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Members of the Vero Beach Museum of Art Director’s Society and Chariman’s Club were treated to a cocktail reception as they browsed the latest art collections prior to a catered dinner. Executive Director and CEO Brady Roberts spoke on the State of the Arts: Major Global Trends in the Museum Field and how these developments would impact the local museum in the future.

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Gail and Scott Alexander

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VBMA Executive Director/CEO Brady Roberts with Virginia and Warren Schwerin

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Don Patterson, Faris Chesley and Bill Lane

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Will Tremml and Emily Tremml

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Michele and Bruce Berlin

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Beth Ann Rardin and Suzy Mellott

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Teryl Viner and Bowen Smith

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A full house of guests enjoyed the Inaugural Fall Harvest Farm to Table Dinner hosted by the Treasure Coast Food Bank at Schacht Groves. Wild Thyme Catering provided a delicious dinner that included a pork loin carving station with a Dijon cream sauce while dessert was cooked up by Healthy Harvest Catering, a program of the food bank. Attendees also enjoyed the music of Blue Cypress Bluegrass Band. Proceeds of the evening benefit the Treasure Coast Food Bank.

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Daniel Leavy, Marius Orsolini and Donna Cross

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Jerry and Tamara Renick

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Kim, Lauren and Patricia Wentworth

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Jason and Megan Kendrick

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This year’s Riverside Theatre Festival of Trees Gala theme was Favorite Things and nostalgia and gingerbread were in the air. Elizabeth Kennedy Catering offered delectable hors d’oeuvres and a buffet dinner as guests relived days of merriment listening to holiday favorites by the Riverside Children’s Theatre students. This event is known to be the kickoff to the holiday season and is a benefit to the Riverside Children’s Theatre.

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John Waite with Karen and John Franke

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Caleb and Kristina Clements

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Bob Inhoff and Diana Stark

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Carla and John Michael Matthews

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Victoria Kerkela and Connie Foster

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Tips for Turkeys was the name of the game at the Family Meals’ Celebrity Bartender Event at Cobb’s Landing. This year’s celebrities, Maryann Wolonowski of Southern Eagle Distributing, Wendie Smith of the Wild Roses Dance Team, Frankie Lott of Lott Insurance Services, Carissa Zerga of Seacoast Bank, Clifford Pearl of Cardita Formal Wear and Tina Klein of Treasure Coast Lexus put their pouring skills to the test earning tips to help provide Thanksgiving meals to deserving Treasure Coast families.

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Martha Taylor and WPTV Newschannel 5's Jon Shainman

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Maryann Wolonowski and Wendie Smith

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Carissa Zerga and Frankie Lott

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Gail Flesche and Donna Burke

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John Bailey and Fort Pierce
Mayor Linda Hudson

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An evening filled with culinary experiences was presented to guests by eight phenomenal chefs at Quail Valley River Club. Tasty items were set up at various food stations around the porch and waterside patio. This 11th annual event goes to support March of Dimes Indian River County’s effort to fund research on the causes of pre-term birth. Guests enjoyed offerings by chefs from as far away as The Boathouse in Disney Springs to local favorites from Scott Varricchio of Citrus Grillhouse. Celebrity auctioneer John Moore hosted a lively auction of luxury items up for bid.

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Erin and Patrick Gleason with Nadine Macon

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Lee and John Moore

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Cheryl Sangbush and Ryan Scarpa

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Bob and Wheatie Gibb

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Molly and Walter Steinwald

on the scene philanthropy

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Indian River presented Philanthropy Through the Decades at the Vero Beach Museum of Art on National Philanthropy Day. After a cocktail reception, more than 300 guests attended a formal dinner in Holmes Great Hall. Honorees were feted before the final selected winners were revealed.

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Kathy Lightfoot, Trudie Rainone, Pam Halvorsen and Barbara Diemer

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Hope Woodhouse and honoree Joan Woodhouse

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Liz Bruner and Bill Scully

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Peggy Gibbs, Steve Higgins and Angelia Perry

on the scene luncheon

Ladies who lunch for a cause — Supporters of the Riverside Theatre — attended the annual Friend’s Fall Luncheon against a New York neighborhood backdrop. The event is the largest fall fundraiser which supports Riverside’s operating budget. Approximately 400 ladies filled the Orchid Lobby and Waxlax Theatre to enjoy a catered luncheon, bidding for some excellent auction items and being entertained by The Broadway Tenors.

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Daisy Whitehill, Elke Brockway, Carol Kanarek and Linda Teetz

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Paula Shorts and Anne Warhover

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Gloria Anderson and Priscilla Clark

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Debbie Weise and Anne Blatherwick

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Adele Martin and Jan McCoy

on the scene evening for education

“Hooray for Hollywood” was the theme for Education Foundation, St. Lucie’s Evening for Education, a celebration of success for St. Lucie County public schools. The annual dinner featured a live and silent auction, raising 60 percent more money than the previous year. The dinner/dance collected some $56,000 to support public education. Sponsors included Jacquin & Sons Construction, Treasure Coast Lexus, Comcast, PNC, ATT, FPL, Seacoast Bank, Keiser University, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union, Grimes Heating and Air Conditioning, Bank of America and Treasure Coast Urgent Care.

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Michelle Miller, Jane Rowley and Thom Jones during the auction

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Michelle Miller & Thom Jones

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Beth & Steve Hoskins

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Darrell Dunhill as "Elvis" entertains the crowd.

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Guests enjoyed dinner and a silent auction at the elegant Oak Harbor Club to support the Women’s Refuge of Vero Beach. Rebekah Gregory, a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing, spoke about God’s plan and her faith to look beyond her leg amputation and count her blessings. The mission of WRVB is offering hope, help and lifelong healing for women with emotional, mental and spiritual issues.

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Executive Director Diana Ludwig, Co-founder
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Rebekah Gregory and Jeanine Harris

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Cheryl Deal and Peggy Rihaud

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Gene Lofaro and Co-founder Ted Robart

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Susan O'Bryan and Commissioner Peter O'Bryan

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One of the season’s largest and most glitzy events benefited the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County. The Sun Aviation Center was completely transformed into a club-like fashion show as guests enjoyed delicious national and international wines, tasted gourmet munchies and viewed products from luxury vendors from around the country. Soaring aerial acrobats flew above as raffle sales were offered by the suave “Shoe Guys” who worked the runway to raise additional funds.

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The Shoe Guys with event co-chairs Crystal Tumolo and Jennifer Downes

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Helen Post and Susi Post

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Ann Marie McCrystal and Heidi Waxlax

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Event Co-Chairs Crystal Tumolo and Jennifer Downes

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