. And as women’s
bodies change, we can alter or get rid of that style. It’s really an art, and you have to have a passion for it. What can we expect in the future at Top Drawer Boutique?
We’re going to do new fashion shows and pop-up shows, which are one-day-only shows. We serve hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, and you can buy the collection on the spot at that moment. We go that extra mile and offer alterations; we’ll pick you up if you can’t get here; we’ll stay after hours for an appointment if necessary; we’ll do whatever we can.
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Hotel, which would be my base for exploring the city. A silvery sky made its yellow-beige exterior pop. Red-carpeted steps led me through a revolving door to an elegant lobby remodeled in 2017 by an Argentinian designer to celebrate the hotel’s 90th birthday. Iridescent floors reflected light streaming in from tall, arched doorframes. Floral arrangements dressed up side tables set beside classic, claw-feet armchairs. And Peruvian art from the local Pedro de Osma Museum, which rotates in pieces that date back to the 16th and 17th centuries, decorated the walls. To the right was the Perroquet Restaurant, where I recuperated from my travels with a breakfast buffet of pastries and local fruits. I continued to recover when my room—the governor deluxe suite—was ready. The 700-square-foot accommodations on
the second floor offered a panoramic view of the courtyard, and the marble bathroom was equipped with an oversized Jacuzzi, candles and bath salts. Downstairs was Bar Inglés, famed for its award-winning pisco sour. I sipped the frothy concoction and wondered where Ernest Hemingway sat as he imbibed the beverage when he visited the Country Club. Other notables who’ve stayed at the hotel include the former Duke of Windsor Edward VIII, writer William Faulkner, actor John Wayne and businessman Nelson Rockefeller. More recently, musician Ed Sheeran stayed in one of the suites—perhaps my room. It’s a possibility because the staff confirmed he didn’t stay in the ultimate suite: the Dom Pérignon. Its grandiose accommodations include a living space, a master bedroom and bath, and a guest bedroom and bath. Additionally, a private terrace sprawls out above the hotel entrance. Beyond the Country Club, there were 43 districts of Lima to explore. But with four days in town, I only spent time in eight. The most up-and-coming of them was Barranco, where street art, breweries and small eateries adorned every street. There is a reason most people travel to Peru, which is to eat. A place to do so in Barranco is at the oceanfront Cala Restaurante. The chef brought out a platter showcasing an uncooked sea bass that could have just been plucked from the ocean in order to get our approval. When we gave the go-ahead on a fish half his height, he created four ceviche dishes in bases like citrus to ají amarillo, with accompaniments such as sweet potatoes (more than 4,000 varieties of potatoes grow in Peru), cancha, onions and peppers. MY FRIEND OF A FRIEND and I jump in a cab that drops us at another hidden nook tucked inside an archway on a street corner. We order lunch in a starkly more casual setting than Cala—the armchairs swapped out for uneven wooden stools; the folded napkins replaced with paper placemats; the ocean view traded for a tiny shop selling handmade jewelry and gifts. Our order comes at random, and some dishes never make it to the table. When traveling, there are often two experiences to be had: those in the comfort of excellent service and luxurious accommodations, and those in which we gain perspective into local life. Choose both.
(left page, top) Country Club Lima Hotel was built in 1927; (left page, bottom) 83 guestrooms and suites showcase classical and Peruvian artworks; (above) Bar Inglés is a destination for trying the local pisco sour cocktail.
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New year, new travel plans. You donâ€™t have to wait for the weather to heat up to head on holiday (although in South Florida, even winter is far from frigid). Weâ€™ve traversed the globe and polled some of the leading experts to uncover a few of the up-and-coming destinations that should be on your radar for 2019. From Antarctic expeditions and river cruises in Southeast Asia to luxurious new hotels in places closer to home (the Caribbean is back and better than ever), here are four seasons worth of locales to add to your travel bucket list. Start packing! By Lane Nieset
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he West Coast is dotted with towering mountain ranges and swanky ski resorts, but we have natural beauty of another variety: the Caribbean. Hurricane Irma may have hit spots like St. Maarten/St-Martin hard, but 70 percent of the Caribbean’s islands were left untouched. According to Andrea Filippi, vice president of global sales for Belmond, 75 percent of St. Maarten/St-Martin is ready to ring in the winter season with resorts like Belmond’s La Samanna reopened in December, following a $25 million renovation. Allinclusive, adults-only Sonesta Ocean Point Resort also debuted its new look last month, with sister property, the 10-acre, 420-room Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa, quickly following in February. With its UNESCO-listed Blue Mountains (home to the world-famous coffee) and lush jungle, Jamaica is tacking on a few new luxurious touches in the form of 120-room, beachfront S Hotel Jamaica (from the same owners as Kingston’s popular Spanish Court Hotel), opening in Montego Bay in January. This winter, iconic GoldenEye (where Ian Fleming penned James Bond) will debut its new FieldSpa—two spa huts sitting in
the new spa cove, a sliver of sand hugging the lagoon (meaning guests can paddleboard from their villa right to the treatment room). Hole up Bond-style in one of the chic beach villas along the sand (picture outdoor showers, standing tubs and patios prime for sipping Blackwell’s namesake rum), and spend the day sampling refined farm-to-grill Jamaican fare like jerk chicken and grilled plantains at picnic tables overlooking the emerald green lagoon. If you prefer your powder in the form of snow instead of sand, set your sights on Park City, Utah—the largest ski and snowboard resort in the U.S., featuring 7,300 acres, 348 trails, 41 lifts and eight terrain parks. Hop on a direct flight from Fort Lauderdale to Salt Lake City (Delta’s morning flight will land you in time to hit the slopes before lunch) and settle into the renovated Grand Summit Hotel, A RockResort, fresh off a $15 million facelift, where après-ski is served up in spa fashion with mini treatments waiting post-slope.
