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Palm City, FL – The ARC of the Treasure Coast is teeing up a weekend of fun on the links at the 15th Annual Swinging Fore the ARC Golf Tournament. All events will be held at the Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club in Palm City and proceeds go to ARC of the Treasure Coast, a local charity assisting and supporting children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Register for the tournament and score an invite to a pre-event Cocktail Par-tee which kicks off the festivities on Friday, Sept. 29th at 6 p.m. The public and non-golfers are welcome.

The tournament takes place on Saturday, Sept. 30th, starting with late registration and breakfast at 7:30 a.m. The Four-Person Scramble Golf Tournament begins at 9 a.m. A gourmet BBQ awards luncheon, auction, and raffle follow the tournament.

Eight-time PGA Tour Winner, Fred Funk has committed to helping the ARC with their Golf Tournament this year. Fred will be available on both Friday and Saturday’s tournament day and will demonstrate to attendees some of his best recommendations for overcoming potential challenges on the course.

Many of Funk’s playing competitors are now regarding Fred as perhaps the straightest driver to ever play golf; in a 14-year period, Funk achieved the highest driving accuracy on the PGA Tour seven times and was in the top five of this statistic for every year but one in that period.

Funk played on the PGA Tour, where he was an eight-time winner including his signature win in 2005 at the PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP when he prevailed in a four-way playoff. Funk has had 17 wins altogether in his career. He is also the oldest player to make a cut on the PGA Tour. Funk currently plays on the PGA Tour Champions where he won the 2009 US Senior OPEN.

Your company or team can ‘iron’ out a sponsorship plan with prices ranging from $750 to

$10,000. Golf entries and gift bags, tee signs, and tickets to the cocktail party and awards banquet are all ‘in the bag’ with your sponsorship purchase.

This event helps fund the services provided by ARC of the Treasure Coast including summer camps and After-School programs for children, day training programs, community inclusion services, transportation, intensive behavioral services, and Advanced Employment Services for adults.

ARC of the Treasure Coast is pleased to announce that Boars Head is the Tournament Sponsor, Sailfish Marina is the Awards Buffet Sponsor and CTS3 Solutions is the Beverage Sponsor.

To learn more about how to register for the tournament visit:

We Look Forward to Another Great Year! Hope to See You on the Green!


ARC of the Treasure Coast: is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to assisting and supporting children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve their fullest potential through residential, educational, vocational, behavioral, and other related healthcare services.


Roses and Rose’ to Benefit Catch the Wave of Hope

By Jackie Holfelder

An upscale luncheon on November 9 at the popular Hudson’s on the River will benefit Catch the Wave of Hope (CTWH), the nonprofit with a mission to prevent the sex trafficking of children through awareness, education, restoration and legislation.

CTWH is impacting the community as it shares information, debunks myths and brings local experts into conversations with the public to better prepare everyone to recognize the inherent dangers in this heinous crime.

Roses and Rose’ will be nothing short of fabulous: a light lunch featuring Hudson’s enticing food, complimentary rose’ and no speakers, vendors, fashion show or silent or live auctions! Step into the photo booth that will be on site and take fun photos with your friends who are attending.

A handful of high-ticket items like a Louis Vuitton purse and unique staycation packages will be raffled and Catch the Wave of Hope’s knowledgeable and personable Executive Director Sarah Marie Henry will offer a short briefing on Catch the Wave of Hope.

Photo provided by Catch the Wave of Hope.

Roses and Rose’ committee members Sarah Marie Henry, CTWH Executive Director; Bonnie Gorman; Nicole Vosters; Fida Georges, Event Chair; Gia Skoch, Kelly Laurine - CTWH Board Chair and Michelle Campolong

Tickets are $125 per person and must be pre-purchased. Roses and Rose’ starts at 11 a.m. and will end at 1:30 p.m. Brunch attire is suggested and fascinators are optional. To purchase your ticket, visit Seating is limited.

Sponsorships between $500-$5,000 are still available. Join such prestigious local businesses as Hudson's on the River, Elevate Vero Beach, Foto Fun Photobooths, Black Sheep Salon, Albany Aesthetics, Pirate Firearms LLC, Rosi Shepard Real Estate, Mi Creations & Events, DJ Louise G Entertainment, Flowers by Silvia, Pasta by Pollo, Laura Leighton Real Estate, Vosters Insurance, Circle 6 Consulting, Ship Camps, Romagosa Barron Dermatology and Stuart Periodontics who have already signed on to be part of this important event.

Hudson’s on the River is located at 351 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart.

To learn more about Catch the Wave of Hope, visit or email Sarah Marie Henry at




Dancing with the Martin Stars Takes the Stage on September 23 in support of the Martin County Healthy Start Coalition

Stuart, Fla. - Tangos, sambas and waltzes will take center stage at the Lyric Theatre on September 23 as the 2023 Dancing with the Martin Stars competition thrills the audience with fancy footwork.

Dancing with the Martin Stars is now in its 12th year of supporting the Martin County Healthy Start Coalition and its mission to ensure that every baby in our community is born healthy, every mother receives support, and every father is involved.

The competition pits teams of local dance instructors with volunteer “celebrities” from the community. The volunteers learn intricate dance steps for the performance in the hope of winning the grand prize----bragging rights and their own mirror ball trophy. They also compete in raising funds from friends, neighbors and local businesses to benefit Martin County Healthy Start Coalition.

“Dancing with the Martin Stars is always a fun event,” says Martin County Healthy Start CEO Samantha Suffich. “The purpose, though, is very serious. The funds our volunteers raise help us with our many programs that provide prenatal care to expectant mothers and then follow through to be sure that babies are born healthy and receive the services the family needs for a successful future.”

