Past Recipients

2016 : Arts & Culture

The Santa Rosa County Creek Indian Tribe, Inc.: Native American Cultural Center - $108,200

For the past 26 years, the Tribe has endeavored to bring Native American culture to the community by utilizing those available teaching facilities such as tents, open air locations, museums, fairs, festivals, and school classrooms. The Tribe proposes to use IMPACT funds for the construction of a permanent Native American Cultural Center (the Center) that will provide a setting better suited for teaching about Native American Culture. A multi-purpose room, a covered area, an artifact museum and a genealogy resource center will be the focal points of the Center. All work will be performed by qualified contractors and skilled Tribal members will assist in the construction. Skill sets of some Tribe members, who will provide in-kind support, include licensed building contractors, electricians, welders, engineers, land surveyors, managers, doctors, bankers and bookkeepers. This in-kind support will leverage the IMPACT 100 funds to complete the project.

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2016 : Arts & Culture

St. John’s Cemetery Historical and Educational Foundation, Inc.: The OUTDOOR MUSEUM at St. John ’ s Historic Cemetery - $108,200

The Cemetery is an underutilized historical resource and a hidden asset. IMPACT funds will be used to refurbish the existing gate house, purchase benches and interpretive signage for the Cemetery, and purchase a State of Florida Historical Marker as well as road signage to direct visitors to the OUTDOOR MUSEUM. The refurbished gatehouse will transform that part of the property into a community meeting room for visitors and small groups. The interpretive signage will present the overall history of the MUSEUM and direct visitors to points of interest in the Cemetery. Additionally, the project includes a public awareness campaign. This campaign will include videos promoting the historical significance of the Cemetery and provide virtual tours, brochures, visitor guide advertising and a public relations component featuring news releases and story pitches designed to target national and regional journalists as well as mainstream media.The completion of each phase, including the construction, benches, sign installation and awareness campaign, will provide the building blocks for an enhanced experience for historically interested visitors.

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2016 : Environment, Recreation & Preservation

Northwest Florida Marine Education and Discovery of Gulf Ecosystems, Inc. (EDGE) dba Navarre Beach Marine Science Station: Coastal Conservation Corp - $108,200

The IMPACT 100 project, Coastal Conservation Corp (CCC), will be the response to the community’s desire to learn about our ecosystems and how to protect these natural treasures. IMPACT 100 funds will be used to purchase a 24 foot trailer and the structural modifications and equipment needed to implement the creation of “Discovery Depot,” a mobile conservation vehicle outfitted with state of the art exhibits and a touch tank with marine animals found in the Gulf of Mexico. Funding also includes the purchase of a used vehicle to pull the trailer. Finally, grant funds will purchase live animals for the touch tanks, static exhibits and items such as the generator, the audio and visual equipment and microscopes. The CCC project will empower its guests to be active participants in protecting the environment.

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2016 : Family

MANNA Food Bank, Inc. dba Manna Food Pantries/MANNA: Fighting Hunger – Better, Faster, Stronger! - $108,200

MANNA is seeking funding from IMPACT 100 for the development and delivery of a user-friendly web based application that includes a Client, Donor and Food Inventory management system, plus hardware, that will provide the tools needed to fight hunger. The Client Management Application will improve the quality of time spent with clients during their interview process. Once the interview process is complete, the system will electronically send the food order, including special food needs to the warehouse to be filled. The Donor and Food Inventory Management system will track the intake of the donations and the distribution of food. The Application Development costs include the first year of software hosting and support, review of existing work flow, database design, building application modules, testing application, implementing application, training users, and facilitating migration of current data into the new system. The hardware costs include replacing outdated equipment, additional office workstations, three mobile laptop computers with docking stations for operational staff, TV display for conference/training room, TV display for warehouse work order queue, tablets for warehouse and mobile collection workers to process food donations, and network switches/wireless access points for the facilitation of wired and wireless network connectivity.

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2016 : Health & Wellness

PACE Center for Girls, Inc.: Go Reach - $108,200

PACE Center for Girls Escambia/Santa Rosa is the third center selected to receive additional Department of Juvenile Justice funds necessary to develop and execute the Reach Program. However, PACE does not have the funds to purchase vans needed to transport the participants to various locations in which they are served. IMPACT funds will be used to purchase four new vans to transport girls enrolled in Reach Escambia/Santa Rosa. Reach Escambia/Santa Rosa will provide counseling and support services to a minimum of 80 girls per year and will target girls ages 11-17 who are experiencing personal, family or school issues. The services of the program include: counseling, goal planning, behavior modification, case management, vocational empowerment and enrichment lab. These services are free and unlimited and will be provided in the girl’s school, home, community, or at the PACE Center. Lack of transportation is a huge barrier for young people being able to participate in activities and services that are beneficial to them, especially those with limited family incomes. Having four vans to transport girls enrolled in the Reach Program will allow them to participate in all components of the program both in and outside of the center.

