Elite Airways now flying roundtrip to White Plains, NY Reply

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Elite Airways has added new roundtrip flights between Vero Beach and White Plains, NY (Westchester County Airport – HPN) during and around the December holiday weeks—providing Vero Beach residents with more opportunities to fly back and forth to the NYC region during the holidays. Early bird fares start at $199.00 each way, and are scheduled as follows:

Thursdays & Sundays between Dec. 21, 2017 and Jan. 4, 2018:

  * Depart VRB 2:15 p.m. arrive HPN 5:00 p.m.

  * Depart HPN 5:45 p.m. arrive VRB 8:30 p.m. More…

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk Oct. 21 Reply

 

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Celebrating 25 years of saving lives nationwide, the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk will be held October 21, 2017 at Riverside Park to support the fight against the second leading cause of cancer death in women and ensure no one faces breast cancer alone. Registration for this noncompetitive, inspirational event begins at 7:00 AM and the walk is set to start at 9:00 a.m. More…

Happy 242nd birthday to the U.S. Navy Reply

Historic Dodgertown was once a Naval Air Station

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As shown above, Fields 1, 2 and the Strings pitching mounds at Historic Dodgertown are original to the property.

According to author George W. Gross, the U.S. Naval Air Station, Vero Beach, Florida was commissioned on Nov. 24, 1942 “to provide a Navy and Marine flight training base for over 2,700 men and 300 WAVES and women Marines. The purpose of the NAS was constantly revised from originally training dive bomber pilots to daytime pilots and ultimately to nighttime fighter pilots.”

On May 10, 1946 the City of Vero Beach receives the land and training facility back from the U.S. Government.

In 1947, Vero Beach Airport Director Bud Holman invites the Dodgers to look at the Naval Air Base property and the possibility of converting it to a Spring Training facility to house and train the Dodgers and their 26 minor league teams in a self-contained camp setting.

In 1948, the Dodgers opened camp at Dodgertown.

Nearly 70 years later, Historic Dodgertown is a world-famous training site, and conference and event center.

Happy birthday, Navy, and we thank the current sailors and veterans for their service! 

Photo caption: the original Fields 1, 2 and the Strings pitching mounds at Historic Dodgertown are original to the property.

To learn more, please visit http://www.HistoricDodgertown/History

Gallery 14 show will feature tow impressionist artists Reply

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By Judith Shores Castino

By Ruth Martin

Gallery 14 presents Coastal Living: A Different Perspective – Impressionist Realism by Judy Stach and Ruth Martin. The show will run from October 31st through November 24th. There will be a reception for the public on Friday November 3 from 5-8pm as part of the First Friday Gallery Stroll. Judy,a highly respected and popular artist, spends her winters in Vero Beach. More…

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19

Main Street Vero Beach is holding its Networking Breakfast on Thursday, October 19 at 8 am.  The breakfast will be held at Florida Community Bank, 4000 20th Street in Vero Beach from 8 to 9 am.  The cost is $5 per person and free to Main Street members. Bring business cards and flyers.  RSVP to info@mainstreetverobeach.org. 

Join Certified Laughter Leader, Nancy Johnson for “Laugh & Learn” (LAL) on Thursday, October 19 at 10:30 am at the North Indian River County Library.  Start your day with laughter and a positive attitude!

 

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Riverside Theatre to present “My Romance: The Works of Richard Rogers” Nov. 14 Reply

Fall Luncheon Performers Kristin Carbone, Peter Lockyer, Michael St. John and Jennifer Hope Wills

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Allen D. Cornell, Riverside Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director, and Ken Clifton, Riverside’s Musical Director, have teamed up to create a special theatrical event showcasing some of the most beloved music by Broadway legend, Richard Rodgers. My Romance: The Work of Richard Rodgers takes place on the Stark Stage on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.

