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City Guide of Sebastian & Vero Beach

Live Like Cole Foundation Taking action. Spreading Kindness.

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Dear Readers, Thank you for reading the City Guide of Sebastian & Vero Beach. We hope you find it interesting, and that you choose to support our local businesses that advertise within. We thank you for helping to make Indian River County more vibrant and economically healthy by doing so. Enjoy our content and back issues at www.cityguidesvb.com and visit us on our Facebook pages as well! You may notice that many of our articles bring attention to local not-for-profit organizations in our community. I am grateful that so many of us can share our blessings with these very worthy causes.

Our community continues to prosper, and there are so many opportunities to get involved with local organizations that support the arts and help the less fortunate. We are also blessed to be able to maintain our unique small town charm amidst our growth. If you are interested in advertising, please know that we print 12,000 copies that are delivered by the U. S. Postal service to the doors of local residents and businesses, and are also available at many key locations countywide. Enjoy the issue! David Moshier, Publisher 772-925-4154

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Some Emergency Phone Numbers: EMERGENCY Dial 911 Indian River County Department of Emergency Services 772-567-8000 ext 144

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Indian River County Sheriff’s Dept. (772) 569-6700

Indian River Shores Public Safety (772) 231-2451

Vero Beach Police Department (772) 978-4600

Indian River Medical Center (772) 567-4311

Sebastian Police Department (772) 589-5233

Sebastian River Medical Center (772) 589-3186

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Indian River County Fire Rescue (772) 562-2028

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“Take Action. Spread Kindness.” This is the motto that Live Like Cole Foundation has promoted for the past two years now. And with the community’s abundant display of kindness, projects to create safe spaces in the county are finally on their way.

The Live Like Cole Foundation, a 501c3 organization, honors and memorializes the life of Nicholas “Cole” Coppola by supporting individuals and organizations who adopt Cole’s philosophy. This philosophy includes always helping where help is needed and lifting those up around him by encouraging their self-worth and importance. Cole never missed the opportunity to lend a helping hand, taking extraordinary efforts to ensure each person he encountered felt like the most important person to him. So far, the foundation has donated to the Buggy Bunch, H.A.L.O. Animal No-Kill Shelter, Hibiscus Children’s Center, Gifford Youth Achievement Center, local scholarships, Vero Beach Police Foundation, American Cancer Society, Vero Beach Karate Association, Indian River Soccer Association, and many other local organizations.

While the Live Like Cole Foundation’s mission is to encourage children and adults alike to support others, to foster self-worth and to help out their fellow man, their vision is to create safe spaces in Indian River County; their first project being the Cole Coppola Memorial Fishing Pier. “Members of the community have the opportunity to make their mark on this project, permanently inscribed in the very treads making up the fishing pier,” said Melanie Coppola, C.E.O. of Live Like Cole, and Cole’s sister. The pier will serve the public at large by providing a new safe place for fishing in the Indian River Lagoon, all while creating a brand new marine habitat for fish and other marine life to thrive. The pier will also serve as a place for remembering loved ones in a tranquil environment in one of Vero Beach’s most beautiful areas, Riverside Park. The foundation’s fundraising has been matched by a Florida Inland Navigational District grant. Members and local businesses in the community are able to name a tread for only $300. Construction by WILCO


Marine Construction begins early April and is scheduled to be completed by the end of summer. In addition to the pier, Live Like Cole will also be donating funds to repair the hurricane damaged docks at the Fountains in Royal Palm Pointe, naming the new docks “Live Like Cole Fishing Docks.” Another up-and-coming project Live Like Cole is bringing to Vero Beach is a bike sharing experience and is going to do so at no cost to the taxpayers or the city. Bike sharing is a service by which bicycles are available for shared use to individuals on a short term basis and for a nominal fee. This allows people to borrow a bike from any of the existing bike sharing stations and return it from where they started or at a different bike share station all together. Opportunities that come with this are alleviating Oceanside parking, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing traffic to local businesses, increasing physical activity and promoting tourism.

