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Our special events include all events that we’re conducting just a little bit differently. Check out the events below. They’re really special to us, after all.

Out Of The Woods

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in Families In Need, Helping Families, Special Events | 0 comments

Out Of The Woods

Wednesday, November 9th from 4-10pm join us at Big Apple Pizza in Fort Pierce to help out St. Lucie Deputy Chief School Security Mark Woods. He was badly burned and needs out help. He has helped us, now let’s help him! 100% of all food & beverage sales including tips and salaries, auction items & raffle ticket sales will be donated to the Woods family....

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Hometown Hero Takes the First Step

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Current Events, Press Room, Special Events | 0 comments

Hometown Hero Takes the First Step

Jacksonville native Samuel Barrington has decided to take the First Step. Long known for his prowess on the field and his philanthropic efforts off it, the much-acclaimed linebacker for the Green Bay Packers who most-recently received the Pop Warner 2016 Humanitarian Award, is teaming up with a small, but mighty group of volunteers and community leaders in implementing a program that invites everyone in the community to take the First Step in creating a better, stronger, and more cohesive community. And you can join the fun and take the First Step, too, on Saturday, June 11th, at 1 p.m., at Justina Road Elementary School Park. State Representative Mia L. Jones will join Barrington, State Representative Larry Lee, Junior, St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara, Christina Phillips president of Precision Sports Management Group and a few surprise guests for a free afternoon filled with fun, games, and community-building. The First Step program had a humble start last year a couple hundred miles south of Jacksonville in Fort Pierce, Florida. In an effort to create a safer community in Garden Terrace, an area of Fort Pierce once known as “Little Vietnam” because of the violence, Scott Van Duzer, a pizza shop owner widely-publicized for bear-hugging President Barack Obama and St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara started visiting the Garden Terrace every Tuesday afternoon. The pair brought a football, a few friends, and a few pizzas. They asked for nothing except some company on the long-neglected playground. Before long, the pair had been joined by dozens of kids of all ages from the community and other community members who also wanted to take the First Step towards a stronger community. Click Here To Read...

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Half A Hundred Party

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Current Events, Special Events | 0 comments

Half A Hundred Party

Yes, it’s true! Scott Van Duzer is turning half a hundred! The Van Duzer Foudation is throwing a Half a Hundred Party! Read details below!

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For the Love of Tiffany Timmons

Posted by on Apr 13, 2016 in Families In Need, Special Events | 0 comments

For the Love of Tiffany Timmons

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 go to help the Timmons family. Tri-County Towing has donated an awesome specialized golf-cart to be given away to one lucky ticket-holder on the evening of the event. If you’d like a chance to take this home, stop by Big Apple Pizza between now and May 4th, and pick up tickets for the drawing, which will take place the evening of the event. Eight years after deciding to create a small, grassroots non-profit foundation to help individuals and families in St. Lucie County who were experiencing difficulties due to unforeseen tragedy or illness, the Van Duzer Foundation is still about helping one family or one individual with creativity, style, and caring. And while the Foundation may have taken a few side trips along the way, like creating the First Step program in Fort Pierce to give children a positive place to spend time, learn, and grow into positive and contributing members of the community, the Foundation has always been, at heart, a small, community organization which wants to have fun, share pizza, friendship, and good will with others, and provide an opportunity for others in the community to help out when one of its neighbors or friends is experiencing difficulty. To learn more about the Van Duzer Foundation or to donate, please visit www.thevanduzerfoundation.org or call...

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Breaking Down Barriers, One Commissioner at a Time

Posted by on Oct 22, 2015 in Current Events, Press Room, Projects, Special Events | 0 comments

Breaking Down Barriers, One Commissioner at a Time

Antonio Avriett (left), a member of the Boys & Girls Club, gets a high-five from St. Lucie County Commissioner Chris Dzadovsky while playing touch football Tuesday afternoon during The First Step in Fort Pierce. Members of the commission, Fort Pierce City Commission and Police Department, as well last the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, were on hand during a visit by Miami Dolphins safety Michael Thomas. (SAM WOLFE/TREASURE COAST NEWSPAPERS) The look on Sheriff Ken Mascara’s face said it all. Beaming from ear to ear, the sheriff was gang-tackled by a gaggle of four small kids, each grabbing at his legs, during an impromptu game of touch football Wednesday in northwest Fort Pierce. Credits: Article from...

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