Artists spruce up t-shirts, aprons, tote bags, into White Shirt Night wearable art

Turn your plain white t-shirt, a special white apron, your favorite tote bag or even a popular ball cap into a colorful display of Treasure Coast and Florida tropical scenes as eight noted artists “paint” their unique designs into wearable, autographed art.

It’s all part of Helping People Succeed’s White Shirt Night on Saturday, June 13 at Taste Casual Dining in Hobe Sound. The evening of art includes artists Dan Mackin, Kevin Hutchinson, Valerie Lally, Sharon Ferina, Paula MacArthur Cooper, Sue Winocur, Ginny Jones and Pam Patterson, all ready to show off their art work in riverscapes, backwoods scenes, pelicans, egrets, turtles and much more. Each artist will design and present three or four scenes for guests to select.

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Thomas Charitable Trust Supports Helping People Succeed’s Autism Program

Thanks to the William & Helen Thomas Charitable Trust, Helping People Succeed will be expanding its autism spectrum disorder classes for young adults into transition programs that could open employment areas or college education programs.

The Thomas trust recently donated $20,000 to Helping People Succeed. This is the second consecutive year the trust has supported the autism program, following one of the main goals of educational opportunities through the trust. The U.S. Trust offices in Stuart maintain the Thomas Trust.

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Helping People Succeed Receives Proclamations

Helping People Succeed received several Proclamations during the month of April from the Martin County Commission, the St. Lucie County Commission and the City of Stuart for National Autism Awareness Month.

In addition, Helping People Succeed also received a Proclamation from Okeechobee County for National Child Abuse Awareness Month.

The non-profit organization 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 also helps more than 4,500 families in Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties regarding autism, abuse and everyday services in the development of babies and children.

Photos for Martin County and Okeechobee County by Bob Dobens

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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Helping People Succeed transforms lives by realizing potential, creating hope and building futures through education, counseling, 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


Healthy Families Florida
Healthy Families America
Ounce of Prevention Fund
 Florida Department of Children and Families
Agency for Persons With Disabilities
United Way of Martin County
United Way of St. Lucie County
United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee
Cleveland Clinic Martin Health
 Children's Services Council Martin County
Children's Services Council St. Lucie County
Children's Services Council of Okeechobee County
Southeast Florida Behavioral Health Network
Florida Department of Education Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
The Community Foundation Martin - St. Lucie
Florida Department of Transportation
Florida KidCare
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities
*The Florida Department of Children and Families. Partially funded by the Martin County School District.

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