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Spring: S O U T H
hilean autumn (our spring) is one of the best times to visit the country, whose standout wine scene is quickly rivaling that of neighboring Argentina. Santiago, which sits under the shadow of the snow-capped Andes, has become one of South America’s under-theradar capitals of cool with its design-centric barrios, or neighborhoods, and growing gastronomic scenes. Immigrant artisans settled in the Barrio Italia back in the 19th century, but the historic neighborhood is just now having its moment. Stroll along the main strip, Avenida Italia, pausing to admire contemporary art galleries, antique shops and boutiques, with old homes opening up to a number of stores and cafés spilling out onto the street. One of the barrio’s best spots for an afternoon pick-meup: Café de la Candelaria, with its heavy, farmhouse-style tables, wrought-iron patio chairs and secret garden-like courtyard crawling with vines. Call the five-room, modern Maison Italia 1029—a 19th-century home swathed
AMERICA in locally stitched textiles—your base, setting out to sample the country’s vino at hot spots like Bocanáriz, where you can order thematic tasting flights, which makes deciding between the bar’s 349 bottles a whole lot easier. Ambrosía, ranked No. 24 on the list of “Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018,” is another eatery to add to your list. Chef Carolina Bazán pulls from her past experience at Parisian hot spot Frenchie to craft the whimsical, marketto-table menu that adds a French touch to classic Chilean fare. Food and wine are two reasons Chile ranks high on travelers’ lists, and this year’s solar eclipse makes three. One of the prime viewing places: Elqui Valley near La Serena, Chile’s second-oldest city. If you would rather visit a valley closer to the capital, picnic on the foothills of the Andes in Cachapoal Valley, home to 150-year-old Viña San Pedro’s winery. From South American cities like Montevideo or Ushuaia, you can easily hop on an expedition liner to the southernmost
continent: Antarctica. “Adventure travel is one of the fastest growing market segments in our industry, and the demand to visit some of our planet’s wildest places is rapidly increasing,” says Kimberly Krusell, founder and executive travel consultant at Honu Travel. “While retirees still compose a substantial segment of Antarctica travel, there is a growing number of clients from different demographics who are choosing to visit now.” Set off on one of the new luxury expedition liners, such as Silversea’s ice-class Silver Cloud (which recently underwent a $40 million revamp)—boasting the only Relais & Châteaux restaurant in Antarctica—at the tail end of cruising season in late summer (February and March). This is when the days start getting shorter (meaning stunning sunsets) and wildlife is at its most active, with plenty of penguin chicks wobbling on shore.
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arisians flee France in summer, but for transplants like myself (a Fort Lauderdale native who now calls Nice home), this is a favorite season to visit the capital city. July is a month-long holiday, from the fireworks on festive Bastille Day to the climactic finale of Le Tour de France along the ChampsÉlysées. (Fans can even hit the road cycling with some of the pros on Tour de Francethemed rides with operators like Mummu Cycling.) “France has almost always been steady with us,” says Jeannie Cartier Sauleau, president of Sixth Star Travel, a Virtuoso agency based in Plantation. “The interest has grown tremendously for culinary and wine experiences, and what better place than France, including Paris—home to over 70 Michelin restaurants?” Paris features iconic institutions like the Moulin Rouge and former Hemingway haunt Café de Flore, but even the city’s legendary landmarks welcome a bit of modernization from time to time. After a decade at the helm of Eiffel Tower eatery Le Jules Verne, Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse is getting dethroned, with molecular master Thierry Marx stepping in to take his place. Rive Gauche hot spot Hotel Lutetia (once frequented by the likes of Picasso and James Joyce) is also getting a facelift in the form of a $234 million renovation, shrinking the room count from 233 to 184—with two suites showing off 360-degree city views. From Paris, board the 40-minute, high-speed train to Champagne, where the region’s first luxury spa hotel, the 49-room Royal Champagne, opened last summer in a former 17th-century coaching inn overlooking the Marne Valley. The perfect weekend itinerary: start with winery tours through big-name maisons like Mumm or Veuve Clicquot before indulging in a facial at Royal Champagne’s Biologique Recherche-branded spa. Then, take your Champagne tastings up a notch with the recently launched Champagne Armand de Brignac (aka Jay-Z’s bubbly) tasting menu at three-Michelin starred restaurant L’Assiette Champenoise. (The langoustine matched with the magnum of Blanc de Blancs is heavenly.) For wine tours that are off the beaten
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track, head to the Pelješac Peninsula, an hour drive from Dubrovnik. The coastal Croatian city, nicknamed the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” receives more than 500 cruise ships per year, with tourism growing 10 percent annually. Ranked one of Virtuoso’s “Top 5 Emerging Destinations,” Dubrovnik can thank critically acclaimed HBO series “Game of Thrones”—the season 8 finale airs this spring—for placing the city in the international spotlight. Embrace your inner Daenerys Targaryen (Mother of Dragons), tracing the character’s steps through the walled city, which served as the backdrop for King’s Landing. “Dubrovnik is such a magical place, with amazing architecture, interesting alleyways filled with shops and cafés,
crystal clear waters and a cable car to the mountaintop for an overlook,” Sauleau says. “‘Game of Thrones’ has increased the interest as they film there—and there are plenty of tours oriented to those interested—but, of course, there is far more to Croatia, with Split, Istria and Zagreb, not to mention other more unknown spots with secluded beaches, history and friendly locals.” Steer clear of the cruise ship crowds, staying just a 5-minute walk outside of the medieval city walls at Adriatic Luxury Hotels’ Hotel Excelsior (a favorite of both Queen Elizabeth II and Elizabeth Taylor—as well as the “Game of Thrones” cast and crew). The former royal villa, which dates back to 1913, features mid-century modern-outfitted rooms with wraparound terraces that show off two of Dubrovnik’s best views: pine forest-filled Lokrum island and the walled city (best seen while soaking in a bathtub). Start the evening on the hotel’s terrace with a signature cocktail at
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ters of the Dresdner Bank, with a swimming pool sitting in the old jewel vault. Another landmark with a name many on Miami Beach will recognize: Soho House. The Berlin outpost of the members’ club is located in the stylish Mitte neighborhood, set inside an old department store that was later converted to the Reich Youth leadership headquarters during the Second World War.
