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Dolphin Research Center Salutes Veterans and Military with Free Admission

Dolphin Research Center Salutes Veterans and Military with Free Admission

 To salute the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces, Dolphin Research Center (DRC) is offering free admission to veterans, current military service personnel and their immediate families on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11th.  Personnel only need to show their military identification cards or other proof of military service when they arrive at the facility.  Dolphin Research Center offers fun-filled, educational narrated behavior demonstrations throughout the day and a variety of exciting interactive programs that bring guests up close to their family of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and California sea lions.  The nonprofit facility is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at mile marker 59 Overseas Highway on Grassy Key.  For more information, call 305-289-1121, or visit

            Dolphin Research Center maintains a strong commitment to the armed forces.  Every day the center offers a military discount of $2.50 off the regular adult admission.  This discount is available to all military personnel and veterans.  Several staff members also served in the armed forces, including Co-Founder/Chief Operating Officer Mandy Rodriguez who served in the U.S. Marine Corps.  On the facility’s grounds, there is a special garden area dedicated to veterans of all wars.  This garden was originally installed by a group of veterans who participated in a dolphin assisted therapy program.  DRC also works closely with the Wounded Warrior Project throughout the year and was honored to receive a Carry Forward Award from the organization.

Founded in 1984, DolphinResearchCenter is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting peaceful coexistence, cooperation and communication between marine mammals and humans and the environment through research and education.  Located on the Overseas Highway at mile marker 59, Grassy Key, the center is an accredited member of the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums.


Crane Point New Education Programs


Crane Point Museum & Nature Center is ramping up education programs for young students and needs your help. As part of the new field-trip curriculum, plans are to use the Cracker House located on one of the trails as an education center for new children’s activities. The Cracker House will also serve as a retreat for families walking the trails who want to take a rest or stay dry during surprise rainstorms.
The Cracker House is a replica of the style of homes which were built by Florida’s early pioneers with the idea that the family would live close to nature out of necessity. The house is constructed with a wide shade porch to protect from sun and rain and, at that time in history, also provided additional sleeping space.
Scheduled story times and other activities will be conducted at the Cracker House. Our goal is to add a selection of rocking chairs, adult and child-size, to the porch to further enhance the feeling of “going back in time” and experiencing life in a Cracker House. Please call 305-743-3900 to make a donation toward the Cracker House Rocking Chair Project. A donor name plaque will be added to the chair.
For more information about Crane Point or to volunteer, contact Loretta Geotis at 305-743-3900 or via email at:

Cracker House

Thank You Letter

Thank you letter The Heron

Ribbon Cutting Celebration WAVK 97.7

The celebration for Florida Keys Media, WAVK 97.7 was a great success!

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Florida Keys Concert Association

2015 Middle Keys Concert Series

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–Artist gifts nonprofit with art inspired by map of the Florida Keys–

Monroe County, December 4, 2013 –

For the second year, Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Florida Keys has asked an artist living in the Florida Keys to showcase his/her original artwork on the cover of VNA/Hospice’s Annual Appeal. The artist renders an interpretation of the island chain depicted on the Florida Keys map, incorporating the distinctive VNA/Hospice heart logo, in his/her own vision and artistic medium. Inspired by life in the glorious Florida Keys and the wonderful work of VNA/Hospice, the resulting art has been stunning.

This year, 2013, Marathon artist Sheila Jean Cook was chosen to create the cover art for the VNA/Hospice Annual Appeal. Sheila owns The Art Studio, a recently opened, family-oriented art center hosting pottery and glass art workshops, as well as walk-in activities, marrying art education and creativity. Her spectacular oil painting envisions the map of the Florida Keys chain of islands accentuated by a striking backdrop of the VNA/Hospice logo. “I am honored to be given the opportunity to provide this year’s cover art for the annual appeal. It was both personally and creatively very fulfilling for me to illustrate the loyal bond between VNA/Hospice and the Florida Keys island communities in my work,” noted Ms. Cook.

Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Florida Keys President & CEO Jody Gross states, “The representation of the Keys’ map underscores our dedication and commitment to our community, patients, family, friends and neighbors who directly benefit from contributions made by our supporters.. We are fortunate to have talented Florida Keys artists create art to illustrate the true bond between VNA/Hospice and our distinctive county.”

The Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Florida Keys holiday request for support appeals for essential funds which enable VNA/Hospice to provide charitable home health and hospice care to residents of the Florida Keys, and also sends seasonal good wishes and gives heartfelt thanks to its supporters. Please contact VNA/Hospice at 305-294-4310 Ext. 20 or visit to participate in the appeal, join the VNA/Hospice mailing list, attend fundraising events and receive healthcare news and updates.

About Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Florida Keys Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Florida Keys is an integrated agency that has been providing skilled home health, private duty care and hospice services to the residents and visitors of Monroe County since 1984. VNA/Hospice offers a full range of compassionate, effective, life-enhancing health and supportive services that enable an individual to remain in his or her home. For more information regarding VNA/Hospice, please call 305-294-8812 or visit Hospice License:

HPC50310951. VNA License: HHA21245096. HCS License: 232500 and 232517. EIN: HHA21245095.

Charitable organization registration number: CH87.

Photo: Artist Sheila Jean Cook of Marathon

Shift Your Shopping For Good at Clothing With a Kiss LLC

Shift Your Shopping For Good at Clothing with a Kiss, LLC

Kevin Bacon Joins Small Businesses to Make Impact in St. Petersburg, FL  this Holiday

Clothing with a Kiss, LLC is listed on Video


November 25, 2013, Washington, DC—Pop culture has taught us that we are all only #SixDegrees away from actor and musician Kevin Bacon. This year, we are excited to announce that Clothing with a Kiss, LLC will be only one degree away with Shift Your Shopping for Good. Kevin Bacon will be supporting this national small business holiday campaign that will not only stimulate local economic impact in our own communities, but also allow Clothing with a Kiss, LLC to give back a portion of sales to the nonprofits and schools that our customers care about most. –creating impact right in our own backyards. The campaign runs from (#SmallBizSaturday) November 30 until (#GivingTuesday) December 3, 2013.

