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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. 


Jon Pardi – The Wharf – October 5

Posted on: May 28th, 2024 by brent

Jon Pardi

The Cat is proud to welcome Jon Pardi with Larry Fleet and Priscilla Block to the Wharf on October 5th.

Tickets are on-sale on Friday, May 31st 

Get tickets here: Ticketmaster

Listen win tickets on Cat Country 98.7

Annual Pensacola Kid’s Fishing Clinic – Saturday, April 27th

Posted on: April 18th, 2024 by Mel McCrae

This free is presented by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission  and Pensacola Recreational Fisherman’s Association is Saturday, April 27th at Vince Whibbs Sr. Maritime Park (Wahoos Ballpark) Registration begins at 8:30am and will conclude when 250 participants are reached.

This is a catch-and-release event. Participants must be accompanied by an adult. Free Fishing Combos to be given to participants ages 5-15 upon completion of the clinic while supplies last, compliments of their sponsors. 

To Sponsor, Volunteer or for more information please contact Scot Mason at 850-516-0515 or or

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


Jordan Davis at the Wharf – August 17, 2024

Posted on: October 11th, 2023 by brent

Jordan DavisIt’s another Cat Country Big Show… JORDAN DAVIS is bringing Mitchell Tenpenny and Ashley Cooke to the Wharf on August 17, 2024. Tickets are on-sale Friday morning at 10a. Listen to win tickets from the Cat!

Taste of Gulf Breeze 2023 – Friday, October 6th

Posted on: September 13th, 2023 by Mel McCrae

Gulf Breeze Area Chamber Celebrates 10 Years of Taste this October

The Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to host the tenth annual Taste of Gulf Breeze, a culinary festival celebrating the discovery of local restaurants, bars, and other businesses. This popular event will be held outdoors at the Gulf Breeze Community Center located at 800 Shoreline Drive on October 6, 2023 from 6pm to 9pm.

Locals’ favorite food and drink spots will compete for the coveted Golden Spatula Awards. Ticketholders will be able to sample from 60 vendors and food trucks and vote on their favorite dish of the evening! The chamber has chosen a panel of judges including community leaders and first responders to select the best appetizer, dessert, and beverage in the greater Gulf Breeze Area. The winning dishes and drinks will be awarded either Judge’s pick or People’s Choice.

While enjoying their samples, ticketholders will also enjoy music with a live DJ and a special flash-mob dance performance with First Dance Ballroom Studio. More information about this event and a full vendor lineup can be found on the chamber’s website. Those interested in attending are encouraged to purchase tickets early since attendance is limited.

Tickets start at $15 and may be purchased online at This event is 21+ only, valid ID required upon check in.

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


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.

  • 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

Grillin’ in the Breeze – Saturday, April 22nd

Posted on: April 13th, 2023 by Mel McCrae
Enjoy a fun filled day of sampling some of the best grilled food around!

It’s the 6th annual Grillin’ in the Breeze event! There will be delicious food hot off the grill to sample, live music, silent auction and a children’s area.

VIP ticket holders get to hang out with Big Moose in the VIP tent while eating his award winning menu.

Grillin’ in the Breeze is a competitive grilling event where attendees enjoy delicious food hot off the grills, live music by Stevie Hall, and interactive children’s activities while raising money for Santa Rosa Education Foundation and its Take Stock in Children Scholarship and Mentoring program.

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