The nonprofit Sanctuary Island Inc. recently presented Brevard County’s Crosswinds Youth Services Program a $1,000 check.
During the weekend Sanctuary Island Inc. coordinated a golf tournament that was hosted by Savannah’s Golf Club in Merritt Island and featured 13 foursomes, playing a scramble format, to raise money for Crosswinds Youth Services Program.
In addition to helping runaways, the Crosswinds houses children removed from abusive home environments by the Florida Department of Children and Families, and youths having difficulties at home and needing a cooling-off period while counseling resolves family issues.
According to author and Sanctuary Island Inc. co-founder Marc D. O’Brien, the donation from the tournament will go toward clothing and Crosswinds’ scholarship challenge program.
“A program like this can change a person’s life, and that positive can go a long way, especially when the situation turns around into a success that benefits the community,” said O’Brien who graduated with a degree in Communication in 1988 from Barry University in Miami Shores.
Sanctuary Island, a south Brevard County-based charity, specializes in helping children in need as well as enhancing the health, literacy, life experience and self-esteem of wounded warriors and other disabled.
For more information, and/or learn about Sanctuary Island Inc., call 732-778- 9607 or email Bobrienmagnetichealthcare@gmail.com.
O’Brien, 51, also created the character Peter The Peteeatrick Panda and wrote a children’s book about him to help children better cope with their experience at the doctor’s office or in the hospital.
O’Brien, who has cerebral palsy, then wrote a novel “A Special Person To Ride” and is preparing his third book “The Final Fence: Sophomores in the Saddle.” The writings are inspired by his experiences in the equestrian field while dealing with society as someone physically challenged. An inspiration, he competed in able-bodied equine events, when he was younger.
Residing in Las Vegas, O’Brien is also a graduate of Middletown-South High School in Middletown, N.J.
Austin Macauley Publishers in Canary Wharf in the UK will be publishing “The Final Fence: Sophomores in the Saddle,” the first of a three-part series.
About ‘The Final Fence: Sophomores in the Saddle’
Is a disability something that is subjective or is it objective? Is a diagnosis opinion or fact? “The Final Fence: Sophomores In The Saddle,” authored by Marc D. O’Brien takes a creative honest look into a life filled with support from well meaning individuals who think before they speak.
When Eddie Patrick meets Danielle Lynne on a college campus, a love of horses triggers a classroom type discussion about her large chestnut pony named The Great Satan which is now serving as their professor. The relationship skills make the grade...with the ribbon only being a decorative piece. Using a backdrop of the elegant, classy world of the hunter jumper horse shows during the second Ronald Reagan Presidential Administration, the setting for this novel is a perfect way for future generations to learn about respect.
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