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United Way of West Florida Gala – May 4th

Posted on: April 12th, 2024 by brent

uwwf galaSince 1924, United Way of West Florida has fought for the health, education, and financial stability of every citizen in our community. We do this by working collaboratively with hundreds of companies, thousands of community members, local governments, and local nonprofit agencies. Working together is the best way to improve lives and build a stronger community and we hope to do that on May 4th, 2024, at the Glitz & Gallop Gala, our 100th Anniversary Celebration.

Join us and help celebrate our 100 years in the making as we watch the 150th Kentucky Derby. The event will be held on Saturday, May 4th, 2024, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This event is a fundraiser for United Way of West Florida. Funds raised at this event will help go back to our community through our Community Investment process. To learn more, please visit our website at uwwf.org/gala.

Gala tickets are $100 per person, which includes 2 drink tickets and 10 betting tickets to be used at our Parade of Prizes table and to bet on horse races. The Gala features heavy hors d’oeuvres and live music from the String Farm Band.   

Prizes will be awarded for the Best-In-Show fashion show contest and the Winner’s Circle racehorse winners. Horses can be purchased for $50, and additional betting tickets are available at $1 per ticket. Bourbon Pull station tickets are available for $25 and are limited to the number of bottles donated. 50/50 tickets are available at the event for $1.

The event will be held at the new venue on Pensacola State College – bldg. 27. Parking is at the north end of the building near the Pensacola State College Book Store. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. 

This event is brought to you by our 100th Anniversary Sponsor, Florida Power and Light, and sponsored by, HCA Florida West Hospital, Kia Autosport of Pensacola, Navy Federal Credit Union, The City of Pensacola, Pensacola Energy, Clark Partington Attorneys at Law, Gulf Winds Credit Union, Pensacola State College, Patrice Whitten, as well as our Media Sponsors, Pensacola News Journal, Cat Country 98.7, and News Radio 92.3.

For more about our 100th Anniversary, please visit uwwf.org/100th.

Men Who Cook 2024 – Sunday, April 14th

Posted on: March 1st, 2024 by Mel McCrae
TICKETS ON SALE NOW! 
 
The 11th Annual Men Who Cook Event will be at an exciting new venue: THE BLUE WAHOO’S STADIUM!
A local favorite, this one-of-a-kind fundraiser competition showcases the culinary talents of non-professional male chefs as they prepare everything from appetizers to desserts, attracting crowds of over 400 guests in its first 10 years!
 
THIS YEAR, we’ve moved venues to accommodate even MORE guests! Showing Pace Girls that men can be positive, supportive figures in their lives, 30 non-professional male chef teams from our community will compete to impress several local Professional female chefs who will select winners from each category. The overall “Top Chef” is chosen from these, as well as a “People’s Choice Award,” which event guests vote for! NEW for 2024, we’re adding a Professional Chef category as well! With all this tasty food for a great cause, you’re sure to leave fulfilled!
 
Guests will also enjoy music, beer and wine, a wine pull, live auctions, AND have the opportunity to raise a paddle to support a Pace girl!
This fundraiser supports Pace Center for Girls Escambia – Santa Rosa’s mission of providing girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training, and advocacy.
 
Purchase Tickets HERE.

Valerie’s House – No Child Will Grieve Alone

Posted on: February 7th, 2024 by brent

Valeries HouseOUR VISION IS THAT NO CHILD WILL GRIEVE ALONE.

The mission of Valerie’s House is to help children and families work through the loss of a loved one together and go on to live fulfilling lives.

What is Valerie’s House?  It’s a special place that helps children and families work through the loss of a loved one together.  The mission of valerie’s house is to ensure no child will have to grieve alone. 

This year’s class of leadership pensacola has adopted valerie’s house for special project to enhance the home’s grounds to make it more accommodating for kids and families.

PLEASE CONSIDER HELPING WITH A DONATION – (Click Here to Donate)

For more on Valerie’s House Go Here

THANK YOU FROM  VALERIE’S HOUSE AND THE LEADERSHIP PENSACOLA CLASS OF 2024

Embraces – Fishbein Foundation Nominations for 2024

Posted on: January 18th, 2024 by brent

Impact 100 Pensacola Bay Area

Posted on: December 31st, 2023 by brent

Who is IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area?

IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area, Inc. (IMPACT) is an organization of women committed to improving their community by providing substantial grants to nonprofit organizations in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

Started in 2003 by four local women, IMPACT has become the largest IMPACT group in the world. The idea behind IMPACT involves recruiting at least 100 women to donate $1,000 each and pooling those resources into one big grant for a qualifying nonprofit. In the 17 years since the Pensacola chapter began, this organization of philanthropic women has donated more than $12 million to charities throughout the Escambia/Santa Rosa area. IMPACT has funded 120 grants totaling $12,830,000 since 2004.

IMPACT has no paid employees or staff, so one hundred percent of each member’s annual contribution of $1,000 is pooled and awarded to nonprofit organizations in increments of at least $100,000 grants.

