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Volume IV • Issue XII
events 12 Junior Acheivement Hall of Fame 14 Taste of the Beach 16 VIP Pensacola Cover Reveal Party 19 Market Basket 21 Fiesta Pensacola Volunteer Appreciation Party 24 Art & Wine Festival 26 Entrecon 32 Faces of Domestic Violence Benefit Show 41 The Canopy Grand Opening 49 Bag It & Bubbles 55 Jukebox Gala 59 Omega Title Open House 61 CHS Influencer’s Luncheon 70 Pancakes with Santa 72 Friends of Folds
features 27 Health & Beauty Learn about the area’s top Health & Beauty experts who keep Pensacola looking and feeling great!
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Style Coastal Cuisine Give Care Share Save the Date Locale I Am Pensacola
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VIP Pensacola Staff
on the cover
Publisher Greg Alexander
Dan & Josie Keck
Associate Publisher Verla Price
Photography by Kristina Wright at Junior Achievement Hall of Fame New World Landing
Managing Editor Steve Barber Production Editor Jessica Graña Advertising Steve Barber Missy Kimbrough
Designer Priscilla Atkins Sheila McDiarmid Contributing Writers/ Photographers Greg Alexander Courtney Murray Verla Price Catherine Rowan Liesel Schmidt Kristina Wright VIP Founder Jeff Watson
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letter from the Publisher Many people say that December is the busiest time of the year. With so many events, celebrations, parades, and parties; on top of the cooking, shopping for gifts, and work â€Ś they may just be correct. While this celebratory season keeps many of us on sensory overload when looking at our calendars, it forces me to do a little reflection of the past year. I consider other months when we take the Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Years celebrations out of the mix and realize that our calendars are always quite full. Sometimes I wonder how we get it all in, but we do. Then, I also think: did we receive joy out of cramming all that stuff in? Most often the answer is yes. Although sometimes hectic getting there, the busy lifestyle that allows us to experience fun times with friends, family, and colleagues is what makes us who we are and writes our personal history. So, take in every second of this wonderful season where we celebrate our health, family, faith, and our place in this great big, busy world. Instead of feeling overwhelmed, try to revel in the feeling that you have so many reasons to celebrate, and opportunities to do it well. This final issue of 2019 proves how quickly time flies. It is, again, our Health and Beauty Issue where we highlight some of the incredible providers in the area. Whether you have a broken bone, need a spa day, or have a desire for a cosmetic procedure of any sort, VIP Pensacola wants to assist you in finding the best fit for your needs. Check out our many supporters, sponsors, and advertisers to learn how they can help you be your best. As always, you will find most prominent in this issue, recaps from the latest social, business, and philanthropic events in the area. We enjoy sharing these events to help connect people to the community, whether you were able to attend the function or not. In addition to showcasing the impressive events that living in the Pensacola area allows, we have included some other features that fit well with this issue and this season in areas from style, cuisine, and giving. All of us at VIP Pensacola wish you the best season ever for celebrating with friends, family, and loved ones. Reflect on memories and traditions of past holiday seasons and then make new ones that you will cherish for years.
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VIP Pensacola at New World Landing
Junior Achievement Hall of Fame photos & story by Kristina Wright
n November 5, Junior Achievement of Northwest Florida hosted their Hall of Fame event at New World Landing. The special awards dinner recognizes individuals and businesses in the community that are the greatest champions in our area of youth financial literacy and workforce preparedness. The community leaders and companies honored each year have given service to Junior Achievement and its mission to inspire youth to succeed in a global economy. The honorees have given considerable time to Junior Achievement as volunteers, as well as financial support in order to help area youth learn how to obtain and maintain employment, manage money, and prepare to enter the workforce. The Hall of Fame event is held annually in November, and attendance is typically between 250 and 300 prominent community leaders. The event features students, teachers, volunteers, and community advocates sharing profound outcomes from the yearâ€™s classroom programming. Hall of Fame also includes a robust silent auction and other opportunities to support Junior Achievementâ€™s mission. Each year Junior Achievement honors two special individuals in the community who are devoted champions of youth financial literacy and workforce preparedness. The 2019 Hall of Fame Laureates were Jerry Maygarden and Robert Rinke. Business award recipients this year were: Large Business of the Year- Navy Federal Credit Union, Small Business of the Year- Pensacola News Journal, Community Partner of the Year- Gulf Coast Kids House, and Entrepreneurial Spirit- Steve and Bobbi Reynolds of Cordova Lanes. The Volunteer of the Year went to Robin Verge.
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Colby Mapoles & Emma Koen
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Thea Brenna & Tina Ratcliff
Rachael Johnson & John Gormley
Andrew Sowell & Kristy Swanson
Commissioner Robert Bender & Liko Crump
Marty Stanovich & Ashlee Simpson
Savanna & Ryan Laskey
Josh Foster & Stephanie Alvarez
Michelle & Phillip Salzman
Brent & Angela Lane
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VIP Pensacola at Pensacola Beach Visitor Information Center
VIP Trolley Dinner photos & story by Kristina Wright
he Pensacola Beach Chamber’s Taste of the Beach VIP Trolley Dinner was held on October 18. Guests arrived at the Pensacola Beach Visitor Information Center to check in and enjoy a champagne toast with their trolley conductor, and get acquainted with their group. This was the first year VIP dinner guests were transported by trolley to each of four participating restaurants included in this wonderfully progressive dinner tour. Each course was paired with a unique wine, and lasted forty-five minutes; after which guests boarded their trolley to head to the next restaurant. Four separate trolley times were available for guests to participate in this unique and delicious dining experience. The appetizer was prepared by Chef Eric Troup at Frank & Lola Love Pensacola Café at Margaritaville Beach Hotel, soup and salad were by Chef Dennis Moore at Flounder’s Chowder House; entrée was by Chef John Smith at Hemmingway’s Island Grill, and dessert was by Chef Jere Doyle at Crabs We Got ‘Em. The Taste of the Beach Festival is in it’s 12th year and showcases Pensacola Beach restaurants and their unique coastal cuisines. This popular off-season festival attracts thousands to Pensacola Beach and has been named one of the top twenty events by the Southeast Tourism Society.