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2016 : Family

Studer Community Institute, Inc.: IMPACT Brain Bags - $108,200

Every year, 1,000 of 3,000 5-year-olds in Escambia County show up for their first day of school one to two years behind their kindergarten classmates. A key reason is many parents do not understand the role of language in brain development. Studer Community Institute and Thirty Million Words will partner in developing a model for a citywide wraparound approach to impacting early learning from birth to kindergarten. IMPACT funds will be used to provide IMPACT Brain Bags to every parent of a newborn in Escambia County, as they leave the hospital, to help explain the importance of talking with their babies. The bags will contain print and multimedia tools to help parents nurture their children’s language development by using the guidelines of the successful Thirty Million Words Initiative and other programs currently in use elsewhere in the state. The bags will contain a “baby book” with developmental milestones for parents to look for at 12, 18, 24 months, etc., a picture book to read to their children, a lullaby CD, a letter from the superintendent of schools, a small toy for playtime, and other educational information. The project will also pay for the development of a curriculum and salary for a social worker to make home visits to the families with newborns in the neighborhoods surrounding the 11 elementary schools with the county’s worst kindergarten-readiness rates. In order for Thirty Million Words and the University of Chicago to partner with SCI, they require funding by an outside organization for the first year to demonstrate community-based support of the project.

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2016 : Health & Wellness

Escambia Search and Rescue, Inc.: Sea, Air and Land Capabilities Improvement Initiative - $108,200

Funds would be used to purchase a 1999 22 foot Boston Whaler capable of operation in the Gulf, along with a trailer, two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s) and associated equipment, five anti-exposure suits for ESAR boat crew personnel, 10 auto-inflatable personal flotation devices for crew members, 400 infant and youth sized personal flotation devices to be given away at various public events and 12 Project Lifesaver Response Systems. Through this project ESAR will dramatically increase their capabilities on sea, air and land. This initiative was developed over the course of many years by examining past missions and identifying needs that if met, would provide the greatest and most oft-used return on investment. New technologies and updated equipment identified in this project will enable ESAR to complete missions more rapidly and safely and thus with greater likelihood of success.

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2016 : Education

The Arc Gateway, Inc.: Jeff’s Corner Garden at The Arc Gateway - $108,200

Jeff’s Corner Garden was originally created as a stand-alone, small scale business, to provide employment for Jeff, a young man with disabilities. The Garden was originally located downtown but was closed due to the lack of ability to supply demanded quantities of produce. IMPACT 100 funds will provide for the reopening of Jeff’s Corner Garden, in its new location at The Arc Gateway, as a hydroponic greenhouse, expanding the existing horticultural education program. Funds will be use to hire a horticultural/nursery manager to provide more in-depth education and hands-on horticultural training, purchase equipment needed for the hydroponic growing system, including installation and necessary adjustment of the system and to purchase a used, refrigerated delivery van, wrapped with promotional signage to recognize IMPACT 100 and advertisers.

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2016 : Education

Milk and Honey Outreach Ministries, Inc.: Building Precious GEMS - $108,200

IMPACT funds will enable Milk and Honey Outreach Ministries to build a classroom facility to house the GEMS program as well as after school and summer programs. Milk and Honey currently owns the land located at 1100 W. DeSoto Street, in the heart of Attucks Court Housing area. This location enables local children to walk to a
“safe haven” area full of activities to stimulate, encourage and keep their minds active and bodies physically out of harm’s way. The facility will be a resource center that stimulates interest and participation in activities that build skills and knowledge in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The skills and knowledge developed, such as computer literacy, creativity, reasoning, and growth will inspire and prepare children, specifically girls, for careers in STEM fields. The facility will include three state-of-the-art classrooms (two learning-teaching rooms and one video/media center room) for 30 participants each; a reception area; office space; two restrooms and a separate storage area with secured cabinets for food, supplies, miscellaneous donations, and other equipment.