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THE STRAIGHT SHOOTER Key corrections to his spine and swing—and strong family ties—put Ken Duke, a Palm City resident, on a path to golf greatness
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hat do life, golf and a moonshot share in common? One mild miscalculation, one innocent alteration, one unnoticed deviation, and you could end up landing somewhere that’s nowhere near where you intended. Without a series of finely calibrated, perfectly timed— some might even say, divinely inspired and cosmically coordinated—adjustments to both his spine and his swing, Ken Duke might never have achieved his status as a comefrom-behind, Johnny-come-lately PGA star. But for all the adjustments along the way that prepared him to compete among golf ’s greats, even winning a PGA tour in 2013, one thing Duke never needed to adjust was his attitude. “He had some good times and some bad times—as all golfers do,” says his mom, Bettie Duke, of Arkadelphia, Arkansas. “But he never gave up; he kept his determination.” That determination, family support, eagerness to help others—and humility to recognize when he needed help himself—underpin the perspective and work ethic that fueled the Stuart resident’s surprise success among golf ’s best. Born in Hope, Arkansas, but raised in Arkadelphia, Duke excelled at several sports, playing high school football and basketball in addition to golf. In the seventh grade, he was diagnosed with scoliosis—a severe curvature of the spine. “We took him to Children’s Hospital in Little Rock and they said, ‘We’ll watch it for a while,’” Bettie remembers. “They put a brace on him. That summer, he took the brace off and played golf, but [the condition] had gotten worse.”
Much worse—deteriorating with the speed of his adolescent growth spurts. “In the eighth and ninth grades I wore a back brace 23 hours a day,” he recalls. “It was trying to correct itself, but I was growing so quickly.” In October 1984, the curve measured at 52 degrees. A mere five months later, the curvature worsened to 72 degrees. “I was more winded than other kids and couldn’t breathe,” he says. Doctors urged surgery. “The doctors said, ‘We’ve got to do surgery or it’s going to affect his heart and lungs,’” Bettie says. Duke forged a love of golf while playing with his father, Ray, on weekends and during the summer. The surgery, which entailed inserting a 16-inch-long rod in his back, would eliminate all contact sports from his future. Although he could have viewed golf as his last athletic refuge, Duke faced far greater post-surgery fears than an end to his high school sports days. “I was hoping I could still walk, first of all,” he says. “To play any sport was a bonus.” Duke emerged from the successful surgery not only able to walk, but he was even taller than before. “When they stood him up after the surgery, he was 2 inches taller,” Bettie says. “He made the decision to play golf, and I think he made the right one.” Four months later, Duke was on the range hitting golf balls. Six months later, he competed for his high school’s district title and won, shooting a 77—as a sophomore.
- Ken Duke
I WAS HOPING I COULD STILL WALK, FIRST OF ALL. TO PLAY ANY SPORT WAS A BONUS.