The bikes will be highly visible with safety lighting, reflectors, handlebar bells and will be regularly maintained. Elaine Coppola says, “Live Like Cole is dedicated to this wonderful community that has constantly showed its support from the beginning. So the foundation will continue to work hard to provide these safe places for children and adults.” For more information on the foundation or how to purchase your tread, visit LiveLikeCole.org.

Left to right: Wayne Coment, Chief Currey, Elaine Coppola, Laura Moss, Tammie Bursick, Jim O’Connor, Lange Sykes, Harry Howle, Nicholas Coppola, Margaret Mattingly, Brenda Doninger-Bradley, Linda Teetz, Tony Young


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The Cole Coppola Memorial Fishing Pier Riverside Park, Vero Beach To Be Completed By Summer 2018 Live Like Cole is engaging in a private-public partnership with Vero Beach and the Florida Inland Navigational District (FIND) in order to construct a fishing pier. Put your Name or Business on an 8-foot tread or honor loved ones, pets, or children for only $300. Tread Reservation Forms can be found online at: LiveLikeCole.org | email us at livelikecole@yahoo.com | call us at 772-453-2760.


Place of Hope is a unique children’s organization who has been serving children and families for 17 years

in Palm Beach County. Offering a comprehensive continuum of care including family-style foster care (emergency and long-term), family outreach and intervention, maternity care, safety for victims of domestic minor sex trafficking, transitional housing and support services, foster care recruitment and support, hope and healing opportunities for children and families who have been traumatized by abuse and neglect. In early 2015, Treasure Coast Community Based Care provider, Devereux CBC, invited Place of Hope to expand its traditional foster care model into Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties, making Place of Hope the

largest children’s organization in the region. Ranked #1 in the Nation by Charity Navigator three years in a row, for “Youth Development, Crisis Services and Shelter,” Place of Hope’s mission to providing stable and loving family environments for children and youth who are hurting and their families is evident. “We are committed to meeting desperate needs in our community and placing hope in the lives of these deserving children – one child and family at a time.” Charles L. Bender III, Founding CEO. Serving from Sebastian to North Broward County and west to Okeechobee County, Place of Hope cares for over 340 children, youth and families on a daily basis. Not only are they known for their traditional and family style foster care models, but also for their proactive approach to preventing child abuse and human trafficking. From their current


Indian River office, in the United Way of Indian River County, and their office in Tradition Square, Port St. Lucie, Place of Hope is educating the community on the harsh reality that human trafficking is happening in our region while also providing tangible steps to take action against it. Soon to come is their newest outreach center in Downtown Hobe Sound. This mixed use space will serve as the epicenter for Place of Hope growth initiatives including a cafĂŠ/lounge social enterprise, foster family training and licensing offices, as well as a large meeting space for events. The Harris L. Weinstein Outreach Center is anticipated to be complete late 2018, and like all of their buildings, will open debt free. “Place of Hope strives to foster hope rather than despair, potential rather than limitations, healing rather than hurting, belonging rather than isolation,

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This month we had the pleasure of donating one thousand dollars to For The Love of Paws at their recent ribbon cutting of their new Fellsmere location. Many of our “WE ARE VERO” attendees have volunteered countless hours of their time to the nonprofits we so humbly support. If you have an interest in financially supporting our nonprofits, volunteering your time, or just wanting to attend one of our networking events, you can contact Steve Glaser at 954 261 0544 or by email at SG12855@ aol.com. If you are on Facebook, you can always leave a message on our page: WE ARE VERO. Let’s continue to work together to make our community a better place.