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2016 : Environment, Recreation & Preservation

The Greater Pensacola Junior Golf Association, Inc. dba The First Tee of Northwest Florida: Golf and Life Skills Training Facility - $108,200

First Tee has recently purchased the 1.41 acre site of the 1958 36-hole “Goofy Golf” complex on Navy Blvd in Warrington, and plans to convert the site into a comprehensive golf training and classroom facility, restoring and maintaining the unique mini-golf holes as a model of historic preservation. IMPACT 100 funds will be used to renovate the four batting cages at the facility and transform them into netted hitting bays for full-swing practice; build a short-game practice area with a 9-hole artificial chipping/pitching green & practice bunker; and renovate and reopen all 36 holes of the former Goofy Golf course. Funds would be used to purchase netting and materials for the full swing facility; synthetic greens, net structure and bunker at the short game facility; paint, carpet, rails and tee mats for the Goofy Golf restoration and landscaping. The renovation plans and selected materials (more synthetics than naturals, conversion to LED lighting, etc.) have been chosen for simplicity, durability, and efficiency so as to minimize ongoing maintenance and operational costs.

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2015 : Family

Lutheran Services Florida, Inc.: Transportation to Healing, Hope and Help - $106000

The primary goals of the Currie House Shelter are to provide youth a safe place to temporarily reside while they work with counselors to resolve conflicts within their family, and then to be reunited with their family in a safe and healthy way. At the same time, it is the goal to help youth learn to get along better with peers and adults so they can be successful and focus on their future. This is especially important for youth who do not have healthy families to return to and need to be prepared for independent living. Our clients deserve to feel safe at all times. Requested Impact 100 funds will be used to purchase two new vehicles for Currie House and a covered parking area. The goal of this project is to replace unreliable vans, in order to transport clients from the Currie House to school, medical appointments, and court appointments as well as recreational, volunteer, and cultural enrichment activities. Safe and reliable transportation is paramount to meeting our primary shelter goals. Many of these activities often expose the youth to different perspectives and experiences that serve to broaden their outlook and expand their thinking to see the world more fully. It allows them to see others with compassion and to see challenges they face because of their environment, helping to put their own problems in perspective.

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2015 : Education

Learn to Read of Northwest Florida, Inc: Public Awareness Campaign – The Most Powerful Organization That Nobody’s Heard Of - $106000

LTR has been serving the Escambia and Santa Rosa population since 1984, yet many people, including potential students and tutors, do not know LTR exists. LTR will conduct a public awareness campaign for the purpose of increasing the number of adult students who may receive free one-on-one literacy instruction. This will be achieved through the recruitment of additional volunteer tutors, enrolling more students, reaching new target markets previously out of budget range for LTR, and encouraging additional donations. The full scale marketing campaign will use a marketing consultant to creatively lead in the production of television and radio spots, print media, billboards, brochures and other program materials under the theme, “The Most Powerful Organization Nobody’s Heard Of.” LTR will also upgrade unreliable office equipment to gain greater efficiency, and will install bookcases and study cubicles for new student computer workstations.

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2015 : Arts & Culture

Ballet Pensacola, Inc.: Elevate – 21st Century Productions for Ballet Pensacola - $106000

While Ballet Pensacola has two world renowned choreographers on staff and 16 resident professional dancers from around the world, the organization's technical crew is working with woefully outdated lighting and production packages. At 24 years old, this equipment is inefficient, requiring costly disposable parts and a large amount of power to operate. Set-up is time consuming, with crew members forced to go up and down an 18-foot ladder time and time again for adjustments. Funds will be used to purchase a mobile state-of-the-art lighting and control system, along with computers, televisions, software and storage. The advanced technology will be fully usable for a minimum of 10 years without required maintenance and anticipated to be used for at least another 10 years with affordable upgrades. Fully rotating lights that are set and adjusted from a control board on the ground will allow for more vibrant designs, with full spectrum color changes, directional adjustments, and fine-tuning with ease. By eliminating the need to make lighting adjustments on ladders, the new system will make the job of the technical crew much safer and faster. Fully known and understood by Ballet Pensacola’s technical crew, this system will be the next step in providing quality performances that feature compelling choreography, accomplished dancers and incredible production values.

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2015 : Health & Wellness

Feeding the Gulf Coast: Northwest Florida Healthy Food Distribution and Milton Warehouse Expansion Project - $106000

According to Feeding America’s Map, the Meal Gap Study, there are over 80,000 people struggling with food insecurity in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. A surge in food collection and distribution has exceeded the capacity of the Food Bank’s Panhandle Branch. The branch was constructed for daily use by one truck with intake and distribution of about 4 million pounds. They currently operate three daily truck delivery and pickup routes and receive and distribute over 8.5 million pounds across the Florida Panhandle. Loading and unloading these trucks creates congestion during the designated morning and afternoon loading times, which results in significant delays, driver fatigue, and extensive overtime. Each truck takes approximately 1 hour to fully load or offload due to inadequate ramp space, inclement weather, and poor lighting. The Food Bank is requesting funds to expand and extend the loading dock at the Panhandle Branch, located in Milton, Florida, which will optimize tractor trailer loading and unloading under a covered/enclosed area. The Food Bank will also add a cement pad which will support heavy tractor trailer loads.