Click Here to find out more about joining

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Avenue of Flags – Memorial Day, 4th of July and Veteran’s Day

Posted on: May 22nd, 2023 by brent

North Pensacola OptimistPensacola Avenue of Flags

SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITY

North Pensacola Optimist Club – Our Optimist Club invites you to participate in a patriotic, community service program called “The Avenue of Flags”, which honors our military and country while supporting our many youth and community programs.

Join us as we place thousands of American Flags along one mile of Bayfront Parkway on three national holidays, Memorial Day, July 4th and Veteran’s Day.

Sponsor a Flag

Since 1962, NPOC has served the youth and community of PNS, including development of Hitzman-Optimist Park.  To honor our great Military and Nation, this annual event we will be displaying perhaps thousands of American Flags on Bayfront Parkway on Memorial Day, July 4th, Veterans Day.  Flags are offered through individual subscription or business sponsorship. Proceeds to benefit Pediatric Onchology at SHH and our many other youth programs.  pensacolaoptimists.org

  • Choose Individual, Friends, Or Family Subscriptions

    Your Avenue of Flag subscription includes the following:

    • “Individual” Subscriptions Include 5 Flags placed on Memorial Day, July 4th and Veteran’s Day
    • “Friends” Subscriptions Include 10 Flags placed on Memorial Day, July 4th and Veteran’s Day
    • “Family” Subscriptions Include 25 Flags placed on Memorial Day, July 4th and Veteran’s Day
       
    • 1 mile of Flags along Bayfront Parkway from Seville Square to 14th Avenue.
    • Subscribe any time. Each subscription includes all 3 holidays!
    • Patriotic Flag Display
    • Flags remain up the day prior to the holiday and the day after
    • We’ll manage flag placement and removal.
    • Convenient online enrollment and payment options available.
    • Subscriptions received within 7 days prior to a flag holiday will be carried over to the next three flag holidays. 
    • To order by mail, download and mail our printable brochure here.

    Support NPOC youth programs and be a part of Avenue of Flags!

  • Individual Subscription $50/year
  • Friends Subscription $100/year
  • Family Subscription $250/year

Capstone Academy

Posted on: July 25th, 2022 by brent

Early Learning Services – Go to Website Here

Educational Services

As part of our early intervention program, children attending Capstone Academy benefit from music, art, story time, computer, dramatic play, gross motor skills (outdoor play), fine motor skills (manipulative), and free exploration.

 
 

VOLUNTARY PRE-KINDERGARTEN (No VPK for the 20-21 school year).

Through the Early Learning Coalition of the state of Florida, Capstone Academy offers Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) to children who turn four years of age by September 1 of the school year. This program is free, and each class has no more than 11 children in it with a Florida certified teacher (ratio 1:11).

 
 

CHILDREN’S THERAPY CLINIC

Pediatric rehabilitation is designed to maximize the abilities of children when development is interrupted by an injury or a disability. This includes helping patients heal and learn the skills they need to grow into thriving adults.

 
 

FEEDING THERAPY

Feeding Therapy – Food Aversion Therapy

 
 

SPEECH THERAPY

Designed to develop a child’s speech, language, and communication skills.  We also offer specialized pediatric therapy in our feeding and swallowing clinic.

 
 

PHYSICAL THERAPY

Designed to develop a child’s large (gross motor) muscles, and works on such skills as crawling, standing, walking, etc.

 

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Designed to develop a child’s fine motor skills, including such skills as holding objects, feeding self, etc. Occupational therapy also addresses sensory issues a child may have.

United Way of West Florida Tax Help

Posted on: January 25th, 2022 by brent

Residents of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties making $73,000 or less annually are eligible to file their taxes for free with United Way of West Florida’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. Eligible participants may visit one of four convenient locations across the community or use limited virtual assistance to utilize this free service and maximize their tax return with the assistance of an IRS-certified volunteer. 

 

VITA sites are operated by IRS partners such as United Way of West Florida and are staffed by volunteers who want to make a difference in their communities.  All VITA volunteers who prepare returns must take and pass tax law training that meets or exceeds IRS standards. This training includes maintaining the privacy and confidentiality of all taxpayer information.  

 

VITA sites will begin in-person returns on February 7th

  

Please see below for a complete list of VITA sites throughout Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, as well as their opening dates and hours. VITA is by appointment only in 2022, to schedule an appointment simply dial 211. For up-to-date information please visitwww.uwwf.org/taxhelp.  

 

Goodwill Easterseals of the Gulf Coast
1715 E. Olive Rd., Pensacola, FL 32514
Opening: February 9  

Wednesday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Saturday, February 19 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

 

Pensacola State College (Main Campus)
1000 College Blvd., Pensacola, FL 32504 Bldg 98
Opening: February 7
Hours: Monday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Thursday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday February 26, March 26, and April 9, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

 

Pensacola State College (Warrington Campus) 

5555 US-98, Pensacola, FL 32507
Opening: February 8 

Hours: Tuesday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday 2:00 p.m. – 6 p.m. Thursday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

 

Pensacola State College (Milton Campus)
5988 Hwy 90, Milton, FL, 32583 Bldg 400
Opening: February 8
Hours: Tuesday 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Saturday March 3, and April 2, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

 

 

Filers must bring the following documentation with them when filing taxes at one of the VITA sites:  

  • State or federal photo identification 
  • Social Security cards for all members of the household 
  • All W2s, 1095s, 1098s, and 1099s 
  • Childcare provider’s information 
  • Investment statements and other tax forms 
  • Amounts of other income 
  • Bank account information for direct deposit 
  • Last year’s tax return, if available 

 

Promotional materials containing information about United Way of West Florida’s VITA program are available for distribution. To request these materials or any questions concerning the VITA program, contact Financial Stability Manager, Elizabeth Bondurant, at elizabeth.bondurant@uwwf.org.  

