Empowering our communities, accelerating the future.
Left to Right: John Dyer, Will & Tatiana Dyer, Jonathan Hardie, Hibiscus Festival Executive Director Susan Gromis and Vice-President Janie Hoover
Left to Right: Marc Gingras (President), Jonathan Hardie, Tatiana Dyer, and Jo-Ann Webster (Director)
According to Mentoring.org, 76 percent of at-risk youth who are mentored aspire to enroll in and graduate from college because they’ve had positive influence from a caring adult who is not a family member. Knowing the importance of this positive role-modeling and guidance, the organization Youth Guidance has been working with children from low-income, single parent homes with the goal of helping them build a path out of poverty. Since 1973, Youth Guidance has been working with approximately 150 children per week, providing activities, role-modeling, and building trusting, lasting relationships between volunteer mentors and children. To help fund this program, Youth Guidance presents Vero’s “best party of the year,” an annual Tropical Night Luau, which will be held Saturday, June 20th at Oak Harbor Club in Vero Beach. The Dyer Difference Selection Committee chose to award the March Dyer Difference Award to support the Youth Guidance program’s mission of helping to serve children in Indian River County.
Indian River County Award Recipients 2020
Left to Right: Jonathan Hardie, Tatiana Dyer and Phil Barnes
The Shrimp Fest & Craft Brew Hullabaloo
The Rotary Club of Sebastian, which provides business, community, and professional leaders and opportunity to serve others to benefit the community and promote high standards, is the recipient of the Dyer Difference Award for January in Indian River County. The annual ShrimpFest & Craft Brew Hullabaloo held at Riverview Park in Sebastian is a crowd favorite, attracting more than 30,000 people annually and helping to raise more than $50,000 annually to benefit over 1,700 families through local community projects. This year’s ShrimpFest, slated for March 20 through 22nd, features free entrance, parking and shuttle services, plus live music, food, drinks, and, of course, shrimp. The ShrimpFest & Craft Brew Hullabaloo is a joint effort of the Rotary Club of Sebastian and the Fellsmere Exchange Club and is sponsored by the City of Sebastian. Net proceeds raised from the ShrimpFest & Craft Brew Hullabaloo will benefit local youth sports teams, youth clubs and participating non-profit organizations throughout North Indian River County.
The Dyer Difference Award goes to Main Street Vero Beach, which presents and promotes the Hibiscus Festival. Another famous feature of the Treasure Coast is the breathtakingly beautiful hibiscus. The colorful, tropical blossoms are as useful as they are beautiful, with their teas and extracts creating a sweet and tart taste and offering medicinal benefits. The flowering plant is such an important part of the very history of Vero Beach that an annual Hibiscus Festival is held, featuring a weekend of music and fun activities celebrating all things hibiscus. There’s even a Miss Hibiscus Pageant which helps kick of the annual festival and helps spotlight this history and importance of the beautiful and vital plant in the Vero Beach community. To help ensure that the festival and the flower both continue to thrive in Vero Beach and Indian River County.