Visit Pensacola gives away $ 185,000 in community events

The Pensacola Interstate Fair is one of several fellows in the Visit Pensacola Event Scholarship Program.

Visit Pensacola recently announced its 2022 grant recipients for events running from October 1st, 2021 to September 30th, 2022.

Each year Visit Pensacola provides funds for its Event Grant Program to local groups and organizations coordinating events or visitor experiences with a proven history of visitor impact or significant potential to attract visitors to the area. Since the program was launched in 2015, Visit Pensacola has donated more than $ 1.6 million to numerous events and organizations in Escambia County.

Event scholarship recipients include:

  • Taste of the beach: 8.-9. October
  • Gulf Coast Blues Festival: 26.-28. November
  • Pensacola Dragon Boat Festival: October 9th Festival
  • Winter festival: Nov. 26th-Dec. 24
  • Pensacola Interstate Fair: 21.-31. October
  • Pensacola Mardi Gras: Jan. 7, March 1
  • Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival: April 4th-14th November
  • Pensacon: 18.-20. February
  • Mahabhuta Vegan Yoga Festival: 12.-14. November
  • Pensacola Habitat Food Truck Festival: 11.-13. March

Mini-Scholarships are available year-round for anyone looking for funds under $ 4,999.99. If you are interested in an application, send an email to [email protected].

Visit for details.

Central Credit Union of Florida gets Casual for Kids, supports the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida.

Central Credit Union of Florida is getting casual for kids

Beginning April 30 and on several Fridays thereafter, Central Credit Union of Florida staff wore Casual for Kids T-shirts to promote awareness of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida.

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The credit union bought the t-shirts and all proceeds will go to the foundation so it can continue its mission of providing free housing to children and their families receiving medical care in the Gulf Coast region.

Casual for Kids is the largest annual fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House Charities in northwest Florida. The local Pensacola facility has been open since 1984 and provides sanctuary and resources for more than 20,000 children and adults.

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Valerie’s House and Big Brothers Big Sisters support the family’s grief

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida has partnered with Valerie’s House Children’s Grief Center to begin their Pensacola chapter to support children and families who have suffered losses. The Pensacola Chapter currently operates from the BBBSNWFL’s Pensacola office and holds bi-weekly support meetings with children and their families.

Valerie’s House’s mission is to help children and families come to terms with the loss of a loved one and live a full life with the vision that no child grieves alone.

BBBSNWFL serves a wide variety of children who have had challenging experiences, including the devastating loss of a loved one. BBBSNWFL is excited about this partnership as there are children in BBBSWNFL’s mentoring programs who would benefit from grief counseling. In return, children in the Valerie’s House counseling program could benefit from 1: 1 mentoring.

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Senior Chill Out receives record ACs and donations for the fifth year in a row

As a token of the support and generosity of the Northwest Florida community, the Council on Aging of West Florida raised a record number of air conditioning and cash donations during the Pete Moore Senior Chill Out on May 21st.

Working with the Pete Moore Automotive Team, WEAR ABC 3, Cat Country 98.7, and Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores, the Senior Services Agency’s one-day recruitment facility enables hundreds of older adults to live in the relentless and uncomfortable Florida heat. Five Lowe locations in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties received donations totaling 357 ACs and a staggering $ 57,587, surpassing the previous year’s record of 353 ACs and $ 23,146. The agency also received 240 fans.

Many elders in the area live in old houses with no central air conditioning, and many houses are inadequately insulated. Others simply cannot afford the high cost of repairing their air conditioner.

Applicants must be older than 60 years. Call 850-432-1475 for more information.

Capstone receives “Communities” grant from the Florida Blue Foundation

The Florida Blue Foundation presented Capstone Adaptive Learning and Therapy Centers Inc. with a $ 1,500 grant to help build healthy, strong communities to offset the cost of providing nursing services to Capstone students.

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This scholarship will support Capstone’s goal of increasing the number of students with special needs who maintain or improve their ability to remain independent. Capstone’s employed nurses ensure that the health, safety and wellbeing of program participants is maintained while they attend their school, childcare, education program, or stay in one of Capstone’s four group homes.

Families rely on Capstone to provide services that educate and protect their children (of all ages), especially now that more people are being vaccinated and safely returning to pre-COVID activities.

Call 850-432-1596 for details.

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