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Anai Barangan & Joyce Martin
Beverly & Tom Vaughn
Cindy & Anthony Ermy
Jason & Christine Brewster
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VIP Pensacola at Buick GMC Cadillac Pensacola
Cover Reveal Party photos & story by Kristina Wright
tep One graciously hosted the VIP Pensacola Cover Reveal Party at their Buick GMC Cadillac Pensacola location on November 4. Guests and clients were greeted with a red-carpet entrance, treated to fine champagne, and light hors d’oeuvres were provided by Culinary Productions. The Dining Guide issue featured Shelley and Steve Black attending the Aero Air Charter Inaugural Hangar Party at the Innisfree Jet Center earlier in October. This installment also highlighted coverage of the WSRE Barn Dance Wine & Food Classic, along with Marty Stewart and his Fabulous Superlatives, the Arrogant Steak Cookoff, Keep Pensacola Beautiful’s Big Band Bash, Pensacola Great Strides, and the GMC Buick Cadillac Grand Opening. The “I Am Pensacola” feature shined a spotlight on Seville Quarter’s own Buck Mitchell, who has been involved with the family business of Pensacola Hospitality since he was thirteen. Guests were invited to leave a business card for a chance to win raffle prizes, donated generously by clients and other local businesses. Upcoming events were announced in the Save the Date section, including the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame, Jazz for Justice, Pensacola Eggfest, and the Pensacola Elf Parade. Each attendee was also encouraged to take a few copies of the November edition of VIP Pensacola to share at the office or add to their collection.
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VIP Pensacola at Garden & Grain
photos & story by Catherine Rowan
unior League of Pensacola held their Christmas fundraising event, â€œMarket Basket, Enchanted Evergreen,â€? on November 2nd and 3rd. This two day affair was held at Garden and Grain, a new event space in Perfectly Plain, located in Downtown Pensacola. Market Basket started Saturday night with a VIP night and continued into __.....Sunday for an all day event. This is a unique event in which guests Sip, Shop, and Savor different vendors that included Artesana, SoBo Boutique, MALWEST Designs, Posh and Pretty Flowers, CR Designs and many more. There was food from local businesses such as Mrs. Jones Coffee, Le Dough, and Popcorn King. There was also entertainment provided by The Blue Anchor Belles, wreath making by Fiore and a live painting by Macy Loupe. Children enjoyed hot cocoa while writing letters to Santa Clause, who made a surprise appearance! This event is not only a fundraiser, but also a wonderful way to get to know more of Pensacola and different ways you can get involved and make a difference in our community. Junior League of Pensacola is dedicated to making a change in our community and supports a number of projects and activities that focus on children and families in our area.
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VIP Pensacola at Palafox House
Volunteer Appreciation Party photos & story by Kristina Wright
iesta Pensacola hosted their annual Volunteer Appreciation Party at the Palafox House on November 7. This party is the organizations way to say thanks to the volunteers that work so hard throughout the year. Over 400 members serve on a volunteer basis, including Fiesta Forces and Junior Forces, helping to execute each of the top-notch events each and every year. The Pensacola Crawfish Festival, Childrenâ€™s Treasure Hunt, Fiesta Celebration, Pensacola Seafood Festival, and everything in between, could not be organized without the help of these dedicated volunteers. They not only help at each event, they also assist in the months of planning it takes to produce them. The Fiesta of Five Flags organization was formed to celebrate the founding of Pensacola heritage, promote tourism and build pride in Pensacola through festive activities which enhance the quality of life in our community. Fiesta plans and produces over twenty events throughout the year with the help of a plethora of these volunteers. Each event is designed to appeal to all ages and interests, as well as promote tourism for the local community. Fiesta has always been a significant celebration for the Pensacola Bay Area. A 10-day heritage celebration, held the first two weeks in June, is one of the oldest and largest heritage festivals in the State of Florida.
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VIP Pensacola at Fiesta Volunteer Appreciation Party
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VIP Pensacola at Pensacola Beach Boardwalk
Art & Wine Festival photos & story by Kristina Wright
he Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2019 Art and Wine Festival on November 10. Attendees were invited to sip, stroll and shop their way around the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk as it was transformed into an artist and wine lover’s paradise. “The Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to come out and spend a beautiful Sunday afternoon strolling the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk, enjoying the sunshine and cool, fall air while sampling wines and perusing the works of some of the Gulf Coasts’ most talented artists,” said Alison Westmoreland, director of the Chamber. The festival brought together about 25 local artists and more than 30 wine selections, all in one place. Featured wines were available for purchase at Lucas’ Where Locals Go restaurant on the boardwalk. Local party band, Six Piece Suits, was the entertainment for the day, and encouraged the crowds to get moving and grooving with their energetic, powerhouse sound playing popular hits on the Quietwater Shell stage. The festival was free to the public, however to participate in the wine tastings festivalgoers were required purchase a ticket and receive a wristband.
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VIP Pensacola at 5Eleven Palafox
photos & story by Kristina Wright
he Studer Community Institute hosted EntreCon®, Northwest Florida’s premier business and leadership conference, on November 13-14. Downtown Pensacola was filled with a growing tribe of energized, forward-thinking leaders ready to find their purpose, build their skill set, lead stronger teams, and foster better workplaces. This event provides the content, thought-leadership, and networking opportunities individuals and businesses need to succeed and packs them into one can’t-miss event. What started as a two-day conference for entrepreneurs has quickly shifted (by demand) to one for business owners, leaders, and employees alike. Guests learned how to create amazing employee experiences, attract top talent, and reduce employee turnover. Inspirational main stage speakers were showcased, tactical breakout sessions were available, and networking with like-minded leaders was highly encouraged. Whether one is an aspiring or established leader, EntreCon® was created to provide the tools to help attendees be the best they can be and prepare them for the workforce of the future. Now in their 5th year, EntreCon® helped to encourage flexibility and adaptability to the rapidly changing workplace environment, while simultaneously encouraging creativity and innovation. Their goal was to have business owners as well as employees leave inspired by fresh ideas, armed with the latest tactics and strategies to bring their big ideas to life, and connected to other like-minded professionals there to support professional growth and the success of their organization.
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essica Byrd, APRN-C provides patient care at Medical Center ___Clinic’s Department of Ear, Nose and Throat while working under the direct supervision of Adam Holdt, MD, and Derek Jones, MD. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at University of South Alabama, in Mobile, AL, and went on to obtain a Master of Science in nursing from Walden University. Jessica has Department of Ear, Nose, over seven years of and Throat experience in healthcare Medical Center Clinic and has gained experience working in a variety of 850.474.8320 settings including critical mccearnosethroat.com care and post anesthesia care. She is board certified by The American Nurses Credentialing Center. Jessica is a valuable asset to The Ear, Nose and Throat Department and her availability allows patients to receive efficient and high-quality patient care. She is dedicated to giving compassionate attention to every patient. Jessica’s favorite aspect of working in ENT is that she is able to listen to each patient’s story and develop an individualized treatment plan to improve their quality of life.
