Martin County Guild Hosts "Bring A Friend" Luncheon

Martin County, FL –  The Hibiscus Children’s Center Martin County Guild held its first official meeting in 1992 ... and they haven’t stopped helping children since!  This incredible group of volunteers, with many of the original members still actively involved, is the driving force behind Hibiscus’ fundraising activities in Martin County.    Recently, they hosted their annual “Bring a Friend” Luncheon at a guild member’s home in beautiful Sailfish Point. 

The lovely luncheon was an opportunity for new potential members to learn more about the mission of Hibiscus and its services for abused children.  Ashley Braden-Knowles, Guild President, welcomed everyone before the group watched the short film, Removed, about a young girl’s journey through the foster care system.   Paul Sexton, Hibiscus CEO, thanked each member and welcomed the new guests while sharing about the mission and vision for Hibiscus’ future.  Lou Boccabella, Director of Village Operations, talked about the Hibiscus Village in Vero Beach that provides a safe home-like environment for abused teens, educational and medical services, and career preparation and training.    

The amazing guild volunteers work together throughout the year to change the lives of abused children.   They have helped children move forward from a past filled with trauma and fear to a brighter future filled with hope.  Ashley Braden-Knowles, Guild President, shared, "We are blessed to have such dedicated members. It was great to see everyone and meet some new faces that will make excellent additions to the group."   The Guild’s diligent efforts at planning and executing terrific events include Return to Paradise Casino Night on Saturday, January 7th at Mariner Sands Country Club, the 26th Annual Jo Covelli Fashion Show on Monday, March 6th at Sailfish Point Country Club, and the Dow Finsterwald Golf Classic in April.

For more information about Hibiscus Children’s Center services, volunteer opportunities and fundraising events, please visit us at or call (772) 334-9311, ext. 404.