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VOL. 20 NO. 7                                                                                 JULY 2018

Robert F. Novins Memorial Golf For Life

	 The 17th Annual Robert                                            and Carson himself were                                          the infamous blueberry blazers
F. Novins Memorial Golf                                                                                                              while at “The Tav.”
for Life Tournament and                                             auctioned off to the delight                                     	 Matilda’s was the Gold
Reception was a success.                                                                                                             Tee Sponsor and White Tee
The brother and sister team                                         of the audience.                                                 Sponsors include Team Parks,
of Carson Novins and                                                	 More than 200 guests                                           William G. Pembroke, CPA,
Beth Novins started the                                             enjoyed the Friday evening                                       PA, Carlson Enterprise of the
tournament in memory of                                             reception at Carsons Tavern                                      Treasure Coast, and Signature
                                                                    and 31 teams played in                                           Metal. Special Beverage
their father, who died of                                           Saturday’s tournament at                                         Sponsors are Bob and Ralf
                                                                    Stuart Yacht & Country Club.                                     Massey.
colon cancer. The amazing                                           Everyone was ready to play                                       	 VIM Clinic is a not-for-profit Jim Kaat
                                                                    once the torrential downpour                                     medical clinic and community
committee hosted a fun                                                                                                               resource which serves as the healthcare safety net to
                                                                    stopped on Saturday. Janet                                       uninsured Martin County residents. Active and retired
tournament and this year                                            Milici won the Putting                                           medical professionals and volunteers work in concert with the
raised $116,000 to benefit                                          Contest and Mike Milizia
Volunteers in Medicine                                              won the Helicopter Ball Ken Duke                                 Robert F. Novins Memorial Golf For Life on page 2
( V I M ) C l i n i c . F r i d a y Carson Novins putting           Drop. The overall winning
evening festivities consisted                                       team consisted of Rick Wentworth, Tony Barone, Mike
of delicious food, auctions, raffles and dancing to the live        Barone and Rob Walser. This lucky golf foursome will wear
band, The Kinected. Ken Duke, Mike Milizia, Fred Caimotto

Martin County Healthy Start Celebrates 25th Anniversary

	 Twenty-five years ago, Martin County’s Healthy Start              Shamus Gordon, executive director, Father and Child              	 A doula program is
                                                                    Resource Center; Randy Pennington, incoming board                being piloted through the
Coalition opened its doors. The genesis of a statewide              member; Dr. Teena White, immediate-past board president;         doulas at Bell House Birth
                                                                    and Samantha Suffich, executive director                         Services with significant
network of community organizations focused on reducing                                                                               support from Samantha,
                                                                    raised $30,000 and has helped to create a new pilot program for  who has five years’
Florida’s high infant mortality rate was a passion project of       chiropractic care for pregnant Healthy Start moms.               experience as a doula.
Governor Lawton Chiles and First Lady Rhea Chiles.                                                                                   The program provides
	 Celebrating the 25th anniversary was the focus of this                                                                             emotional and physical
year’s Healthy Start Luncheon held May 18 at Piper’s Landing                                                                         support for expectant
Yacht Club in Palm City. Additionally, it was the first year                                                                         mothers during labor who Dr. Brian Moriarty and Tiffany
anniversary of Executive Director Samantha Suffich.                                                                                  do not have a support Parish
	 Suffich recalled her first year with Healthy Start, which she                                                                      person at the time of
said, came with its challenges. However, all the difficulties                                                                        delivery. Eligible Healthy Start moms may be homeless,
were handled as a collaborative effort with community                                                                                military spouses, estranged teenage mothers, or victims of
members and a number of achievements were realized.                                                                                  domestic or sexual violence.
Leading the list was the newly minted maternity leave policy,
which allows for six weeks of paid leave. The organization                                                                           Martin County Healthy Start Celebrates on page 2

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 make             initiatives totaling $983,042 – a 5 percent increase in these
sure children start school ready to learn, graduate more            grant awards compared to last year. When you combine this
students, lift families and individuals to financial stability and  with the amount United Way is investing through donor
create a healthier community by investing $2,204,848 in the         designations, United Way of Martin County Foundation
community in 2018/19.                                               funding, CHARACTER COUNTS! mini-grants and literacy
                                                                    initiatives, and internal programs such as CHARACTER
	 As part of this impact, United Way recently announced             COUNTS! Martin Volunteers and United Way’s White Doves
community impact grant awards for 47 local programs and
                                                                                                        Holiday Project, United Way
                                                                                                        of Martin County’s total     United Way of Martin County presented two grants to Martin
                                                                                                        investment in the community  County Healthy Start. Martin County Healthy Start’s Lisa
                                                                                                        is $2,204,848.               Kieffer, prenatal outreach manager; Samantha Suffich,
                                                                                                          Each year, United          executive director; Aubrey Campbell, manager of operations;
                                                                                                        Way raises funds through     with United Way of Martin County’s President/CEO Carol G.
                                                                                                        workplace or community       Houwaart-Diez (holding Otis Campbell) and United Way of
                                                                                                                                     Martin County Incoming Board Chair Denise Ehrich
                                                                                                        United Way Funds New
                                                                                                        Programs on page 3
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