Featuring four highly accomplished Broadway and New York performers, this musical journey through the Richard Rodgers catalogue is an insightful look into the talents of a man that changed Broadway forever.

“After last season’s success with David Pittsinger in concert, Ken and I wanted to showcase the remarkable work of a musical master,” says Mr. Cornell. “These memorable tunes are lush, comical, romantic, and indicative of the lasting impression of a good song. I’m excited for our audiences to hear these timeless classics performed by our exceptional cast.” More…

20th Annual Festival of Trees to be full of ‘Sugar & Spice’ Reply

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Riverside Theatre, led by Producing Artistic Director/CEO Allen D. Cornell and Managing Director/COO Jon R. Moses presents the 20th Annual Festival of Trees. Benefitting Children’s Theatre programming and scholarships, the Festival, begins on Friday, November 17 with a glittering gala and continues with the regular showcase on November 18 & 19, 2017.

Featuring a “Sugar and Spice” theme, the entire Riverside Theatre campus will feature a sparkling world of Christmas trees, holiday displays, a Santa’s village, community choirs, and a fun night of surprises for the whole family on Saturday.

Chaired by the affectionately named “Tree Amigos” – Nancy Large, Lyn Law and Barbara Woodward, the Festival of Trees is Riverside Theatre for Kids’ largest benefit and supports children’s theatre programming and scholarships.

“We couldn’t be more excited about this year’s Festival of Trees! ‘Sugar and Spice’ is gearing up to be the biggest and the best, with the whole theatre campus once again involved,” says Lyn Law for the Tree Amigos. “This fun-filled event is not to be missed. There will even be room for a skating rink!” More…

Humane Society takes in animals from Puerto Rico, deploys staff member to St. Croix Reply

Emily Hartin and Maria Ramirez assess the health of a Puerto Rican rescue dog.

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Today The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County (HSVB) announced that it assisted with the rescue of homeless animals arriving from Puerto Rico. Six dogs and one cat can now call the Treasure Coast their new home. HSVB staff warmly greeted Emilio, Dinorah, Carmen, Luis, Isaac, Pablo and Giselle late Tuesday afternoon on a flight arranged by the nonprofit organization Guardians of Rescue. HSVB was one of several animal organizations involved in assisting with this rescue effort.   More…

O’Malley and Major League Baseball in discussions on future of Historic Dodgertown Reply

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Peter O’Malley, Chairman, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida, confirmed today that he is in discussions with Major League Baseball about the future of the world-famous training site. The story was first reported by columnist Larry Reisman on TCPalm.com last night. 

“I am optimistic that Major League Baseball (MLB) will follow me and become responsible for Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach moving forward,” said O’Malley, longtime former President and owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

“The Vero Beach community has long supported Historic Dodgertown,” O’Malley continued. “We appreciate that and are proud of what we have accomplished. MLB’s involvement would take Historic Dodgertown to a higher level.

“Looking to the future, I will be happy to help in any way I can.”

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Windsor announces expansion of equestrian centre Reply

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Windsor recently  announced improvements and expansion to its full-scale Equestrian Centre, with the installation of a multi-use stick and ball field.

Featuring 22 stables and 14 paddocks, Windsor’s Equestrian Centre is a unique amenity for Members, offering boarding, maintenance, lessons and riding for recreation, as well as a full-sized polo field for exhibition matches.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Windsor because it truly expands our capabilities, allowing Members to practice their polo and a variety of other equestrian disciplines on a beautifully manicured field right in front of the stables.  In addition, we have used the opportunity to update our arena surface,” says Max Secunda, Windsor’s Director of Equestrian Operations.  More…

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 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12

The Treasure Coast Rock & Gem Society of Vero Beach will have a regular business meeting on Thursday, October 12, at 7 p.m. in the St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church, Old Parish Room.  Refreshments will be served.  For information call Ann Metz: 231-0218.

