Rochelle Wolberg, curator-director at Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County, named six supporters as this year’s top volunteers and recognized them at the annual members’ meeting.
The 2017 Volunteers of the Year are Noelle Ducret, Sheryl Gilman, Bill Green, Andrea Schechter and Jim Trinchini and Nancy Byrne, a husband-and-wife team.
“All six of these talented, dedicated volunteers are incredible assets to the garden,” Wolberg said. “Their horticultural knowledge in general and devotion to Mounts Botanical Garden in particular are critical as we continue to grow and attract new visitors.”

CROS Ministries wins award for aiding hungry residents
The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association has given CROS Ministries the inaugural Karen and Mike Stuart Humanitarian Award.
The award was bestowed at the association’s 74th annual convention on Amelia Island. CROS Ministries received it for promoting efforts to better the local community.
“I am so proud of our partnership with CROS Ministries,” said FFVA board member John Long, who nominated the nonprofit. “I could not think of a more fitting way to honor the work they do in feeding the hungry in South Florida.”

Grant to mean scholarship for student with Tourette
Dollars 4 Tic Scholars has received a grant from the Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation and because of it will award a fourth scholarship.
“Support like this keeps us going and keeps us inspired to keep doing what we are doing,” said Diane Diamantis, co-founder and president of the organization. “It means so much to our students who gracefully face every day with social challenges or struggle to focus and absorb material due to their Tourette syndrome and the burden of college costs.”
Dollars 4 Tic Scholars’ mission is to send such students to college and help them realize their dreams.

Evelyn & Arthur offers opportunities to give back
Evelyn & Arthur in Plaza del Mar will collect new toys for kids on behalf of the Manalapan Fire Department Toy Drive. Drop off toys Dec. 1-14 during regular store hours; firefighters will hand out the gifts later in the month to selected families in need. Shoppers who donate a toy will receive 10 percent off one item priced $75 or higher from the store.
Located at 277 S. Ocean Blvd., the store is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
You can also purchase pashminas with purpose at the Manalapan store this holiday season. For every pashmina purchased either in-store or online, Evelyn & Arthur will donate 100 percent of the $28 sales price to charity.
December’s Pashminas with Purpose Program will celebrate the theme “Pick a Color,” and all proceeds will be donated to Little Smiles, a nonprofit that provides activities and entertainment for sick children.

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