Every nonprofit needs loyal volunteers to help it accomplish goals and objectives, but a multi-faceted 501(c)(3) like Helping People Succeed is especially reliant on the good will and hard work of a multitude of board members, foundation members, friends and volunteers.
That’s one reason why the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon is always a cause for celebration.
The Language & Literacy Connection is one of those collaborations at which Martin County excels.
Spearheaded by Helping People Succeed, the program is funded by The Community Foundation of Martin & St. Lucie Counties, Children’s Services Council of Martin County, United Way of Martin County and PNC “Grow up Great”.
Its mission is to increase early language and literacy in Martin County through education and a community-wide network of support for families.
Recently, about 350 people got comfy in their jammies and headed to Helping People Succeed’s offices in Jensen Beach for the Pajama Jam where local luminaries read to Martin County’s children aged newborn to five-years old.
Black and white with a splash of red was the theme of the event as Helping People Succeed unveiled the 2019 Art for Living Calendar at Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club on November 17.
Calendar artists displayed their calendar art pieces, in addition to several other paintings for purchase during this popular event. On hand to meet guests and display their art were Kevin Hutchinson, Sue Ann Mosley, Marian Vitale, Dan Mackin, Pam Patterson, Kathy Pitts, Val Lally, Ginny Jones, Susan Clifford, Mary Lou Knox, Laura DeBerard, Diane Raymond and Carol Baehren-Landeweer.
Thanks to a remarkable man, Bill Lichtenberger, the local community is invited to Helping People Succeed’s 5th Annual Pinot & Picasso evening reception and dinner, featuring our incredible artists and the unveiling of the 2019 Art for Living Calendar. The theme of the event is black and white with a “splash” of red.
Helping People Succeed is coordinating a month-long “Baby Shower,” during the month of April asking for “baby necessities” to be collected for families in need.
“April Shower” boxes will be placed in businesses throughout Martin County and will be collecting infant-type items such as developmental toys, baby clothing, rattles, books, diapers and wipes.
On the evening of November 18th – the office of Helping People Succeed was transformed into a gallery of art unveiling its annual event Pinot & Picasso. The featured artists were those who were selected for the 2018 Art for Living Calendar.
Graciously hosted by Bill Lichtenberger – the event raised more than $80,000. In addition to fine wine, festive food stations in a “speak easy” atmosphere, there was a special performance given by Alexandria Paxton. Alexandria, now age 12, is a rising star in the music world. She played and sung the song “Daddy’s Girl”. Alexandria and her family were introduced to Helping People Succeed in “Play Groups” that Alexandria participated in when she was a toddler.
An original James Gibson painting, donated by Joan Jefferson, fetched $2,900.00 in the Live Auction and Erich Lichtenberger was the winner of the “hole-in-one” contest which landed him two VIP tickets to the Honda Classic.
Art work was sold at the event to benefit Helping People Succeed by the 2018 Art for Living Calendar artists. Present were Kelly Arnold, Sue Ann Mosley-Saleeby, Marian Vitale, Chris Kling, Dan Mackin, Pam Patterson, Kathy Pitts, Val Lally, Susan Roberts, Ginny Jones, Jillane Heveron, Karen Leffel-Massengill and Susan Fowler.