Indian River County Award Recipients 2019

 Empowering our communities, accelerating the future. 


Indian River County - A Soldier's Child 

It’s hard to feel like celebrating a birthday when someone very special is gone from your life, and when you’re a child, it can feel like no one really understands that or cares. Thanks to A Soldier’s Child (ASC) Foundation, children of our country’s fallen heroes are given a small ray of sunshine to help make their birthdays memorable and celebratory because others truly do care. Recently, ASC hosted a Birthday Event which included a shopping trip, gift wrapping, and a birthday party to help children of fallen freedom defenders feel the love of a caring community. To help the organization reach and serve the children of fallen heroes, the January Dyer Difference Award in Indian River County was presented to ASC’s Founder and Executive Director, Daryl Mackin.

Pictured from left to right are Jonathan Hardie (Executive Manager), Tatiana Dyer (Owner), Alan Schacht (Local Coordinator), Daryl Mackin (Founder & Executive Director), Frank Felkey (Human Resources).

Indian River County - Indian River County Sheriff's Department

On Wednesday, March 6th, the Indian River Sheriff’s Office will host its 25th annual Florida Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches Fundraiser BBQ. Proceeds from the event will help prevent juvenile delinquency and develop lawful, productive citizens through a broad range of family-centered activities. Some middle school children in Indian River County will be able to attend the week-long Project Harmony program, a leadership retreat aimed at reducing violence, racial tensions and negative behavior. For 61 years the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches have been working to encourage positive relationships with law enforcement officers and build stronger communities.

From left to right: Steve Wallen, Deputy Teddy Floyd, Sheriff Deryl Loar, Angela Moabed, Ben Williams, Captain Milo Thornton