On January 30, 2016 the SHARE Foundation along with our co-sponsors, Young People in Recovery and Palm Beach Wellness and Recovery, hosted the 2nd Annual Mark Garwood Birthday Bash and Cookout in honor of Mark’s birthday. Over 150 people were in attendance for an afternoon of food, fellowship, and games. The highlight of the event was the awarding of educational scholarships to four deserving young women who are solidly in recovery and eager to resume their college education. At the inaugural cookout last year we awarded our first $5,000 scholarship to Jessie Ewing. This year, as a result of the incredible support and generosity of the Foundation’s benefactors we awarded $5,000 grants to Cristina Farah, Kayla Reed, Morgan Taylor, and Alana Warner. The Foundation is committed to expand our scholarship efforts throughout the coming year. Thank you to all who contribute to and support this vital initiative.
We had a meeting at Mark G's Grateful Gecko rec center to discuss the next Foundation Scholarship award and future fundraising efforts. Thanks to Young People in Recovery's Steve Johnson, Matthew Cohen, and Justin Lucci for their invaluable counsel and support! Big things to come!
New additions to Mark G's Grateful Gecko Sports Bar!! Coke and pizza night courtesy of the Mark Garwood SHARE Foundation.
As we approach the 1 year anniversary of Mark Garwood's passing, a live oak tree was recently planted in his memory. The tree is 25 years old and was chosen because that is the age Mark would have been this year. The name live oak comes from the fact that evergreen oaks remain green and "live" throughout winter, when other oaks are dormant and leafless. They are native to the South and live hundreds of years. Live oaks can reach 60 feet in height, with a limb spread of nearly 80 feet. Their lower limbs often sweep down towards the ground before curving up again.
Mark is forever in our hearts and we will continue to uphold his memory with the work and support through the SHARE foundation.
Today is Mark's Birthday. Today Erica and I celebrate the life of our beloved son. The pain of his loss lingers, but the hope and comfort of his legacy builds each day as we move ahead with The Mark Garwood Share Foundation efforts. Erica and I want to extend our deep and heartfelt gratitude to all who have stood with us through these very difficult times. We are blessed. May God bring grace and blessings to each of you and your families. We miss you, Mark. Happy Birthday!