LRJ Foundation turns 30 with Carl Hiaasen show Jan 19

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Carl Hiaasen photo by Quinn Hiaasen

Florida humorist Carl Hiaasen celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation with  “LOL Laughing Out Loud with Carl Hiaasen” on Thursday, January 19, 2023 at the Community Church of Vero Beach.  “We are delighted to have reached this milestone anniversary,” remarked Marie Stiefel, LRJF President.   “Our local and all-volunteer board wanted to bring the community a smile and a chance to enjoy one of Florida’s highest acclaimed authors.” 

This stellar event will begin at 6:30pm for all general seats ($50) and will be followed with a “meet and greet with Carl Hiaasen” in the courtyard of the church immediately following the event from 8-9pm.  The public may purchase tickets  ($50 general admission/ $100 VIP ) at or may purchase tickets directly at LRJF Writing Center on 1914 14th Street, Vero Beach, Florida 32960.  For more information, please visit

“We are elated that the community has offered such astounding support for our key speaker event in January,” added Sara Wilson, LRJF Executive Director.   To date, sponsors include Professional Management Inc. (Joanne Mitchell), Marie Stiefel, Charlotte Terry Group at Alex McWilliam Real Estate, Silverman Partners of Raymond James and Andrew Streeter of Edward James. 

The mission of LRJF is to preserve a feature of Florida history in the author Laura (Riding) Jackson’s historic Florida “cracker-style” home, and to maintain the Florida native plant garden which surrounds it at the Mueller Campus of Indian River State College in Vero Beach.  In addition, the foundation advances her legacy by nurturing writers in the community through a series of literary offerings including adult and teen writers’ groups, summer camps, workshops, and poetry festivals.  Annually each Spring, LRJF hosts a Poetry and Barbeque Festival featuring guest poets and all southern barbeque.

Carl Hiaasen, an American journalist and novelist, began his career as a newspaper reporter and by the late 1970s had begun writing novels in his spare time, both for adults and for young-adult readers. Two of his novels have been made into feature films.  Hiaasen’s adult novels are humorous crime thrillers set in Florida. Many of the novels include themes related to environmentalism and political corruption in his native state.   For more information on Carl Hiaasen, please visit

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