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For the Love of Tiffany Timmons

Posted on Apr 13, 2016 in Families In Need, Special Events

Tiffany Timmons should be enjoying every minute of life. A young mom in her early 30s, Tiffany suffers from early onset Parkinson’s Disease including Dystonic Tremors and Myoclonus and Essential Tremors. With two young children and difficulties walking and talking, Tiffany and her family, including husband Brian, a Florida Highway Patrol officer, could use a little help and love from the community. Please come out to Big Apple Pizza and Pasta at 2311 South 35th Street (directly across from Indian River State College’s Main Campus) on Wednesday, May 4th from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., and share a slice of pizza and some much-needed support with Tiffany, Brian, and the whole Timmons family, along with your friends and neighbors throughout the community.  As always with a Van Duzer Foundation Fundraiser, 100% (yes, one hundred percent) of all sales, including all food, beverages, and even staff salaries and tips, will...

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Miami Dolphin Michael Thomas Named Week 7 NFLPA Community MVP

Posted on Oct 23, 2015 in Current Events, Families In Need, Helping Families, Press Room, Projects

The NFL safety leads “The First Step” initiative mentoring youth in underserved Florida neighborhoods Editor’s Note: The NFLPA Community MVP recognizes players who are making a positive impact in their local communities. Each week, the NFLPA will celebrate one player who recently demonstrated his commitment to giving back and will make a donation to the player’s foundation or cause in support. This week’s #CommunityMVP is Miami Dolphin Michael Thomas who is demonstrating leadership by speaking to at-risk youth of underprivileged communities. October 20, 2015 has a new meaning for Michael Thomas of the Miami Dolphins. The Mayor of Fort Pierce, Florida proclaimed the Tuesday to be Michael Thomas Day and presented the 26-year-old safety with an honorary Key to the City. The pomp and circumstance celebrated something Thomas is innately passionate about – mentorship. Though he has no previous ties to the Fort Pierce community, he drove for more...

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Kerri On…

Posted on Oct 16, 2015 in Current Events, Families In Need, Helping Families, Special Events

Winning is something that St.Lucie County School teacher Kerri Walukiewicz does really well. In 2005, she was named Teacher of the Year for the entire state of Florida. So when Kerri was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, she chose to do what she does best – Kerri On and teach others the importance of becoming a bone marrow donor. On October 28th, please come out and register as a bone marrow donor, share a hug and a slice of pizza with Kerri and her family, friends, and students. As always 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Kerri and her family, and who knows, you may be the matching donor who could help save Kerri’s life. 772 – 528 –...

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The First Step

Posted on Oct 9, 2015 in Current Events, Families In Need, Helping Families, Press Room

St. Lucie County Leaders Take ‘The First Step’ with Local Youth By: Zach Dean Oct 6, 2015 Credit: www.tcpalm.com FORT PIERCE — Fort Pierce Mayor Linda Hudson, County Commissioner Kim Johnson and Sheriff Ken Mascara were among many local leaders who participated in a touch football game Tuesday in Fort Pierce. “The First Step” is a project put together by Scott Van Duzer, Johnson, and State Representative Larry Lee Jr., and is intended to bring community leaders together with nearly 30 local children of all ages, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., every Tuesday for football (or any other activity), pizza, and, most importantly, the chance to get to know each other. “I just want them to know that this whole city cares about them; that they’re not lost up here or forgotten,” Hudson said. “Maybe someone in their life has told them that nobody on that side of...

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One Day To Give – What’s In Your Bag?

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 in Families In Need, Helping Families, Special Events

Summer time means no more pencils, no more books, and no more teachers….well, you know. But it also means no more free and reduced school breakfasts or lunches that over sixty percent of St. Lucie County students receive. Sadly, it’s also the time of year when the shelves of local food pantries are closest to empty all year long. To help ensure that no child goes hungry in St. Lucie County during those lean summer months, the Van Duzer Foundation has teamed up with the St. Lucie County Fire District for the fifth year in a row to coordinate One Day to Give on Wednesday, April 29th. Together, they want to know, “What’s in your bag?” The premise is simple. Please check your home cupboards for canned foods, non-perishable items, peanut butter, dried beans and rice, cereals, canned tuna, and powdered milk. If you’ve got an extra can or...

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Eight Crosses Charity Event

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 in Current Events, Families In Need, Helping Families, Special Events

The Van Duzer Foundation Raised $10,181.91 for the 8 Crosses Charity Event!   Eight members of the Independent Haitian Assembly of God church in Fort Pierce died this week as they traveled home from a Palm Sunday revival held on the west side of the State. In addition to those killed in the horrific crash, ten members of the church were injured, some critically. As the sun rose following the crash and in the days that have since passed, residents, churches and businesses of St. Lucie County, joined with many others from across the State with a strong desire to help the families affected by this Holy Week tragedy. Wednesday, April 15th, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., the Van Duzer Foundation, long known for its assistance for St. Lucie County families suffering from unforeseen tragedy and crisis, will be hosting an event titled “Eight Crosses”, which will be...

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