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r. Aaron Hixon is a Florida native, growing up in Milton, FL. He received his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. Following his undergraduate education, he went on to attend Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange, FL. As a Palmer student Dr. Aaron is trained in a variety of Chiropractic techniques such as Diversified, Gonstead Spinal Manipulation, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM), Myofascial Release Technique (MRT), and many more. Dr. Aaron is a board-certified Chiropractor and a licensed Chiropractic physician in the state of Florida. Dr. Aaron joined Henry Chiropractic in December 2018 and has not looked back. Dr. Henry and staff welcomed him with open arms and have built a great circle around him to succeed. Being a Northwest Florida native it brings him much pleasure to be able to serve the community he grew up in. Dr. Aaron has always had a passion for helping others. From childhood to now he has always volunteered his time at local community establishments such as Habitat for Humanity, community centers, and the YMCA. When Dr. Aaron is not practicing, he thoroughly enjoys staying active in his free time. Some hobbies include working out at the local gym, playing basketball, hiking, and exploring new restaurants. Dr. Aaron also Henry Chiropractic loves spending time with his family and friends. For more information about Dr. Aaron and Henry Chiropractic 850.435.7777 1602 N 9th Avenue, Pensacola please visit drcraighenry.com.
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dam Holdt, MD, is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, and received his medical degree from University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed a five year otolaryngology residency at University of Colorado Hospital where he received extensive experience in all aspects of ear, nose, and throat surgery including training in sinus related diseases, and the correlation with pulmonary and allergic disorders. Dr. Holdt also trained at Children’s Hospital Colorado where he experienced a range of both common and rare pediatric ENT disorders. His educational background in biomedical engineering has developed his interest for medical technology and its benefits for his patients. Dr. Holdt’s sinus surgical suite is one of the top in the region with state-of-the-art and advanced equipment. Aside from his dedication in caring for his patients, Dr. Holdt enjoys traveling with his wife to new locales to experience the culture and cuisine.
ennifer LaBorde, Au.D., has cared for patients at The Hearing Center at Medical Center Clinic since 2001. ___Originally from Lafayette, LA, Dr. LaBorde obtained her Doctor of Audiology degree from University of Florida, and in graduate school, she learned of her own hearing loss and began her personal journey to better hearing by wearing hearing aids. Not only does she specialize in hearing disorders and treatment, but she will also take the time to listen to, counsel, and relate to you using her own experiences. Dr. LaBorde also actively educates and promotes effective communication strategies and hearing loss treatments with community outreach, including appearances on BLAB TV and seminars with her husband Garrett, who discusses techniques he’s learned in communicating with a loved one with hearing loss. When not at the office, Dr. LaBorde enjoys traveling and staying active with Garrett and their three children.
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erek Jones, MD, is board certified by both American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Jones received his medical degree from the University of Alabama, School of Medicine in Birmingham. He then went on to complete a residency in the Department of Otolaryngology, at University of Michigan, whose residency program is consistently ranked in the top 5 in the nation. Dr. Jones chose to return to his hometown of Pensacola and has been in practice in the Department of Ear, Nose & Throat and Facial Plastic Surgery at Medical Center Clinic since 1999. He and his family are active members of First United Methodist Church. His outside interests are centered on spending time with his busy family.
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r. Erin Lindholm is a physician who specializes in pediatrics, emphasizing in pediatric emergency medicine. During the course of her career she has studied the artistry that is medical aesthetic and has become interested in the care and management of acne especially in the adolescent population, scaring, and wrinkle reduction. She wants to combine the different modalities of laser photo rejuvenation, radio Turquoise Rejuvenation Center frequency micro-needling, 850.741.4606 skin care management, 321 East Nine Mile Road, Pensacola medical aesthetics, relaxation and stress reduction to encourage a better whole self perception. She is a mother of two beautiful girls ages 6 and 3, and wife to Carl Lindholm for over 15 years, but also enjoys the few hours she can get away, retreat to the calming atmosphere that is Turquoise Rejuvenation Center for a facial, massage, and a chilled glass of wine, listening to the sounds of the waterfall. Dr. Lindholm is certified through AMET fillers and injections, Cutera Excel V+ and Cutera Secret RF. Her interests include acrylic painting, scrap booking, cycling, interior design, and wine tasting.
argaret Richards, Au.D., began with The Hearing Center in 2012 as a doctoral extern while completing graduate school. After accepting her Doctor of Audiology degree from University of South Alabama in 2013, she officially began her career and has since established her own patients by diagnosing and treating hearing and balance disorders. Dr. Richards conveys her strong passion for hearing conservation and education to every patient so that you have The Hearing Center the tools you need to retain Department of Ear, Nose, your quality of life, even with and Throat hearing loss. In early 2020, she Medical Center Clinic will be “crossing the bridge” 850.474.8328 to expand The Hearing Center TheHearingCenterMCC.com by providing the Gulf Breeze area with her stellar audiology expertise. Outside of her career, Dr. Richards enjoys attending music festivals, always with ear plugs in hand.
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VIP Pensacola at WSRE Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio
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aces of Domestic Violence Benefit Show concluded FavorHouseâ€™s 40-40-40 Campaign, where they raise OVER $40,000! Their 40-40-40 Campaign was a 40-day initiative to raise over $40,000 in honor of their 40th anniversary. The benefit show was held on October 26 at WSRE Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio in Pensacola. The local chapter of Alpha Chi Omega at the University of West Florida donated their time to volunteer at this event. Guests enjoyed Kristie Tobias as their EMC and performances by American Idol singers Jess Meuse and Wade Cota. Proceeds from the campaign benefited the operations and programs put on by FavorHouse of Northwest Florida. One of their main projects is to build a new shelter that will support domestic violence survivors in creating a bridge to their new beginning. FavorHouse, a certified domestic violence center for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, provides a safe shelter for domestic violence victims and their children, but it also serves assistance through crisis lines, outreach counseling centers and advocacy services.