The Emerson Center, 1590 27th Avenue, will launch its Florida Humanities Series on Thursday, October 12 at 7 pm.  The 2017-18 season kicks off with a nostalgic and revealing look at the 70-year history of the Dodgers baseball team’s relationship with Vero Beach. On October 12, Craig Callan, Vice President of Historic Dodgertown, will recall how local businessman Bud Holman and other neighbors overcame obstacles to launch a Spring Training home for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Upcoming lectures are Florida’s Greatest Hurricanes (November 9);  Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society (December 14); Sean Sexton will discuss the Sexton Family in Vero Beach (January 11);  Ersula Knox-Odom will appear in character as Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune (February 1) and radio journalist Janie Gould presents a program entitled “Global Events That Touched Florida: Great Depression Through Cold War.” (March 29). Humanities programs.  VisitTheEmersonCenter.org.

 

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Humane Society offering $1 male cat neuters Reply

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The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County (HSVB) will be offering its “Boys for a Buck” neuter promotion for male cats belonging to Indian River County (IRC) residents. Surgeries will take place on Monday, October 16 and most cats will be sent home the same day. All surgeries will be done at the Humane Society, located at 6230 77th St., Vero Beach.

This promotion is available to any IRC resident regardless of income. Pet parents need to register their cats for surgery by calling (772) 388-0801 by Friday, October 13 at 4:00 p.m.

The “Boys for a Buck promotion” is for cats and kittens eight weeks of age or older who weigh at least two pounds. Cats and kittens should be transported to the Humane Society in a sturdy carrier. Cats older than four months of age must have a current rabies vaccination or one will be administered for an additional $12.

Funding for this Boys for a Buck event is made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Florida Animal Friend license plate program. For more information call the Humane Society’s Wellness Clinic at (772) 388-0801 or visit hsvb.org.

Riverside Theatre presents Hank Williams: Lost Highway Reply

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Riverside Theatre, led by Producing Artistic Director/CEO Allen D. Cornell and Managing Director/COO Jon R. Moses, starts its 44th season with the celebrated musical featuring the music of American Icon, Hank Williams, in Hank Williams: Lost Highway. Presenting sponsors for Hank Williams: Lost Highway are Ted & Dawn Michael with additional support from Riverside Theatre’s Patron Producers’ Group. Hank Williams: Lost Highway plays the Stark Stage at Riverside Theatre from October 24 through November 12, 2017.

A spectacular musical biography of a legendary singer-songwriter, Hank Williams: Lost Highway is an award-winning tribute to one of the great innovators of American popular music. Written by Randal Myler and Mark Harelik, the show follows Williams’ rise from his beginnings on the “Louisiana Hayride” to his triumphs on the Grand Ole Opry to his eventual self-destruction at the age of twenty-nine. Along the way, audiences are treated to indelible songs like “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “Move It on Over,” and “Hey, Good Lookin’” and many more. Featuring a talented cast of performer/musicians, discover the show Rolling Stone calls, “exhilarating” and The New York Times says is, “smart, sweet, and poignant.” More…

“Leo, A Ghost Story” Based on the Award-winning children’s book by Mac Barnett Reply

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Allen D. Cornell, Producing Artistic Director/CEO of Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, announces a new musical production by Riverside Theatricals, a division of Riverside Theatre. Focused on the creation of new musicals, Riverside Theatricals’ first two productions have focused towards young audiences starring professional performers. Leo, A Ghost Story is the division’s second production and plays Riverside Theatre October 20-28, 2017.

Based on the award-winning book by Author Mac Barnett and illustrated by Christian Robinson, Leo, A Ghost Story follows the adventures of Leo, a small kid, who just wants to make friends.

Featuring 9 original songs written by Ken Clifton with a libretto by Mr. Clifton and Ian Thompson, Leo, A Ghost Story is the delightful new musical for the entire family.

