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The parties presented on this page were held before social distancing recommendations and stay-at-home orders were in effect.

Greatest Appreciation
Feb. 26, 2021
Elliott Museum
Stuart
Photos by Liz McKinley

Stilt walkers, jugglers and even contortionists from Florida Aerial Dance & Circus Arts performed for donors and volunteers during the Habitat for Humanity of Martin County’s annual appreciation event. Donors and volunteers also enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and tours of the Elliott Museum. Habitat’s mission is to provide entry level, affordable housing at a fair price and good value.

ArtsFest 2021
Feb. 20-21, 2021
Gazebo Park, Downtown Stuart
Photos by Liz McKinley

Hundreds enjoyed sweater weather and sunshine at ArtsFest 2021 in Gazebo Park. The annual weekend, sponsored by The Arts Foundation for Martin County and partnered with Martin County’s Art in Public Places Program, boasted food, art, crafts and a green market. It also featured multiple musical acts highlighting Bahamian, Irish, Cuban, West African and French cultures. Awards were given including Best of Show to mixed media artist Jean Yao.

Child Advocacy Center Kickoff
Guardians for New Futures
March 6, 2021
Port St. Lucie
Photos by MaryAnn Ketcham

A host of local stakeholders involved with child welfare came together to kick off the beginning of the Child Advocacy Center on South Commerce Centre Drive, Port St. Lucie. The facility will serve abused and neglected children from St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River and Okeechobee counties in Florida’s 19th Judicial Circuit. The center will provide maltreated children all necessary resources in one location rather than necessitating travel to multiple locations. Carrie Morgridge of the Morgridge Family Foundation headlined the event, stressing the importance of community participation.

Art in Bloom 2021
March 10-11, 2021
Vero Beach
Photos by Kerry Firth

This year’s Art In Bloom luncheon at the Vero Beach Museum of Art featured creations inspired by its exhibition Chul Hyun Ahn: New Light and artworks in the permanent collection. More than 200 guests attended in-person over the two days, with 55 guests livestreaming from the comfort of their homes. All guests enjoyed viewing and voting for the 11 interpretative floral designs, before making their way to lunch catered by Elizabeth Kennedy & Co. Guest presenter Shane Connolly, an international florist, livestreamed from the U.K. a planted arrangement of seasonal flowers.

27th Annual
Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches BBQ
March 3, 2021
Indian River County Sheriff’s Office Complex
Photos by Kerry Firth

Crowds of pre-pandemic proportions turned out for the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office 27th annual fundraising barbecue. Founded in 1957 by the Florida Sheriff’s Association, the nonprofit, residential child-care and family service organization, known as the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches, primarily depends on the generous gifts and support of donors. Its mission is to prevent delinquency and develop lawful, resilient and productive citizens. Guests were treated to K-9 and SWAT demonstrations, tours of the jail and the 911 center along with dozens of vendors and delicious barbecue chicken and pork dinners.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Reunion
Seasons 52
March 2, 2021
Palm Beach Gardens
Photos by Liz McKinley

Thanks to the life-changing mentoring programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Jim Martz, the “big,” and Dr. Andrew Hope, the “little,” shared laughs and conversation over A&W Root Beer floats, while celebrating their 50-year friendship. What began with a match between a big brother and a little boy has grown to become a story of two men becoming the best of friends through the years.

Athena Society Dinner
Vero Beach Museum of Art
April 16, 2021
Photos by Kerry Firth

Members of Vero Beach Museum of Art Athena Society gathered for dinner and lecture after voting on their favorite works of art for the Museum’s permanent collection. The society supports the expansion of the permanent collection through the acquisition of major works of art. A significant portion of the art on view in the Museum was purchased by the Society.

Casino Night
March 12, 2021
Palm City
Photos by Liz McKinley

Elev8Hope hit the jackpot during a fundraiser at Rockin’ H Ranch as generous sponsors and supporters donated $370,000 toward Mrs. Rina’s House of Blessings, a transitional hospitality house for homeless students in Martin County. The sold-out event included faux gambling, Vegas casino games like roulette, craps, Texas hold ‘em and blackjack. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, open bar and a silent auction kept the good times rolling. Elev8Hope is an all-volunteer, all-student-run nonprofit that benefits families with children.