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The Vero Beach Chamber Orchestra celebrates the culmination of its 10th anniversary season with a concert on Sunday, April 15, at 2:00pm in the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center, 1707 16th Street, Vero Beach. A silent auction of art items will also take place during intermission. Admission is free; donations are encouraged. The final concert of the season will include Piano Concerto No. 2 by Camille Saint-Saens, featuring Dr. Marcos Daniel Flores at the piano. Flores was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He began his piano studies at the age of 16 with Rubén Malán and immediately entered the Bachelors Degree program in Music at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. There he studied piano performance with Luz N. Hutchinson. Flores earned his Master’s Degree in Piano Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Barry Snyder, and later earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Arizona State University where he studied piano solo performance with Caio Pagano. Dr. Flores is the Director of Worship Arts at Christ by the Sea United Methodist Church in Vero Beach, where he lives with his wife Débora Flores and their two children Diana Fernanda and Marcus Aurelius.

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Care Net offers support with unplanned pregnancies A crisis pregnancy brings numerous life-altering problems, not only for the pregnant mother, but extended family. In many cases, the pregnant mom is alone with nowhere to turn for help. AN UNPLANNED PREGNANCY CAN BE FEARFUL AND LONELY Carolina came to Care Net faced with an unplanned pregnancy and uncertain about her future. Some suggested abortion so she could finish school and was now faced with a life decision. Through the support services Care Net offered, Carolina had a beautiful baby boy. She says, “They encouraged me and gave me hope during my pregnancy. I began to feel that I could accomplish this with their assistance. I always felt safe and knew they would walk alongside me during my struggles.” Carolina continued with ongoing peer counseling, regained hope for her future, then graduated with an Associates of Arts degree. Care Net is a non-profit 501c3 Christian organization that provides free services to women and families facing an unplanned pregnancy. Founded in 1984, the center has been supported entirely by the community, for the community!

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Like Carolina, many are faced with financial straits and in need of the many support programs and material services offered, i.e. pregnancy test, maternity/ baby clothing and nursery supplies. Additional programs include Adoption Option Care, Post-Abortion Care, Parenting, Basic Infant Care, Men’s Mentoring, and Sexual Integrity. The Center’s atmosphere provides women a caring, compassionate, non-judgmental, and confidential safe place to empower them to make life-changing decisions. Clients are educated with accurate information regarding all options with ongoing support. Care Net serves 1,500 client visits annually as a volunteer-based organization with the majority of its services and programs facilitated through trained professionals with a heart to serve hurting women. Spanish and Creole peer counselors are also available. For more information or to tour the Center, call 772.569.7939 or e-mail info@carenetirc.org.


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Restaurant Review:

By Marcela DelSolar What can I possibly say about Carrabbas Italian Grill that you don’t already know? After all there is a Carrabbas in just about every city in the US. But they don’t have a proprietor like Tony Brown! A Michigan man who has made Florida his home in order to live his childhood dream, has now set his eyes on Vero Beach. With his enthusiasm for becoming an integral part in the community and creating a place for Italian food that is timeless, he is already feeding our fighting Indians and providing meals for our veterans! Did you know that Carrabbas has a brick oven for making homemade pizzas? Did you know that Carrabbas caters and offers in-home delivery? Recently, I joined some friends for lunch to celebrate Spring Break in Indian River County! Tony was on hand to make suggestions to ensure that we had an authentic Italian style dining experience. I have traveled extensively throughout Italy, and had not stepped foot into a Carrabbas for years so I was cautiously optimistic.

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As soon as the appetizers arrived, I was virtually transported back to the Amalfi Coast with the Tomato Caprese with Fresh Burrata. The mozzarella is creamy, the tomatoes are fresh, and the balsamic is perfectly drizzled. The Mussels in white wine lemon butter is served generously and the Prince Edward Island mussels are steamed in white wine, basil and a signature lemon butter sauce. Our final appetizer (we had four – don’t judge!) was the Zucchini Fritte, hand breaded, lightly fried and served with a roasted garlic aoli. I think I have found my new and healthier alternative to French fries!

Our four appetizers, those mentioned plus calamari!


