Look Who Came By for a Visit!!!


Justin Simmons, Safety for the Denver Broncos

Martin County High School Alumni, Professional Football player and proud supporter of Project LIFT!

Justin stopped by to meet some of our staff and teens and to show some love to Project LIFT and our mission.

Thanks so much Justin!!!

Project LIFT Pathway Academy of Innovation Class of 2018!

On Thursday, December 6th we had the honor of having a Graduation Ceremony for another 9 Project LIFT teens who completed their high school diplomas through our Pathway Academy of Innovation.  We also had our version of a “Signing Day”. Instead of it being the first day that a high school senior can sign a binding National Letter of Intent for a collegiate sport we had our graduates sign with new Employers or a School!  

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Project LIFT’s Pathway Academy of Innovation is a ground-breaking solution designed to address the needs of high-risk teens, who have dropped out of high school, attain their high school diploma while also focusing on vocational training, mental health and substance abuse issues to prepare them for the 21st Century workforce! With this unique approach we integrate the individual’s desired career pathway with high school curriculum while adding social-emotional support services. By offering a blend of on-line and on-site experiential learning, Project LIFT propels teens to graduation in less time and more efficiently than it would take them in a traditional classroom setting.

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Project LIFT was the recipient of Impact 100 Martin's first grant.  The Impact funding is being used to help launch Project LIFT's Pathway Academy of Innovation.  With the Impact 100 Martin grant, Project LIFT is expecting to facilitate 20 teens this year who otherwise would most likely not finish their education. 

Impact 100's Mission: To engage a dynamic group of women philanthropists to bring forth new resources aimed at enriching the community through strategic high-impact grant making; Impact 100 Martin will engage, develop, and inspire women to create change in our community.

Michael Shields Memorial Inshore Open fishing tournament supporting Project L.I.F.T. Held at the River Palm Cottages & Fish Camp in Jensen Beach.
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                          10th Anniversary of the Michael Shields Memorial Fishing Tournament a Huge Success!

Thanks to the support of our sponsors, anglers and donors, this year’s tournament, which happened to be our 10th Anniversary, was one of the most successful to date!  The Michael Shields Memorial Inshore Open was held September 28-29 at the River Palm Cottages & Fish Camp in Jensen Beach.  A total of 190 Anglers participated in this year’s Open, which was the most to have ever registered.

Open to both children and adults, it is the largest inshore fishing tournament along the Treasure Coast.  A Captain’s Party and family BBQ was also held attracting more than 400 people over the weekend. 

The Open is named after longtime Martin County resident Michael Shields, who died at the age of 23 from bone cancer. It followed a catch and release format, with separate categories for snook, tarpon, trout, and redfish.  The Open is held each September to raise critically-needed funds for the programs of Project LIFT. 

2018 Winners........

First Place Team Guided Division - Team Merrill Lynch (Matt Bohn, Steven Goethel, Kenny)

First Place Team Unguided Division - Team Clean Water (Mark Bullock, Baylor Bullock & Nicholas Eid)

Second Place Team Guided Division - Team Local Guy AC (Derek & Sarah Powell)

Second Place Team Unguided Division - Team Natalie (Bill Natalie & Aiden Natalie)

Top Guide - Captain Adam White

Top Junior Angler - Chinelle Burrage

Best Overall Tarpon - Gregg Steinbach

Best Overall Snook - Baylor Bullock

Best Overall Redfish - Anna Foster

Best Overall Trout - Robert Coker

Best Fish Caught on Fly - Todd Kawecki

Best Fish Caught on DOA Lure - Chris Czipulis

Top Lady Angler - Sarah Powell

Top Paddler - Evan Sager & David Sager

Mystery Fish - Lauren Mihalik (Sawfish)

Meet Our 2018 Professional Guides........

We have partnered up with many of our local fishing guides to provide an unforgettable experience for our Platinum Sponsors.
The guides are booked on a very limited, first come, first serve basis.

Please contact R.J. Ferraro at (772) 221-0600 to book your guide for this event.

Thanks to our returning TOP GUIDES!

2011 - Capt. Mike Holliday

2014- Capt. Adam White

2015 - Capt. Adam White

2016 - Capt. Chaos

2017 - Capt. Adam White

Who is going to take the top spot this year.....

Thank You So Much for Our VIP Sponsors! 

We Can't Do It Without You!! 

Our Platinum & Gold Sponsors

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Making An Impact in Belle Glade!!

On Saturday, June 21st,  a group of women volunteers from Impact The Palm Beaches came to our new facility in Belle Glade to roll up their sleeves and put in some sweat equity! Working alongside our staff and teen participants, we were able to paint over half of the 8,000 square foot building. Last fall Impact awarded us $100,000 to duplicate Project LIFT in The Glades.  Now that we have secured a facility, they continue to provide us with their support to help us achieve our mission.


Impact's MISSION

We are a dynamic leader of women’s philanthropy: bringing new resources to the community and making philanthropy accessible. Through strategic high-impact grant making, we engage, develop and inspire women to create change in our community.

