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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.

Home For Christmas

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in Families In Need, Special Events | 0 comments

Home For Christmas

DeLacy Bembry was already battling State 4 Breast Cancer when the family’s Port St. Lucie home burned to the ground early on Monday, December 4th, Let’s make sure this family is not only home for Christmas, but knows the love and healing power of a caring community. Join us on Wednesday, December 13th at Big Apple Pizza in Fort Pierce from 4-10pm. 100% of all food a beverage sales, tips, and staff salaries will benefit the Bembry Family. Please feel free to donate to our Facebook Page: The Van Duzer Foundation...

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Against The Odds: Man Lives To Celebrate 21st Birthday

Posted by on Jul 13, 2017 in Awards & Recognitions, Current Events, Helping Families, Special Events | 0 comments

Against The Odds: Man Lives To Celebrate 21st Birthday

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – It was a 21st birthday that wasn’t supposed to happen. A Port St. Lucie man, who has outlived his doctor’s prognosis, became of legal age Wednesday. When Dylan Picariello was 3 and a half years old and seemingly healthy, doctors found an inoperable brain tumor. It grew aggressively. At 6-years-old, he was given two weeks to two months to live. But Wednesday he turned 21-years-old. Pizza and beer: those were the requests from the birthday boy. “Perfect birthday, that’s what we’re trying to do for the man. Trying to keep my man happy, Dylan,” said Jordan Vanduzer from behind the counter, making pizza, at Big Apple Pizza in Ft. Pierce. Read full article...

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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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