I sampled a few of their popular entrees but I must say that the Chicken Bryan was my favorite! This dish is named after the town where Johnny Carrabba settled in Texas and began his restaurant adventure. The tender chicken breast is wood-fire grilled, topped with goat cheese and sundried tomatoes. If you’re looking for comfort food Italian style, order the spaghetti with meatballs or the shrimp Positano. You won’t be disappointed.

Chicken Bryan with penne Pomodoro sauce

The wine list is extensive and there is a great pairing for anything you choose to order. The Elouan is my new favorite Pinot Noir, and the Santa Margarita Pinot Grigio is always a great choice! We sampled two desserts today. The Mini-Cannoli of course! Italian feasting without a Cannoli would be a crime! And, since I love chocolate … I ordered their Sogno Di Chocolata “Chocolate Dream” which is a rich fudge brownie bathed in mousse and fresh whipped cream. I may have to have them deliver this to me daily! Sinfully, decadently, delicious! The open kitchen, friendly staff, great location, diverse menu, and personalized attention make this unlike any other “franchise” you will experience.

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I highly recommend keeping Carrabbas on speed-dial for both making a call ahead seating request and having dinner delivered on a rainy weekend! Mini-Cannolis

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Love Doctors collect for chimps at Waldo’s

Lee, general manager of the wellknown “hang-out” Waldos Restaurant arranged that on Friday, Dec 8 The Love Docs did their show live, collecting new Teddy Bears and blankets to donate to Save the Chimps, the world’s largest chimp sanctuary, located in Ft Pierce, Florida. Over 250 retired chimpanzees now live in large family groups on 12 separate three-acre islands, where they receive three fresh meals daily, first-rate medical care, and a variety of activities in an enriched environment. “The Chimps, much like children, love to snuggle bears and blankies. Anyone who brings in a new or used item will be entered to win some really cool prizes” Olsen said.

Save the chimp people staff and volunteers were on hand as well as the Tito’s Vodka girls. Matt and Bruce Show followed Love docs for patron’s dancing pleasure. This was the first time back to Waldos for the Love Docs since 2014 when they used to do their toy drive marathon. Dr. Glenn went live on Facebook at 5:30 as he cuts the ribbon on the new Waldo’s men’s room.


ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES COUNCIL IS YOUR COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY

For many, the way out of poverty begins with a decision to live a new way. For others, an emergency has resulted in a no-way-out situation. But, for all who want to strive for economic self-sufficiency, the Economic Opportunities Council is here to help.

The Economic Opportunities Council of Indian River County (EOC) is a private, 501c(3) non-profit organization chartered in 1965 as part of the “War on Poverty” for the purpose of improving the lives of low-income individuals and families.

EOC is the official “Community Action Agency” for Indian River County. Today there are approximately 1,000 Community Action Agencies in the US and Puerto Rico. EOC’s mission is to transition at-risk individuals and families from poverty to self-sufficiency through agency programs and public/private partnerships. It is the organization’s vision to be a partner in the creation of a community wherein low-income individuals and families, especially at-risk populations, will have the opportunity to become educated, self-sufficient, im-

prove the conditions in which they live, and achieve their full potential. EOC is ending generational poverty one family at a time. EOC operates the Head Start early childhood education program and Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in Indian River and Okeechobee Counties, the Weatherization Assistance Program in Indian River, Okeechobee, Martin and St. Lucie Counties, and provides emergency assistance and the REACH Family Self-Sufficiency Program in Indian River County.

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Donations and volunteers are encouraged. Although EOC receives government funding, the funding is not adequate to fully meet needs in the community, and a 20% local match is required. For more information, or to make a donation, visit www.eocofirc.net or contact Nancy McCurry, Development Director at 772562-4177 Ext. 1114.