“I am a small business owner.  We make lingerie & apparel for breast cancer survivors, and I am a survivor.  The core of our company is to give back.  All of our models are breast  cancer survivors,” said Heather Joie, owner of Clothing with a Kiss, LLC. “The best part is that customers will be able to see the quantifiable impact of their local shopping afterwards.”


Shift Your Shopping is an annual awareness campaign that encourages individuals to shift their dollars to locally-owned independent businesses, which in turn will strengthen our local economies, expand employment, and nurture a greater sense of community. This year, with the integration of Causetown, a charitable promotions platform that allows customers to direct a portion of their purchases to any school or charity in the country, Clothing with a Kiss, LLC can truly Shift Your Shopping For Good and help to impact St. Petersburg.

“Buying local this holiday is not only about understanding that we are all connected (by #SixDegrees or less), but even more that when we connect our purchases with our desire to help our communities, we build stronger economies at the same time,” said Dan McCabe, CEO and Co-Founder of Causetown. “We created this online platform so that independent businesses like Clothing with a Kiss, LLC can easily support nonprofits in a way that also engages customers—Causetown manages all of the transactions, allows customers to choose any charity in the country to benefit, and quantifies the economic and charitable impact across the entire country. Research from the Institute for Local Self Reliance shows that local nonprofits receive two to three times as much in donations from locally-owned businesses as they do from national chains and we’re seeing that in practice through Causetown as well.”


This year, let’s all take our holiday #SixDegrees further and gift more thoughtfully. It’s easy for customers to participate. Just designate the nonprofit of your choice when you check-out on our website.


Check out Kevin Bacon’s video and tweet about it and you may become one degree away from Kevin Bacon yourself.










Shift Your Shopping For Good Press Contact:

Joseph Pineda


Clothing with a Kiss, LLC

Heather Joie


About Causetown

Causetown makes it easy for small businesses to support nonprofits and engage customers through simple promotions that give a portion of purchases to each customer’s charity of choice. The charitable promotions platform not only promotes the giving campaigns for businesses, but also handles all the details, including charity vetting, sales tracking, fund disbursement, and reporting.

About Shift Your Shopping

The Shift Your Shopping campaign engages over 160 local business organizations across the U.S. and Canada, who are collectively encouraging g residents to take job creation and economic concerns into their own hands by exercising their power to strengthen their own local economies. This grassroots campaign provides a platform to highlight the work done in communities across America and to provide open source tools and resources to local organizations in support of their efforts.

About #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday™ is a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations.

Iberia Bank invites the public to sign holiday card for troops

IBERIABANK Invites the Public to Sign Holiday Cards for Our Troops

Through the American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes Program

Key West, FL – (November 14, 2013) IBERIABANK (, a 126-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, has partnered with the American Red Cross to bring cheer and words of appreciation to our troops this holiday season. While military deployments and hospital stays may keep our nation’s heroes away from their families during the holidays, IBERIABANK is providing holiday cards for the public to stop-in and sign that will be sent to American troops throughout the world. Cards will be available from now through December 4, 2013 at the following IBERIABANK branch locations:

5601 Overseas Highway, Marathon

12640 Overseas Highway, Marathon Shores

1075 Duval Street, Key West

1000 Kennedy Drive, Key West

“We participated in the Holiday Mail for Heroes program last year. The response was overwhelming. High School students completed cards with meaningful messages and clients appreciated this easy opportunity to say thanks to our troops,” said Trich Worthington, Senior Vice President for IBERIABANK.

Over the last six years, the Holiday Mail for Heroes program has collected more than 4 million cards filled with messages of gratitude, encouragement, and holiday greetings from the American public for American soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, veterans, and military families in communities nationwide and on military installations around the world.

Final Days at Angelika

The pickings are slimmer but there is still a fair selection of dresses, separates, swim suits, and accessories to choose from.  And if you have a special event coming up this fall or winter, there are still evening dresses available.  And it’s not too early to think about holiday gifts at GREAT savings.

NOW FOR THE GOOD NEWS!!  Whatever is left in stock is now 60% OFF the original prices just for you.  But…..


All sales are final and, sorry, no credits or gift certificates accepted.  All remaining furniture and display fixtures are priced as marked and sold AS IS with cash or debit card.  Remember that we are closed on Sunday and Monday.  Shop early for the best selection. 

We are fast approaching our final days.


Little Sprouts at Crane Point

Marathon, FL (October 9, 2013, 2013)  –  Long-time educator-entertainer and children’s author, Elizabeth Moore, will present a “Little Sprouts” Nature Program at Crane Point Museum and Nature Center  located at 5550 Overseas Highway in Marathon on Wednesday, October 16, 2013.

This month’s theme is “Orange is the Color of October.”  The program is designed as a parent-child event for two- and three-year olds and begins at10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the Cracker House building located at Crane Point.  The program consists of a story or poem reading time, arts and crafts and outdoor activities.

Children and parents will love the heart-warming stories and amusing crafts about the native plants and local wildlife as well as the outdoor adventures.

Participants should come dressed for outdoor play and indoor crafts and should wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals, please.

Cost of the program is $5 per child and is limited to the first 15 children who sign up.  This is not a drop-off program.

For further information or to make a reservation, please call Elizabeth at 305-394-1457 or the Crane Point business office at 305-743-3900.



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