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2015 : Health & Wellness

Re-Entry Alliance Pensacola, Inc.: REAP's Second Chance Re-Entry Program - $106000

Drawing on three years’ experience resourcing and working with over 60 local re-entering federal ex-offenders, REAP’S project proposes to expand re-entry services to include both federal inmates and approximately 30 additional men, women and juveniles returning from years of state incarceration back home to Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties’ neighborhoods to live, work and play. Funds will be used to provide the basic resources of housing, food, medical and mental health care and transportation. Additionally, the project will fund tuition, course fees, and books for an ongoing Learn to Read program, which is started six months prior to release from prison, and is customized for each individual based on his/her individual reading and writing levels, and other coursework providing job readiness training. Finally, a living stipend will be provided for the first 30 days after release from incarceration. These resources are the first steps needed for them to be ready for job interviewing and stable employment, which is the key factor in reducing recidivism.

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2015 : Family

Children’s Home Society of Florida & Escambia Community Clinics, Inc.: Weis Community School Family Playground - $106000

The Weis Community School (the School) is located in a local area with the highest crime rate, least economically-developed neighborhoods and the highest risk for social concerns such as child welfare and juvenile justice referrals. Many families in the area served by the School are faced with limited transportation, limited economic opportunities and multigenerational system dependence. Many of the families have a significant suspicion of “helping professionals” including the school system and community service agencies, often viewing them as not being truly committed to the best interest of their children and community. Weis Community School Family Playground will be a fully functional, durable play structure with picnic tables, benches and trash receptacles for the use of children and their families being served by the School and the surrounding neighborhood. The playground will be available to children during the recess portion of the children's day. The School will have afterschool extended hours and summer activities for children and parents. The playground will be available for activities and family time. For some this may be initial steps to becoming more involved in the "school life" of their child as they develop a relationship with the School staff on site.

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2015 : Environment, Recreation & Preservation

Veterans Memorial Park Foundation of Pensacola, Inc.: VMP Venue Enhancements and Infrastructure Improvements - $106000

The stormwater infrastructure in the park is inadequate, and the Park lacks a stage and reliable seating area to accommodate larger public events. Normal rain events saturate the grass lawn, making it unusable for days. Heavier rains have submerged portions of the Wall itself causing repeated damage to landscaping, utilities, and electrical fixtures. Grant funds will be used to improve the stormwater infrastructure through the purchase and installation of a pump and grinder system. Additionally, this project will add a low profile grass stage at the center of the Memorial Wall to accommodate public events without detracting from the significance of the Wall’s appearance. This project will provide a reliable defined space to host annual public events and address stormwater drainage issues. The designed stage, associated ramp, and a small public seating area are invisible when not in use, and surfaced with an ADA compliant pervious grass paver system to accommodate all event attendees.

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2015 : Environment, Recreation & Preservation

Coast Watch Alliance, Inc.: "Research to Restaurant", Affecting a Sustainable Seafood Resource by Taming Lionfish - $106000

Recently, the Gulf Coast has experienced an influx of an invasive and venomous fish species, the lionfish. Experience and research demonstrate that lionfish present a clear and imminent threat to reef species and game fish in Florida waters. This invasion can be viewed as an insurmountable problem, or an opportunity. “Research to Restaurant” is a project CWA desires to initiate in order to develop and implement a sustainable seafood fishery to capitalize on this opportunity. CWA is working on a number of strategic and sustainable methodologies to engage local residents, students, businesses, as well as visitors to raise awareness and to help mitigate this invasion. Funds will be used to purchase a van for gear and passenger transport for ecotourists and lionfish exhibits; equipment and gear to outfit the CWA dive boat safely and properly for transport of local volunteer divers to harvest lionfish; travel expenses to attend lionfish summits/conferences; and marketing and promotion events including website design. The website will specifically market ecotourism and dive packages for area visitors.

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2015 : Education

AMIkids Pensacola: AMIkids Careers - $106000

AMIkids Careers is a standard program of career training in demand industries that leads to industry recognized certifications. The program is currently available at eight other AMIkids facilities nationwide. The proposed project seeks the required funding to support AMIkids Careers implementation for the Pensacola program in the areas of construction and food services. The nonprofit has applied for federal funding from the Department of Labor to support required staffing and other soft costs of the program. The IMPACT 100 grant would allow AMIkids to build the separate facility for a construction classroom suitable for hands-on training. The classroom will be located at the AMIkids day treatment facility and will house materials and equipment to provide adequate practical training and experience necessary to obtain industry certifications. Additionally, funds would be used to renovate the existing kitchen area and allow for improved food service training.