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Legislative Update By Congressman Bill Posey

While the main stream media focuses on gridlock in Washington, progress has been made on some important and common sense solutions. I would like to share with you some of those accomplishments: Simplifying Tax Filings for Senior Citizens: I recently filed bipartisan legislation to direct the IRS to create a new 1040SR form, similar to the existing 1040EZ form, to streamline tax filing for seniors who don’t have complicated incomes. I testified before the House Ways and Means Committee about the need to provide seniors some relief in this area. I’m pleased to report that our plan was passed by Congress and signed into law. This legislation will help senior citizens 65 years or older when filing taxes if their incomes include Social Security benefits; distributions from qualified retirement plans, annuities, or other such deferred payment arrangements; interest and dividends; or capital gains and losses. Making the CFPB More Responsive: Everyday federal agencies create dozens of new regulations, many of which can be difficult to interpret. Some agencies such as the IRS generate advisory opinions to give better guidance on how to comply with regulations. However, one federal agency with

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CHAMPION HOME HEALTH CARE

IS CELEBRATING ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY. The first Champion office was incorporated in Boca Raton in 1993. Champion has since opened offices in Palm Beach, Stuart, Vero Beach, Gainesville, and Melbourne. The Vero Beach office was opened in 2006, by owners Anne & Tom Michaels. Tom Michaels retired from the NYC Health & Hospitals Corporation as an Associate Executive Director. Anne Michaels retired as a social worker with the Catholic Guardian Society. The Vero Beach Champion office serves Indian River and Saint Lucie counties and has been voted “BEST HOME HEALTH CARE PROVIDER” by readers of the Treasure Coast Press Journal and Hometown News for the past four consecutive years. Father John Morrissey, Pastor, Saint Sebastian Catholic Church, was asked to Bless the Champion staff and office for the new year. Father Morrissey read a prayer for the feast of the Epiphany, “Bless this business and all who cross its doorway, fill us with the light of Christ, that our concerns for others may reflect your love.” Tom Michaels added “We must stay strong in our faith, listen to God’s guidance every day, love one another, love our work, and do our jobs with excellence.”

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Sports take Good News to Inmates Risk Takers for Christ is a Vero-based ministry that uses sports to reach prisoners and at-risk youth with the gospel. Rev. Dale Glading, who founded Risk Takers in 2011, has more than 30 years of prison ministry experience. Since 1987, Glading has ministered to an estimated 500,000 inmates in more than 500 different correctional institutions across North America and Africa. “Sports is an international language,” Glading said. “That’s why we take basketball, softball and power lifting teams into prisons. Studies show that 80% of prisoners won’t attend a chapel service or a Bible study, but they will gladly attend a sporting event at which the gospel is shared.” “95% of all prisoners are eventually released and 75% are re-arrested within four years,” Glading added. “But when an inmate makes a genuine profession of faith in Jesus Christ while he is incarcerated and joins a Bible-believing church after he is released, the recidivism rate

drops to as low as 10%. So, our ministry is not only saving souls, but also saving taxpayers money.” In 2012, Risk Takers for Christ launched an outreach to at-risk youth in Indian River County called the Living H2O Initiative. Risk Takers staff and volunteers visit area basketball courts on a weekly basis, competing with mostly minority youth from broken homes and dysfunctional families. They also offer the young men free water bottles and sports-themed gospel literature before inviting them to an indoor basketball program at First Baptist Church of Vero on Thursday evenings. In order to subsidize their prison trips and at-risk youth programs, Risk Takers is hosting its 2nd annual Old Hickory Golf Tournament at Sandridge Golf Club on Saturday, April 28th. The unique format includes replica golf balls from the 1920’s and a putting contest using hickory-shafted clubs. To help sponsor the event or register a foursome, please visit www.risktakersforchrist.org or call 772.539.1826.


Looking for something to do this Spring? We have the hottest events in Vero Beach and Sebastian, just for you!

