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TC Palm April 2011
VERO BEACH — The Buggy Bunch, a nonprofit organization made up of a thousand mothers, grandmothers and nannies on the Treasure Coast, exists to support families by providing a forum that allows them to connect and fellowship with others, as well as volunteer and share their faith.
The group was formed in December 2009 by four moms wanting to get together to walk the Barber Bridge for fitness and fellowship. Less than a year later, the group grew to more than 800 members and incorporated into a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
The Buggy Bunch’s president, Kelly Sartain, said she can hardly believe the growth the group has experienced in just a little over a year. She has a heart for moms in our community and as a result said she felt called to start The Buggy Bunch with a little help from her friends.
By fun stuff Sartain, with the help of a leadership team comprised of 40 volunteers, began to build a group that offers activities almost daily and has grown mostly by word-of-mouth. That team volunteers in areas ranging from event planning to bereavement counseling.
The group’s website, www.thebuggybunch.com, offers an online community where members can post pictures, chat instantly and have access to a jam-packed calendar of events. Best of all, membership to The Buggy Bunch is free.
The events range from small, age-appropriate playgroups to outings at local businesses such as indoor bounce houses and roller skating rinks, which offer group members a discount.
If you’d like to be a part of the fastest growing mom’s group to hit the Treasure Coast or are interested in volunteering (several chair positions are open in the areas of fundraising, major event planning to name a few), register online atwww.thebuggybunch.com.
TC Palm May 2011
VERO BEACH — The Buggy Bunch, a nonprofit moms’ group comprised of a thousand members, hosted its second annual Mother’s Day Luncheon from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on May 7 at The Plaza, in Vero Beach.
More than 120 mother/daughter couples attended the free event which included a sit-down lunch from Blessings Bistro, scrumptious desserts such as a wide variety of flavored cupcakes from Casereccio Cakes, as well as a delicious chocolate fountain courtesy of Sweet Temptations.
Moms and daughters were treated to an afternoon of fun which included games and fellowship as well as three guest speakers who engaged the audience with real-life parables. The first speaker, Dawn Bamberg, a Healthy Edge Facilitator, TBB Motivation Monday Coach, and an Aqua Fit Trainer, teased the audience with a hilarious top-ten list centered around the rollercoaster that is mothering.
Secondly, Yvette Maher of Focus on the Family (www.focusonthefamily.com) took the floor to discuss her “Make Every Day Count” campaign in which she talks about five simple things to help parents be more intentional about family.
And lastly, Carey McDivitt of First Church of God in Vero Beach gave a heartfelt speech on family and forgiveness.
The Mother’s Day Luncheon was sponsored by the following businesses: Abigail Stone Photography, Angela Tappen Photography, "Arbonne International" with Dawn Bamberg, Care Net Pregnancy Crisis Center of IRC, Casereccio Cakes, Christian FM, Christi's Family Fitness, Enchanted Expressions and Sweet Temptations, Focus on the Family, Indian River Federal Credit Union, Keith's Oil Can, Laporte Farms, "Mary Kay" with Marisol Cordero, Master's Academy, Miss Barbara's Swim School, Once Upon A Tea Party, "Pampered Chef" with Debbie French, "Pampered Chef" with Stacey McKinley and "Send Out Cards" with Doreen Valley.
Each table sat eight mothers and a modest gift was provided to each guest by the table sponsors.
If you’d like to be a part of the fastest growing mom’s group to hit the Treasure Coast or are interested in volunteering (several chair positions are open in the areas of fundraising and major event planning to name a few), register online atwww.thebuggybunch.com.
By Tania Ortega-Cowan
It all started with a walk on the bridge with friends.
That’s when Kelly Sartain had the idea to launch a ‘Buggy Bunch.’
“Next they started a FaceBook page, and it snowballed from there,” says member Theresa Puscher.
The Buggy Bunch is a non-profit, Christian moms’ group that, in a few short years, has grown into a group of more than a thousand members on the Treasure Coast. They provide each other with both fun and support, and this was quite apparent as we met at the Splash Park at Riverview Park in Sebastian. Noteworthy is the beneficial social interaction for the children.
“The members on our leadership team have specific jobs,” Theresa adds. “Some work on the Christmas Party, others the Mother’s Day event, Mom’s Night Out, publicity. Whatever is needed. And this group is not just for young mothers, either. Everyone can be a part.”
The Buggy Bunch works with churches, community organizations, and businesses involved in supporting families on the Treasure Coast.
Some of the moms and their jobs are: Katie Stott, who heads up Philanthropy; Teresa Simpson, who chairs Churches and Ministries Outreach; and Erin Refsland, who leads the Correspondence committee.
The group’s most recent event was its 2nd Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon, chaired by Theresa Puscher. More than 120 mother/daughter couples attended the free event, which included a seated lunch from Blessings Bistro, scrumptious desserts, such as a wide variety of flavored cupcakes from Casereccio Cakes, as well as a delicious chocolate fountain courtesy of Sweet Temptations.
The Mother’s Day Luncheon was sponsored by Abigail Stone Photography, Angela Tappen Photography, Arbonne International with Dawn Bamberg, Care Net Pregnancy Crisis Center of Indian River County, Casereccio Cakes, Christian FM, Christi’s Family Fitness, Enchanted Expressions and Sweet Temptations, Focus on the Family, Indian River Federal Credit Union, Keith’s Oil Can, Laporte Farms, Mary Kay with Marisol Cordero, Master’s Academy, Miss Barbara’s Swim School, Once Upon A Tea Party, Pampered Chef with Debbie French and Stacey McKinley and Send Out Cards with Doreen Valley.
If you’d like to be a part of this mom’s group or if you are interested in volunteering (several chair positions are open in the areas of fundraising and major event planning, to name a few), you can register online at www.thebuggybunch.com. For more, e-mail Kelly at email@example.com.