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2015 : Arts & Culture

Pensacola Museum of Art: Expanding and Protecting the Vaults for PMA’s Fine Art Collections - $106000

The PMA trustees intend to, concurrent with its Strategic and Tactical Plan (2013 – 2017), completely renovate its existing permanent collection storage vault and to build a second secure collections storage area on the second floor. Additionally, the PMA must “seal” its roof and construct two major, large downspouts. Finally, HVAC work in the facility will upgrade the all important humidity controls in the old jail home to PMA. The acceptance of art from donors and purchasing collections, as money in their Bluebook purchasing program becomes available, are key goals. Last year (2014) two local residents gave their first gift to the PMA, $100,000, to purchase the bronze of Abraham Lincoln. To continue to accept gifts of this magnitude is a clear PMA objective. These objects must be stored in a temperature and humidity controlled, secure environment. IMPACT funds will also be used to install storage equipment in both collection vaults for flat and three-dimensional objects and purchase new software to catalog each piece of art with pictures and descriptions. The storage equipment has a minimum life of 25 years; the roof sealant will extend the life of the current roof by a minimum of 15 years and the HVAC equipment has an estimated life of 15 to 25 years

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2014 : Family

Society of St. Vincent De Paul, Alfred Washburn Center: Living on the Edge - $102,500

Fund a new cargo van to replace the flood ravaged vehicle needed for daily pick-up of supplies and donations. The project will also renovate and expand the 14 year-old showers and laundry facilities, rebuild and expand the Mail Service Center, build a Bike Repair Barn, purchase a commercial ice maker for food and meal service, update and expand client data, inventory control and administrative functions, and upgrade security and surveillance systems for improved staff and client security.

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2014 : Environment, Recreation & Preservation

Rotary Club of Pensacola Foundation, Inc.: Rotary Centennial Playground - $102,500

Fund the foundation for the Rotary Centennial Playground on 6+ acres at Community Maritime Park (CMP). The Playground is ADA accessible with universal design play features for children of all ages. IMPACT 100 funds purchased a rubberized, protective matting for the playground area. The flooring surface will be of durable, comfortable, and safe rubber matting, designed for playgrounds and to afford maximum accessibility.

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2014 : Arts & Culture

First City Art Center: Increasing Capacity, Building Community - $102,500

Funding will allow expansion of educational programs to meet the needs of an under-served population of students and adults in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. The project will create an addition to the Creative Warehouse to allow for expansion of the glass and pottery program, and better accommodate guest and will allow FCAC to grow their events and programs and better equip the new pottery spaces.

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2014 : Education

The Pensacola MESS Hall, Inc.: The MESS Hall Express - $102,500

The MESS Hall Express will bring hands-on discovery opportunities of the MESS Hall to schools and community events. A customized vehicle will contain all of the materials necessary for in-school field trips, family science nights, booths at festivals, library programs and other activities that will enhance science learning. The project will fund the purchase of a customized vehicle; tables, chairs and tent for booths at festivals; table top and free-standing exhibits for in-school field trips; specialized equipment including microscopes and Lego Mindstorm systems; curriculum and activity development; and consumable activity supplies.

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2014 : Arts & Culture

The Santa Rosa County Creek Indian Tribe: Infrastructure Development of Tribal Grounds - $102,500

This project will fund infrastructure improvements to support future development on a 95 acre Tribal Ground in Santa Rosa County. This work will allow the Tribal Grounds to be used for the annual Pow Wow, camping, nature studies, and ceremonial activities. Improvements include site drainage, on-site roadway, water well system, septic system, restrooms, and underground electrical.

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2014 : Family

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida, Inc.: 100 Men in 100 Days - $102,500

Fund a challenge to local men to “Man up and Be a Mentor” with a goal of recruiting 100 new volunteer mentors in 100 days. BBBS will utilize a marketing campaign including print, television, radio, billboards, social media, and community events. BBBS will form an “IMPACT council of community leaders” and an “IMPACT council of male Big Brothers” to help kick off the campaign and work with them throughout the project period on targeting volunteer efforts.

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2014 : Health & Wellness

Our Lady of Angels St. Joseph Medical Clinic, Inc.: Improving and Expanding Patient Services - $102,500

Fund the purchase of basic diagnostic equipment that will allow volunteer physicians to treat the Clinic's 7400 patients more efficiently. Equipment purchases will support treatment of patients with diabetes, heart and lung disease and include an ultrasound system, ECG, vital signs monitor, spirometer, ophthalmoscope, sterilization equipment, and coagucheck. New waiting room furniture will provide a more welcoming, modern environment for patients and contribute to their sense of worth and well-being.

