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Dyer Difference Award Reaches the Summit

Dyer Difference

Once a year, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and professionals from throughout the Treasure Coast gather to network, learn, dialogue, and connect at the Treasure Coast Business Summit. This year, the entire event has a new look, new feel, and new management, so it seems the perfect time and place for the Dyer Automotive Group to celebrate the May Dyer Difference Awards for both Indian River and St. Lucie Counties.

Since relocating to the area in 2008, each month, members of the Dyer Chevrolet Fort Pierce staff and others at Dyer Chevrolet in Vero Beach meet to review the applications which have been submitted. They select one non-profit organization to receive that month's recognition and $3,000 award each in St. Lucie and Indian River Counties. For the Dyer family and the members of the Dyer Chevrolet Fort Pierce staff, it's all about helping to make a positive difference in the community. For the recipients, is an acknowledgement of their tireless efforts to do the same and a much-needed financial boost to help further their missions.  This month, it’s also a chance for the entire Treasure Coast to celebrate the very special May recipients, The Aaron Project and Special Equestrians of the Treasure Coast at the Treasure Coast Business Summit.

Vickie Penly has been involved with Special Equestrians of the Treasure Coast (SETC) in Vero Beach for many years as a volunteer. A therapeutic riding organization which provides horsemanship instruction to children and adults with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities, the organization provides more than 1,200 lessons per year to groups and individuals of all ages. Multiple studies have shown tremendous physical improvements and psychological benefits after equine-assisted therapy including muscle functionality, postural control and motor function. Psychologically, therapeutic riding has also been associated with assisting individuals with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, self-esteem and social issues.

Aaron Beauchamp was only nine years old when he was killed in a school bus crash in St. Lucie County in 2012. His parents, Lillian and Simon, created The Aaron Project in memory of their son with a mission to help honor their son and recognize others for the things he loved, including arts, athletics, academics, and giving to others. Since its inception in 2013, The Aaron Project has awarded over $75,000 in scholarships to local high school seniors, helped to provide classroom grants for teachers and art projects, and distributed The Golden Cleat Award, customized soccer cleats with Aaron Beauchamp’s initials on them, to high school athletes throughout St. Lucie County.  

While the Dyer Automotive Group typically distributes the monthly Dyer Difference Awards and accompanying checks at their Indian River and St. Lucie County Locations, the occasion of this year’s Treasure Coast Business Summit provided a wonderful opportunity to give the entire community a chance to publicly acknowledge and celebrate two terrific non-profit organizations in our midst. If you’d like to nominate a non-profit organization for the monthly Dyer Difference Award, please visit www.dyerdifference.org or find Dyer Difference on Facebook to locate the appropriate county's application.

Wendy Dwyer

wld1@bellsouth.net

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