Bow-Wow-Meow Luau
March 6, 2021
Stuart
Liz McKinley

Island cocktails played into the theme of this year’s gala, which was held outdoors at the Marriott Hutchinson Island Beach Resort due to the pandemic. Guests at the Humane Society Paws & Claws fundraiser enjoyed tropical bites, a live auction and an authentic island show performed by entertainers from the Mai Kai Polynesian Restaurant. Afterward, some guests opted to take in a VIP experience, which featured a starlight cruise down the Intracoastal Waterway aboard The Island Princess. The event benefits the shelter and provides funds for life-saving care and essential services to more than 6,000 animals each year.

Fashion Meets Art
Feb. 24, 2021
Vero Beach
Photos by Kerry Firth

Super Model Kim Alexis, who has appeared on more than 500 magazine covers worldwide including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Glamour and Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, gave a presentation at the Vero Beach Museum of Art on living your best life through a healthy diet, exercise, a clean beauty regimen and mind, body and spiritual wellness. VIP guests were treated to pre-presentation fashion show featuring models from Premiere Model Management.

Florida Beer-B-Q
March 19, 2021
Vero Beach
Photos by Kerry Firth

A lively crowd turned out for a fundraiser at Walking Tree Brewery hosted by the Treasure Coast Chapter of Coastal Conservation Association Florida. The event, catered by 14 Bones, featured a silent auction, which had hundreds of items selected to attract the recreational fishing bidders, a raffle, and a live auction with exotic vacations, fishing trips and gear. All proceeds went to the CCA to help with its mission to ensure the health and conservation of marine resources and anglers access to them.

Good Vibrations
March 20, 2021
Palm City
Photos by Liz McKinley

Martin County artists, Cheryl Cote and Sue Klahne hosted the opening reception for the art exhibit that included the works of 9 local artists at The Fox Club. A silent auction was held and the $6,375 raised was donated to New Horizons of the Treasure Coast, a mental health and substance abuse services provider. Sponsored by Emerald Medical, the exhibit is open to the public through the end of April.

Founding Friends of Treasure Coast Hospice
April 6, 2021
Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club
Palm City
Photos by MaryAnn Ketcham

The exquisite home of outgoing president Ginny Salamy served as the gathering place to introduce new board members and present a check to Treasure Coast Hospice CEO Jackie Kendrick. The yearlong fundraising effort by members of the Harbour Ridge community in Palm City yielded $125,000. Attendees also shared fond memories of long-time member Jody Brasskamp who died recently. Founded in 1982, Treasure Coast Hospice is a nonprofit organization of skilled professionals and dedicated volunteers who serve patients and families in Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties.

Molly’s House Polo Classic
March 6, 2021
Port Mayaca Polo Club
Okeechobee
Photos by Liz McKinley

The 11th annual polo classic to benefit Molly’s House raised $100,000 for the home away from home for those dealing with medical crises. The popular sporting event brought internationally known players together for day of competition and fun that included a best hat contest, a dressage presentation, a car show and the traditional halftime champagne divot stomp. VIP guests enjoyed a paella lunch and open bar, while a vast number of spectators sat in chalets or tailgated as they watched the fast-paced action up close. The funds raised support the mission of Molly’s House to keep families together by providing short-term, affordable accommodations for the families of hospitalized loved ones and hospital outpatients. The classic’s presenting sponsor was the Herold-Cadorette family.

Wheels and Keels of Vero Beach Foundation
10th Annual Charity Fundraiser
April 9-10, 2021
Moorings Yacht & Country Club
Vero Beach
Photos by Kerry Firth

More than 200 people attended the Wheels and Keels gala cocktail reception and dinner held Friday evening at the Moorings Yacht and Country Club to benefit local charities. On Saturday, hundreds more turned out for the Antique & Exotic Car & Boat Show on the Pete Dye Signature Golf Course overlooking the Indian River Lagoon and to view impressive yachts moored at the docks. Beneficiaries of this year’s event were Youth Sailing Foundation of IRC, ARC Oyster Mat Project, Navy Seal Trident House Charities, Vero Beach Rowing and Lines in the Lagoon.