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Palm Coast Ford and Florida Hospital Flagler team up in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Also in the Observer: Natural stone company coming to Flagler County, popular Palm Coast gift shop raises money for homeless shelter, medical certifications, promotions and new hires.
by: Ray Boone Staff Writer

Palm Coast Ford is doing everything it can to help the community combat cancer.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Palm Coast Ford is donating $50 for every car it sells in October to the Foundation for Breast Cancer Awareness. The goal is to raise at least $10,000 dollars or sell at least 200 cars.

Palm Coast Ford has been involved with the foundation for the last few years, sponsoring races and the Pink Army. This year, the company decided it needed to do more.

“We want to make more of a difference,” General Sales Manager Paul Summa said. “Cancer is a terrible thing. It’s affected everybody that I know. It’s affected family, friends and coworkers. So, we want to make a stand against it. We want to give back to the community.”

Natural stone company coming to Flagler County with estimated economic impact of $1.8 million

Kamara natural stones. Photo courtesy of Katrina Austin

As part of Project Tempest, Kamara, a natural stone company based in the Republic of  Georgia, is coming to Flagler County as part of the company’s first venture in the U.S. market, according to a release.

The news was revealed during the county’s Economic Opportunity Advisory Council meeting.

Kamara Stone was introduced to the Economic Opportunity Department by local realtor Cornelia Manfre, who discussed the company’s high level of quality in their natural stone products, according to the release.

An investment of $1.5 million from Kamara will open a distribution center in the county. Stones imported from the Republic of Georgia will come through the Port of Jacksonville.

On Oct. 2, county officials approved plans for a $15,000 performance-based incentive package to be paid out of six years, according to the release.

Kamara intends to create 10 news jobs for each year for three years with an annual economic impact of $1.8 million.

Popular Palm Coast gift shop helps raise money for homeless shelter

Chez Jacqueline, a well-known gift shop in Palm Coast, hosted two fashion shows to raise funds for The Sheltering Tree, the only cold weather homeless shelter in Flagler County, according to a release.

The shows raised $1,900 for the facility’s operations and expenses. The shelter is run by the Flagler County Family Assistance Center.

The fundraisers were held Sept. 6-7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. each day. The show, which “presented an evening of fun and fashion on the red carpet,” featured clothing from the Chez Jacqueline collection.

The Sheltering Tree has provided homeless people with food and extreme weather shelter since 2008.

Cancer dietitian earns board certification

Jennifer Robinson earned her board certification as a specialist in oncology nutrition from the Commission of Dietetic Registration, according to a release by FHF.

Robinson, who is now one of only 39 registered dietitians in the state of Florida to earn certification as a specialist in oncology nutrition, is an oncology dietitian for the Cancer Institutes at Florida Hospital Flagler, Florida Hospital DeLand, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial and Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center.

“I wanted to earn this certification to prove to myself that I had the knowledge and skills to provide the best care,” Robinson said in a release. “Earning the board certification means our cancer patients and my colleagues can be confident in my abilities.”

Ocean Course at Hammock Beach Resort to reopen

The Ocean Course at Hammock Beach Resort, located at 105 16th Road in Palm Coast, will be opening Nov. 2 at 10:30 a.m., according to a release.

The course originally closed on Oct. 6, 2016, in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Matthew. High winds and a significant storm surge caused major damage across the majority of the course, especially the holes near the Atlantic Ocean.

Palm Coast's chief accountant promoted to director of finance

Helena Alves, a certified internal auditor who has served as Palm Coast’s chief accountant since November 2016, was recently promoted to director of finance, according to a release.

She will oversee all aspects of the finance department, including treasury management, central accounting, business tax receipt, revenue management, payroll services, utility billing, auditing, financial reporting, budgetary compliance monitoring, long-term financial planning and debt management.

Financial information is available to the public on the department’s website.

“I believe my background in internal audit and governmental accounting will be valuable as we strive to streamline our financial reporting processes and maintain proper internal controls while leveraging technology,” Alves said in a release.

New hires

  • Intracoastal Bank President and CEO Bruce Page announced that Berni Coast was added to the bank's team as assistant vice president and operations manager, according to a release.

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