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Full gallery »IRC Say Luminaries April 14, 2013

  • Todd Merchant and Jay Campana at last year’s Charity Shoot to benefit the Education Foundation of IRC. This year’s is April 26 at Windsor’s Gun Club. Call (772) 564-0034.
  • Lions Bare All! Three members of the Sebastian Lions Club shave their heads in support of the St. Baldric’s Day event to support children’s cancer research, raising $2,300. Hair off to Bill Howard, Andrea Coy and Norman Meyer.
  • Sharon Smith, Barbara Creran, Drema Moyer, Wilma Kaelin, Jean Wendel, Judy Delz, Connie Wellman, Ashley Williams and Nancy Whitcomb are models for the 3rd Annual Fashion Show & Luncheon to benefit the Original Welcome Wagon Club of Sebastian.
  • At the Rotary Club of Vero Beach new member induction are president elect Paul Tripaldi, new member Devon Steele with her husband Robert Steele and John Corapi, Rotary International Foundation committee chair.
  • Joan Busch (center), one of the “celebrity” dancers in this year’s Dancing With Vero’s Stars, and Tom Isola (Joan’s professional dance partner, visit with Cheryl Wise, Education director of the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary at the Community Day Open House at Leisure Square.
  • The 69th recipient of the Dyer Difference Award is Treasure Coast Community Health. Pictured Vicky Soule, executive director, Tatiana and Will Dyer and Quackers.

Full gallery »SLC Say Luminaries April 14, 2014

  • Fort Pierce Westwood High School’s Marine & Oceanographic Academy (MOA) Team A was recently crowned the regional champion of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. They will now go to Seattle to compete in the 17th annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl at the university of Washington on May 1-4. Pictured are Scott McMillen with William Clarizio, Oreo Graham, James Humphreys, Jeremy Johnson and Jon Young.
  • The Treasure Coast (FL) Chapter of The Links, Inc. was recognized at the Indian River State College (IRSC) Division of Minority Affairs 2014 Black History Month Program. Pictured are Margaret Benton, Alrena Lee, Dean Adrienne Jefferson, IRSC Minority Affairs, Elizabeth Jackson, Jessye Walker and Mary Helen Butler.
  • Colleen Joyce and Suzanne Neal work the Honor Flight booth at the recent Seafood & Sandy Shoes Festival to benefit Main Street Fort Pierce. Honor flight volunteers are selling raffle tickets for the Harley Davidson motorcycle shown.
  • TEAM Dyer Chevrolet (newly acquired Bill Schultz Chevrolet) attend the 10th anniversary celebration of the Fur Ball to benefit the Humane Society of St. Lucie County.
  • (Standing) Bobbie and Walter Deemer, with (seated) Carolyn Luxion, Denise Matthews and Irene Johnson at the 4th Annual Bonsai Ball to benefit Heathcote Botanical Gardens.
  • Denning Vaughn is “up for grabs” at the 8th Annual Chinese Auction to benefit Creature Safe Place. The winner of the Bachelor Raffle won dinner with Denning.

Full gallery »On Scene With Hobe Sound Animal Protection League

  • Peter Ellison,  Allola MacGraw and Connie Ellison
  • Carmen Colitz and Federico Latimer
  • Al Holfelder, Toni Barnes, Steve Cargill and Pauline Glover
  • Shannon Borrego and Toni Barnes

On Scene With .... Hobe Sound Animal Protection League Cocktails for Kitties was an elegant fundraiser for this not-for-profit that has an effective spay/neuter program for our feline friends, as well as a beautiful facility at which they can await adoption or live out their lives in comfort.

Full gallery »On Scene With AAUW Stuart Area Branch

  • (Front) Helga Galli, Mary Brower and (back) Iris Arniowitt
  • Jan Banasiewicz and Sheila Leach
  • (Front) Wilma Cairey, Sandra Mansell, (back) Sandra Blessman and Phyllis Tucker
  • (Front) Dianne Pickering, Maxine Milliken, Gail Adelhart, (back) Chris Norris and Roberta Steele

On Scene With … AAUW Stuart Area Branch The Stuart Area branch of American Association of University Women is a fun-loving and philanthropic group, as witnessed by the enthusiastic turnout at Mariner Sands Country Club for the Annual Scholarship Luncheon/Fashion Show. AAUW will award $6,000 in scholarships to graduating Martin County seniors this year.

Full gallery »On Scene With Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society

  • Ralph and Gloria Dendler
  • MaryAnn Ketcham with Otis Cadillac (Joe Fodera)
  • Patti Horan
  • Nick and George Greene
  • Jerrie and Gary Moore

On Scene With Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society Judging by the numbers in attendance, Waterside Blues, presented by the Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society, was a huge success. Held along the beautiful waterfront of downtown Fort Pierce, folks relaxed and enjoyed the music.