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REGENERATIVE MEDICINE THE FUTURE OF PAIN TREATMENT IS HERE
egenerative medicine is an exciting new field of treatment that uses the body’s own healing mechanisms to restore function and treat pain. Today, physicians are using regenerative medicine treatments like stem cell therapy, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and amniotic biologic therapy to treat a wide array of medical diseases, disorders and traumas to help patients find relief from pain without surgery. There are two main types of athletic injuries: acute injuries that happen suddenly and chronic injuries that happen over time. Chronic injuries are often called “overuse injuries” and are due to wear and tear of tissues over the years. Because athletes are constantly working muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments, chronic or overuse injuries are not uncommon. Regenerative medicine has been shown to be an excellent option for a number of issues, including:
• Herniated disc • Rotator cuff tear • Osteoarthritis • Tendonitis • Cartilage injuries • Mild to moderate arthritis
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How It Works No matter which regenerative medicine option your doctor recommends, treatment begins with your physician isolating healing cells from your own body. If PRP is part of your treatment plan, your physician will draw a small quantity of blood and spin it in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets. These are the cells your body uses to heal damaged tissue. Then those cells are injected into the damaged area so they can begin supporting and stimulating your body’s healing abilities. Following regenerative medicine treatments like PRP, most people report only mild discomfort at the injection site, which can be soothed with ice packs a few times a day during healing. Most people can go right back to their regular activities shortly after treatment, and many see improvement within two to three weeks, with full effects taking around six months.
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Beneﬁts of Regenerative Medicine Regenerative medicine offers a number of benefits over traditional treatments for sports injuries, including:
• Targeted injections are less painful and offer quicker results – Many conventional treatments involve painful therapies that may take weeks or months for full effectiveness • Non-surgical option – Even minimally invasive surgeries may require extensive healing before you begin to feel the full benefits • Personalized medicine – Using your own cells to augment healing increases the chances that the body can heal more effectively than it would on its own • Low chance of rejection
Clearway Pain Solutions Regenerative Medicine Specialists Clearway is fortunate to have two regenerative medicine specialists on our team: Dr. Jeff Buchalter and Dr. Susan Griffee. Both of these renowned board-certified physicians are pain management experts with a depth of experience in highly effective, minimally invasive regenerative medicine treatments and techniques. On your first visit to Clearway Pain Solutions, your physician will perform a full evaluation and create a treatment plan to help you get back to an active life.
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Winter Whites story by Courtney Murray
nowy. Crisp linen. Eggshell. Cloud. Cream. Winter White. As the weather turns from the sultry long days of summer to a blustery winter season many people find themselves gravitating towards a darker palette. Why not step out of the box and go the other direction. Winter white is a look that turns heads. It is chic, it is timeless, and it is for everyone. Every age looks fabulous in a light and bright ensemble. White on white can be translated to casual with a cozy oversized knit sweater sipping wine by the fireside. A flowy cream blouse paired with white denim or wide legged trousers and a nude stiletto will boost your confidence walking into happy hour. That’s a look that exudes casual elegance. If you want to go full on elegance, a white sequin gown reminiscent of sparkling snow is the perfect choice for a winter ball or fancy holiday party. Crisp whites and creams are a sophisticated choice for the office as well. There is nothing quite as stunning as a creamy pant suit with clean lines to elevate your look. A monochromatic ensemble with a white bodysuit and an off white trench coat is an instant showstopper. Winter white isn’t limited to clothing. Accessories are a fun way to add to an outfit. For shoes, try out a strappy cream heel for a barely there look that matches with everything. A fun way to incorporate a trend and stay warm this season is with a nude over the knee boot. These look fabulous with everything from dresses to jeans. An iridescent clutch or off white tote are the ideal complement to a classic winter white outfit. It’s hard for the average male to pull off a head to toe white moment…but men can try their own take with tans, and creams in a variety of textures. An off white cashmere sweater, light tan chinos and a matching wool pea coat is a look that will instantly elevate and a can be worn to the office, on a date, or to a holiday gathering. Winter white looks incredible in outerwear, too. Throw on a white blazer to dress up a pair of distressed denim or over a dress, or a sparkly skirt to make it more casual. Cream looks great in everything from puffer jackets to cropped leather moto jackets; and every man, woman, and child should own a classic cream wool coat. It is stunning, it is classic, it is crisp, and goes with everything. The winter white look appears effortless, but proceed with caution; it definitely takes a lot of work to stay clean. Invest in a good Clorox to-go pen and get out in your best whites this season. 36
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The Department of Ear, Nose, and Throat and The Hearing Center at Medical Center Clinic, with their team of physicians, audiologists, and staff, are passionate and dedicated to providing comprehensive, Compassionate, and respectful care to every patient. The numerous diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat, head, and neck all have one thing in common: they can have a significant adverse effect on your life. Our specialists have expertise in the diagnosis and treatment, both medical and surgical, of these conditions. Our primary focus is to improve your quality of life and restore function.
Hear Beautifully If you find yourself missing out on the sounds you love, such as a childâ€™s laughter, your favorite song, or dinner table conversations, you may need to have a comprehensive hearing exam. The audiologists at The Hearing Center work closely with Dr. Jones, Dr. Holdt, and Jessica Byrd, APRN-C as well as providers around the community to diagnose and treat hearing and balance disorders, and we provide counseling and treatment that will revitalize lost sounds. And not only do we treat hearing loss, but we live it: Jennifer LaBorde, Au.D., and Clinical Assistant Erica Nathan are both long-time hearing aid users, so you will find a team of providers who have experienced what you experience. We will help you hear beautifully again by providing compassion and understanding through award-winning hearing care.
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VIP Pensacola at The Canopy
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crowd of over 300 people attended the grand opening and ribbon cutting at The Canopy on Berryhill Assisted Living Facility in Pace on, November 7. Although the heavy rain came during the evening, The Canopy glowed under the twinkling lights strung through the majestic Oaks. Local dignitaries, guests, and prospective residents enjoyed music by The Joe Occhpini Band, delicious finger foods in each area, drinks, and tours throughout the facility. With a scheduled opening of December 1, The Canopy offers independent living, assisted living, and memory care. With these options available in a homey atmosphere, residents can plan to live in the same facility without having to move as their medical status changes. The tour featured a spa, hair salon, dining rooms, and common areas. The rain dampened the outside tour; however, you could see beautifully landscaped courtyards and outside patio areas through the windows. The apartment-style living comes in six floor plans from studios to two rooms, all with ample storage areas. A bar, a bistro, and all-day dining allow residents to eat on their schedule. Throw in The Canopy as petfriendly and you will wonder why you would consider any other facility for you or your family. Jennifer Melton, Executive Director of The Canopy, is waiting to meet you and schedule a tour. The Canopy is located at 3343 Berryhill Road in Pace.
