Non Profit News

Caribbean American Cultural Group (CACG) and Frances-Marie Coke Launch When Banana Stains Fade – A Stunning Jamaican Family Saga
May 23, 2024
  Article Provided/Photos by MaryAnn Ketcham The Holy Faith Episcopal Church Hall buzzed with anticipation and excitement last Friday as CACG and PSL author and educator Frances-Marie Coke collaborated for the second time on a book launch. Members and friends of CACG, and the author, turned out in their ...
Despite Bigger Paychecks, Struggling Households in Okeechobee Continue to Increase
May 21, 2024
  New ALICE Update shows wage growth was no match for inflation after a decade of falling behind   Callout Box: United Way of St. Lucie & Okeechobee is collecting audio testimonials from ALICE individuals about the difficult financial choices they continue to face today given the high cost ...
Despite Bigger Paychecks, Struggling Households in St. Lucie Continue to Increase- All Time High
May 21, 2024
New ALICE Update shows wage growth was no match for inflation after a decade of falling behind   Callout Box: United Way of St. Lucie & Okeechobee is collecting audio testimonials from ALICE individuals about the difficult financial choices they continue to face today given the high cost of ...
Southern Eagle Distributing Celebrates 40 Years!
May 17, 2024
Article & Photos by MaryAnn Ketcham Southern Eagle Distributing, nestled in Fort Pierce, recently marked its 40th anniversary with a grand celebration on its premises. The company, founded by Peter Busch in April 1984, has traversed a remarkable path from its modest start with a mere 13 employees. Today, ...
Manatee Center Celebrates Volunteers with Joyful Appreciation Event
May 17, 2024
Article Provided by the Manatee Center/Photos by MaryAnn Ketcham The Manatee Center recently hosted its 29th annual Volunteer Appreciation event at Casa Pasta, where food, fun, and awards were celebrated with joy and laughter. Since 1997, The Manatee Center has not only tracked local manatee appearances but has also ...
Hibiscus Village Celebrates 20 Years of Serving Youth
May 16, 2024
Hibiscus COO Rey Navarro shares the Village history at the Open House celebration.
Fort Pierce Yacht Club Foundation- 6th annual On the Water Poker Run Charity Event Hugh Success!
May 9, 2024
Article by Robynn Holland and Photos by MaryAnn Ketcham On Saturday, April 27th the Fort Pierce Yacht Club Foundation, the charitable arm of the FPYC, held their 6th annual “ On the Water Poker Run” charity event. The FPYC Foundation had as its goal to raise $25,000 and this ...
The Rose Ball Shines a Light on Treasure Coast Hospice’s Little Treasures 10 th Anniversary Signature Gala Raises Over $200,000 for Specialized Pediatric Care Program
May 2, 2024
Article & Photos by MaryAnn Ketcham   The Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation recently hosted the Rose Ball Bubbles & Blossoms event at the luxurious Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa in Jensen Beach. The signature gala, which celebrated the 10th Anniversary of Little Treasures, raised more than $200,000 to support ...
GRACEWAY VILLAGE HOSTS 11TH ANNUAL FATHER-DAUGHTER DANCE BENEFITING ITS PROGRAMS AND FAMILIES IN NEED
April 27, 2024
Article by Jayne Platts/Photos by MaryAnn Ketcham FORT PIERCE – GraceWay Village (GWV) hosted its 11th Annual Butterfly Kissesfather-daughter dance on Sunday, April 21 at the historical 500 Orange venue in FortPierce, with proceeds benefiting the nonprofit’s clients and programs.GWV’s mission includes feeding the hungry, providing clothing to children ...
United Way of St. Lucie & Okeechobee awarded funds under Phase 41 for Emergency Food & Shelter Programs
April 25, 2024
St. Lucie County has been chosen to receive $115,224 under Phase 41 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives ...
Economic Development Council of St. Lucie, 10th Annual Leadership Awards Dinner
April 23, 2024
Richard Tambone, president of the Tambone Companies, was honored with the prestigious Pete Hegener Leadership Award!
Board Chair Scott Roads, Guest speaker Dave Miller & Senator Gayle Harrell.
FORMER HIBISCUS CHILDREN’S CENTER RESIDENT SHARES HIS STORY AT SPECIAL RECEPTION
April 9, 2024
Hibiscus Board Chair Scott Roads, Dave Miller & Senator Gayle Harrell
Humane Society of St. Lucie County Raises Over $180,000 at Successful Blue Jean Ball Fundraiser
April 7, 2024
Article by Shannon Glendinning/Photos by MaryAnn Ketcham The Humane Society of St. Lucie County is thrilled to announce the remarkable success of its annual Blue Jean Ball fundraiser, held at the MidFlorida Event Center on February 17th, 2024. Presented by Ben’s Pest Control, this year’s event exceeded all expectations, ...