For the past several years this message has been a growing part of the philanthropic landscape in southern Palm Beach County. In 2015, Deborah Johnson and Bridget Baratta decided it was time to launch an Impact 100 group that would benefit the rest of Palm Beach County. The venture philanthropy effect is making a big impact with a targeted investment of $100,000 Impact grants to area non-profits. This model had great appeal as it leveraged the power of efficient, collaborative and highly focused philanthropy – driven by women.

Impact The Palm Beaches is not just a matter of facilitating generosity, it is a matter of harnessing the power of women each of whom commit $1,000, to effect social change in our community. Serving the central and northern Palm Beach County community through high impact grants to local nonprofits. Each year at the annual meeting, nonprofit finalists are invited to speak, Impact 100 members vote, and $100,000 funds are awarded that evening.


We are grateful for the generosity they displayed in their time, talents and gifts. Thank-you Impact The Palm Beaches, You Rock!

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Impact 100 Martin Grant Puts Students on the Pathway to Success!

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They’re on the pathway to a successful future!   Thanks to a $100,000 grant from Impact 100 Martin, students from Project LIFT in Palm City are learning new vocational skills while they earn high school diplomas in the organization’s new “Pathway Academy of Innovation.” 

The program was chosen to receive Impact 100 Martin’s first grant award in April, and it is already achieving results.  Three students who recently graduated from the pilot Pathway program are gainfully employed, and the next class will graduate within 45 days. 

“The Impact 100 Martin grant was vital to the launch of our Pathway Academy of Innovation,” says Executive Director Robert Zaccheo.   “Thanks to this funding, we will facilitate 20 teens through the program this year who otherwise would likely not finish their education.”

Recently, Impact 100 Martin members visited Project LIFT to deliver the first grant installment, meet some Pathway Academy students and see the program in action. 

“Project LIFT’s Pathway Academy of Innovation was a great fit for our funding,” says Nancy Wong, Executive Committee Chair of Impact 100 Martin.  “Impact members are excited to see how our grant will help these teens build the foundation for their future success and involvement in our community.” 

Article By Denise Belzar, Write Idea Communications

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Applauding students from the first year of the Pathway Academy of Innovation at Project LIFT are (L-R) Elizabeth Barbella, CEO of the Martin County Community Foundation; Genevieve George, Arati Hammond and Nancy Wong of Impact 100 Martin; and Robin Cartwright of the Martin County Community Foundation. 

Impact 100 Martin empowers women to create positive change in our community through collective giving.  The organization is a giving circle within the Martin County Community Foundation.  Impact 100 Martin information and membership applications are available online at www.yourmccf.org/impact100martin

Annual Clambake & Comedy Show supporting Project L.I.F.T. at Indian Riverside Park in Jensen Beach

8th Annual Clambake & Comedy Show is a Huge Success!  

JENSEN BEACH, FL— March 31, 2018-- A Traditional New England meal, consisting of Lobster, Mussels, Clams, Shrimp and Crab, was enjoyed by a record crowd of over 250 committed individuals attending the Annual Clam Bake and Comedy Show on March 31st, hosted by Project L.I.F.T.  Attendees enjoyed live music by Jason Montero and a comedy show by headliner Peter Fogel. The sold-out benefit for the local nonprofit with a mission to help at-risk teens overcome mental health and substance abuse issues was the most successful yet!  

Presenting sponsor, Karine M. Rich, was a huge part of making this event such a great success through her generous underwriting support. In addition, many other sponsors, along with ticket sales, silent and live auctions, a “call to heart” and a dedicated committee of volunteers worked together to raise money for this important cause. Thanks to the generous donors in attendance, the money raised has afforded them the opportunity to help support our Project LIFT Programs!

Thank You So Much to Our Amazing Sponsors!  

Ken Duke & Friends Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament 

To Benefit Project LIFT and Folds of Honor

The Second Annual Ken Duke & Friends Celebrity Pro-Am golf tournament took place at the Floridian in Palm City on December 3rd and 4th, 2017. An amazing dinner, live auction, private concert, and round of golf was had by all who attended. Over $90,000 was raised over two days that benefited two great organizations; Folds of Honor and Project LIFT.  Folds of Honor is a national organization which provides educational scholarships to the children and spouses of our fallen and disabled service members while serving our nation.  The local charity, Project LIFT, is dedicated to improving lives of at-risk teens through substance abuse treatment, mental health counseling, vocational skills training and mentoring.

This tournament came to be when PGA Golf Professional and philanthropist, Ken Duke, and his family moved to Palm City, FL a few year ago.  Ken's vision of founding a non-profit organization to support well deserving local and national organizations came to life in 2016!  After a meeting with friends and family the Inaugural Ken Duke & Friends Celebrity Pro-Am was born and was a huge success.  Ken and the tournament committee which includes, Carson Novins, Joe Slater and Casey Cummings, decided to keep the generosity going by picking a new local charity to support each year. 

Sponsors include:  Penske Automotive, Tommy Bahama, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Vidanta Resorts, Crown Trophy, CG, A LINE Step Up and The Floridian. 

For more information on Ken Duke, the tournament or to see pictures from the event please visit www.kenduke.com.  Or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KenDukeandFriends