October 20, 2017- (Stuart, FL) – Known as the Big Taste of Martin County, this annual fundraising event for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties was held for the first time at The Stuart Jet Center on Tuesday, October 10th.

This premier food and wine festival of the Treasure Coast delighted hundreds of attendees.
The jet hanger was a great place for this fundraiser. Nearly 700 people attended from the community to support Big Brothers Big Sisters.

There was wall to wall food and drinks by restaurants throughout Martin County sampling and serving up bites of their signature dishes. All attendees were invited to vote on their favorites.
The winners were: Best Beverage -Cultured Cocktails, Best Frozen Dessert- Whit’s Frozen Custard, Best Appetizer –Stuart Boathouse, Best Dessert- Martin County Highschool Culinary Arts, Best Soup- The Gafford, Best Entrée’ and Best Presentation- Kyle G’s Prime seafood & Steaks.

The community came together for an evening of fun, food, wine, and music.  Emceed by Virginia Sinicki (a former Big Sister) from the KVJ Show on 97.9 WRMF, the entertainment from the Samantha Russell Band kept the music going all night long from pop hits to country chart toppers. By the end of the evening guests were dancing.

The silent auction and raffles were a big hit as many bid on the sought-after prizes from places like Disney, Aquatica, SeaWorld, Marriott, Florida Panthers and many more. For an upgrade, guests could enjoy the new Hospitality Tent area that was sponsored by: JetLoan Capital, Laird Smith and Treasure Coast Estate Buyers.
The evening brought together everyone for an incredible cause as the Big Taste of Martin County supported their mission to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever throughout Palm Beach and Martin Counties. The event raised over $50,000 allowing Big Brothers Big Sisters to continue to impact lives of young children of our community.

“The Taste of Martin County has showcased the generosity of our community and local restaurants for 21 years. This year we were excited to welcome beverage vendors as well. We are grateful for partnerships like this that allow us to offer career, community and educational experiences that positively change children’s lives” says Yvette Flores, Executive Director at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties.
Signature Sponsor: Publix Super Market Charities; Benefactor Sponsors: Treasure Coast ENT, Rick Carrol Insurance, Southern Eagle, Treasure Coast ENT, FPL, Bayview Construction Corp., Von Ohlen Team, Byers, and Independent Financial Solutions, Inc.; Sponsor a Child for a Year Sponsor: Macy’s, Avonda Raymond James, Advantage Ford, and JetLoan Capital; Corporate Sponsors: Wallace Volkswagon, Thrivent Financial and Freedom Waste/Portalets. Hospitality Sponsors: Laird Smith and Treasure Coast Estate Buyers. Media Sponsors: Stuart Magazine,, TC Palm, Alpha Media, Seabreeze Publications, Pineapple Post, Ocean Media, and the Coast 101.3fm radio.

*Taste of Martin County Photo Gallery*

Upcoming Events: The Santa Claus open Golf Tournament-December 8th & Pre-tournament Cocktail party- December 7th to be held at the Stuart Yacht & Country Club. For more information visit:

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties:
BBBS provides children facing adversity aged 6-17 with volunteer mentors who serve as positive role models. Since 1986 the organization has provided mentors to children in Martin County and since July 2010 in Palm Beach County. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) recognized the Martin County organization in 2007 as one of the 35 best performing agencies nationwide. BBBSA recognized CEO William P. Bee Jr. as “CEO of the Year- Small Agency Category” in 2007. South Florida Business Leader Magazine ranked BBBS in 2009 and again in 2010 as one of the top 100 South Florida small businesses. Visit to learn more.

Media Contact: Jennifer Sardone-Shiner
JSS Marketing and PR
(561) 891-7278