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t doesn’t matter your age, there’s something captivating about strongest presence in the 1600s, when a bakers’ guild in Nuremburg, gingerbread houses, something that transports the senses Germany, began to employ master bakers to create complicated pieces straight to the magic and wonder and expectation of Christmas. of edible art from gingerbread. Due to the intricacies of creating Edible works of art constructed of heavily spiced gingerbread these pieces and the reverence surrounding it throughout the course dough, they allow the imagination to run wild, to allow creativity to of history—eaten by royalty and given on special occasions—baking come alive and explore a world where everything is sweet and tasty, gingerbread developed into an acknowledged profession. In the 17th where fence posts and street signs and paved lanes can be eaten. It’s century, no one but professional gingerbread bakers were permitted a storybook land, and with all to bake gingerbread, except at the nostalgia that gingerbread Christmas and Easter. During houses bring, it’s no wonder these two holidays alone, that people have established anyone was allowed to bake it. their own gingerbread-centric And bake it, they did, in traditions for their families shapes that included hearts, each year at Christmas… stars, soldiers, babies, riders, or that the completive trumpets, swords, pistols, spirit comes out to play, and animals. So when did the as competitions all over actual gingerbread houses gain the world pit gingerbread popularity? Findings show artists against one another to that the tradition of making create the most impressive, decorated gingerbread houses the most complex, and the began in early 19th century biggest gingerbread house Germany and were the direct displays anyone’s ever seen. inspiration of the well-known Historically speaking, Grimm’s fairytale, Hansel and gingerbread was once, in Gretel. After the book was fact, real bread, not the published, German bakers thin, crisp cookies that we began baking decorated now all know and love. And houses of gingerbread, though gingerbread has been harkening back to the edible in existence for centuries, house made of bread and it was legend and lore that sugared decorations that the gave it its close correlation children found after being with the Christmas season. abandoned in the woods. The As one story goes, the gingerbread houses became journey following the star to particularly popular during story by Liesel Schmidt Bethlehem was initially begun Christmas, and the tradition by four kings—or magi— was brought to America but illness kept the fourth by German immigrants. from completing the quest Making gingerbread houses to find the newly born baby. is still a common part of In his last days, the magus celebrating the Christmas was tended to by a rabbi season, with their structures in Syria, to whom he gave usually constructed using his chest of ginger roots— pieces of baked gingerbread originally a gift intended dough joined together for the Christ child he was with melted sugar and roof seeking. As he cared for the magus, the rabbi told him of the Messiah tiles made of frosting or candy. The yard or grounds surrounding who was prophesied to be born in Bethlehem, Hebrew for “House the house is often decorated with white icing to represent snow. of Bread,” a fact which gave rise to the practice of his students And while houses are the most commonly chosen structure, a making houses of bread to fortify their faith and hope in the coming gingerbread “house” can actually be any type of building: castles, of the Messiah. Hearing this, the magus suggested that his ginger cabins, churches, even iconic landmarks. With a little imagination roots be ground up and added to the bread to impart more flavor. and some skill—not to mention plenty of sugar, spice, and more Naturally, the original version of gingerbread evolved over the years, than a sprinkle of patience—the wonderful world of gingerbread created in various forms throughout Medieval Europe and gaining its houses is limitless…and boy, does it smell like Christmas. .
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ace Center for Girls hosted their 12th Annual Bag It and Bubbles Luncheon on October 11. Brown Helicopter, Inc. presented the benefit and invited guests to enjoy a breezy afternoon beside the water while bidding on vintage, gently loved, and new designer handbags donated by area fashionistas and local boutiques. Admission included drinks and a tasty lunch. This year’s event featured a traditional silent auction format for dozens of must-have bags from a variety of price points, as well as the return of the fabulous “Buy It Now” Bags, and Bubbles and Sparkling Wine Pull. Also new was an open concept “socialite seating” and live music. An opportunity drawing was available for a beautiful Judith Leiber Couture Coffered Crocodile clutch- generously donated by Jewelers Trade Shop. This cherry-colored boxed design was wrapped in Cayman crocodile and featured sleek silver-toned hardware, optional chain-link shoulder strap, satin lining, and a Cabochon-embellished push clasp. Each opportunity ticket was a $50 donation to Pace Center for Girls Escambia - Santa Rosa. The Bag It Luncheon is attended by approximately 200 women annually and raises funds to support Pace’s mission to provide girls and young women with an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy. Community support allows the organization to provide life-changing services to at-promise girls and young women in the community.
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Interview with Wendy Smith, Managing Partner – Aero Air Charter How did the donor program play a part in your decision to purchase Aero Air Charter?
Give us an idea of the timeline once Aero Air Charter has received notification of an organ pickup and delivery.
We were Aero customers first. We never set out to purchase a jet charter, it just all happened serendipitously. As we spent more time with the crews between fl ights, we asked a million questions about them and the operation. They told us about donor fl ights, and as we heard these stories, we felt the extreme pride coming from the pilots and the staff to be a part of a team that gives hope. We saw a powerful theme and fell in love.
Our organ donor fl ights are usually last minute, overnight, and during weekends. Notification can be within one to five hours ahead of departure. Time is crucial to coordinate the crew flying to pick up the doctors at one private airport and transport them and the organ to a second location.
Once we purchased Aero Air Charter, I knew one of our missions was to encourage organ donation and to provide the best possible infl ight experience to the medical teams. Is there a donor story that stands out to you?
All donor fl ights are incredibly special, but one that stands out for me was a late-night call to pick up organs from San Juan, Puerto Rico…my hometown. From my small island of Puerto Rico, that has gone through so much the past two years after Hurricane Maria, came a tremendous gift to someone here in the states. Like all organ fl ights, Aero delivered quickly, efficiently, and with the highest honor and pride. That mission felt personal to me and to my family back in Puerto Rico. From Puerto Rico with love… I pray that it was a successful procedure, and the donor’s family takes some comfort in knowing that their loved one gave the gift of life. What a legacy! 52
Aero answers these calls 24/7 and can be wheels-up within 2 hours. A system is in place to ensure we have pilots on standby that have their FAA rest and enough fl ight time available. The jets and infl ight cabin are always prepared and ready for takeoff, as it would be for any Aero VIP passenger. Having this system in place is vital because of the incredible time sensitivity. “Time is muscle,” as one of the medical surgeons said. How many organ deliveries does Aero Air Charter make a year?
Aero has made 103 medical fl ights and over 50,000 miles just in the past eight months! That’s 50,000 miles of spreading hope. Why is the donor program important to Aero Air Charter?
The donor program has become a part of Aero’s DNA, and therefore, a part of our culture. Once I learned more about organ donation and heard stories from families who turned loss into hope and from donor recipients, I became a passionate advocate.