Treasure Coast Hospice to Observe National Healthcare Decisions Day
April 3, 2024
In observance of National Healthcare Decisions Day, Treasure Coast Hospice will distribute advance care planning materials on April 16 at 12 local libraries in Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties.
The Fort Pierce Art Club, “Color Fort Pierce Beautiful”
April 1, 2024
Article provided by the Fort Pierce Art Club, Photos by MaryAnn Ketcham The Fort Pierce Art Club, “Color Fort Pierce Beautiful,” an event Honoring Edwin Binney, Founder of the Cryaola Crayon and former Fort Pierce Resident   On March 30, 2024, the Fort Pierce Art Club presented “Color Fort ...
Tradition Preparatory High School, Symposium 2024
March 29, 2024
Article provided by Tradition Prep HS/Photos by MaryAnn Ketcham   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 28, 2024 Contact: Christiana Coburn, principal Tradition Preparatory High School [email protected]     Tradition Preparatory High School Hosts Inaugural Student Symposium PORT SAINT LUCIE, Fl. (DATE) – Tradition Preparatory High School hosted its first-ever Student ...
Hibiscus Children’s Center Keeping Children Safe Every Day
March 29, 2024
Artwork created by youth in the Hibiscus Graphic Design Impact Center.
CareNet, Beauty from Ashes Gala 2024
March 18, 2024
Article by LeAnn Muscanera, Photos by MaryAnn Ketcham   We broke all records in attendance and funds raised at the 2024 Event of the Season Gala!  Our theme was Beauty from Ashes and rejoiced at the lives put back together by God’s Grace.  Our attendance topped 1000 as people ...
ST LUCIE, HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, ANNUAL ST PATRICK’S DAY GALA PRESENTED BY BARON REALTY A HUGE SUCCESS.
March 18, 2024
Article by Chris Robertson, Photos by MaryAnn Ketcham   FORT PIERCE, FL, March 15, 2024– St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity, with the support of Baron Realty, organized its 2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Gala at the Pelican Yacht Club in Fort Pierce. The funds raised from the event will ...
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Academy’s 8th Annual “Clays for a Cause” Event Shatters Records, Raises Over $30,000!
March 17, 2024
 Article by Barbara Sue Allen, Photos by MaryAnn Ketcham   St. Andrew’s Episcopal Academy proudly announces the astounding success of its annual “Clays for a Cause” event, held on March 9, 2024, at the Quail Creek Sporting Ranch and presented by Natalies Orchid Island Co . This year’s event ...
Heathcote Botanical Gardens, Tea in the Gardens
March 14, 2024
Fort Pierce, FL (March 12, 2024) – On the afternoon of Sunday March 10th, Heathcote Botanical Gardens held their nineth annual Tea in the Gardens for 128 guests. This delightful afternoon tea was held on the patio in front of the charming and historic 1922 Heathcote House. Along with ...
HIBISCUS CHILDREN’S CENTER HONORS CHILDREN AT BLUE RIBBON LUNCHEON & FASHION SHOW
March 13, 2024
Luncheon Committee L-R/Front - Linda Teetz, Mary Wright, Co-chairs Cathy Cronin, Susan Kintner and Pamela Larrick, and Henriette Churney. L-R/Back - Jane Jackson, Christine Endres, Lisa Giessert, Jan Harrell, Patricia Chambers and Diane Wilhelm.
Guests Toured South America at the Hibiscus Wine & Dine to Benefit Youth
March 13, 2024
Co-chairs (L-R) Diane McGinn and Gail Prauss with Nancy-Cutshall
Treasure Coast Hospice VP of Medical Services John Crouch, D.O.
Treasure Coast Hospice Names John Crouch, D.O., VP of Medical Services
February 27, 2024
Treasure Coast Hospice has named John Crouch, D.O., as Vice President of Medical Services, effective February 19, 2024.
Hibiscus Thrift Store truck
HIBISCUS CHILDREN’S CENTER – STOLEN DELIVERY TRUCK IMPACTING THRIFT STORE OPERATIONS
February 23, 2024
The Hibiscus Thrift Store truck was stolen and the theft has impacted daily operations and revenue.
Lakeside Stroll Inspires Reflection and Healing
February 21, 2024
Article & Photos by MaryAnn Ketcham The Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation’s annual Lakeside Stroll returned to the Lake at Tradition this year, bringing more than 400 participants together on a beautiful Saturday morning to honor loved ones and support members of the community who have lost a loved one. ...
GRACEWAY VILLAGE RAISES OVER $100,000 AT SOLD OUT CELEBRATION
February 20, 2024
FORT PIERCE – GraceWay Village (GWV) hosted its Big Dreams Great Expectationscelebration on Saturday, Feb. 10 at its headquarters in Fort Pierce. Stakeholders, donors, event sponsors, board, committee and staff members, advocates,and volunteers enjoyed the sold out event in support of the nonprofit’s highlyanticipated Family Restorative Living Facility campaign ...
