Helping People Succeed Receives Publix Donation

Helping People Succeed President/CEO Suzy Hutcheson, center, received a $10,000 donation from Publix at its Miami offices.

Making the presentation were Publix executives, rear left, Northern Regional Director Richard Rhoads, Making Change President and CEO Larry McCurry, Miami Division Vice President Kevin Murphy and Director of Merchandising for Miami Division Garry Correll.

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National Autism Awareness Month

St. Lucie County Commissioners authorized a Proclamation recognizing April as National Autism Awareness Month.

On hand to accept the Proclamation from County Commission Chair Paula Lewis, center, was Adrienne Moore, left, and Suzy Hutcheson, right, President/CEO of Helping People Succeed.

Helping People Succeed coordinates autism programs for elementary, middle and high school students and is working on transition programs into college classes, employment and social skills.

Helping People Succeed Brings April Showers Gifts, Donations To Families and Children

Helping People Succeed is celebrating its second annual April Showers program to benefit the children and families served by the local non-profit organization in Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee communities.

From developmental toys and games, diapers and wipes, books, rattles and baby clothing, April Showers calls upon a variety of community organizations, including non-profits and area churches, to support the month-long campaign. The donations will provide early infant needs and equipment in those early years to assist young families.

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Helping People Succeed Recognizes Long-Time Staff Members

As Helping People Succeed completes its 50th anniversary year, two of its long-time staff members celebrate their own anniversaries with the non-profit organization – 40 years for President/CEO Suzy Hutcheson and 30 years for Kathy Derringer, Vice President of Successful Families.

Hutcheson, in the president’s position since January 1977, joined Helping People Succeed in 1975 as its Executive Secretary. She began work as the President/CEO when the Helping People Succeed was known as Tri-County Rehabilitation Center.

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Helping People Succeed Celebrates 50 Years at Pinot & Picasso – An Evening of Fine Wine and Art!

Helping People Succeed celebrated its 50th Anniversary in an evening of fine wine and art at its special Pinot & Picasso event held at an exclusive private country club in Palm City.

More than 170 guests enjoyed the wine tasting and meeting the 14 artists featured in the 2015 Art for Living Calendar presented by Helping People Succeed each year. The artists featured in the calendar are: Kevin Hutchinson, Jackie Brice, Susan Roberts, Sue Winocur, Lois Sommers, Dan Mackin, Jane Blatt, Nanette Carton, Pam Patterson, Julia Kelly, Curt Whiticar, Valerie Lally, and Stacy Ranieri. Fourteen year old Brad King is a special featured artist for the first time in the calendar.

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Treasure Coast Music Teachers Association Supports Helping People Succeed

Treasure Coast Music Teachers Association presented a check for $4,000 to Helping People Succeed, its selected charity to benefit from the 2014 Music-Thon at Treasure Coast Square Mall in Jensen Beach.

Each year, the music teachers select a local non-profit organization to support for its programs and services in the community. Cindy Kessler, head of the regional music organization and head of Stuart School of Music, said the funds are raised by the music teachers, students who participate in the Music-Thon, and guests attending the event.

More than $5,000 was raised during the 2014 “Music-Thon” with $4,000 to benefit programs and services at Helping People Succeed, celebrating its 50th anniversary. The non-profit organization serves more than 4,500 families in Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties.

Village Bootery Donates Shoes For Helping People Succeed Families

Helping People Succeed families are the recipients of approximately 250 pairs of shoes from dress, sport, casual and comfortable styles, thanks to a donation from the Village Bootery in Cedar Pointe Plaza in Stuart.

Tim O’Brien, general manager of the Stuart shop, said this has been a project of Village Bootery for 33 years, dating back to its Lake Park founding store and a store in Palm Beach Gardens. The Village Bootery and Helping People Succeed are both celebrating 50-year anniversaries.

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Treasure Coast Music Teachers Association Recognizes Helping People Succeed

The halls of the Treasure Coast Square Mall in Jensen Beach were ringing with music on Saturday, December 6th as the Treasure Coast Music Teachers Association presented its annual Music-Thon with 150 students in concert.

Students performed on piano and flute, vocals and in a choir throughout the day as family, friends, and mall shoppers were entertained and applauded the varied talents of the young musicians. The Music-Thon was presented at the entrance to Macy’s at the north end of the mall.

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Helping People Succeed Announces New Human Resources Coordinator

Helping People Succeed is pleased to announce its new Human Resources Coordinator Kelly Cuevas, celebrating 10 years with the local non-profit organization.

Cuevas moved into the HR position, after long-time HR manager Madeleine Greenwood stepped back to part-time assignments. Cuevas and Greenwood shared many of the HR duties.

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Treasure Coast Music Teachers Association To Support Helping People Succeed Programs

The Treasure Coast Music Teachers Association and Helping People Succeed are inviting the community to the 2014 Music-Thon, set for Saturday, December 6th at Treasure Coast Square in Jensen Beach.

Available all-day at the entrance to Macy’s at the north end of the mall, area music students will perform LIVE, on stage. The musicians include pianists, vocalists, guitarists, violins, violas, cellists and more. The event kicks off at 9:15 a.m. and runs to 6:30 p.m.

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Holiday Happiness Lights Up The Season At Helping People Succeed

From lighted holiday trees, a snow village, and carnival decorations to trains and a wall of Santas, Helping People Succeed rolls out the red carpet to welcome the Treasure Coast community to its annual Holiday Happiness, celebrating the season with two floors of decorations.

Between December 1, 2014 and January 9, 2015, visitors will view holiday scenes in offices, meeting rooms, the lobby and outside as they approach Helping People Succeed offices at 1100 SE Federal Hwy in Stuart.

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Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive To Benefit Helping People Succeed Families

It’s that time of year to support the Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive, now underway at its Jensen Beach bookstore. Helping People Succeed’s Healthy Families program will benefit from this annual campaign.

From now until mid-December, a variety of children’s books will be on display behind the B&N check-out area and in a display in the center of the store. At checkout time, staff will ask each customer if they wish to participate in the book drive. Over the years, the Barnes & Noble Book Drive has provided hundreds of books benefitting children in Helping People Succeed programs.

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Helping People Succeed provides choices and opportunities that help children, families and adults improve their quality of life through education, training, and employment. Our passion is building successful families and futures–one life at a time!

Helping People Succeed
1601 NE Braille Pl
Jensen Beach, FL 34957

Tel: 772.320.0770


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