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Duke attended college at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia. He majored in sports management while playing golf with the goal of going pro after graduation. “I finished college in 1992,” he says. “I didn’t have much money. I had to find some sponsorships.” While securing initial support to travel the world playing golf throughout Asia, South America and Canada, it took time—10 years—to get out on the PGA tour. Along the way, he worked a variety of jobs, even after he and his wife, Michelle Duke, married in 2001. As his family grew to two daughters (now ages 13 and 15), so did the pressure to perform on the course. “You have to have money to support yourself, and if you don’t make any money that week, you’ve got to have a backup plan,” Duke says, “I’ve always enjoyed the competition and the challenge, but it does Duke and his wife, make for a little more pressure if you have Michelle, have two daughters, ages 13 a family.” and 15. While making a living playing golf, Duke made a life with Michelle—also on the golf course. Before the couple moved to Palm City from Boca Raton in 2006, she worked full time but took off to travel with Ken. While still newlyweds, he asked her to caddy for him on the Web.com Tour. “I did that until I was pregnant and found out I couldn’t carry the bag anymore,” Michelle says. “But as soon as [both girls] had their sets of shots, we were gone with their dad and on the road. And we did that until our oldest started kindergarten.” Although she’s since “focused on taking care of the
girls on the home front,” Michelle seizes those occasional events when she’s able to caddy for her husband during a competition. “He asked me to caddy for him in Palm Springs two years ago—what a great memory,” she says. “If the opportunity is given and a friend or my parents can come out and stay with the kids and I can break away, I like to do that. I love to be on the golf course and love to be around the other players.” In addition to preferring her companionship, Duke says
he relishes those moments when the entire family accompanies him on the road. “It’s relaxing having her out and even having the girls out,” he says. “After you get through playing, you have to figure out what you’re going to do—go out to eat, go out to the movies. With them, we go out as a family, which is better than sitting in the hotel room, which we do 25, 30 weeks out of the year. It’s very lonely.” In 2006, he topped the money list in the Nationwide Tour
- Michelle Duke
BUT AS SOON AS [BOTH GIRLS] HAD THEIR SETS OF SHOTS, WE WERE GONE WITH THEIR DAD AND ON THE ROAD
and won the BMW Charity Pro-Am, earning a spot on the PGA Tour. The following year he made four consecutive top 10 finishes. Soon after, someone suggested he reach out to golfing great Bob Toski. “They said, ‘You’re a hands player and he’s a hands teacher,’” Duke recalls. “He changed my swing a little bit, and I got a lot more consistent.” Toski changed Duke’s swing more than a little bit, says the
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Duke and his father after he won a tournament to earn his PGA tour card
acclaimed instructor. “There were a number of corrections that I made,” Toski says. “His alignment was one in which he aimed left and swung right. You never do that in golf. You swing where you’re aiming.” A member of the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame, Toski, 92, counts five PGA Tour wins to his distinguished record. He played alongside legends of the game, including Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan and Sam Snead, who nicknamed him the “Mouse” after Mighty Mouse, a nod to his driving power despite his small frame. The first living instructor to earn induction in the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame, Toski also authored several books on golf. Duke was 40 when he approached Toski. “He was playing on the tour for quite a while,” Toski says. “He was a journeyman, playing overseas. I said, ‘If you stay with me, I promise you will play the big tour and if you make the big tour, I promise you will have a chance to win a tournament.’” Adhering to the instructions Toski provided, Duke started driving farther and scoring more efficiently. In 2013, at age 44, he got a spot in the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut. It was familiar ground for Toski. In 1953, he’d competed in the same tournament—then known as the Insurance City Open—and won. The following year he’d won four more tournaments and the title of leading money-winner. Encouraging his student to think positively, Toski advised Duke aim to shoot a 66. Watching the game on TV at home, Toski saw Duke shoot
a 66 in the final round, facing his opponent, Chris Stroud, in a suddendeath playoff. At the 18th hole, Stroud couldn’t birdie from 30 feet while Duke’s shot landed 3 feet from the cup. “I had to walk out,” Toski says. “All these years he hadn’t won a tournament. Then he knocked it in and won the tournament.” Duke’s first tournament win arrived 60 years after Toski’s first tournament win—and the same tournament to boot. (The two also share the same number of lifetime hole-in-ones at 11 apiece. Ken also counts one double eagle to his lifetime golfing achievements.) “Here I took a 40-year-old man, changed his swing, and four years later he won the tournament,” Toski says. “That’s one of my great accomplishments as a teacher and for him as a player, for you become a part of a fraternity—the winner’s circle.” The feeling is one of fraternity, and even family, Duke says. “It’s like a Super Bowl or NBA championship; you feel like you have to get that title,” he says. “And you feel like, I belong out here now. You finally feel like you belong with this family [now] that you’ve finally won a championship.” Fortunately, Duke’s first golf instructor—his father, Ray—got to share in his son’s joys before dying of a heart attack in 2016. “You couldn’t ask for a more proud father,” Bettie says. “He was so proud of Ken and supported him in anything he did.” In 2014, Duke won the acclaimed Ben Hogan Award for his perseverance. It’s a character trait that will serve him well in January when he turns 50 and is eligible for the Champions Tour. “He’s just that kind of person,” Bettie says. “If he starts something, he’s going to finish.”
As he plays, practices and prepares, Duke remains active in the community, supporting several local charities, including Folds of Honor, Project Lift, Volunteers in Medicine, Visiting Nurse Association of Florida, Celebrities Fore Kids, United Way of Martin County’s White Doves toy drive and Young Life.
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THE SMARTEST MINDS IN CORAL AROUND ARE WORKING ON THIS. BUT YET, WE HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO STOP IT.
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UST OFF OUR SHORES, not much more than a good swim from the sand, you could, until recently, find the most majestic of creatures, on land or at sea. Scientists named it orbicella faveolata. But a dive boat captain would tell you to look for the mountainous star coral, a name befitting its stature. It began its life in 1694, one year before the Spanish built the Castillo de San Marcos fort in St. Augustine. For 323 years it grew slowly into a formation of coral the size of a Volkswagen, covered in small ridges and peaks, the color of rich mustard and pockmarked with little holes where it takes in life. “It was pretty spectacular and impossible to replace,” says Martin County Commissioner Doug Smith. “We’re talking about a coral, a living creature, that was more than 300 years old. That’s extremely unique.”
