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VOL. 20 NO. 7                                                                                                          Martin Downs, Page 1
                                                                                                                                                                         JULY 2018

Robert F. Novins Memorial Golf For Life

	 The 17th Annual                                                                                                                     	 More than 200         Carson Novins putting
Robert F. Novins                                                                                                                      guests enjoyed the
Memorial Golf for                                                                                                                     Friday evening
Life Tournament                                                                                                                       reception at Carsons
and Reception was a                                                                                                                   Tavern and 31 teams
success. The brother                                                                                                                  played in Saturday’s
and sister team of                                                                                                                    tournament at Stuart
Carson Novins and                                                                                                                     Yacht & Country
Beth Novins started the                                                                                                               Club. Everyone was
tournament in memory Kim McMath, Beth Novins, Kait                                                                                    ready to play once the
of their father, who Toebe                                                                                                            torrential downpour
died of colon cancer.                                                                                                                 stopped on Saturday.
The amazing committee hosted a fun tournament and this                                                                                Janet Milici won the
year raised $116,000 to benefit Volunteers in Medicine (VIM)                                                                          Putting Contest and
Clinic. Friday evening festivities consisted of delicious food,                                                                       Mike Milizia won the
auctions, raffles and dancing to the live band, The Kinected.                                                                         Helicopter Ball Drop.
Ken Duke, Mike Milizia, Fred Caimotto and Carson himself
were auctioned off to the delight of the audience.                  Kathy Kramer, Kim Lamb, Patsy Devine, Liz Griffin, Christa        Robert F. Novins Memorial Golf For Life on page3
                                                                    Dun, Paula Rimer

Martin County Healthy Start Celebrates 25th Anniversary

	 Twenty-five years ago, Martin County’s Healthy Start              Stacey Hetherington, board member; Scott Berry, executive         	 A doula program is
Coalition opened its doors. The genesis of a statewide network      director, Community Chest Hobe Sound; and Marianne                being piloted through the
of community organizations focused on reducing Florida’s high       Paulsen, board member                                             doulas at Bell House Birth
                                                                                                                                      Services with significant
infant mortality rate was a passion project of Governor Lawton      raised $30,000 and has helped to create a new pilot program for   support from Samantha,
                                                                    chiropractic care for pregnant Healthy Start moms.                who has five years’
Chiles and First Lady Rhea Chiles.                                                                                                    experience as a doula.
                                                                                                                                      The program provides
	 Celebrating the 25th anniversary was the focus of this year’s                                                                       emotional and physical
                                                                                                                                      support for expectant
Healthy Start Luncheon held May 18 at Piper’s Landing Yacht                                                                           mothers during labor who Dr. Brian Moriarty and Randy
Club in Palm City. Additionally, it was the first year anniversary                                                                    do not have a support Pennington, incoming board
of Executive Director Samantha Suffich.                                                                                               person at the time of member
	 Suffich recalled her first year with Healthy Start, which she                                                                       delivery. Eligible Healthy
said, came with its challenges. However, all the difficulties were                                                                    Start moms may be homeless, military spouses, estranged teenage
handled as a collaborative effort with community members and                                                                          mothers, or victims of domestic or sexual violence.

a number of achievements were realized. Leading the list was                                                                          Martin County Healthy Start Celebrates on page 4

the newly minted maternity leave policy, which allows for six
weeks of paid leave. The organization hopes to be a model to
other employers in the community.

	 Dancing with the Martin Stars in September raised $140,000.

Dr. Brian Moriarty with Loving Chiropractic, the overall winner,

United Way Funds New Programs,

Invests More Than $2 Million In Martin County

	 United Way of Martin County took a major step to                  	 Each year, United Way raises funds through workplace            United Way presented a grant to ARC of Martin County and
make sure children start school ready to learn, graduate            or community campaigns, grants and corporate                      Helping People Succeed for a collaborative program, Project
more students, lift families and individuals to financial           partnerships. These funds are invested in programs that           Search. Left to right: ARC of Martin County Chief Operations
stability and create a healthier community by investing             assist individuals and families in Martin County who are          Officer Danielle Sexton-Wells; United Way of Martin County
$2,204,848 in the community in 2018/19.                             struggling to meet basic needs in the areas of education,         President/CEO Carol G. Houwaart-Diez; ARC of Martin
	 As part of this impact, United Way recently announced             financial stability and health.                                   County President/CEO Keith Muniz; Helping People Succeed
community impact grant awards for 47 local programs and             	 “Many people are surprised to learn that 41 percent             President/CEO Suzy Hutcheson; Helping People Succeed Vice
initiatives totaling $983,042 – a 5 percent increase in these       of our households are either living in or on the edge of          President, Successful Futures France Mason; United Way of
grant awards compared to last year. When you combine this           poverty,” said United Way of Martin County President/             Martin County Incoming Board Chair Denise Ehrich
with the amount United Way is investing through donor               CEO Carol G. Houwaart-Diez. “Our problems may be
designations, United Way of Martin County Foundation                well hidden, but at United Way we go looking for our              United Way Funds New Programs on page 2
funding, CHARACTER COUNTS! mini-grants and literacy                 community’s most daunting social crises and we find every
initiatives, and internal programs such as CHARACTER                dollar we can to address them.”
COUNTS! Martin Volunteers and United Way’s White                    	 In education, United Way is investing in programs that
Doves Holiday Project, United Way of Martin County’s                increase the quality of preschools available to our kids as
total investment in the community is $2,204,848.                    well as focus on achieving grade-level reading, and provide

                                                                                                        the support necessary to see
                                                                                                        our kids through high school
                                                                                                        graduation and beyond.
                                                                                                          For financial stability,
                                                                                                        United Way is investing
                                                                                                        in programs helping
                                                                                                        individuals and families
                                                                                                        achieve and maintain
                                                                                                        financial stability with
                                                                                                        a focus on workforce
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