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Saint Lucie County Award Recipients 2019


St. Lucie County - Turtle Box Inc.

  In St. Lucie County, 15 year-old Emily Ebner’s passion for saving the oceans is something she knows she can’t accomplish without help. The teen, currently a student at Harbor Branch Marine and Oceanographic Academy, is also a volunteer at the Loggerhead Research Center and wanted to do something to help raise funds for marine habitat awareness and rehabilitation. Volunteers for Turtle Box, the name of Ebner’s organization, build custom coolers, dock boxes, fish boxes, and live wells that they sell. The proceeds from the items sold help spread the word about the importance of saving our environment, cleaning up our oceans, and rebuilding our reefs and marine life. Impressed by the vision and enthusiasm of the teen and her dream, the Dyer Difference Selection Committee in St. Lucie County chose to award Turtle Box with the January Dyer Difference Award in St. Lucie County.

Front: John Lynch, Michael Ebner, Leana Turrell, Emily Ebner, Lori Ebner
Standing: Will Dyer, Jimmy Nehmeh, Angela Moabed, Will Peck, Tim Ditullio, Shannon Kinnett,  Rockey Stone, Jonathan Holmes, Ray Russell, Will Peck, Angela Moabed, Jimmy Nehmeh, Ilena Luts.

St. Lucie County - Ft. Pierce Police Department

Unity is a theme with St. Lucie County law enforcement officers and the Fort Pierce
Police Department’s upcoming Unity in Our Community event caught the attention of the Dyer
Difference Award Committee. Created two years ago, Unity in Our Community is an event designed for
Fort Pierce residents to learn about the vast array of nonprofit organizations which provide free services
to residents. This year’s event, which will be held at the Percy Peek Gymnasium in Indian River State
College’s Blackburn Educational Building on Avenue D, will feature more than 50 nonprofit
organizations and include HIV/STI testing, health screening, activities, games, music, information, door
prizes, and a free lunch for more than 1,000 individuals. The goal of the July 11th event is to help develop
a strong, cohesive community through relationship-building.

Left going up the stairs: Chief Diane Hobley-Burney, Deputy Chief Robert Ridle,
Sergeant John Schramm, Lieutenant James Grecco, Officer John Fasanello
Right up the stairs: Tatiana, Officer Daniela Dreizehnter, Officer Hayden Willis, Officer Julia Viciere,
Sergeant Christine Davis (standing next to Officer Fasanello) Officer Martin Ortiz (to the left of Officer