FORT PIERCE JAZZ AND BLUES SOCIETY
From Left to Right: Will & Tatiana Dyer, George McDaniel, Don Bestor and Jonathan Holmes
Life for members of the Fort Pierce Jazz and Blues Society is just ducky, and there’s a very big reason why. The January 2017 Dyer Difference Award was recently presented to the group of volunteers who have been bringing music, scholarships, and cultural performance opportunities to the Treasure Coast for more than 20 years. On behalf of the entire Dyer Chevrolet family, Will and Tatiana Dyer presented the award to members of Fort Pierce Jazz and Blues Society in recognition of their work to help build a better community one note at a time. This month’s award was also a miniature preview for the Dyer Chevrolet family of the giant, sixty-five foot rubber duck who will arrive and be floating, courtesy of Fort Pierce Jazz and Blues Society, in the waters by the Fort Pierce Marina on March 18th and 19th to help kick off both the Sandy Shoes Festival and this year’s Jazz Week in Fort Pierce.
HUMANE SOCIETY OF ST. LUCIE COUNTY
From Left to Right: Ilena Luts, Tim DiTullio, Pam Landers, Jonathan Holmes, Joanne Ferrara, David Lynch
Dyer Difference Award Goes to the Dogs…and Cats
Baby was brought to the Humane Society of St. Lucie County because her original owner had died, and her new owners found her to be an inconvenience. They didn’t want her anymore and suggested that, since she was an older dog, the Humane Society just put her down. It’s true, she was so old she’d gone deaf and nearly blind, but the tiny Yorkshire Terrier still toddled around and had a lot of love to share. Thankfully, the Humane Society of St. Lucie County is the only open-admission animal shelter in the County, which means that no animal is ever turned away, regardless of its age or physical condition. And while that’s a big order for the Humane Society to fill – over 900 animals were provided with wellness exams and over 750 surgeries were performed by the organization – it sure made a difference to Baby. When adopted, her new owners were willing to take a chance on a ‘geriatric’ dog whose future might not be measured in years.
If not for the Humane Society, Baby – and hundreds of others like her – would have had no future at all, and more than three years later, her forever family is still grateful for the unconditional love Baby has brought into their home. That’s why the Dyer Difference Award Committee chose to honor the Humane Society of St. Lucie County with the February Dyer Difference Award. According to representatives of the Humane Society, the number of animals surrendered to the shelter continues to decrease each year, which the organization believes can be attributed to its educational programs on responsible pet ownership and the commitment to providing reduced-fee spaying and neutering. Assistance from the Dyer Difference Award will help provide care, education, and low-cost clinic services to the animals of St. Lucie County and the residents who find a place in their hearts and homes for them.
PORT ST. LUCIE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
Left to Right: PSLAA President Charles Scavuzzo receives the Dyer Difference Award from Dyer staff members Jonathan Holmes, Christopher Finch and Jane Rowley
Dyer Difference Award Scores Big
For over 35 years, the Port St. Lucie Athletic Association has been helping children throughout the community. Every year, approximately 500 children between the ages of four and fourteen participate in football and cheerleading activities. Along the way, the children learn sportsmanship, teambuilding, strategizing, focus, achievement, and a strong sense of belonging. They also have a whole lot of fun and build a stronger, more cohesive community. For all of these reasons, the staff at Dyer Chevrolet in Fort Pierce selected the Port St. Lucie Athletic Association as the recipients of the March, 2017 Dyer Difference Award.
In addition to a plaque to honor the achievement, the Port St. Lucie Athletic Association received a check for $3,000 to help fund programs and athletes in the football and cheerleading programs. According to Port St. Lucie Athletic Association President Charles Scavuzzo, “Football is no longer a few months out of the year type of activity. It is a full yearlong commitment to our kids.” Scavullo says that, on average, board members volunteer for 15 hours a week every month of the year, and all of the volunteers are dedicated to helping encourage athleticism, pride, sportsmanship, and a healthy spirit of competition in the children of the community.
ONE FLORIDA FOUNDATION
Photo: Left to Right: Celebrating the April Dyer Difference Award recipient One Florida Foundation’s Fourth Annual Treasure Coast Lionfish Safari are: Tim Ditulio, Al Beltran, Nyla Pipes, Brian Earnhardt, Jonathan Holmes, Don Voss, Bryan Welling, Leroy Creswell, Dyana Boyd Voss
The Lionfish Sleeps Tonight Thanks to Dyer Difference
Once a year, One Florida Foundation, Inc., hosts a bona fide but rather unique safari. The free, two-day event is called the Treasure Coast Lionfish Safari, and its purpose is to help individuals of all ages understand more about our fragile ecosystem and the harm that is being done to it (and us) by invasive species like the lionfish. The non-profit organization which is dedicated to improving Florida’s water and people’s access to clean water, hosts an annual lionfish hunt, offering prizes for numbers of the invasive species caught and free samples of the delicious and bountiful fish. The Dyer Difference Award Committee recently met and decided to assist in One Florida Foundation’s efforts to rid our waterways of lionfish with the April Dyer Difference Award.
By increasing the demand for the tasty fish which are so harmful to Florida’s waterways and fragile ecological balance, the hope is that the number of invasive lionfish will decrease and the demand for them will increase until the problem disappears. The Fourth Annual Treasure Coast Lionfish Safari, which will be held June 9th through June 11th at the Compass Rose of the Marina Square in historic, downtown Fort Pierce is the largest of its kind on Florida’s east coast. It will feature the popular Chef’s Challenge, which provides chefs a chance to show off their skills and participants an opportunity to sample lionfish. There will also be a Kids Art program, music, activities, games, and of course the culmination of the event – the lionfish weigh-in and awards ceremony.
Saint Lucie County Award Recipients 2017