 

United Way of West Florida’s VITA Program is sponsored by the University of West Florida, Pensacola State College, Goodwill Easterseals of the Gulf Coast, IRS, and Wells Fargo.

Manna Hat 2020-2021 Auction

Posted on: December 11th, 2021 by brent

Manna Hat 2021The 2020-2021 Manna Hat is a beautiful Resistol – George Strait 7 3/8ths

Congrats to Larry and Shotzi Clemons who won this years hat with a bid of $1300, all of which will go to Manna Food Pantries.

Manna Food Pantries began serving the hungry on January 3, 1983, then known as Manna Food Bank. Since then Manna have served over half a million people in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in Florida, from Century to Navarre. Manna has given out over 9,000 tons of food to hungry families in our communities. In the last year alone, Manna has served about 23,000 individuals in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.Manna Food Pantries is a private, not-for-profit corporation dedicated to alleviating hunger in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties of Northwest Florida. Manna is nonsectarian, community focused, volunteer supported and committed to the philosophy, “waste not, want not.” Manna believes that every person has a right to live free from hunger and that every person is to be treated with respect and dignity.

This year the need is particularly great. Please know that 100% of the proceeds this auction raises will go to Manna Food Pantries of Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties so that those in need in Pensacola, Pace, Milton and the surrounding areas can continue to be taken care of.

Thank you to Pensacola Boot Store for generously providing the 2020-2021 Manna Hat.

Who’s Autograph is on the Hat? 
I will send you a signed certificate saying these are 100% Authentic Signatures.

Artist
Date/Location
Location on the Hat
Parmalee
March 13, 2020 – Wild Gregs
Left Rear Bill
Jimmie Allen November 12, 2020 – Wild Gregs Rear Bill
Riley Green May 28, 2021 – The Wharf Right Rear Bill
Luke Combs July 2, 2021 – The Wharf Front Bill
Brantley Gilbert July 17, 2021 – The Wharf Left Bill
Caylee Hammack July 31, 2021 – The Wharf Right Bill
Dylan Scott July 31, 2021 – The Wharf Right Front Bill
Luke Bryan July 31, 2021 – The Wharf Left Front Bill
Gabby Barrett August 13, 2021 – The Wharf Left Bill
Thomas Rhett August 13, 2021 – The Wharf Front Stack
Carly Pearce August 19, 2021 – The Wharf Right Bill
Niko Moon August 19, 2021 – The Wharf Right Bill
Tenille Arts August 19, 2021 – The Wharf Right Front Bill
Lady A August 19, 2021 – The Wharf Right Front Stack
Elvie Shane October 9, 2021 – The Wharf Right Dimple
Rodney Atkins October 30, 2021-Pensacola Fair Left Dimple
Hardy October 31, 2021 – The Wharf Right Front Bill
John Morgan October 31, 2021 – The Wharf Left Stack
Jason Aldean October 31, 2021 – The Wharf Rear Stack
Mitchell Tenpenny November 6, 2021 – Wild Gregs Rear Right Stack
Jon Langston November 12, 2021 – Wild Gregs Rear Left Stack
Kip Moore November 13, 2021 – The Port, Alabama Left Bill
Larry Fleet November 14, 2021 – Miracle on Palafox Right Stack
Ray Fulcher November 14, 2021 – Miracle on Palafox Right Stack
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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Independence for the Blind

Posted on: January 1st, 2020 by brent

Prior to 1980, Independence for the Blind operated under two names: first, the Visually Impaired Program (VIP), and later, the Adult Blind Independent Living (ABIL) Program. 

From 1980 to 1993, the program was administered by Pensacola Junior College and called SCIL, Skills Center for Independent Living. After PJC lost funding for SCIL, concerned community members who saw the need for education for the blind established a corporation and opened doors for service. 

From 1993 to 1995, the program continued its mission under the sponsorship of a similar, Tallahassee-based organization called Independence for the Blind, Inc. On October 1, 1995, the corporation became a self-governing, private, not-for-profit entity fully incorporated under the name of Independence for the Blind of West Florida (IB).

IB initially served the blind in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton counties. Today, the IB service area includes the 10 counties from the port city of Pensacola to the Apalachicola River, an area of the Florida panhandle that is home to a million plus residents. 

IB West is funded in part by the Florida Department of Education, Division of Blind Services and United Way.

Our Mission

Our mission is to empower people who are Blind or Visually Impaired in Northwest Florida to achieve maximum independence. 

Our Vision

To be the standard of excellence in rehabilitation services for people with blindness and visual impairments.

Go to Independence for the Blind