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2014 : Health & Wellness

Covenant Alzheimer’s Services, Inc.: Project Lifesaver - $102,500

Fund the expansion of the Project Lifesaver program which equips Alzheimer’s patients with a transmitting device used to quickly and safely return wandering Alzheimer’s patients to their homes. The program works in conjunction with local law enforcement, fire departments, and search and rescue teams. The funds will be used to purchase 50 transmitter devices and cover the monthly monitoring and maintenance fees for those individuals unable to pay. Additionally, funds will be used to launch a public awareness campaign to educate caregivers and the community regarding Project Lifesaver.

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2014 : Environment, Recreation & Preservation

Miracle League of Pensacola: Field of Dreams: Finishing the Work - $102,500

Construct a third and final field at the Mitchell Holmes Miracle League Park in the John R. Jones Athletic Complex in Pensacola. The field will include: a T-Ball sized field, surrounding chain-link fence, 10-ft. high chain-link fence between the dugout and home plate area, bleachers, screen covers over 3 bleacher sections, concrete sidewalks, painting of the field with non-slip amalgam, and painting lines, plates, and batter’s boxes white.

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2014 : Education

East Hill Academy, Inc.: The IMPACT 100 Autism Learning Center: “Use Your WORDS” - $102,500

Expand facilities to add the Autism Learning Center - a 900 sq. ft. specialized, two-classroom for 16 non-conversational autistic students. Non-conversational classrooms are designed to increase the autistic student’s desire and ability to communicate verbally with others in his or her environment while also teaching core curriculum. Every aspect of the classroom environment will be geared towards reducing the severe anxiety and sensory response issues that most ASD children experience every day.

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2013 : Family

Council on Aging of North West Florida: Moving Safely - $104,500

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Funded three vans for client transportation and installation of aluminum handrails for a walking track at the Adult Day Care Center.

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2013 : Environment, Recreation & Preservation

Pensacola Museum of Art: Jail for Art - $104,500

Funded an upgrade to the wood flooring and air conditioning (HVAC) system in a space that previously housed the old city jail, circa 1909.

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2013 : Family

Pensacola Habitat for Humanity: Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative - $104,500

Funded a 15-passenger van, heavy-duty pickup truck, large trailer for tool and material transport, dump trailer, utility trailer, field and brush mower, and various construction and repair tools.

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2013 : Health & Wellness

GulfCoast Kid's House: Expanding the Foundation of Care - $104,500

Funded an 850-square foot facility expansion, including a family resource room and a new medical evaluation room for improved privacy.

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2013 : Arts & Culture

Santa Rosa Historical Society: Light up the Imogene - $104,500

Funded a complete rehabilitation of the historic Imogene Theatre, including stage equipment, lighting, kitchen upgrades, and audio-visual system, and museum renovations.

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2013 : Health & Wellness

FavorHouse of Northwest Florida: Safe Haven for People and Paws - $104,500

Funded renovation and extensive upgrades of a three-bedroom, two and one-half bath residential facility located in Santa Rosa County and the construction of kennels at both facilities for pets to be housed when the situation requires it.

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2013 : Environment, Recreation & Preservation

Humane Society of Pensacola: Humane Society of Pensacola Spay and Neuter Clinic - $104,500

Funded a scalable, low-cost spay and neuter clinic to serve the needs of the feline and canine population, including a seamless transition into veterinary care.

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2013 : Education

Independence for the Blind of West Florida: Windows to the World for the Blind Technology Center - $104,500

Funded new computers, iPads, iPhones, software/upgrades, assistive technology devices and a fuel-efficient for transporting students.

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2012 : Family

Autism Pensacola: Parent Empowerment Pensacola Project - $104,000

Funded development of the Parent Empowerment Program for parents of children with autism, with iPads and play equipment integrated into training and therapy programs.

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2012 : Arts & Culture

Friends of the Saenger: Great Saenger Pipe Organ Restoration - $104,000

Restore and enhance the Great Saenger Pipe Organ to a condition that will place it among the finest theater organs in the country, comparable to the famous pipe organ at Radio City Music Hall. The Saenger organ has played a leading role in countless performances since the opening of Pensacola's Grand Dame in 1925.

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2012 : Education

Milk and Honey Outreach Ministries: Going Places Transportation Initiative - $104,000

Funded the purchase of two new 14-passenger minibuses used to transport children to a variety of supervised recreational and educational activities that may otherwise be outside their reach.

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2012 : Health & Wellness

Escambia Search and Rescue: Advanced Equipment for Search and Rescue Operations - $104,000

Funded vehicles, equipment and supplies needed to advance the capabilities and timeliness of search and rescue operations. The team is equipped to respond to a variety of incidents from missing persons to accidents and natural disasters.

