Archive for June, 2024

Stuff the Bus – July 25

Posted on: June 30th, 2024 by brent

United Way of West Florida is excited to announce the return of the “Stuff the Bus” school supplies collection drive, dedicated to supporting students in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. This year’s event is set to take place on Thursday, July 25, at six Walmart locations across both counties.

In partnership with Escambia County Public Schools, Santa Rosa County District Schools, WEAR Cares, Cat Country 98.7, News Radio 92.3, and the Pensacola News Journal, “Stuff the Bus” stands as the only school supplies drive endorsed by both Escambia and Santa Rosa School Districts. The initiative aims to equip students with the essential tools they need to succeed in the upcoming school year.

“We are thrilled to once again join forces with our community partners and sponsors to support our local students,” said Laura Gilliam, President and CEO of United Way of West Florida. “The generosity of our community ensures that every student has the opportunity to thrive academically.”

The drive is sponsored by HCA Florida West Hospital, Navy Federal Credit Union, Santa Rosa Energy Center, Ascend Cares Foundation, Florida Power & Light Company, International Paper, Anderson Subaru, and Westmark & Associates Allstate Insurance. Their support plays a crucial role in the success of this important event.

Drop Off Locations

Escambia County Locations:

– Blue Angel – 2951 S Blue Angel Pkwy, Pensacola, FL 32506

– Mobile Hwy – 4600 Mobile Hwy, Pensacola, FL 32506

– Creighton – 2650 Creighton Rd, Pensacola, FL 32504


Santa Rosa County Locations:

– Tiger Point – 3767 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563

– Navarre – 9360 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre, FL 32566

– Pea Ridge – 4965 US-90, Milton, FL 32571


Community members are encouraged to visit these locations between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. (8:00 a.m. start time for Navarre) to drop off their donations of new school supplies. Items needed include backpacks, notebooks, pencils, crayons, glue sticks, as well as other essential classroom supplies. All collected items will be distributed to students in need within Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Families in need of supplies should contact their child’s school. If you can’t make it to one of the drop-off locations, you can still help by making your donation online at or by texting SCHOOL850 to 44321. (Message and data rates may apply)


For more information about “Stuff the Bus” and how you can get involved, please visit or contact Julia Helton, Community Impact Senior Manager at (850) 912-8177 or

*Message and data rates may apply*

Arc Gateway Crab Cake Cook-Off – Wednesday, July 17th

Posted on: June 17th, 2024 by Mel McCrae
The Arc Gateway’s Crab Cake Cook-Off is one of Pensacola’s most iconic and well-attended fundraisers of the year. This year’s crabulous event is presented by Sims Orthodontics and Emerald Coast Hospice. Restaurants and chefs are invited to compete for bragging rights and winner of Best Crab Cake on the Gulf Coast! Guests are given the chance to sample world-class crab cakes, indulge on delectable desserts and sip a variety of libations while surveying an extraordinary silent auction and purchase art made by our very own clients.
If you would like to compete, become a sponsor, or donate a silent auction item or purchase tickets visit: 


Runway 5K – December 7

Posted on: June 11th, 2024 by brent

Sponsors are needed for our 12th annual USO Runway 5k! If you or someone you know is interested in this exciting and beneficial opportunity, please contact for more information. 


$50 Boot Store Gift Card

Posted on: June 1st, 2024 by brent