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Dear Donor Family, I’m following up to let you know more concerning the donations of your father and husband, Jeff. Jeff’s skin donation went to the University Hospital to help burn patients and those who are having difficulty healing a wound. His saphenous vein was sent to Kansas, where a 67-year old female received it for a vein peripheral bypass surgery, which helps restore blood flow to the leg. A 54-year old male from Nevada received his other saphenous vein. Jeff’s donation helped 64 people, ranging in ages from 14 to 70, live a better life. Although losing a husband and father, especially at such a young age, is a dramatic and painful loss, we hope that knowing his organ donations helped so many people provides some comfort. Sincerely, Karen Family Support Liaison
t’s sacrifices like this that touch and motivate the Aero Air Charter family, because, beyond flying friends, families, and businesspeople to their destinations, Aero delivers life-saving doctors and organs donated for transplant to patients in their most critical moments. This one letter shows how one organ donor can improve - even save - lives. And it’s not just the life of the recipient that’s improved. The lives of all those connected with the donor are impacted, too. One person, one donor, means so much to so many. “It’s an honor.” That’s how Wendy Smith, Partner at Aero Air Charter, describes its partnership with organ donor organizations these past five years. In each of those years, they’ve made more than 100 fl ights delivering life-saving doctors and organs donated for transplant. Aero Air Charter first took fl ight in January 2015 and was purchased this past February by Pensacola residents Wendy and Joel Smith. “Being involved with organ donor organizations is important to us at Aero - it’s a relationship that we treat with reverence,” explains Mrs. Smith. “It truly is humbling to be part of something that helps improve and save lives.” Organ donor fl ights are a team effort. For Aero’s pilots, donor fl ights are as close to a military mission as it gets in the civilian world. “They’re last-minute, as time-sensitive as it can be - a matter of life and death – and they involve teamwork to be successful. And they’re personally rewarding,” says Kit McCulley, Aero’s Air Charter’s Director of Operations and Chief Pilot. “Good or bad weather, I love to fly transplant organs and the medical staff. Because of the conditions, some fl ights require all the skills, training, and expertise that I’ve gained over the years,” explains Aero Air Charter Pilot, John Jenesta. When the call comes, it’s Aero’s 24/7 staff, such as Chelsea Whiteside, that answers and puts all the parts into motion. “I’ve received calls while I’ve been at the beach and out on a boat, but most come late at night. At that point, it’s a rush to put it all together, but It’s a rush that is so worthwhile,” says Ms. Whiteside.
Dear Donor Family, A great deal of gratitude is expressed to you, your husband and father, Jeff, and to all who have been instrumental in restoring better vision to me. I have a visual deterioration condition known as Fuch’s Dystrophy. The corneal graft I received now allows me to enjoy near-normal vision. It’s been restored to the point that I’m typing this letter without the aid of glasses. Your letter of introduction and expression of love for your dear husband and father touched me deeply. It saddens me to know he is no longer here in this life with you, but I think his love and kind influences are with you every day. Thank you for allowing his life to impact and be such a great blessing in mine. With much gratitude, Trev
One donor, so much good. This is why Aero Air Charter is committed. This is why they encourage all who read this article to become an organ donor.
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JUKEBOX GALA photos & story by Kristina Wright
he Pensacola Opera hosted their Jukebox Gala on October 12 inside Skopelos at New World Landing. This unique event invited treasured guests to enjoy an evening filled with the power, excitement, and beauty of over 35 beloved opera arias and duets in the form of an intimate tableside concert. While enjoying a four-course dinner, each table was serenaded by professional opera stars and the 2019 Artists in Residence. This yearâ€™s performers were Kara Shay Thomson, John Riesen, Gillian Cotter, Charles Eaton, Sheila Murphy Dunn, and Corey McKern. The evening also featured the 2019-2020 Artists in Residence, and Cody Martin and Stephen Variames on piano. The Jukebox Gala Chair was Martha Richard, and Honorary Chairs were Pam and Harry Schwartz. Pensacola Opera is a non-profit, professional company serving Northwest Florida through two to three mainstage opera performances each year, and a variety of innovative education and community outreach programs. It is one of only five professional opera companies in the entire state of Florida and the only one in the North Florida area. Pensacola Opera has presented more than 50 opera productions, five operas for children, and hundreds of concerts, programs, and events that have helped enrich the culture of our region.
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wners David & Sylvia Smith hosted their open house for Omega Title on November 14. They welcomed clients into their newly renovated location with open arms, inviting guests to enjoy a variety of refreshments, light snacks, and adult beverages. New to their office is a special lounge, where clients can enjoy down time between appointments in a quiet, relaxed atmosphere. Also featured was a unique closing room, which showcases their musically influenced décor.
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VIP Pensacola at Skopelo’s at New World Landing
Inﬂuencer’s Luncheon photos & story by Kristina Wright
hildren’s Home Society in Pensacola hosted their 3rd annual Community Influencers Luncheon on November 14 at New World Landing in Pensacola. Every year, Children’s Home Society takes the opportunity to thank integral community members who are committed to their mission of building bridges to success for children. Children’s Home Society also celebrates success stories from their many programs. Success stories were told from the CHS FIRST (Family Intervention Resource Services Team) program, Ashley Offerdahl Counseling Program, Youthworks, Healthy Families, and Community Partnership School – C.A. Weiss Elementary. Awards were given for the following yearly categories: Partner, Volunteer, Legislator, Representative, Child Advocate, Youthworks CommunityPartner, Community Partnership School, Community Partner, and Healthy Families Community Partner. Children’s Home Society of Florida has been making a difference in children’s lives for 117 years. The original mission of Children’s Home Society was to provide homes for orphaned children in Jacksonville. It has evolved to be so much more, now serving over 60,000 children statewide through counseling, adoption, early childhood intervention, case management, community partnership schools, young adult resources, and innovation.
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Lindsey Cannon & Caitlin Newby
Laura Weston & Ellen Massey
Beverly Pica, Cynthia Arnold, Gary Michaels, Abbie Offerdahl & Steve Barber
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Michael & Addie Murdoch, Nels Offerdahl
Michael Pica, Elaine Davis & Martha Antoun
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DECEMBER 1 – JANUARY 15 2019 First City Lights Festival Downtown Pensacola The First City Lights Festival is a diverse seasonlong lineup of festive, holiday events in Downtown Pensacola. For two enchanting months, visitors will also experience music, shopping, fine dining, art, nightlife and more under a canopy of half a million white lights that will illuminate historic buildings, parks, galleries, shops and outdoor spaces. Visitors can navigate the eclectic Downtown Pensacola district, voted “Florida’s Greatest Place”—on foot or by Segway, horse and carriage, pedicab or a Winterfest trolley. Visit DowntownPensacola.com.
