Giving Back | Jeanne Whitman

Jeanne Whitman created Bras for a Cause about five years ago, and it has grown every year. “The first year, I invited people to come to my place of business and decorate bras, just for awareness. The second year, I did the same thing. We just had a little get-together and decorated bras.” The third […]

Evening of Hope | The Scott Center for Autism Treatment

Tom & Charlotte Wienckoski
The Wienckoski’s passions in the community are children and homelessness. Tom and Charlotte have been lucky enough to be involved in quite a few very good causes from Candlelighters, to the Children’s Hunger Project, to Resurrection Ranch, to Daily Bread, and with Ascension Church. Tom Wienckoski says, “One thing Brevard has, really two […]

Giving Back | Denise Piercy

Voted one of the Top 50 running stores in the U.S. multiple times since opening in 2003, Running Zone has been serving the running and fitness community, primarily in Brevard County, for over 12 years as the leader in running, walking, fitness and multi-sport solutions. Don and Denise Piercy have organized numerous running and walking […]

Giving Back | Laurilee Thompson

Philanthropy is a trade that Laurilee Thompson learned from her parents, Rodney and Mary Jean. Thompson says, “they’re the ones who started Dixie Crossroads in 1983, and they were always generous to the community while I was out running the commercial fishing boat, catching grouper for the restaurant.” Early on, her parents raised money to […]

Community Foundation for Brevard

By: Ryan Randall
There are many philanthropic works that take place throughout Brevard County on a daily basis. However, Brevard also has a hidden gem that connects donors with nonprofits, and nonprofits with each other. Since 1981, the Community Foundation for Brevard has assisted individuals, families and organizations in their quest to better Brevard County, and […]

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Keeping Brevard Beautiful

Holz Foundation’s Holz Center

Providing a single point in the community where parents of children with disabilities can find help.
The Holz Foundation is a faith-based charitable organization created for, and dedicated to “Fulfilling the Great Commission;” helping those who need help most across the world. The foundation maintains 100 percent transparency to ensure that they are “true to our […]

Blast of for Team Moshi

Junior Achievement of the Space Coast held their Business Blastoff Challenge, with first round judging at the Florida Institute of Technology on Wednesday, February 22, and the final round of judging and presentation of awards on Thursday evening, February 23 at the Cocoa Village Playhouse. The hosts for the evening were JA’s president, Anne Conroy-Baiter, […]

Give them “Their Best Chance”

Holy Trinity Moms Share the Successes and Sacrifices of Private Education
By: Michelle Salyer
The Olinde Family
When Elaine Olinde talks about her oldest son, Jack, 22, she beams with pride at his accomplishments as a top rower for Georgia Tech – a member of the four-man varsity team who won gold at the prestigious 82nd annual Dad […]

Pastor Linda Howard

Special Gatherings: Ministering to the Mentally Challenged in Central Florida
By: Shawna S. Kelsch
For many of us who were brought up in church-going families, Sunday school and service (or mass, in our case) was the weekly community spiritual and networking event – with neighbors and with God.

I remember being small, in a pinafore dress, fidgeting on […]

BrytonUp Buttercup

When Amber Saxon pulls into the hospitals she visits each month in Orlando and Gainesville, she also travels back in time.

Back to when her daughter Bryton was being treated for cancer, first at Nemours Children’s Hospital, and later at Shands in Gainesville. Back when she and her baby girl were working together on the plan […]

Spirit of the Space Coast: Bobbie Dyer

Collateral Benefit
Bobbie Dyer is division president for Dyer Mortgage Group, a division of Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. She has 29 years’ mortgage banking experience and is a nationwide top producer with over $500 million in home mortgage loan closings. In addition, she is a national speaker and trainer and the recipient of numerous awards for […]

Outstanding in His Field

West Melbourne Mayor Hal Rose & His Work With Promise in Brevard
When do we ever have the chance to say someone is outstanding in his field, and mean it both figuratively and literally? Mayor Hal Rose of West Melbourne affords us that rare opportunity.

As we assembled this issue dedicated to those who give back, the […]

Spirit of the Space Coast: Sharon James

If It Is Worth Doing…
Sharon James is a firebrand. As we met at the Upscale Resale shop in Titusville, it was a blur of activity with volunteers, friends coming in with well-wishes, and customers anxious to grab bargains. She talked about the Women’s Center in Melbourne, the shop there, and all the good the resources […]

Spirit of the Space Coast: Kim and Bud Deffebach

Education, Opportunity, Results
Bud and Kim Deffebach: different causes, same focus. They share their love for helping students with Groundswell (Bud) and Club Esteem (Kim). But there’s a different component here than usual; they will quickly tell you they’re seriously committed to measuring the successes these organizations work toward. 

“A lot of what we believe in is […]

Spirit of the Space Coast: Nancy Dillen

A Heart for Art
Nancy Dillen is a prolific artist and former art professor who is truly passionate about the arts. She not only loves creating beautiful art, but she is also driven to do her part to support and encourage fellow artists and teachers in her community. She is a founding member of Ten Women […]