1st Saturday Flea Market -April 7, 2018 - 7 am - 12 pm St Sebastian Catholic Church - 13075 US 1 , Sebastian Help Kids Kick Cancer Superhero 5k run/walk: April 7, 2018 Race time is 7:30 a.m. South Beach Park, 1704 Ocean Drive, Vero Beach. 15th Annual Hibiscus Festival - April 7 - 8, 2018 Historic Downtown Main Street, Vero Beach, FL Kashi Sunday Market - April 8, 2018 - 9:00am - 2:00pm - Kashi Foundation Ashram - 11155 Roseland Road, Sebastian Italian Music Concert - April 8, 2018 - 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm - First Presbyterian Church of Sebastian - 1405 Louisiana Avenue , Sebastian Art By the River - April 14, 2018 - 9:00am - 4:00pm Riverview Park, Sebastian Vero Beach Chamber Orchestra, Season Ten, Concert No.2 - April 15, 2018 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center, 1707 16th Street, Vero Beach 8th Annual Fairy and Pirate Festival - April 21, 2018 10:00 am - 1:00 pm - McKee Botanical Gardens 350 US-1, Vero Beach Vero Beach Air Show - April 21-22, 2018 9 am - 5;00 pm - Vero Beach Regional Airport 3400 Cherokee Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32960 Downtown Friday - April 27, 2018 - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Historic Downtown Vero Beach Night Sounds at Sebastian Inlet Concert Series with St. Johns Wood - April 28, 2018 - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Sebastian Inlet State Park, 9700 South Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach, FL Chorus Concert - May 1, 2018 - 7:00 pm Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center 1707 16th Street, Vero Beach First Friday Gallery Stroll - 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Downtown Vero Beach, 2000 14th Avenue, Vero Beach 32nd Annual United Way Citrus Golf Tournament May 5, 2018 7:00AM - 3:00PM - Grand Harbor Golf Club, 4985 Club Terrace , Vero Beach 27th Annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament May 5, 2018 - 7:45 am - 1:00 pm - Sebastian Municipal Golf Course - 101 Airport Drive West , Sebastian

IGNITE Wrestling Presents “Cinco De Mayhem” May 5, 2018 - 12:30- 3:00pm - Walking Tree Brewery 3209 Dodger Road, Vero Beach Benefit for Dan Nafe and family - Family event: games, prizes, raffle and more! All welcome! - May 6, 2018 Walking Tree Brewery - 3209 Dodger Rd, Vero Beach 17th Annual Vero “Pops” (Orchestra) - May 8, 2018 7:00 pm - Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center - 1707 16th Street, Vero Beach The Fantasticks - May 11, 2018 - 8:00 pm - 10:15 pm - Vero Beach Theatre Guild - 2020 San Juan Avenue, Vero Beach 10th Annual Dancing With the Vero Stars - May 12, 2018 - 6:00 pm -10:00 pm - Riverside Theatre, 3250 Riverside Park Drive , Vero Beach Sunset Saturday Beach Concert - May 12, 2018 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm - 2901 Ocean Drive,Vero Beach 7th Coast to Heartland Hurricane Hangar Party - May 18, 2018 - 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm - Corporate Air Hanger, Vero Beach Airport - 3450 Airport West Drive, Vero Beach Free Concert In The Park - Bobby Owen Band May 18, 2018 - 5:30 pm- 8:00 pm - Riverview Park, Sebastian, 600 US Hwy 1, Sebastian Sebastian Lionfish Fest - May 19 - 20, 2018 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Riverview Park, Sebastian Downtown Friday - May 25, 2018 - 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Downtown Vero Beach - 2000 14th Avenue, Vero Beach Dance Spectactular - June 2, 2018 - 2:00 pm Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center 1707 16th Street, Vero Beach Vero Beach Wine + Film Festival - June 7-10, 2018 Locations TBA - Vero Beach, FL Sunset Saturday Beachside Concert Featuring The Jacks Band - June 9, 2018 - 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm Ocean Drive - 2901 Ocean Drive, Vero Beach 14th Annual Waterlily Celebration - June 16, 2018 8:30 am - 2:00 pm - McKee Botanical Gardens 350 US 1, Vero Beach Looking for even more fun events in the area? Please visit our friends at http://www.weareverobeach.com