Full gallery »On Scene With Safe Space

  • Tami Karol and Carolyn Timmann
  • Bob Schlitt Jr., Columba Bush, Jeff Schlitt, Cassie Schlitt, Stephen Scienzo, Terrie Franco and Cheri Scienzo
  • Lisa Grassam, Janice Norman, Tara Biek, and Martin County Commissioner Doug Smith
  • Columba Bush, Michael Roberts and Inez Frid

On Scene With … SafeSpace Nearly 200 supporters of SafeSpace attended the Every Woman is My Sister event at Willoughby Golf Club to share heartfelt stories and celebrate survivors of domestic violence. Keynote speaker was Tiffany Carr, president/CEO of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence and honored guest was Columba Bush, wife of former Governor Jeb Bush

Full gallery »On Scene With Helping People Succeed

On Scene With… Helping People Succeed The 50th birthday celebration of Helping People Succeed, held at Indian RiverSide Park in Jensen Beach, was a joyous event attended by volunteers, clients and staffers who helped the not-for-profit attain this respected and enviable anniversary.

Full gallery »On Scene With The Rotary Club of Stuart-Sunrise

  • Jane and Dave Shoaf with Rick and Beth Zurich
  • Larry Lavargna
  • Tom Whittington and Amber Woods
  • Ellen Peitz, Tom and Sue Whittington, Amber Woods, Steve Friend, Susan Sentell, Dr. Rex Sentell, and Elmira Gainey
  • Ellen Peitz, Amber Woods, Elmira Gainey, Brenda Gerdes and Paul Salazar

On Scene With …. The Rotary Club of Stuart-Sunrise The inaugural “Be a Tourist in Stuart" raffle to benefit Rotary Club of Stuart-Sunrise and the charities it supports kicked off at Toyota of Stuart. The club will sell tickets for many exciting items though its website and Facebook page. The drawing takes place Oct. 10.

Full gallery »On Scene With Garden Club of Stuart

  • Donna Rae Pearlman and Rose Baldwin
  • Susan Powell, Edithy Marcellis and Lillian Miller
  • Vicki and Stan Wheeler with Mindy and Ken Saunders
  • Marlene Frank-Schinto, Bobbi England and Donna Rae Pearlman
  • Sally Crabtree, Pat Dermody, Tancy Rapp and Sarah Heard

On Scene With ... Garden Club of Stuart The Garden Club of Stuart's biannual Secret Gardens Tour is always well-attended, and a beautiful was for the club to raise funds for its scholarship and oureach programs.

Full gallery »SLC Say Luminaries April 7, 2014

  • (Front) Barbara Richman, Marilyn Walters, Barbara Behrens, (back) Sue Kitchen, Joan Foley, Marilyn Rosen, Connie Kirjassoff, Joyce Smith, Gayle Sokoloff, Karen Stieger, Fran Reilly and Connie Brown at “Hats Off to Susan G. Komen” as the Island Dunes Ladies and their guests celebrate 12-years of supporting the Foundation that helps women with breast cancer.
  • Hyperion Knight (center), concert pianist, is flanked by Karen Boyle and Kathleen Powell at the Harbor Ridge Gala where $75,000 was raised to benefit SafeSpace.
  • Nicole Fields and Danielle Larschan enjoy the recent “Wine and Dine Around the World” to benefit Hibiscus Children’s Center.
  • Jay and Martha Taylor, St. Lucie County Commissioner Tod Mowery and his wife Deborah, Monte Kosoff, Michael Lukat and Victoria and Clifford Pearl at the Orange Blossom Ball to benefit United Way of St. Lucie County.
  • Brian Lacusky, St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity board president, and Roberta Williams celebrate with future homeowner Krystal Allen as Jimmy Williams, Terry and Cheryl Milam and Sam Rutland look on.
  • Jerry and Gabby Rothman with Susan and Fred DiFruscio at the Orange Blossom Ball to benefit United Way of St. Lucie County.

Full gallery »On Scene With Mardy Fish Foundation

  • Sally and Tom Fish
  • Don Magee, Seth Baker, Stephanie Kerensky and Chuck Mackett
  • Brad Leu, Gene Simonsen and Thomas Blake
  • Herb Fitzgibon
  • Foundation volunteers Pam O'Donnell and Kevin and Sandy Maloney
  • Matt Avril, Jarrod Owen and Steve Owen

ON SCENE WITH Mardy Fish Foundation The rain held off, which made for a successful Mardy Fish Children's Foundation Golf Tournament at the Windsor Club. Afterwards, golfers gathered for lunch and awards presented by Tom Fish, Mardy's dad. The foursome of Jarrod Owen, Steve Own, Matt Avril and Bobby Bird took top prize. Sponsors of the event were Vero Insurance, Indian River Medical Center and the Jake Owen Foundation. Visit

