10527530866?profile=RESIZE_710xSouth Tech Academy senior Katherine Ledsome (center) designed the winning poster and stands with (l-r) Ryan Wertepny, Diamond Howard, Trinetta Ledsome and Kathryn Grace, director of prevention for the Hanley Foundation. Photo provided

By Christine Davis

Katherine Ledsome, a senior at South Tech Academy in Boynton Beach, won the 12th annual School Bus Drug Prevention Poster Contest, and was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Hanley Foundation. Ledsome plans to attend Palm Beach State College in the fall.
The theme for this year’s contest was “Adventure with Me Alcohol Free. Adventure with Me Vape Free.” Ledsome’s graphic featured a woman on a rainforest adventure and noted an important statistic from the 2020 Florida Youth Substance Survey: 86% of Palm Beach County teens are alcohol free.
As part of Ledsome’s award, her poster will be displayed inside up to 1,000 of the school district’s buses and will be displayed in schools.
“Katherine’s poster used key statistics to show that most of her peers are not engaging in underage drinking,” said Kathryn Grace, director of prevention for the Hanley Foundation. “The goal of this contest is to show that despite what some teens think, most of their friends aren’t drinking alcohol and this poster drives that message home.”
The annual School Bus Drug Prevention Poster Contest was held by the Palm Beach County Behavioral Health Coalition in partnership with the School District of Palm Beach County, Florida Students Against Drunk Driving, Florida Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and Art Synergy.
Sponsors included the Hanley Foundation, the Judith Carreras Scholarship, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, the Rotary Club of Wellington, the South Florida Fairgrounds and the Michael Joseph Brink Foundation.

10527531875?profile=RESIZE_710xManalapan Vice Mayor Stewart Satter with his wife, Susan, and Bethesda Hospitals CEO Nelson Lazo. The Satters’ $1 million gift will help fund renovation of the emergency department at Bethesda Hospital East. Photo provided

Satter family donates $1 million for Bethesda
Manalapan Vice Mayor Stewart Satter, former president and CEO of Consumer Testing Laboratories, and his wife, Susan Satter, donated $1 million to the Baptist Health Foundation in May. Their gift will benefit the renovation of the Bethesda Hospital East Emergency Department that is scheduled for completion in June 2024.
“The importance of high-quality emergency care to the community cannot be overstated,” Stewart Satter said. “The ER is the front door to the hospital for so many, and now more than ever, it’s essential to the well-being of Palm Beach County.”
“We are most grateful to the Satter family for this generous gift,” said Barbara James, vice president of development and development support at Baptist Health Foundation. “This $15 million campaign will be philanthropically funded entirely by members of the community, and will make a tremendous difference in the quality of emergency care in our area. With the Satters’ donation, we are now 70% to our fundraising goal.”
Bethesda Hospital aims to modernize its emergency department into a state-of- the-art facility with private rooms, smart technology and optimized patient care.

Boca Helping Hands in health care partnership
Boca Helping Hands has partnered with Florida Atlantic University Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and Genesis Community Health to help provide access to health care services.
Through a voucher program, Boca Helping Hands funds the cost of providing uninsured individuals access to free primary medical, dental and behavioral care at FAU’s two nurse-led clinics in West Palm Beach and Genesis Community Health’s clinics in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach.
“The Florida Atlantic University Northwest Community Health Alliance clinics provide integrative mental health services to those with limited access to quality care,” said Dr. Karethy Edwards, CEO/executive director of FAU/NCHA Community Health Center. “Our partnership with Boca Helping Hands enables us to treat more local residents with physical, mental and chronic illnesses.”

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