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Hibiscus Children’s Center’s Martin County Guild Celebrates 30 Years

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2019 National Philanthropy Day - Hibiscus Guild won Outstanding Group award. Pat Garrett, Lori Swift and Carol Holth accepted this special award.

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Hibiscus Guild members (aka Santa's Elves) wrapping Christmas gifts for the Hibiscus children (L-R) Diana Baker, Rita Nelson, Mary Zottoli, Molly Hoffman, Pam Gardner and Sally Batz.

The Hibiscus Martin County Guild is celebrating 30 years of helping abused children and giving them a brighter future. Pam Gardner, who was a close friend of Hibiscus Founder LaVaughn Tilton, hosted the first Hibiscus Guild meeting in her home 30 years ago. She was joined by 31 like-minded women who wanted to make a difference for abused children in our community.

Right from the start, they went to work doing what they do best … creating and planning special events and activities to raise funds for the children and help spread community awareness about the needs of abused children on the Treasure Coast. Several of these incredible women, many who are still active today, stepped up and enthusiastically lead and organized creative events including special themed black-tie Galas, Fashion Show Luncheons and Art Auctions.

Today, the Guild has grown to encompass over 100 incredible volunteers, led by Guild officers, who donate hundreds of hours annually to raise funds through special events, as well as spearheading many community projects, booths, the Santa’s Elves Program and a long list of other activities that have benefited children. The motto of these amazing ladies was, and still is, “our hearts belong to Hibiscus and the children”. Their dedication and commitment has been evident for 30 years as the Guild has never wavered in their support and has significantly increased the time, talents and financial support they have personally and collectively provided to Hibiscus. This dynamic group has raised $12 million for the Hibiscus children since the beginning!

The result of the Guild’s heartfelt philanthropic spirit can be witnessed on a daily basis at the children’s home, the Tilton Family Children’s Shelter in Jensen Beach, where 36 abused, abandoned and neglected children find safety, nurturing, love and healing, every day.

The Guild’s amazing support enables Hibiscus to provide children who have suffered severe trauma with life-changing services. These services include mental health counseling to help them heal, educational and literacy services to prepare them for a successful future, medical and dental services and enriching opportunities they would not otherwise experience.

Thank you to our wonderful Martin County Guild for all of your hard work and support and for continuing to change lives through your unwavering volunteerism and love for the children. Hibiscus is deeply grateful for your support and the children are very blessed to have the Martin County Guild in their corner. You have all made a tremendous difference in children’s lives.

For more information about the Hibiscus and the Guild, please contact Lori Swift at (772) 334-9311, ext. 404 or visit: HibiscusChildrensCenter.org

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