This year’s Martin Stars are: Carol Briseno, Recreation Coordinator with Martin County Parks & Recreations, dancing with Jang Don; Nikki Leserra , Creative Director at Sky is the Limit, dancing with Brian Spector; Jacilyn Mikels,  Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner at Jeunenu Aesthetics, dancing with Michael Chaves; Monique Robbins, Prevention Coordinator with Tykes & Teens, dancing with Yusell Garcia; Joan Goodrich, Executive Director of the Business Development Board of Martin County, dancing with Craig Galvin; Dr. Kurt Barnhill, Chiropractor at Precision Chiropractor and Rehab, dancing with Daisy Krakowiak-Wiebe;  Dr. Edward Savage, Cardiothoracic Surgeon of Cleveland Clinic Martin Health, dancing with Tanya Chaves; Noel Thomas, CEO of Zero Trafficking, dancing with Cheri Shanti; and Tony George, Attorney at Law, dancing with Marianella Tobar.

Community members can support a favorite dancer through the Martin County Healthy Start website, Tickets to the event, which begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 23, are available through the Lyric Theatre box office

Natalie Desmangles and Brian Spector won Overall Champion at last year’s Dancing with the Martin Stars.

LiveStream tickets for those who can’t attend in person are on sale  at, or people can watch the live broadcast at Hudson’s in Stuart.

A Sponsors Only cocktail party will be held before the dance competition begins. Casco Companies is the evening’s title sponsor and encourages individuals and organizations to join them at sponsorship levels ranging from $500 to $10,000.

For more information, visit or call 772-463-2888.

About Martin County Healthy Start

Martin County Healthy Start is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that every baby is born healthy. It provides educational and health services to pregnant women, new mothers and their families at no cost, particularly expectant mothers who are at risk for late or no prenatal care.

The programs of Martin County Healthy Start Coalition are voluntary and available to all Florida residents at no cost.

For more information about Martin County Healthy Start Coalition and its ongoing programs, visit, call 772-463-2888 or follow the organization on Facebook.


Sunset Concerts in the Gallery for October and November

By Jackie Holfelder

For eight years, MartinArts has been presenting its acclaimed Sunset Concerts at the Gallery at the Court House Cultural Center at 5:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month.

The eclectic series is noted for revealing each artist’s personality and individuality and for offering a wide range of talent encompassing all ages and media.

Sunset Concerts in at the Gallery is open to the public. Registration is required. Cost is $5 for non-members, free for members.

The program for the next two months is highlighted below:

·        Tuesday, October 10, 2023

"Halloween Spooktacular" Featuring organist Brandon Glick and pianist Paul Hamaty—Halloween costume event for kids of all ages. Please note that this event will be held at in the sanctuary of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 623 SE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart

·        Tuesday, November 14, 2023

"Thanksgiving and Celebration of our Veterans" Featuring Susan Callahan and Friends presenting a concert of inspirational and patriotic songs

For information, visit



Farm City Luncheon 2023 Celebrates the Rich Heritage of Martin County Agriculture

PALM CITY, Fla. - Gloretta Hall is a born and bred city girl. Wes Carlton is a farm guy through and through. Meeting each other for the first time at last year’s Farm City Luncheon, the two Martin County residents found themselves seated at the same table, discussing a wide range of topics on which they agreed and many they both wanted to learn more about.

“That’s the whole point of the Farm City Luncheon,” explained Rick Hartman, President of One Martin, the nonprofit organization that hosts the luncheon each year, along with the Martin County Farm Bureau. The annual event brings together urban and rural residents of the county to celebrate the important relationship between farmers, consumers, community leaders, and everyone in between who contributes to the community’s safe, abundant food supply.

“We’re all in this together,” Hartman says, “and the better we know and understand each other, the better we can work on our collective challenges together.”


This year’s Farm City Luncheon is on Thursday, November 16 at 11:30 a.m. at The Rocking H Ranch on Boatramp Avenue in Palm City. As with previous year’s luncheons, the farm to table menu will feature items that are locally grown and sourced.


Generations of farmers and ranchers established Martin County as an agricultural powerhouse where they raised their families, harvested their crops, drove their cattle, and helped to feed a region and a nation. During the luncheon, a panel will explore Florida's rich agricultural heritage and traditions, recognize the knowledge, skills, and values passed down through farming families, and share activities and initiatives that promote a greater understanding of the important cultural and environmental role agricultural plays in our community.

Martin County residents Gloretta Hall and Wes Carlton

“I thought I knew my community,” Gloretta Hall said. “The things I learned at the Farm City Luncheon and my conversations with Wes have given me a whole new perspective on what it means to be part of Martin County.”

Wes Carlton seconds that. “Agriculture in our region is changing rapidly, and it’s in the best interests of all of our residents to bridge the gap between those of us still farming the land out west and the folks in our more urbanized areas. We need to do it for the sake of our children and grandchildren.”

Sponsors to date include Ashley Capital, Becker Tree Farm, Captec Engineering, Family Lands

Remembered, Hartman Real Estate, Market on Main, Martin County Farm Bureau, Midbrook 1st Realty Corp, Shearwater Marine FL, Theresa & Richard Anderson, Three Lake, and Wedgeworth, Inc.

Additional sponsorships and individual tickets for the 2023 Farm City luncheon are available online by going to or by contacting Melissa Zolla at or 772-287-5272.




Celebrate at MartinArts Community Open House

By Jackie Holfelder

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Stuart High School (1923-2023) at a community open house presented by MartinArts on Saturday, September 23 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Two discussion panels will feature alumni reminiscing about their school days (come by and see whom you know) and local experts sharing their views about the building’s architecture and its value to the Treasure Coast.

What’s a party without cake? Have a slice to salute the centennial of Stuart High School, located at 500 SE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart.

For information, call 772-287-6676.


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