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October 19th-This inaugural Lifeline Luncheon’s mission was to shed light on the heroin/opioid epidemic that is ravaging our county, while raising much needed funds for 211 HelpLine. As Palm Beach County’s centralized access point for information, 211 HelpLine sees the importance of being on the frontline of issues that are plaguing our community.
Funds raised by the Lifeline Luncheon support the 24/7 operation of our Resource Center, which provides information, guidance and referrals to individuals in crisis. As it relates to this growing epidemic, the statistics are staggering – nearly twice EVERY DAY, a heroin-related or fentanyl overdose claims the life of a man, woman or teenager in Palm Beach County, which is more than fatal traffic accidents and almost double the number of homicides.
The event featured a powerful lineup of Speakers including: KeyNote Speaker Christopher Kennedy Lawford, State Attorney Dave Aronberg, Christine Stapleton of The Palm Beach Post and Shannon Thompson Jones (CBS 12’s “Ask Shannon”).
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211 HelpLine's Non-Profit Awards, Jewels of the Treasure Coast Luncheon
On May 18th, nearly 200 community-minded individuals including nonprofit organizations, their leaders, board members, and volunteers joined together at the Santa Lucia River Club for 211 HelpLine's Non-Profit Awards, Jewels of the Treasure Coast Luncheon. The event served as an opportunity to honor and reward organizations and individuals who work tirelessly to help those in need in the community.
The event was emcee'd by WPTV NewChannel 5's Michael Williams and was sponsored by Publix SuperMarket, PNC Bank, Florida Power & Light, Guardians Credit Union, Florida Community Bank, KE Insurance Agency and Magellan Complete Care. Guests were also treated with a dynamic keynote speech by Andrew Treadwell, the Administrative Director of Legislative & Executive Communications at Indian River State College.
After guests enjoyed a delicious lunch, the winners were announced in nine categories.
- Indian River County, Organization of the Year: Big Brothers, Big Sisters
- St. Lucie County, Organization of the Year: Hibiscus Children's Center
- Okeechobee County, Organization of the Year: Martha's House
- Martin County, Organization of the Year: The Salvation Army of Martin County
- Rising Star of the Year: Kindergarten Readiness Collaborative
- Animal Welfare Organization of the Year: Humane Society of St. Lucie County
- Non-Profit Volunteer of the Year: Cindy Davenhall, American Cancer Society
- Non-Profit Board Member of the Year: Richard Del Toro, Boys & Girls Club of St. Lucie
- Non-Profit Leader of the Year: Jeffrey Shearer, Tykes & Teens
The applications were rated by a panel of judges - Terissa Aronson (St. Lucie Chamber of Commerce), Vicki Davis (Martin County Supervisor of Elections), Darcy Flierl (Counselor & Consultant), Eric Flowers (Indian River County's Sheriff's Office), Jessica Parish (United Way of St. Lucie County), and Brady Talley (Indian River State College).