“Riverside Theatricals is a very exciting venture,” said Mr. Cornell. “By creating original works, this new division will expand Riverside Theatre’s mission in providing a total theatre arts experience for children and adults.” More…

Humane Society awarded Florida Animal Friend spay/neuter grant Reply

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The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County (HSVB) is delighted to announce that it is a recipient of a Florida Animal Friend grant in the amount of $15,540.

The grant will be used to spay and neuter 400 cats and 150 dogs belonging to economically insecure residents living in Fellsmere, Gifford, Wabasso and South County for one dollar per animal. The program is funded through August 31, 2018. More…

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5

CLASSIC FILM AT NORTH LIBRARY

Join Joseph Gramm at 2 p.m., on Thursday, October 5, at the North Indian River County Library for “Classic Films with a Twist,” which includes a full-length showing of a feature film followed by discussion and a trivia contest with prizes and refreshments.  Admission is free. For more information please call (772) 589-1355.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 6

FIRST FRIDAY GALLERY STROLL

The First Friday Gallery Stroll around and along 14th Avenue  in downtown Vero Beach will be held on Friday, October 6 from 5 to 8 pm.  For those who prefer to ride, a vintage trolley will be touring the area and riding is free!   The trolley will be running on Gallery Stroll nights through April.  Here’s a preview of the exhibits from south to north:  Raw Space, 1795 Old Dixie Highway, presents ON THE OTHER SIDE OF MEMORY, Paintings, Sculptures & Fabric Installations by Colombian artist Alejo Santa Maria. Gallery 14 presents BODYSCAPES:  Photography by Allan Teger to Benefit “Friends in Pink” – a Show and Sale for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.   Artists Guild Gallery features new works by resident artists.  Main Street Vero Beach presents guest artist,  Ruth Feldman exhibiting encaustic paintings.   Flametree Clay Art Gallery “STEAMPUNK” exhibit will feature Victorian-Industrial-Modern technology with a Victorian Age design. More…

Craig Callan to explore Dodger archives with Emerson Center audience Reply

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Craig Callan

The free Emerson Center’s Florida Humanities Series, in partnership with the Florida Humanities Council, will get underway on Thursday, October 12 at 7 p.m. with Historic Dodgertown’s Craig Callan as the season’s inaugural speaker. Callan will speak on “The Dodgers Come to Town: How Big-Time Baseball Found Vero Beach.”

Callan will provide a nostalgic and revealing look at the nearly 70-year history of the Dodgers baseball team’s relationship with Vero Beach. He will recount how local businessman Bud Holman and other neighbors overcame obstacles to launch a Spring Training home for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He will explain how, today, this facility has evolved into Florida’s premier sports and conference center hosting sporting events throughout the year. More…

Healthy Start Coalition receives donations of healthy personal care products Reply

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Mark Wygonik and Andrea Berry

Chris Foster and Mark Wygonik, Vero Beach residents and owners of M Boutique Foster My Body, produce and market a line of all natural and non-toxic skin care and bath products both locally and globally.  They recently donated Foster My Body personal-care products to Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition.

 “Having worked with the Healthy Start Coalition in the past, Mark and I knew that these products would be enjoyed by new mothers looking for some pampering and nurturing for themselves” shared co-owner Chris Foster.

 Andrea Berry, CEO of the organization is thrilled to be the recipient of this generous donation. “These gifts will be given to caregivers who attend our prenatal, childbirth, cooking or breastfeeding education classes. Self-care is an important part of mental and physical health. These products will encourage mothers to take the time that they need to fill their own cup. The fact that the Foster My Body products are nontoxic is also very important for pregnant and nursing mothers”

The Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition offers a broad spectrum of programs to insure that every pregnant woman and their young children receive all necessary healthcare and support services. They are located in Bridgewater Plaza, 2nd floor, 1555 Indian River Boulevard, Vero Beach.  

