Causes: UWF, Sacred Heart, 90Works receive generous donations

Causes: UWF, Sacred Heart, 90Works receive generous donations

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Our community has a generosity of spirit throughout the year. Here are good things happening in the area and opportunities to help organizations trying to make life brighter for people in need:

THANK YOU FOR GIVING
UWF receives $39K for Larry Butler Memorial Music Award

The University of West Florida has received a $39,550 donation to the UWF Department of Music in support of the Larry Butler Memorial Music Award.

The donation will help fund student participation in academic competitions and performance-related travel experiences.

The funds are a result of a special concert at the Flora-Bama and a private concert in the home of Teri Levin, featuring Don Schlitz, a Grammy award-winning songwriter and newly inducted member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, as part of the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival in November.

The Larry Butler Memorial Music Award was created in 2015 by Peggy Butler in memory of her husband, a Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer and Pensacola native. More than $93,000 has been raised by the Butler family and friends to support the Department of Music.

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Peggy Butler said the award was created to meld three of Butler’s passions: music, Pensacola and UWF.

For more information about the Larry Butler Memorial Music Award, contact the UWF Foundation Inc. at 850-474-3118.

Gamers support Sacred Heart’s mission to care for kids

Sacred Heart Foundation recently partnered with Pensacon, its video game provider SuperCon2K Series and popular Twitch streamers James Werk and GSXR Clyde to raise money for the new Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart.

During the three-day Pensacon 2018 event at Pensacola Bay Center, Pensacon Charity Stream helped raise more than $12,500 through Extra Life. Extra Life is a grassroots experience that mobilizes gamers to support local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals that treat sick and injured babies and children in their communities.

Pensacon Charity Stream helped raise more than $12,500 through Extra Life for The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart.

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Extra Lifers raise money throughout the year, culminating in a massive, international, 24-hour fundraising and gaming marathon.

You can sign up and dedicate a day of play for children in Northwest Florida by visiting Extra-Life.org, or call Adrienne Maygarden, director of Sacred Heart Foundation, at 850-416-4663.

Community Foundation helps to fund efforts by 90Works

90Works recently received an $8,989 grant from the Community Foundation of Northwest Florida.

Founded in 1985 and rebranded in 2014, 90Works is a nonprofit organization — formerly Families Count — with a new mission for serving families in need. Their vision is to help people move from being in crisis and vulnerable to safe, stable and thriving.

90Works recently received a $8,989 grant from the Community Foundation of Northwest Florida.

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90Works has a 90 percent success rate getting people self-sufficient in 90 days. The organization coordinates housing, jobs, transportation, safety and health care.

The Community Foundation helps donors establish giving funds that reflect its philanthropic interests while making a positive impact on the community. Donations may be made to Community Foundation of Northwest Florida, 17 W. Cedar St., Suite 2, Pensacola, FL 32502.

EVENTS THAT HELP
Live Painting Happy Hour benefits Ballet Pensacola, PLT

The Pensacola Cultural Center, Ballet Pensacola and Nina Fritz are combining forces for a fundraiser from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at the Pensacola Cultural Center, 400 S. Jefferson St.

Participants can watch artist Nina Fritz paint Ballet Pensacola’s professional dancer Scarlett Rustemeyer while enjoying hors d’oeuvres provided by The Fish House, drinks, and music. At the end of the evening, Fritz’s painting will be raffled off.

Tickets are $25 and include food, a specialty cocktail created by Old Hickory Whiskey Bar, and one entry into the drawing for the painting. Additional entries for the drawing are $10, with a ticket to the event.

A cash bar serving cocktails, beer and wine will be available. In addition, Fritz’s art will be on display in the Atrium of the Cultural Center. Pensacola Little Theatre will receive a significant donation for every painting sold.

Pelican unveiling to kick off Donate Life in Escambia

A “pelican unveiling” at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, will celebrate National Donate Life Month in Escambia County.

The kickoff will be in the courthouse complex courtyard next to the Tax Collector’s downtown office at 213 Palafox Place.

This event and month-long celebration is designed to raise awareness of the life-saving role that residents can play by registering as an organ, tissue and eye donor.

Tax collector employees help register potential organ donors by asking all driver license customers if they would like to join the registry. Eighty-five percent of Florida’s donor registrations now occur through driver license transactions. Donate Life Florida hit the 10 million donor mark this month and is the nation’s third largest registry.

One person can save up to eight lives through organ donation and enhance dozens more through tissue and eye donation. Florida offers three simple ways to register:

On Donate Life Florida’s website at DonateLifeFlorida.org.When renewing your driver license or identification card online at GoRenew.com.When obtaining a new or renewed driver license or identification card in one of our tax collector offices.

For more information, visit EscambiaTaxCollector.com or 850-438-6500. To learn more about organ donation, call 877-357-4273.

Golf Ball Gala a hole-in-one for First Tee of Northwest Fla.

Dress up in your sharpest golf attire and come party with First Tee of Northwest Florida at The Golf Ball Gala.

The gala will be from 6-10 p.m. Friday, April 6, in The Grand Ballroom at Skopelos at New World, 600 S. Palafox St.

There will be a Masters-inspired cocktail buffet, bar and live music. Coverage of the 2018 Masters Tournament will be played on large screen. Live and silent auctions are planned as well as a $5,000 putting contest.