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Scientists first noticed a lesion on it in October two years ago. They hoped they could cut the infection off, like amputating a gangrenous limb to save a soldier. By the time they went back for another inspection two months later, the entire thing was infected. It died in January 2017. How we lost this mountainous star coral has stumped scientists. They first discovered a mysterious illness killing coral off the coast of Florida in 2014. Since then, at least a quarter, and maybe as much as two-thirds, of the reef coral from Martin County to Key West has died off. “The smartest minds in coral around are working on this,” says Kathy Fitzpatrick, coastal engineer for Martin County. She’s part of a taskforce set up to track and try to prevent the disease from spreading. “But yet, we haven’t been able to figure out how to stop it.” The disease began three years ago during a time when ocean waters over the world warmed, causing coral to die from Australia to the Caribbean. The scientists called it coral bleaching, and when the ocean cooled months later, the disease stopped.
Photo courtesy of Florida Department of Environmental Protection (above) The largest known colony of mountainous star coral in southeast Florida dead. (right) The mountainous star coral when it was alive.
But Florida’s coral continued to die. Scientists figured it was something worse than the bleaching. They called it white plague or white blotch. As it spreads, it leaves the coral looking like ghostly skeletons, devoid of color and turning quickly to crumbly limestone. In Martin County, the northern tip of Florida’s reef, scientists first spotted the white plague in summer 2017, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. At least 50 to 60 percent of the coral in Martin County appears susceptible to the disease, Fitzpatrick says. In response, the state set up an advisory taskforce to study the problem, and Smith was one of the founders. The taskforce went to the Florida Legislature in 2016 to ask for $1 million to study the disease. “We got like a gnat hair away from getting that passed,” Smith recalls. A year later the committee finally
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convinced lawmakers to approve the funds, and the state’s budget included it again in 2018. The money in part paid for more than 100 monitoring devices on coral near the inlets along South Florida, Smith says. Mostly, the devices have tracked the deaths of ancient coral. For instance, scientists tracked 65 colonies of rare pillar coral, which look like upturned cucumbers; all but one died. The loss of coral is far more important than simply an offshore attraction, Smith says. The coral not only serves as a headliner for the $8 billion ocean-related industry in Florida, but it also creates a breeding ground for thousands of species, from tiny
microorganisms, to schools of fish, to the predators that circle the reef. Perhaps most important for Florida, the coral also acts as a natural buffer to break up powerful storms before they carry waves ashore. Without the coral, South Florida could be more susceptible to hurricanes and even just regular ocean currents, causing more flooding and erosion. At first it seemed like the disease affected only limited types of coral, and so scientists hoped it would be contained to just a couple species. Since then, the disease has affected at least 20 types of coral. By the time the disease is done ravaging the coast, nearly all of Florida’s coral might be lost.
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Tissue loss on this large colony of great star coral is nearly total.
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It might seem easy to blame the disease on things that can negatively impact coral, including sunscreen, global warming, beach renourishment projects, Lake Okeechobee water discharges and sewage that’s pumped straight out to sea in South Florida. But Fitzpatrick says there’s no proof that any one of those things is the culprit. Instead, they likely combined to make the reef more susceptible to disease. “It’s like having a cold or getting rundown from being overworked and stressed out and not eating well. It makes you more susceptible to colds,” Fitzpatrick says. “Once you have the corals in such a frail condition, they become more susceptible to whatever it
is affecting them.” It’s possible the disease was something that’s always been here, just not able to spread until the coral became weakened. Or perhaps a ship heading into one of South Florida’s ports illegally dumped its ballast water at sea, releasing a disease imported from some faraway reef. Or maybe it was a microorganism that traveled on the flippers of scuba gear someone used on an infected reef elsewhere, unknowingly carrying it to Florida’s shores. What scientists have been able to determine is that it’s likely bacterial, says Valerie Paul, head scientist with the Smithsonian Marine Station in Fort Pierce. They figure that’s true because
treating the coral with antibiotics seems to help stop the spread of the disease, she says. The problem is that the logistics and cost of treating hundreds of miles of coral with antibiotics make that solution unlikely to stop the spread. Early last year, the Smithsonian lab began dropping infected pieces of coral into five-liter tanks. Then they would add coral bought from aquarium supply companies. Paul’s team learned that it takes the disease four to five days to spread when the coral is touching. It can also spread simply in the sea water, although that takes longer. In July of last year, Paul’s team
also began tagging coral, 20 in total, to track their progress. Since then, three have died. “We still don’t know the organism that’s causing the problem, but luckily we do know some treatments,” Paul says. Nova Southeastern University researchers have had success using a technique. They’ve been acting like fire jumpers who parachute into wildfires and dig trenches to create firebreaks that the blaze can’t cross. Similarly, the NSU team bores a channel into affected coral, separating a good side from the bad, filling the gap with chlorine powder. The powder kills the coral, giving the disease nowhere to spread. The disease, however, can also spread through the water, so scientists use this method knowing there’s a chance the firebreak method will still not save the coral. With the disease spreading so fast and remedies limited, scientists have begun planning for catastrophe. At the Keys Marine Lab, deputy director Cindy Lewis has filled her lab with 230-gallon fiberglass tanks that look like giant feeding troughs. Inside are 200 samples of coral about the size of a dinner plate. Twice a week, Lewis’ team feeds the coral brined shrimp and vitamins. “Coral is a living, breathing animal, so we have to feed them and make sure they have oxygen and all the things they need to survive,” Lewis says. The samples will eventually, hopefully, represent every species of Florida coral. If all our coral dies, scientists
(top) A close-up of an active disease lesion; (below) A close-up of healthy tissue and polyps; (bottom) Close-up of diseased polyps
Courtesy of Valerie Paul, head scientist with the Smithsonian Marine Station in Fort Pierce
may be able to use this coral bank to repopulate the reef. For now, the lab is the coral’s temporary home, but eventually scientists hope to create a permanent home where they can store the coral, perhaps for years, Lewis says. Maybe then, disease will have wiped out all the coral and then the disease itself will die. Perhaps over the course of decades or centuries, scientists can regrow the coral
from the samples saved. For Smith, the Martin County commissioner, the hope is that a solution can be found before that happens. He knows, though, that far more resources and attention need to be directed toward a solution. “It’s awful out there right now,” Smith says. “Time is of the essence, and if we don’t do things with a sense of urgency, it will be catastrophic.”