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2012 : Environment, Recreation & Preservation

Pensacola Lighthouse Association: Restoration of the Pensacola Lighthouse - $104,000

Funded structural restoration of the lighthouse tower first lit in 1859. Specialists were engaged to stabilize the surface, replace damaged bricks, remove deteriorated mortar, and reseal the granite foundation for the enduring pleasure of present and future generations.

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2012 : Health & Wellness

Appetite for Life: Equipped for Success: Kitchen Replacement and Expansion - $104,000

Funded further growth of the catering operation. Equipment includes: a commercial-grade dishwasher, combi-oven, grease tap, ice machine, tilt skillet, steam kettle, two reach-in refrigerators, heat-seal machine, trays, shelving and carts.

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2012 : Family

Manna Food Pantries: Chilling Impact on Food Security - $104,000

Funded needed improvements to the existing warehouse and client service area at the main pantry, including climate control to minimize food loss and adhere to USDA standards.

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2011 : Family

Ray of Hope of Northwest Florida: Wheelchair Ramps - $107,500

Funded lumber, tools and a truck, allowing volunteers to construct 95 wheelchair ramps for individuals previously confined to their homes.

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2011 : Education

Snoezelen/Westgate Foundation: Special Needs Playground at Westgate School - $107,500

Funded a complete outdoor playground designed to provide an accommodating, safe environment for children with developmental disabilities. It is equipped with an artificial surface accessible to non-ambulatory students, as well as swings, slides, special seats and a water play area for year-round use.

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2011 : Arts & Culture

Pensacola Opera: Multi-Use Facility in Downtown Pensacola - $107,500

Funded renovation of the Pensacola Opera Center's rehearsal hall, meeting spaces, facade, storage area and restrooms, The improved space attracts new patrons and local community groups

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2011 : Health & Wellness

Health and Hope Clinic: Expand Capacity and Services - $107,500

Expanded the capacity of the clinic with diagnostic equipment, new educational programs and professional services.

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2011 : Health & Wellness

Arc Gateway: Link All Locations into a Centralized Computer System - $107,500

Funded computers, servers and software to facilitate communication within all ARC Gateway locations, and with participating healthcare providers.

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2011 : Environment, Recreation & Preservation

Escambia County Public Schools Foundation, Inc.: Outdoor Education Classroom - $107,500

Funded construction of a covered pavilion and scientific supplies for the outdoor instructional classroom. Microscopes, binoculars and magnifying glasses are used as teaching aids to open students' eyes to the gifts of nature.

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2010 : Family

Pathways for Change: Build-out of donated 11,700 square foot modular building for use as a recovery hub for addiction - $114,000

Partially funded construction of The Family Center, which serves as a community hub offering social services and vocational training at a convenient centralized location in a low-income neighborhood.

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2010 : Education

Pyramid: 560 Square Foot Addition for Performing Arts Center & 500 Enclosure of an Existing Portico - $114,000

Funded construction of the IMPACT 100 Fine Arts Wing with three classroom studios, an art storage room and a spacious hallway. The new wing is an accommodating and attractive space in which to teach adults with developmental disabilities.

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2010 : Environment, Recreation & Preservation

St. Michael's Cemetery Foundation of Pensacola: Refurbishing of About 100 Hhistoric Masonry Structures and 20 Metal Fences - $114,000

Funded the restoration of a substantial number of funerary features including stone markers, masonry, and metal fencing, in order to preserve the rich history of Pensacola's oldest cemetery.

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2010 : Education

Amlkids: Purchase of 2 New School Buses - $114,000

Funded two new school buses to transport at-risk teens to an alternative educational facility. The community based juvenile justice program focuses on creating measurable change in educational performance and recidivism.

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2010 : Health & Wellness

FavorHouse of Northwest Florida: FavorHouse Kids Center. Conversion of space to add more beds and a safe area for children. - $114,000

Funded development of the FavorHouse Kids Center, dedicated to helping children recover and heal from emotional and physical abuse experienced in their families. The Center also enables staff to do more community outreach on the children's behalf.

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2009 : Family

Child Guardians: PR Campaign to Recruit New Guardians - $102,800

Funded a multi-media awareness campaign to increase the number of Guardian Ad Litem volunteers representing these children in judicial matters.

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2009 : Health & Wellness

Our Lady of Angels St. Joseph Medical Clinic: 800 Square Foot Addition for Patient Visits & Care - $102,800

Funded the addition of four exam rooms enabling the clinic to double its functional capacity and patient load to meet the growing demand for health services.