Glitz & Glam - The Opera Fashion Show
7th Annual USO Runway Run 5K
Skopelos at New World Landing 600 S Palafox Street | Pensacola 11:00am – 1:00pm
Pensacola International Airport 2430 Airport Boulevard | Pensacola 10:00am – 11:30am
Enrich your opera and date night wardrobes with a luncheon fashion show featuring celebrity models, evening gowns, and cocktail dresses with a pop-up vendor shopping area before the show with local shops and boutiques.
Help us honor Pearl Harbor Day by joining in on this unique and fun run taking place right on the runway! All participants receive a T-shirt, a special finisher’s medal, a timing BIB, and FREE food and drinks before and after the run. There will be special awards in several categories. Walkers, strollers, and kids are welcome. The post-race event will have tons of fun activities for the whole family. Sign up today and tell all your friends. 100% of the proceeds go to USO Northwest Florida whose mission is to keep our local military connected to family, home, and country throughout their service to the nation. We can’t wait to see you on the runway!!!
Visit PensacolaOpera.com to purchase invitations.
Visit NorthwestFlorida.USO.org for info and to register.
Pensacola Lighthouse Christmas Gala
2nd Annual Sea Turtle Soirée
Pensacola Lighthouse and Maritime Museum 2081 Radford Boulevard | Pensacola 3:00pm – 7:30pm
Hilton Pensacola Beach 12 Via de Luna Drive | Pensacola Beach 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Join us as we celebrate the season with our 7th Annual Christmas Gala! Admission to this event is FREE to all guests! Indulge in free cookies and cocoa, enjoy holiday music and games, and visit with Santa and his elves! Admission is free.
Join us for our 2nd Annual evening style event of good eats, drinks and giving including cocktails, delectable hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and live entertainment. We invite you to celebrate our most successful year and hear first what is on the horizon for the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center! Visit NavarreBeachSeaTurtles.org for more details and to purchase tickets.
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DECEMBER 13 – 15 Pensacola Children’s Chorus Presents Christmas on the Coast Saenger Theatre 118 S Palafox Place | Pensacola Friday & Saturday 7:30pm Sunday 2:30pm The best times of the holidays are the ones spent together. Your family won’t want to miss Christmas on the Coast, where we’ll transform sunny weather into a winter wonderland. Christmas on the Coast is a well-loved holiday tradition on the Gulf Coast, featuring some familiar PCC classics as well as exciting new material under the direction of Artistic Director, Alex Gartner, assisted by Hanan Tarabay Katie Powell, and Shelby McConnell. Enjoy dynamic choreography by Michael Dennis, dazzling costumes by Heidi Jade Warriner and set design by Dom Johnson will be sure to impress and entertain! Experience all the sights and sounds as we sing in the season with the Pensacola Children’s Chorus at Christmas on the Coast.
Wreaths Across America
Cox Pensacola Christmas Parade
Barrancas National Cemetery Naval Air Station 1 Cemetery Road | Pensacola Ceremony at 11:00am REMEMBER the Fallen. . . HONOR those who Serve. . . TEACH our children the value of Freedom. Wreaths Across America will be at Barrancas National Cemetery to remember and honor our veterans through the laying of Remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country’s fallen heroes and the act of saying the name of each and every veteran aloud. Please help our location lay wreaths at as many graves as possible. Thank you so much for supporting Barrancas National Cemetery and Wreaths Across America!
Downtown Pensacola Begins Spring & Garden Streets | Pensacola 5:15pm – 8:15pm You will not want to miss this event that draws over 50,000 people each year, including nearly 90 entries and eight bands from Escambia County, New Orleans and Mississippi. The parade also features the nationally renowned Blue Angels fl ight team and a host of organizations from around the region.
Saenger Theatre 118 S Palafox Place | Pensacola 7:00pm Follow the adventures of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they battle the Mouse King and embark on a journey through the Land of the Sweets with the guidance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. The Nutcracker is a holiday classic, perfect for the entire family!
Visit CoxPensacolaChristmasParade.org for more information.
Visit WreathsAcrossAmerica.org for more information and how to participate.
DECEMBER 20 - 21
Little Spruce Market
The Gatsby Girls’ 6th Annual Speakeasy Ball
Museum of Commerce 201 East Zaragoza Street | Pensacola Friday 7:00pm – 10:00pm | Opening Party Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm
Court of Deluna 116 E Gonzalez Street | Pensacola 9:00pm – 1:00am
Welcome back to the very enchanted Little Spruce Market, where a charming indoor market warms your heart with live music from the Blue Anchor Belles. We start with an opening party which includes festive nibbles and crispy white or warm rouge wine. Saturday morning we welcome you with a warm cup of cocoa or creamy coffee, and delicious muffin.
Come have a roaring good time with us & Party Like It’s 1922! Tickets will include a full open bar, access to our champagne tasting room and bootlegger man cave, macaroni and cheese bar--and as always---a night on the dance floor! Visit KreweOfGatsbyGirls.com for more info and to purchase tickets.
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Young Pensacola Natives Build Multiple 7-Figure Companies Justin and Luke grew up right here in Pensacola, FL and are on a mission to make a large impact within the markets they serve.
About their companies 1. HIP Creative - HIP is a healthcare marketing agency helping independent physicians grow faster and easier. Learn more about HIP at https://hip.agency. 2. Justin and Luke - Justin & Luke was formed with a mission to educate doctors on how to run a medical practice like a business. The consulting brand, Justin & Luke, was birthed out of HIP Creative. Justin and Luke realized they wanted to serve doctors on a deeper level than marketing: “We want to push the boundaries and expand by providing training, consulting, and resources on how your medical practice can be optimized by recognizing that it needs to be managed like a business.” learn more at https://justinandluke.com. 3. BuildingOnline - Justin and Luke acquired BuildingOnline from former CEO and owner, Alan Whickstrom in 2018. BuildingOnline has been the leading web design and marketing agency in the building products industry for more than 20 years. Learn more at https://www. buildingonline.com. 4. Holstein Parts - Justin and Luke, along with Jason Hual, started Holstein Parts in 2016. As an Aftermarket Manufacturer, Holstein Parts continues to innovate – identifying and developing new parts to have them into the supply chain well before demand booms. Learn more at https://holsteinparts.com.
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With a heavy focus and desire to help the medical industry, Justin and Luke released a book, “The Ultimate Practice: What Medical School Forgot to Teach You About Building the Life of Your Dreams.” Luke Infinger said, “in this book, we wanted to educate doctors that they don’t just need ‘more patients’ -- they need a proven framework that aligns marketing, operations, and sales. This book covers all of it. In it, we have literally given away the formulas that have grown our clients’ revenue over 400%.”