 

Humane Society offers foster care for pets impacted by Hurricane Maria Reply

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Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County (HSVB) announced it will accept animals for foster care from residents evacuating Puerto Rico and all other islands impacted by Hurricane Maria. The shelter is offering free care for the animals of those fleeing on a temporary, space-available basis for up to four weeks.

“This is clearly a humanitarian crisis. As flights arrive from Puerto Rico, people bringing pets may need our help,” HSVB Executive Director Michael Mandel said. “Our goal is to alleviate stress by helping families with pets so they have one less thing to worry about as they get back on their feet after this devastating storm,” he added. With Florida’s Puerto Rican population surpassing one million in 2016, the number of frantic evacuees and their pets seeking refuge with friends and family will likely surge in the following weeks and months. More…

IRSC student leadership program wins Florida Campus Compact Award Reply

Emerging Leaders awards on April 24, 2017, at the IRSC main campus in Fort Pierce. (Molly Bartels/IRSC)

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The Emerging Leaders Program at Indian River State College has been selected as the winner of the 2017 Florida Campus Compact Award for student activities that partner with academic affairs to create career-ready, civic minded graduates.  Over 400 IRSC students have participated in the leadership program since 2015. More…

Free Florida Humanities Series unveiled by The Emerson Center Reply

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Details are coming together for the launch of The Florida Humanities Series at Vero Beach’s Emerson Center on Thursday, October 12.

This series includes six free programs; showcasing lectures and performances all relating to Florida history, culture, and people. Since the series’ inception in 2007, these programs have become a favorite on the Treasure Coast’s entertainment scene. All performances begin at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evenings.

Thanks to the generous support from Marine Bank and Trust and a grant from the Florida Humanities Council, these lectures and concerts remain free of charge.

The 2017-18 season kicks off with a nostalgic and revealing look at the 70-year history of the Dodgers baseball team’s relationship with Vero Beach. On October 12, Craig Callan, Vice President of Historic Dodgertown, will recall how local businessman Bud Holman and other neighbors overcame obstacles to launch a Spring Training home for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Today, this facility has evolved into Florida’s premier sports and conference center hosting sporting events throughout the year.  More…

Chinese National fastpitch softball team to train at Historic Dodgertown Reply

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The Beijing Shougang Eagles, the Chinese national women’s fast-pitch softball team, opened their fall training camp at Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida, and will train here through Nov. 22 in preparation for their upcoming season, and with the long term goal to compete in the 2020 Olympic Games. 

The Eagles just completed their inaugural season of playing in the summer U.S. National Pro Fastpitch League. The NPF is the only professional women’s softball league in the United States, and features six teams.  More…

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The Vero Beach Museum of Art has two new exhibits on view. The Masters of American Photography features some of the great iconic images of the 20th century by Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Edward Weston, Margaret Bourke-White, and other master photographers. Spanning nine decades of creative achievement, this exhibition, organized by the Reading Public Museum, represents a brief history of photography as art, addressing themes such as portraiture, landscape, still life, and cultural history. On view through January 14.

The kids will love 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons Maurice Sendak: The Memorial Exhibition. Organized to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Sendak’s classic Where the Wild Things Are. The exhibition features original illustrations for the book, which won the prestigious Caldecott Medal for pictorial excellence in 1964. The narrative follows a boisterous and adventurous young boy named Max who, having been sent to his room for misbehaving, ends up taking a rollicking trip to an island inhabited by Wild Things who crown him King before he returns home. The exhibition includes designs for an animated short film, a feature film, and an opera based on the book as well as a selection of works from the many other picture books that Sendak illustrated and examples from Sendak’s second career as a stage and costume designer. On view through December 31. More…

Indian River County Democrats elect new leadership Reply

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The Democrats of Indian River County has elected a new slate of officers who will seek to dramatically increase organization membership and develop a winning strategy for the 2018 campaign.