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2009 : Education

Capstone Academy (formerly United Cerebral Palsy of Northwest Florida): Playground & New Bus for new School in Milton - $102,800

Funded a new school bus with a wheelchair lift and a handicap-accessible playground for the charter public school opening.

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2009 : Arts & Culture

Pensacola Museum of Art: Computers & Lighting System for Exhibits - $102,800

Funded energy-efficient gallery lighting to protect and enhance the appeal of the visual arts collection.

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2009 : Environment, Recreation & Preservation

Santa Rosa Clean Community System: Glass Recycling Production Equipment - $102,800

Funded a glass crusher and a 900-square-foot pole building to house a glass recycling operation in Santa Rosa County.

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2008 : Health & Wellness

Appetite for Life: Equipment Purchases for Catering Operation which Provides Funding for Feeding of HIV Patients - $112,600

Funded equipment needed to expand the catering business, with the income stream used to feed a growing number of homebound HIV and other chronically ill patients and their families at not cost.

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2008 : Environment, Recreation & Preservation

Arc Gateway: Document Shredding Equipment - $112,600

Funded the purchase of equipment to start a secure document-shredding enterprise.

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2008 : Family

Manna Food Pantries: New Forklift, Truck and Box Truck for Warehouse - $112,600

Funded a fleet of reliable vehicles, including a van, truck and forklifts to handle more than 1 million pounds of food each year in answer to the emergency food needs of the area's hungry.

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2008 : Education

PACE Center for Girls: New Computer & Technology Equipment for School - $112,600

Funded computer equipment, software and classroom furnishings to enhance the learning experience of the students. An after-school program for the at-risk young women was also launched.

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2008 : Arts & Culture

Pensacola Little Theatre: Portable Stage & Truck for Community Outreach - $112,600

Funded the purchase of a large truck and portable stage and lighting equipment to bring live theatre productions to local schools and community groups. Students are invited to find their voice and sense of play in a polished theatrical production.

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2007 : Education

Chain Reaction: Software Development for Teen Volunteer Program - $118,000

Funded an automated TeenLINK communication system, software to track hours, and marketing materials to expand the volunteer program. This system helped to connect teens to volunteer service projects with local nonprofits, while expanding their educational opportunities.

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2007 : Health & Wellness

Northwest Florida Blood Center (One Blood, Inc.): New Bloodmobile - $118,000

Substantially funded the purchase of an additional bloodmobile for use in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

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2007 : Environment, Recreation & Preservation

Clean and Green: Heavy Equipment & Trucks for Debris Removal - $118,000

Funded the purchase of heavy equipment, enabling volunteers to clear residential properties damaged by Hurricane Ivan, and to engage in a variety of service projects to enhance the environmental quality and beauty of our community.

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2007 : Family

Families Count (90 Works): Build-out of "The Place", Where Teens Gather, Learn and Grow - $118,000

Funded renovation of the Santa Rosa County facility for at-risk children. 'Youth Count' provides outreach and program resources addressing the emotional and physical well-being of the children.

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2006 : Health & Wellness

Leaning Post Ranch: Covered Arena - $113,333

Funded construction of a covered riding arena to provide equine therapy and enhance the quality of life for children with developmental disabilities. The sheltered arena also provides a sense of purpose and teachable moments for at-risk teens who serve as volunteers.

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2006 : Education

Friends of the Pensacola Public Library: Technology for Children's Reading Room at the Century Library - $113,333

Funded renovations, computers and family reading programs for a children's reading room and literacy center in an impoverished area of Escambia County.

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2006 : Arts & Culture

Bravo For Kids: Musical Instruments for Middle Schools - $113,333

Funded the purchase of 164 new musical instruments for use by band members at all 17 middle schools in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. The instruments are designated primarily for use by children without the means to acquire their own instruments.

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2005 : Family

Manna Food Pantries: Build a Greenhouse and Community Gardens - $125,000

Seeded Manna Food Gardens, establishing over 50 community and school gardens and a concrete raised-bed garden at the main pantry to supply fresh food for our hungry and at-risk neighbors.

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2005 : Health & Wellness

The Arc Gateway: Major Equipment for Concrete and Stake Production - $125,000

Purchased generators for two group homes, as well as a van and equipment used by Pollack Industries, generating an income for the ARC organization and its clients.

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2004 : Family

Pensacola Habitat for Humanity: Build a "Restore" - $116,500

Start a Habitat Restore where new and gently used home improvement supplies are sold to fund construction of Habitat homes.

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2004 : Family

Interfaith Ministries: Good Samaritan Clinic - $116,500

Creation of a free, all volunteer medical clinic for the uninsured, low-income population in Santa Rosa County.

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