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Mardi Gras Celebration Raises $186,000 for We Care Foundation of Indian River The essence of New Orleans filled Oak Harbor Club on Saturday, February 17 at the We Care Mardi Gras Celebration presented by Your South Florida BMW Centers, which raised $186,000 to provide funds for We Care Program and We Care Clinic non-physician ancillary medical or medically related needs for We Care patients. Guests enjoyed New Orleans cuisine, casino games, and a silent auction while dancing to the sounds of DJ Louie G! Phoebe’s Samba Team wowed guests with their quick moves, and Dr. Dennis Saver’s Live Ask raised $5,000 for We Care.

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The We Care Mardi Gras Celebration came to fruition under the leadership of Co-chairs Hala Laviolette, Vice President Commercial Relationship Manager at CenterState Bank and Elizabeth White, Home Health Coordinator with Nurse On Call along with Honorary Chairs Helen Shafer and Tracey Zudans and the We Care Krewe.

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“This year’s We Care Mardi Gras Celebration was spectacular,” said Laviolette. “We upped the fun with the dancers and by bringing in a DJ to help celebrate the dedication of the We Care Program Volunteer Medical Professionals and raise needed funds to benefit the patients of the We Care Program.” Your South Florida BMW Centers was on site with several cars. 100 partygoers took a brief survey that resulted in Your South Florida BMW Centers donating an additional $750 to the We Care Foundation of Indian River! The annual fundraiser was sponsored by: Presenting Sponsor – Your South Florida BMW Centers, Rue Magazine Street Sponsors – Florida Eye Institute, Indian River Medical Center, and Michaela G. Scott MD & Assoc. Celebration donors included: Rue Bourbon Street -- The Bernard Egan Foundation, and Rue Magazine Street Sponsors – Deborah A. Hawkins, Ms. Marjorie Turley, The Dorothea L. Leonhardt Foundation in Loving Memory of Richard Stark and Dennis & Jeannie Saver.


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Widows’ Talk by Susan Harris

What do you do when your other half is no longer there? Whether they passed quickly or slowly, whether you’ve lived in Indian River County for a long or short time, or been married for 5 years or 55, suddenly you are alone. And the silence is deafening. Someone told me that; “My ears would hear things differently and my eyes see things differently when I lost my husband.” I have to agree, and I think it’s the best advice I received. Suddenly I’m meeting other women who lost their husband 20 years ago, or when they were 30 or several months ago. Some have remarried, some have stayed single, some are somewhere in between but I’ve learned something from everyone. The ability to share stories and experiences has been comforting to me. Nancy Johnson has been a widow for 20 years and is well known in the area for her community involvement.

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The Secret Lunch Lady Society Everybody has a jar, a dish, a drawer where you deposit the contents of your pockets at the end of the day.

What if the forgotten contents of that drawer could make a real difference in the lives of real people who live in Indian River County? What if the 35 cents change you received from a drive-thru burger joint could make the difference between a hot lunch and an “alternative” lunch for a kid who lives less than two miles from you. Well it can. The Secret Lunch Lady Society is a local charity created by Mary Lou Brown in Vero Beach to help pay off the overdue lunch accounts for children of working families in Indian River County, and when able they buy lunch for first responder families as a way to say thank you for their service. “The food service coordinators in Indian River County are true rock stars,” Brown said. “They are juggling the new Obama-era requirements mandated by the federal government with the taste buds of our children. Not an easy task. It’s the proverbial rock and a hard place, and they do an amazing job using literally pennies.” But what happens when those who don’t qualify for a free lunch can’t pay their lunch bill? The school

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