United Way’s inaugural Tikis on the Terrace put the fun in fundraiser

Set amidst a backdrop of palm trees, tiki torches and breathtaking views of the Indian River Lagoon, more than 200 people clad in island attire came out to luau for literacy at United Way of Martin County’s inaugural Tikis on the Terrace presented by All About Achieving Learning Centers. The event was held on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 at Tuckahoe Terrace at the Mansion at Tuckahoe, where guests partied Polynesian-style to raise critical funds for Martin County’s education initiatives. The event featured a full evening of sights, sounds and entertainment in the style of retro-tiki revival.  
Guests enjoyed tropical-inspired fare, unlimited libations , island tunes of Gratitude Steel Band and, of course, traditional hula dancers from Beachside Hula. The evening culminated with a set from two-time United Way Battle of the Bands winner The Rotorheads. 
The idea for Tikis on the Terrace emerged from Leaders United, a group of passionate professionals who give, advocate and volunteer to further the mission of United Way of Martin County. “As an inaugural event, Tikis on the Terrace exceeded our expectations – it was a fun night, we introduced a lot of new people to United Way’s mission and, most importantly, the funds raised will definitely make a difference for the children in our community,” said Donna DeMarchi, chair of Leaders United and member of the Tikis on the Terrace planning committee. 
The theme was whimsical, but the mission is serious -- 57 percent of Martin County children are not ready for kindergarten. Studies show that kindergarten readiness can often dictate whether students are successful in future years. 
United Way of Martin County invests in programs that strive to enhance healthy living, improve education and support financial stability. “Our ultimate goal for Martin County’s youth is that they start school ready to learn, graduate high school and be prepared to pursue college, technical training or the workforce,” said United Way President and CEO Carol G. Houwaart-Diez. “And what we have learned is that investing in literacy-based programs is one of the most effective ways to achieve that goal.”
More than $17,000 that was raised from Tikis on the Terrace will be leveraged to fund local programs that are targeting literacy, including kindergarten readiness and reading readiness in grades K-2 and more. 
Sponsors include All About Achieving Learning Centers; Wells Fargo; Florida Power & Light Company; Treasure Coast Jaguar Land Rover; Martin Health System; CenterState Bank; Hoskins Turco Lloyd & Lloyd; Stuart Sunrise Rotary; Shurhold; Stuart Magazine; ECP Event Group; Treasure Coast Legal and Publix.
 Visit www.UnitedWayMartin.org to learn more about United Way and view event photos. 
About United Way 
United Way of Martin County’s mission is to lift the community and change lives together through the collective power of advancing the common good. Since 1972, the United Way has been working to create long-term social change and provide support to Martin County residents by investing in programs that strive to: enhance healthy living, improve education and support financial stability.
Photo Credit: Mitch Kloorfain Photography