Tickets are $75, and group discounts and VIP tickets are available. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit TheFirstTeeNWFlorida.org or call 850-456-7010.

Flea Across Florida offers opportunity for nonprofits

For eight years, Flea Across Florida has brought thousands of visitors to small communities across the state on U.S. 90.

This is a great opportunity for nonprofits, churches, or individuals to hold sales along the route, or to rent spaces to those wanting to participate and set up.

This event on April 13-14 is a mixture of individual yard sales, businesses offering specials, and retail vendors set up at Flea sites. It is a treasure hunt for the thousands of participants looking for great bargains, hidden treasures, or the adventure of traveling along U.S. 90 through small communities.

For more information, or to have your sale site listed on the event Facebook page for free, contact Jeanne@jeannedesign.net.

The Facebook page is also a great way to stay informed of the clusters of participating sites.

To learn more about the event, contact Kim Macarthy 850-554-3906.

Camp Bluebird open for registration for adult cancer patients

Adults who have been diagnosed with cancer are encouraged to register now for an upcoming Sacred Heart Health System program that offers support, encouragement and renewal. All adult cancer patients are eligible, even if they are not seeing a Sacred Heart physician.

Camp Bluebird, a retreat experience for people coping with cancer, is scheduled for April 25-27 at Sacred Heart’s Miracle Camp. This gathering of cancer survivors and volunteers will celebrate 20 years of Camp Bluebird in Northwest Florida.

The Miracle Camp complex is nestled in a 40-acre nature preserve on Beulah Road and includes dorms, a dining hall, activities center and nature trails. Camp Bluebird activities include arts and crafts, pampering, education, optional sharing sessions, entertainment and more.

For more information and to download a registration form, visit campbluebirdfl.com or call Tim Gilbert, camp director, at 850-698-2202.

SEEKING SUMMER HELP
Autism Pensacola looking for help at Kids for Camp this summer

Autism Pensacola is currently accepting applications for instructors in its summer program. The unique learning lab offers hands-on, ongoing coaching and support.

Dates for the camp are June 18 through July 24, with staff training from June 12-14. Kids for Camp is located at Capstone Academy, Holm Elementary, and Washington High in Pensacola.

Kids for Camp will be June 18 through July 24, with staff training planned from June 12-14.

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Kids for Camp is supported through community partnerships with the Autism Center of The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart, Escambia County School District, and Capstone Adaptive Learning and Therapy Centers, along with the support of generous people and businesses in the greater Pensacola area.

For information on how to apply, go to autismpensacola.org/our-programs/kids-for-camp, call 850-434-7171, or email jessica@autismpensacola.org.

SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
Panhandle Butterfly House offers 2 training sessions in April

The Panhandle Butterfly House is seeking seasonal volunteers to serve as docents Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, May through August. Volunteers work in teams, educating visitors on the biology and habitat of butterflies and their importance in our ecosystem.

New volunteers are paired with seasoned docents to learn the ropes. Training will be held in the Navarre Visitor Center conference room, 8543 Navarre Parkway in Navarre. Contact pbhdocents@gmail.com for details and registration.

There are two options for docent training:

Friday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.Monday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Panhandle Butterfly House will also offer pre-scheduled Kinderpillar School tours for groups of 10 or more (including adults) Monday through Wednesday starting May 7 through the end of August. Admission is $2 per person.

Tours will consist of a basic lesson on butterfly conversation, the life cycle and habits of the butterfly followed by a journey through the vivarium, viewing live Florida butterflies along with their nectar and host plants, and the nursery showing metamorphosis. Larger tours may have rotations on beneficial insects and the ecology of the panhandle’s estuary.

To schedule a tour, email pbhtours@gmail.com with the following information:

Name of groupContact name, phone number and emailAge range of youthNumber of youth and adult chaperonesRequested date(s)
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
IMPACT 100 annual Nonprofit Workshop set for April 19

IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area has announced its annual Nonprofit Workshop. The workshop is open to all nonprofit organizations in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties to learn about the grant process, get tips for writing a successful grant, and be inspired to create a winning project for the 15th year of giving.

The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at Brownsville Community Center, 3200 W. DeSoto St. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.

This year’s workshop will feature Wendy Steele, founder of IMPACT 100. Steele will present “15 Years. 10 Million Dollars. Still making an IMPACT.”

The workshop will focus on the IMPACT 100 grant application process for 2018 with a review of all required forms and instructions for digital grant submissions. Construction and permitting will also be discussed. A panel discussion with board members, previous grant recipients, focus area committee chairs and co-chairs will cap this event.

After the workshop, attendees are invited to stay for a Nonprofit Social from 12:45-2:30 p.m. This event offers an opportunity to meet and network with other nonprofit organizations. The board members of IMPACT 100 will facilitate small group discussions among the attendees. A boxed lunch will be provided.

All nonprofits are encouraged to attend both events. Space is limited, and registration is required at impact100pensacola.org no later than April 16.

This year, IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay area will award 11 project grants of $100,300 to nonprofit organizations in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Letters of Intent to Apply for a grant are due by noon April 3. A Letter of Intent must be submitted in order to apply for a grant; however, submitting an LOI does not obligate an organization to submit a grant application. Grant Applications must be submitted by noon June 13.

Additional information is available at impact100pensacola.org.

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