Orchid ISland holding check to VBHS

Orchid Island Raises Funds for VBHS Band and United Against Poverty

Posted on: June 10, 2020

Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club holds an annual 5K run/walk to support area organizations.  Each year the proceeds from the event benefit a local charity or cause, which is determined earlier in the year by the Club’s Fitness & Wellness Committee.  This year the Committee selected the Vero Beach High School Marching Band, but due to COVID-19, the event had to be canceled.  However, this setback did not stop the fundraising efforts of the Members at Orchid Island.  In fact, they raised enough funds to also support United Against Poverty (UP) of IRC.

“Every year our members at Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club provide generous support to the many well deserving organizations and charities serving the local community. This year,  I am happy to share that we are supporting the Vero Beach Marching Band, which will help fund some of their various activities, including scholarships; and, United Against Poverty who has played a very important role during this pandemic by providing food to local residents in need who have been negatively impacted due to stay at home orders,” shared Bruce Morrison, Orchid Island Board of Governors Tennis & Fitness Committee Chair.


A check presentation took place on Thursday, June 4, 2020 and both recipients were extremely grateful especially in these trying times.  Orchid Island Golf Club was able to provide a check of $7,000 to the Vero Beach High School Marching Band and a $3,500 check to United Against Poverty.


“United Against Poverty (UP) is grateful for Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club’s generous gift resulting from their 2020 5k. Their gift supports our mission to transform lives in Indian River County. The New UP Center, located in downtown Vero Beach, currently serves over 850 families daily. Families visit the center for programs and services including Crisis Care Management, Success Training Employment Program, Member Share Grocery Program, and Medical Services at our health clinic operated by Treasure Coast Community Health. UP could not help people lift themselves out of poverty without partners like Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club,” expressed Annabel Robertson, Executive Director.


“We are very grateful for this donation from Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club. These funds will help our band students in the upcoming year. Thank you to all who contributed to this donation” Page Howell, VBHS’s Band Director shared excitedly.


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Orchid Island is a private and intimate residential golf course community, offering gracious waterfront and golf course homes, an award-winning Arnold Palmer golf course, a state-of-the art Tennis & Fitness Center and an intimate Beach Club perfectly suited for leisurely gatherings, club activities and exceptional dining. Orchid Island has gained certification as being one of “Americas Healthiest Clubs” from Prevo Health Solutions, as well as being awarded the designation of being a “Distinguished Club” and “A Platinum Club of America.” For more information, visit www.orchidislandfl.com


Pictured From Left to Right: Page Howell (VBHS Band Director),  Denise Duda (OI Director of Fitness, Wellness & Spa), Bruce Morrison (Orchid Island Board of Governors Tennis & Fitness Committee Chair) and Jessica Russell (VBHS Associate Band Director)

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