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ombining a showcase for a spectacular collection of artworks with comfortable living spaces was the challenge for interior designer Annie Santulli of Annie Santulli Designs when she was commissioned by a couple who had purchased a home at Mirasol in Palm Beach Gardens. The home is a winter getaway for the pair, who also have a residence in the Northeast. “They’re very passionate about their art, and they wanted to create the vibe of a gallery, but they also wanted a home that was cozy and comfortable,” Santulli says. “They like to entertain, and their adult children visit often.” Santulli, who has an office in Palm Beach Gardens, has been designing for more than 20 years in South Florida and the Hamptons. She uses a creative process that blends form and function with insight and whimsy. “I am inspired by each of my client’s individuality,” she says. “It’s not about my style, it’s about their dreams. I identify with every detail with as much care, sensitivity, attention and joy as my clients do.” For Santulli, interior design is not just a profession. “It’s my personal passion and purpose,” she says. “Once I accept a project, I live and breathe the work.” The existing décor in the 3,500-square-foot, three-bedroom, 3.5-bath home overlooking a golf course was Mediterranean. The couple wanted something more contemporary with a gallery feel. To create a backdrop for the owners’ often colorful paintings and sculptures, Santulli chose a neutral palette of soft, dove gray for walls and gray and white porcelain tile flooring, along with pure white molding for contrast.
The ambience of a gallery begins with a large, vertical painting hanging just past the front door. The space offers a view through the home to the pool and patio out back. In the hallway beyond, a
The homeowners didn’t want a dining room, so Santulli turned the space into a dramatic, speakeasy-style bar.
tall, arresting crimson sculpture of a human figure in dance creates instant drama. Curved walls add architectural interest. A STUNNING BAR
Because the couple didn’t want a dining room, Santulli used the space allotted for it to design a stunning bar area. “I wanted to create the feel of a speakeasy,” she says. A wall unit with glass shelving framed in dark mahogany is set against a window that offers a view of the outdoors. A small painting placed against the glass provides a focal point at eye level for anyone seated on the stools, which have adjustable chrome pedestals and white leather upholstery framed in mahogany. The bar itself is topped with quartz. Large, colorful paintings on both walls flank the room, and a chrome starburst chandelier provides additional ambiance. LIVING ROOM
In the living room, ivory floor-to-ceiling
stationary side panels with a lacey weave frame sliding glass doors leading to the pool and patio. The panels, which have a silvery shimmer, hang from 3-foot-long rods with decorative finials. On the floor, a thin, flat, hair-on-hide rug in tones of cream and gray adds softness and texture. A custom gray wood wall holds floating white shelves illuminated to highlight brightly colored sculptures and a collection of bottles. The wall unit also has a TV screen and cabinetry with chrome hardware beneath provides storage for audiovisual accouterments. A large painting of a human face on the adjacent wall draws the eye. A long sectional upholstered in charcoal velvet adds to the gallery feel while providing comfortable seating. End tables wrapped in coordinating gray faux linen act as pedestals, and a 3D piece of artwork hangs above a small chair covered in a light gray faille fabric. The two-tiered glass coffee table is framed in pewter. “The glass keeps the space open and shows off the rug,” Santulli says. Striped accent pillows are a final touch. “I found a fabric that has every color in the room,” Santulli says proudly. “I like to bring in color and texture with accessories.” KITCHEN
A tall sculpture in vivid blue provides balance and differentiation between the living room and open kitchen. “We needed color and art so it wasn’t weighted on the other side,” the designer says. To provide continuity, the same fabric that frames the glass doors in the living room hangs at the kitchen window. Unlike the living room’s fixed side panels, however, the drapery here can be pulled all the way across the window. Appliances are stainless steel, and countertops are white quartz.
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(above) A large piece of artwork at the side of the living room wall unit is a visual focal point. (left) The kitchen table has a hammered chrome base and a glass oval top. Chairs are upholstered in white faux leather for easy cleanup.
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The bed in the master suite has a black wood frame and a white leather headboard.
Santulli considered pulling out the existing kitchen cabinets but decided instead to paint them white and dress them up with new chrome hardware. “They turned out beautifully,” she says. An unusual feature is a long, narrow window between the upper and lower cabinets instead of a solid backsplash. Landscaping outside ensures privacy from the neighboring home. To add further interest as well as continuity, Santulli inserted a small piece of art similar to the one in the window of the bar area. The remaining portion of the backsplash is gray glass subway tile. An existing rounded center island was changed to a rectangular shape topped with a
book-matched white quartz waterfall. Hanging from the ceiling above the island are shimmering chrome pendant lights. Stools that provide seating for the island have ebony-colored wood legs and are covered in gray faux leather, which is practical for a kitchen. “You can just wipe them off,” Santulli says. Because there is no dining room, the kitchen is the main eating area. The ovalshaped, glass-topped table with a hammered chrome base seats six. Curved chairs have ebony legs that match the island bar stools and white faux leather upholstery accented with chrome nailheads.