Full gallery »On Scene With Woman's Club of Stuart and Stuart Heritage Museum

  • 'Stars of the City' Dr. James Vopal, Terry Reiger and Patty Morris, with Luminaries assistant editor, Jackie Holfelder
  • The Treasure Coast Tappers
  • Anne Schafer and Lisa Grassam
  • Roger Rossi
  • Georgina Polk and Don White
  • Macrae and Tayson Bruner

Please make Full Page On Scene With .... Woman's Club of Stuart and Stuart Heritage Museum "A Century in Review," presented by two prominent Martin County not-for-profits, was a celebration of the 100th Centennial of Stuart and was a sold-out success at the Lyric Theatre.

Full gallery »IRC Say Luminaries April 7, 2013

  • Indian River County Firefighter Rod Johnston’s head is shaven by a volunteer during the annual fundraiser to benefit St. Baldrick's Foundation, a charity committed to funding research to find cures for childhood cancers.
  • ReMix, featuring Laura Vivas (center/short red dress) is joined by members of the Entertainment Committee at the inaugural “Paint the Town Red” gala to benefit Harvest Food & Outreach Center.
  • Tammy Taylor, Joyce Vastine-cote, Dottie Castellano, guest TCW president Barbara Fallon, president Susan Heath, Marge Van Parys, Joann Purcell, Christie Green and Flo Lussier at the induction of new members to the Vero Beach Woman’s Club.
  • Impact 100 finalists for 2014 include: Alison Taylor, Dr. Martha McAdams, Sebastian Charter Junior High School; Richard Baker, Walter Tabachnick, Pelican Island Audubon Society; James Barsalou, Gene Waddell, Indian River Charter High School; Edie Widder, Robin Dannahawer, ORCA; Joel Bray, Shining Light Garden Foundation; Dr. Mary Beth Kenkel, Dr. Michael Kelley, Florida Institute of Technology for the Scott Center for Autism; and Randy Old, Dick Kerr, Old Vero Ice Age. The recipients will be named on April 10.
  • Gail Markiewicz, recipient of the 63rd Annual Under the Oaks Fine Arts & Crafts Show’s “Best in Show,” stands with some of her work.
  • Connie Walsh and Dorrie Krause, volunteers at the Hibiscus Children’s Village in Vero Beach, teach a monthly cooking class for the teens.

Full gallery »On Scene With Heathcote Botanical Gardens

  • Cris Adams and her daughter Tina
  • Cris Adams, Wendy Dwyer, Rene Kloorfain, Sydney Liebman and Tina Adams
  • Dr. Samsheer Singh, Joe Yacisen and Dan Hafner
  • Kathryn and Carl Hensley
  • Doug Macon kisses his flamingos goodbye
  • (Standing) Buster Johansen, Lillian Aguiar, Kathy Sullivan, (seated) Skip Coffman, Mariana Izquierdo, Judy Coffman and Miriam Dewaal

On Scene With Heathcote Botanical Gardens The rain sure didn’t dampen the spirits of guests at the 4th Annual Bonsai Ball to benefit Heathcote Botanical Gardens. The delicious dinner was provided by Huck’s Catering, during which the Fusha Taiko Drummers performed, and the silent auction was nearly as spirited at the live auction, which was led by the talented and gracious Reed Hartman. The final auction items were a flock of hand-painted flamingos, each going to a new and deserving home. Committee members Tommie McDermid, Ally Stewart, Jay Schneider, Cris Adams, Robin Goldman and Miriam Charles are to be commended.

Full gallery »MC Say Luminaries April 7, 2014

  • The cast and judges of 'Singing With the Stars,' held at the Lyric Theatre to benefit Artists For A Cause and Keep Martin Beautiful, celebrate the fundraiser's success.
  • (Far left) Lt. Andrea Hoover and (far right) Lt. Scott Hoover present community partner awards to Carol Hodnett, Bob Renna, RuthAnn Hewson and Luminaries assistant editor Jackie Holfelder at the non-profit's Annual Civic & Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.
  • Animobile and cat care volunteer Barbara Greiner helps out at the Humane Societty of the Treasure Coast's World Spay Day.
  • The kickoff party at the Sandhill Cove Retirement Community for the Garden Club of Stuart's Secret Garden Tour drew a a festive group of attendees.
  • Co-chair Howard Hyatt and Wally Rodger are hard at work on the 19thAnnual Hibiscus Children’s Center Golf Classic, presenting Dow Finsterwald, which benefits Hibiscus Children's Center.
  • Sharon Horton of the American Cancer Society (ACS) accepts a $2,000 check from Shirley Rearick of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary of Post 62, which was raised at the 'Hooter's Follies' event to benefit ACS.