Kimberly Lorimier, a web designer and owner of KLorimier Designs, was elected Chair of the Democratic Executive Committee. Adriana de Kanter, a former federal education official, was elected Vice Chair. Sharon Kolor, a long-time Vero Beach resident and Democratic volunteer, was elected State Committeewoman. Continuing in their current roles are committee members Barbara Spellman as Treasurer, Nancy Hernandez as Secretary and Don Henry as State Committeeman.

Elections were held on Sept. 21 at the Vero Beach Community Center. More…

Sebastian Art Club celebrating 80th Anniversary Reply

Bronze sculpture of Paul Kroegel by Sebastian Art Club founding member Rosalee Taylor Hume. Kroegel was the original manager of the Pelican National Wildlife Refuge, the first such refuge in the country.

Founded in 1937, the Sebastian River Art Club is celebrating its 80th Anniversary with an art show and reception Saturday October 14, 2017, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the SRAC Art Center, 1245 Main Street, Sebastian. Public is invited to enjoy refreshments, an art show of recent works by Art Club members, special recognition presentations, and free raffles of artworks! Come chat with the artists and see what the Club is all about. SRAC’s Art Center is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and most Saturdays 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. For further information call 772-581-8281 or visit www.sebastianriverartclub.com.

McKee Botanical Garden announces 2017-2018 book club schedule Reply

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McKee Botanical Garden’s Book Club will gather for its first meeting of the 2017-2018 season on Thursday, November 16 at 11:00 am in the Library at McKee.  The club will continue to meet the third Thursday of each month at 11:00 am in the Library at McKee, except in December. Here is the list of titles and meeting dates: More…

IRSC announces book club for veterans Reply

The Indian River State College Libraries invite all veterans to join a literary series reflecting on the book, Standing Down: From Warrior to Civilian, which compiles select passages of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays and memoirs that powerfully give voice to the authors’ experiences of military service.

This book club for veterans will be held every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. from September 26 through October 31 in the Schreiber Conference Center at the IRSC Pruitt Campus in St. Lucie West. There is no cost to attend. Each participant will receive a copy of the book and a limited edition t-shirt.

Registration is required at http://irsc.libsurveys.com/standingdown. For more information, contact Brett Williams at bwilliam@irsc.edu or 772-336-6383.

Chamber announces 2018 officers and Board Reply

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The Indian River County Chamber of Commerce has announced its new 2018 Board of Directors and officers. The new Board assumes their duties on October 1st, the beginning of the Chamber’s new fiscal year.

Robert Paugh, Bill Bryant & Associates will serve as Chairman of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. Mr. Paugh remarked that “The Chamber is the ‘go to’ resource for our business community and has a long legacy of accomplishments. Over many decades, our Chamber partnerships, volunteers and staff have formed a respected and collaborative business organization. I am proud to be able to serve in the coming year as its Chairman.”

Ross Cotherman, Rehmann will serve as Vice Chairman and Michael Kissner, an attorney with Collins, Brown, Barkett, Garavaglia & Lawn Chartered will serve as the Chamber Treasurer. Jason Odom, Gould Cooksey Fennell, P.A. will serve as the Chamber’s General Counsel. More…

‘Team Marine’ leading United Way campaign Reply

 

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“Mariner Pete doesn’t say much, but he agrees that Marine Bank & Trust is all in for the 2017-2018 United Way Campaign,” explained Bill Penny, President and CEO of Marine Bank and Trust. “We want to maintain the history of success in fundraising, community awareness and solving community problems that United Way of Indian River County has sustained over the years.

“We’re thrilled to have Team Marine leading the way for our campaign this year,” commented Michael Kint, CEO, United Way of Indian River County.

The local United Way recruits Co-Chairs to lead a host of campaign volunteers studying past campaigns, preparing strategies, and doing the groundwork needed to raise critical funds for human services in Indian River County. “We’ve raised around $3 million the last few years and though we are extremely careful with those funds, it doesn’t take long to spend them on community needs,” said Kint.  More…