A wall hanging that displays a soaring, curved column of hand-cut silk butterflies is the dramatic focal point of the powder room. Textured gray silk wallcovering shimmers, and a square white vanity is crowned with white quartz. MASTER SUITE
The master bedroom is dramatic, yet it is also a comfortable retreat. Large windows and a glass door leading to the patio offer beautiful views while dark gray, textured sheer window treatments that open and close provide privacy when it is desired.
Blue glass tiles line the pool while travertine tile covers the floor of the patio.
white shag area rug creates softness and texture, and white walls showcase a colorful abstract painting. A chair and large ottoman upholstered in royal blue velvet pick up tones in the painting and add another vivid splash of color. The dark wood bed frame has a slight sheen, contrasting beautifully with a white leather headboard. Bedside tables made with the same dark wood as the bed frame hold lamps with chrome bases and white drum shades, and white bedding and pillows are edged in black. After gutting the dark, drab master bath, Santulli installed porcelain tile flooring that is different from the tile in the rest of the home. The tiles also climb the shower wall, creating a dramatic look. “I wanted the space to be a little jewel, and the tile worked perfectly with the rest of the flooring,” she says. Vinyl grass cloth, beautiful yet practical for a moist environment like a bathroom, covers the remaining walls. A large mirror hangs above gray wood cabinetry with chrome hardware and a quartz countertop, while a freestanding tub creates a focal point. A large glass block window lets in light while ensuring privacy. GUEST BEDROOMS
A tufted gray headboard with chrome nailheads complements gray walls in one of the guest bedrooms, and a gray-and-cream, diamond-patterned rug works beautifully with cream and beige bedding. Gray wood bedside tables hold lamps that resemble tree branches.
A double bed instead of a king or queen helped meet the challenge of a narrow second guest bedroom. Head- and footboards are covered in gray patterned fabric while chrome lamps that resemble telescopes help create the illusion of more width. Walls are gray, and a gray and white rug adds both texture and visual interest. Side tables are dark wood, and bedding is a shimmering silver. A chrome-framed blue velvet bench at the foot of the bed and matching accent pillows contrast with the neutral tones in the rest of the room. White window shades that open and close let in light while providing privacy. BACKYARD
The homeowners enjoy spending time outdoors, so the patio and pool area were as important as the interior spaces. Santulli first pulled out landscaping that blocked the view of a lake and golf course, replacing it with trees that instead framed the scene. Beige travertine marble covers the patio floor, and blue glass tiles shimmer in the pool. A charcoal gray chaise topped with a light gray cushion with darker welting offers a spot to relax and catch some sun while royal blue pots filled with colorful plantings accent the space. Under a covered portion of the patio, a granite-topped gas fire pit with a royal blue rock interior rests in the middle of a cozy seating group. The charcoal gray sectional and chair match the chaise and hold cushions upholstered in the same light gray fabric with dark welting. A matching side table has a glass top for easy upkeep. Fabric with the blues of both the pool tiles and the planters help tie the space together and add splashes of color to the neutral tones in the space. The home now has a décor that is refined yet easy and comfortable. It offers a place for the owners to get away from the cold north and enjoy the Florida sunshine, as well as to display their art and welcome family and friends.
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THE PINE SCHOOL EVENING OF CELEBRATION - BOLLYWOOD KNIGHTS
The Pine School welcomed 210 guests for a Bollywood-themed event at the 142-acre campus in Hobe Sound. Guests dressed in authentic attire and enjoyed a three-course dinner, silent and live auctions and dancing.
1. Antonio and Ellen Sanchez-Garcia 2. Beth Lettengarver, Sarah Sharfi, Robyn Price, Kelly Hilton-Green and Dani Skelly 3. John Textor, Scott Hughes, Joanne Wagner and John Gimbel 4. Kenan and Betsy Siegel 5. Debbie Andrews, Scott Hughes and Susan Hemmes 6. Cris Branden, Chip Falcone and Todd Schroeder 7. Jack Schofield, Heather Posey, Binney Caffrey and Bev Schofield 8. Kevin and Liza Hutchinson with Rich and Colleen Goldman 9. Molly Marculics, Tami Skelly, Cathryn Rabiei and Lisa Harmon
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MARTIN HEALTH SYSTEM CHRYSANTHEMUM BALL
Guests met at Stuart Jet Center for the Chrysanthemum Ball, which raised $970,000 for a neurointerventional biplane fluoroscopy system at Martin Health System. Soon, the center will be able to offer biplane fluoroscopy to patients who have suffered an ischemic stroke. Photos by Steven Martine
1. Adam and Elyse Mues 2. Carmen and Joe Olivieri 3. Catherine Bailey and Sally Guthrie 4. Delores Laskevich and Sarah Salter 5. Debra Duvalle with Debbie and John Textor 6. Donna and Rick Crary 7. Howard Voss and Joanne Kelly 8. James Councill, Tom Lucido, Lee Moffitt and Ike Crumpler 9. Jessica Mclain, Tiffany Weakley and Leann Talton
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5 1. John and Catherine Fasano, Pat Gage, Gina Penflur and Steven McIntyre 2. Linda Loewenberg, Eileen Morris, Bob Griffin and John Loewenberg 3. Nancy Perry, Carrie Morgridge and Mark Perry 4. Norman Bennett, Anuj Prasher and Ashley and Marty Rukeyser 5. Robert and Bethany Lord, Edward Savage and Michelle and Wael Barsoum 6. Suzanne and Tony Kissling , Sandra Porter and William Lichtenberger
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BIG TASTE OF MARTIN COUNTY The annual fundraising event for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties took place at The Stuart Jet Center and raised attendance, awareness, community outreach and money for local kids. The premier festival featured wall-to-wall food and drinks from 30 restaurants throughout Martin County.
