But for the past 24 hours, I haven’t been able to get the old rockabilly smoker “Red Hot” by Billy Lee Riley out of my easily mesmerized noggin’. (I was introduced to the song through the Link Wray/Robert Gordon version.)
Because once again, Pensacola women are tops in the whole wide world. Last week, IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area announced the results of its 2015 membership drive: 1,060 women, each donating $1,000 to support worthy organizations in our community, making the local women-only group the largest and most successful Impact organization in the world. Again. (The 1,060 women is a worldwide Impact record, breaking the membership record the group set last year.) The Pensacola group’s success was national news, with stories in USA Today and major news networks.
What has IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area done for our community? Here’s just a sample:
•In 2006, the group awarded a $113,333 grant to the Leaning Post Ranch to build a covered riding arena. Leaning Post Ranch uses equine therapy to help children with developmental disabilities. Because everyone likes horsies.
•ARC Gateway has received three grants, each in excess of $100,000. With the funds, the organization has purchased vehicles, software and generators for the much-loved organization that helps adults with developmental disabilities. One grant event purchased equipment to start a secure document shredding enterprise, where ARC clients are employed.
•Northwest Florida Blood Center received $118,000 in 2007 for a new bloodmobile.
•Our Lady of Angels St. Joseph Medical Clinic received a $102,000 grant in 2009. The clinic treats the poor and those without insurance. The grant enabled the clinic to add four exam rooms, doubling its capacity.
In October, two grants will be awarded in each of the following five focus areas: Arts & Culture; Education; Environment, Recreation & Preservation; Family; and Health & Wellness.
Nonprofits in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties have until April 30 to apply for grants. There will be a grant workshop on April 16 at First Baptist Church, 500 S. Palafox St.
The women of our community — not the biggest or richest community — have once again proven themselves among the most giving and compassionate women in the world. By the end of this year, they will have given nonprofits more than $7 million. And no one would call that doodley squat.