Nearly 100 guests were on hand at the annual White Shirt Night, enjoying the art of 12 artists sharing their sketches from beaches and gift baskets to historical scenes of the Treasure Coast and colorful views of our waterways and more.
It’s an evening guests can show off their new art scenes “painted” on t-shirts, ball caps, tote bags and aprons. Whether the art is used on special packages or hanging on a kitchen hook or paint rack, it is noticed in area businesses and homes.
At this year’s event, Helping People Succeed, the host of the annual fundraiser, presented the original founders artist Dan Mackin and Taste Casual Dining hosts Karen & Craig Kingston with plaques from President/CEO Suzy Hutcheson. About 10 years ago, Mackin brought the idea to Helping People Succeed, a nonprofit that over the years has worked with 4,500 families in Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties.
In recognition of National Autism Awareness Month in April, the St. Lucie County Commission honored the work of Helping People Succeed for its after-school programs for students with autism spectrum disorder and for new transition programs for young adults interested in education, work skills and more.
Janet Cooper, a 15-year employee at Helping People Succeed, was recently named Vice President of Behavioral Services for the nonprofit organization serving Martin and St. Lucie Counties. Her new position oversees and manages activities of the Behavioral Services Division, which includes management and administrative duties for Successful Families and Successful Futures divisions.
Over the years, Cooper’s assignments have included maintaining Electronic Medical Records and Billing Systems. She started as the Behavioral Services Coordinator, an Operations Director and Compliance Officer.
From the beauty of beach scenes and birds to the Old Colorado Inn in downtown Stuart, Helping People Succeed’s 2016 Art for Living Calendar brought together more than 75 guests to enjoy the art work of 12 area artists featured in Helping People Succeed’s annual calendar.
The evening of art was hosted by Price Wealth Management and UBS Financial Services Inc., at their East Ocean Blvd. offices. On hand to greet UBS guests included Craig Price, Raymond Klahne, William John Gilcher, and Clifford Mandody.
Our thanks to Master Car Restorer Wayne Carini and The Elliott Museum for the television host’s recent lecture on classic cars and Carini’s interest in Helping People Succeed’s autism spectrum disorder programs.
Carini is host of the Velocity Channel’s Chasing Classic Cars show and has worked on cars for such named clients as David Letterman and the DuPont Family. His television program has been broadcast for about eight years.
The state of Florida held its first ever collaborative conference called the First 1000 Days Florida Summit, through the efforts of the statewide Children’s Services Councils, Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions, the Early Learning Coalitions, the Florida Association for Infant Mental Health, and United Way of Florida. The conference was held in West Palm Beach and was filled to capacity at the Palm Beach Convention Center.
At this summit, Helping People Succeed and Martin Medical Center were awarded second place honors for their popular Building Readiness Among Infants Now (BRAIN) program.