1. Denise and Jason Bunk 2. Doug Pierce, Kyle Greene and Micah Ligget 3. Heather Panzitta, Nicole Behr and Jayna Pizzi 4. Jill Bee, Olena Trunina, Tracey Miller, Svetlana Nemeroff, Kelly Catania and Radhika Draleaus 5. Scott Ritchey, Nathan Ritchey and Jill and William Bee
The 2018 mARTies Awards debuted the Kane Center, with guests who share a common love for the arts in the community and for arts education in attendance. Presented by The Arts Council of Martin County, the event included a cocktail reception followed by dinner and an awards ceremony.
1. Ashley Vitale, Julia Vitale, Steven Vitale and Marian Vitale 2. Ken Hooper-Capozzi, Mallo Bissett, Nancy Turrell and Neil Capozzi 3. Peter Jones and David Smythe 4. Wendy and Denny Hudson with Todd and Deanna Thurlow 5. Tom Prestopnik with Susanne and Robby Franklin 100
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IMPACT 100 MARTIN RECEPTION
The organization kicked off its 2018 to 2019 season with a reception at Ground Floor Farm in Stuart. More than 80 women mixed, mingled and learned what is in store for the coming year. Impact 100 Martin will award a $100,000 grant to a deserving local non-profit at its Grant Award Celebration in April.
1. Alivia Williams, Marge Bonomo and Pat Williams 2. Gert Rodgers, Roseann Wolcott and Stephanie Flicker 3. Denise Belizar and Maureen Cotter 4. Jamie Bond, Merle Ginsburg, Emmy Johnston, Ellyn Stevenson and Elizabeth Barbella 5. Linda Prange and Patty Stewart
COCKTAILS FOR A CAUSE
More than 130 Planned Parenthood supporters joined together at a Stuart home to celebrate the work of Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida during the annual event. Funds raised will ensure access to reproductive health care and information in Martin County and surrounding areas.
1. Marianne Weber and Vincent Oliveri 2. Debbie Maunus, Lillian Tamayo, Ellyn Stevenson, Heidi Rich and Amy Smith 3. Merle and Barry Ginsburg 4. Rose and Matthew Durbin 5. Tim and Diane Kimes gulfstreammediagroup.com
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AUDI STUART AIR SHOW
The three-day aviation extravaganza at Witham Field included special events and displays for locals. Friday night’s Dirty Flight Suit Party featured dinner and live entertainment in addition to a premier viewing area for the Night Air Show and fireworks display.
1. Amanda and Jeff Coan 2. Yuka and Joel Kagan 3. Jeff Sabin with Joan and Mike Anthony 4. Kelsey Cornish and Ashley Rukeyser 5. Tony Rubino, Trisha Hawthorne, Ray Ellis, Chris Wilson and Crystal Perez 6. Felicia Rodriguez, Barry Grant Marsh, Tiffany Kenney and Todd McDermott
STEAK & STAKE DINNER & AUCTION
Held at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center, the 11th Annual Steak & Stake Dinner & Auction benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County welcomed guests to an evening reminiscent of the Gatsby era. Attendees took part in a photo op in front of a 1930 Ford Model “A” Standard Phaeton provided by the Elliott Museum before enjoying a steak dinner and entertainment. Photos by Mitch Kloorfain
1. Cathie and Keith Mooring 2. Dan Pimpo, Grace Vergis and Julie and Bill Patterson 3. Lindsey Concannon, Will Armstead and Kenya Reinhart 4. Vicky James, April Ferguson, Doris Edmonds and Lisa Shockley 5. Glenn Ryals, Maryann Haggarty and Evely and Mike Fogarty 6. Leslie Kristof with Will and Rachel Armstead 7. Richard Del Toro, Alexis and Will Armstead, Melanie Wiles and Karen Spera 102
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TREASURE COAST WILDLIFE CENTER’S ‘GHOULA’ FUNDRAISING EVENT
Guests dressed up in costume and headed to the South Florida Shooting club for an interactive murder mystery and musical experience resembling “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” The event’s funds will benefit sick, injured and orphaned wildlife on the Treasure Coast.
1. Chanda Albritton, Joey Hedrick and Shelley Keelor 2. Tim Brown and Dan Martinelli 3. Christie Bell with Darren and Nereida Steele 4. Linda Pfeffer, Cheryl Nevius, Kim Heroux and Corey Weiner
STUART WELCOMES FLORIDA COUNCIL ON ARTS AND CULTURE
The Florida Council on Arts and Culture convened in Stuart, touring cultural landmarks in Martin and Palm Beach counties, including the Court House Cultural Center. The Council reviewed, vetted and approved $61 million of arts and culture grants that will be presented to the Florida legislature for funding.
1. Cynthia and Chris Callaway 2. Donna and Rick Crary 3. Janeen Mason and Sue Snyder 4. Geoffrey and Aleta Smith
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