4Kids of the Treasure Coast, Galentine’s Day Brunch
February 20, 2024
4KIDS Galentine’s Day Brunch Port St. Lucie, FL, (February 8, 2024) – For the 6 th year in a row, 4KIDS Treasure Coast’s Galentine’sDay Brunch, presented by A&G Concrete Pools, gathered women together to advocate and raise funds forchildren and families in need. Over 160 leading ladies attended this ...
Treasure Coast Night to Shine, 10th Anniversary
February 16, 2024
Tim Tebow Foundation, Treasure Coast Night to Shine   The Tim Tebow Foundation recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of Night to Shine, a special needs prom. Since its inception in 2015, the event has grown exponentially, with more than 75000 participants worldwide and hundreds of host churches across 56 ...
Camp Haven, Diamonds in the Rough
February 15, 2024
Camp Haven, Diamonds in the Rough Gala                 Camp Haven, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides transformational programs for homeless and at-risk men from Indian River County.                     They recently celebrated their 10th Anniversary at the Oak Harbor Club in Vero Beach through the Diamonds in the Rough ...
Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation to Host Free Estate Planning Seminars in March
February 12, 2024
The Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation will host five free “Protect Your Legacy” estate planning seminars in March. The seminars, conducted by local professionals, are scheduled across the tri-county area as follows:    March 5        Treasure Coast Hospice, 5000 Dunn Road, Ft. Pierce; 10 am to Noon    March 14 ...
Exciting Two Months for Environmental Studies Council
January 18, 2024
t’s been a spectacular two months at the Environmental Studies Center, thanks to the hard work of the 501(c)(3) that supports it, the Environmental Studies Council. On March 29, the Council learned that it was awarded a $100,000 grant from Impact100 Martin for its Wet Lab Revitalization. Then, on ...
Hibiscus Children’s Center Receives Reaccreditation
January 18, 2024
Hibiscus Children’s Center is pleased to announce that the agency received reaccreditation by the Council on Accreditation (COA). Hibiscus Children’s Center has continually earned this distinction since 2003. COA’s mission is to partner with human and social service organizations to strengthen their ability to improve the lives of the ...
flager-center
USO-Themed Dance Will Celebrate 80th Anniversary of the Flagler Center
January 2, 2024
It is a long established fact that a reader will be distracted by the readable content of a page when looking at its layout. The point of using Lorem Ipsum is that it has a more-or-less normal distribution of letters, as opposed to using 'Content here, content here', making ...
thanking-air-show
BlueBird Educational Foundation Donates Instruments to Kids
June 20, 2023
On Tuesday April 11th, the Bluebird Educational Foundation gave away approximately $5000.00 worth of musical instruments to local St. Lucie Public School students. The giveaway occurred at the monthly St. Lucie County School Board meeting…
enviornmental-studies
Exciting Two Months for Environmental Studies Council
June 20, 2023
It’s been a spectacular two months at the Environmental Studies Center, thanks to the hard work of the 501(c)(3) that supports it, theEnvironmental Studies Council. On March 29, the Council learned that it was awarded …
hibiscus-childrens
Hibiscus Children’s Center Receives Reaccreditation
June 20, 2023
Hibiscus Children’s Center is pleased to announce that the agency received reaccreditation by the Council on Accreditation (COA). Hibiscus Children’s Center has continually earned this distinction since 2003. COA’s mission is to partner with human and social service…
enviornmental-studies
Exciting Two Months forEnvironmental Studies Council
June 20, 2023
It’s been a spectacular two months at the Environmental Studies Center, thanks to the hard work of the 501(c)(3) that supports it, theEnvironmental Studies Council. On March 29, the Council learned that it was awarded …
hibiscus-childrens
Hibiscus Children’s Center Receives Reaccreditation
June 20, 2023
Hibiscus Children’s Center is pleased to announce that the agency received reaccreditation by the Council on Accreditation (COA). Hibiscus Children’s Center has continually earned this distinction since 2003. COA’s mission is to partner with human and social service…
hibiscus-childrens
Hibiscus Children’s Center Receives Reaccreditation
June 20, 2023
Hibiscus Children’s Center is pleased to announce that the agency received reaccreditation by the Council on Accreditation (COA). Hibiscus Children’s Center has continually earned this distinction since 2003. COA’s mission is to partner with human and social service…
enviornmental-studies
Exciting Two Months for Environmental Studies Council
June 13, 2023
It’s been a spectacular two months at the Environmental Studies Center, thanks to the hard work of the 501(c)(3) that supports it, the Environmental Studies Council. On March 29, the Council learned that it was awarded …