Full gallery »On Scene With Roseann Gregory Foundation

  • Paul and Cara Perry, Christine and Ty Stonecipher, Amy and Bob Brunjes, Lisa and Rick Baxter and Sue and Tom Wittington
  • Patty Biss and Robert Foise
  • Chris and Siw Sleight, Ron and Alice Lemond, Dr. Brent and Kelly Harris, Dr. Alan and Beth Haspel and Tina and Alex Aligata
  • (Front) Maria Jones, Ivette Burgos, Tiffanie Burgos, Dee Cross, Tammy Carpenter, (back) Lamont Jones, Cesar Zayas, Joseph Mutter, Tom Cross and Robbie Carpenter
  • Anya Gregory and Dr. Rafick-Pierre Sekaly

On Scene With Roseann Gregory Foundation The Roseann Gregory Cancer Foundation hosted yet another extremely successful event, Bella Notte, an Evening in Italy, featuring more than 320 guests, nationally renowned impersonators “The Rat Pack & Friends,” as well dancing, a live auction and a four-course gourmet Italian dinner featuring Tutto Fresco’s Chef Pasquale LaMar and Dominick’s Catering. Funds raised will go towards assisting local cancer patients and research.

Full gallery »On Scene With Salvation Army of Martin County

  • Lt. Andrea Hoover, Ken Marks (Family Store Volunteer Award), Jo Babineau (Social Services Volunteer Award), Charlie Stracuzzi(Compassion House Volunteer Award), Dee Milhausen (Food Pantry Volunteer Award), Robert Hall (Corps Volunteer Award), Anna Miner (Booth's Cafe Volunteer Award) and Lt. Scott Hoover
  • Suzanne Shaffer and Sandy Newville (Christmas Partners from 1st Church of Christ Scientist), Eva Haddock (Angel Tree Mall Volunteer Award), Jan Pendagast (Christmas Partner from Treasure Coast Parrot Head Club) and Lt. Scott Hoover
  • Yolanda Tosme, (Christmas Partner, Stuart Nursing & Restorative Care), Lt. Andrea Hoover, Joan Smith (Angel Tree Clothing Volunteer Award), Muriel Franz (Angel Tree Mall Volunteer Award) and Jeanne Lambdin (Angel Tree Toys Volunteer Award

On Scene with .... The Salvation Army of Martin County The volunteers who keep the many programs of this not-for-profit running are greatly appreciated all year round, and the Annual Civic & Volunteer Appreciate Luncheon in their honor confirms that!

Full gallery »On Scene With Dogs For Life

  • Teresa Ligon and Sally Schultz
  • Lyn Guiffrida and Charo Sgura
  • Ann Wheeler and Margaret Mary Zoltak
  • Dr. Paul Hatten
  • Carmen Townsend-Sommers and Maria Malloy
  • Eleanor Bengkak and CEO Shelly Ferger

On Scene With Dogs For Life DFL’s 4th “Build A Bridge” Tournament, sponsored by Hearing Dog “Tigger,” was a success in spades - thanks to the following “winning cards:” 100-plus bridge players, 26 individual sponsors, 12 corporate sponsors and grand slam silent auction. Betty Schwerin won the 50/50 raffle and very graciously donated her portion to DFL, which brought total funds raised to a victorious $12,500!

Full gallery »On Scene With Main Street Fort Pierce

  • Cobb’s Landing Chefs Patrick Pawlick and Christy Steinmeier
  • TEAM Pilot Club of Fort Pierce
  • The Family Pizzimenti enjoys the festival
  • Iron Chef judges Jane Rowley, Sydney Liebman and Tara Turner
  • Iron Chef winners 121 Tapas Chefs Kenny Stetson and Sigfredo Sisco

On Scene With Main Street Fort Pierce On a beautiful “Chamber of Commerce” day, the Veteran’s Memorial Park area of downtown was alive with the Seafood & Sandy Shoes Festival to benefit Main Street Fort Pierce. From the annual Iron Chef competition to the Squeeze Off to the Chowder competition to loads of entertainment and more, there was something for everyone, and it looked like everyone was there!

Full gallery »On Scene With Humane Society of St. Lucie County

  • Pam Landers
  • Sandee and Art Allen with Annette Miller and Dr. Dana Julerette
  • Joy Yancy, Jim Russakis, Lisa White, Gary White and Lisa Gover
  • Paul and Karen Pearson

On Scene With Humane Society of SLC The gaming tables were filled, slot machines were clinging, auction bidding was spirited and the food was delicious at the 10th anniversary celebration of the Fur Ball – Catsino Nights to benefit the Humane Society of St. Lucie County. More than 165 enjoyed the “Diamonds are Forever” themed event at the Pelican Yacht Club in Fort Pierce.