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What’s Inside. • How to reclaim your doctor status and develop the great lifestyle you deserve • How to build a great practice full of more patients than you will ever need • Why you should make the shift to a CEO mindset and how to do it • Why you should never try to market your business alone and how to hire the RIGHT marketing company • How the Patient Experience is key to attracting more patients “Owning companies in multiple verticals has actually helped us in serving doctors and medical practices at a higher level,” says Justin Hual. “We’ve been able to take off any blinders and understand what it takes to grow any small business. Doctors need a lot of help when it comes to running their practice. This is mainly due to how they are trained to think as well as the fact that they see patients all day long with no one running the actual business. This is where we come in! We work with practices that need assistance at all levels -- from 2 to 3 employees, all the way to 90. While our framework within HIP Creative is focused on marketing, our brand Justin and Luke is focused more on the whole picture.” Pick up your free copy at justinandluke.com.
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LOCALE O The Pensacola Children’s Chorus Transforms our Southern forecast into a Winter Spectacular Let’s go on with the ‘SNOW’ as we welcome Christmas on the Coast back to the Saenger Theatre stage. Watch as the Pensacola Children’s Chorus transforms our southern forecast into a winter spectacular.
Christmas on the Coast has been a Pensacola holiday tradition for 30 years, and this season’s performance will be no different! Familiar faces will take audiences on a journey to the far off lands of Whoville and Arendelle. Tune into PCC’s on stage radio station— WNTR—for your favorite Christmas classics along the way. Of course, no Christmas on the Coast would be complete without a touching Nativity sequence, featuring music by PCC founding director Allen Pote and carols arranged by the PCC singers themselves. “Christmas on the Coast is the perfect way to kick-off our 30th Anniversary season of performances,” says Alex Gartner, Artistic & Executive Director. “The wow-factor of every performance is directly related to the hard work and determination of our singers. This year, we are excited to bring our Radio Cityquality holiday spectacular to our Pensacola community.” Celebrate the 30th Anniversary Season of the Pensacola Children’s Chorus, under the direction of Artistic Director, Alex Gartner; assisted by Juliana Child, Shelby McConnell, Katie Powell, and Hanan Tarabay. Tickets are on sale now and can purchased by visiting the Saenger Theatre Box Office or ticketmaster.com.
First City Art Center to Host “Hot Glass, Cold Brew” Ugly Sweater Party The First City Art Center’s Hot Glass, Cold Brew Ugly Sweater Party event takes place on Friday, December 13, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at its location at 1060 N. Guillemard Street. Full admission ($20/$30) will include a signature hand-blown glass or hand-thrown ceramic cup. These collector glasses and cups are limited and go fast- so come early. Children under 12 are free (without cup). Tickets on sale on-line now! *FCAC Members and New Members Enter at 5:00 *Prepaid Ticket Holders Enter at 5:30 *General Admission at 6:00
Join us for this fun event and wear your best, ugliest holiday gear. Last year we had some very creative ugly “sweaters” at the event and hope to see even more this time around. There will be live glass blowing demonstrations by artist Courtney Branam and pottery demos by FCAC artists. Local band Slight Return brings a mix of Funk, Jazz, Blues, Rock and favorite classics! Patrons will enjoy light fare provided by chef Joe Abston, along with two complimentary beers from Pensacola Bay Brewery. Additional beer tickets available for purchase at the FCAC merchandise tent. The event will also include a Gallery 1060 opening, “Small Works,” a holiday art market, and kids’ activity area. For more information, visit www.FirstCityArt.org, 850-429-1222.
Pensacola Opera proudly presents Don Giovanni Pensacola Opera proudly presents Don Giovanni, the first of its series of two operas presented on the mainstage. Mozart’s operatic masterpiece returns to the Saenger stage January 24 & 26 in a stunning new production unlike anything seen before in Pensacola. Don Giovanni, the infamous arrogant, charismatic aristocrat, will stop at nothing to challenge unrequited lust — even if it means violence. His reign of terror ends in a brilliant finale as the fires of the underworld welcome opera’s lecherous libertine.
Rather than remain in the 1800s where the composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, originally set it, this production of Don Giovanni will move the action forward to the Art Deco period of the 1920s and 1930s. While Mozart’s music remains the same, this production will shed a completely new light on these timeless characters. “The story of a man taking advantage of his position of power is as old as storytelling. So putting Don Giovanni in a more modern time engages the audience in the timeless nature of this opera,” states Fenlon Lamb, stage director for Pensacola Opera’s production and creative mind behind Papermoon Opera Productions. “I think it keeps these quintessential stories alive and relevant. We’re in the midst of a real cultural movement with #metoo and examining this opera through that lens has made me rethink some of these operatic stereotypes.” The sets and costumes will also be unlike anything done before at Pensacola Opera, with Papermoon Opera Productions handcrafting the set and women’s costumes from paper.
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VIP Pensacola at Gulf Coast Kid’s House
GULF COAST KID’S HOUSE
photos & story by Kristina Wright
ensacola Cordova Rotary hosted the 10th annual Pancakes with Santa to benefit Gulf Coast Kid’s House on November 16. Guests enjoyed breakfast, crafts with Santa’s elves, and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, with photography provided by Barrett McClean Photography. Members of Bikers Against Child Abuse greeted attendees, and Animal Tales was on hand with awesome critters. All funds raised go toward supporting the mission of Gulf Coast Kid’s House that serves victims of child abuse in Escambia County. Gulf Coast Kid’s House is a private, not-for-profit organization which provides services to victims of child abuse in Escambia County. Gulf Coast Kid’s House is a children’s advocacy center serving Pensacola and Escambia County. As a children’s advocacy center, they combine all of the professionals and resources needed for the intervention, investigation, and prosecution of child abuse cases under one child-friendly facility. Child victims and their families also receive mental health counseling at their center. The goal of Gulf Coast Kid’s House is to form a more collaborative response to child abuse cases so they can improve case outcomes and minimize trauma to the children and families they serve. They also offer a variety of child abuse prevention education.
John & Jemma Rispoli
Crissy & Ben Medley
Sara & Cam Webb
Christy & Aila Rushing
Autumn Herring & Laurie Stearmer
Jake Peacock & Porter Daniel
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VIP Pensacola at Scenic Hills Country Club
Friends Of Folds
photos & story by Verla Price
cenic Hills Country Club, located on Burning Tree Road in Pensacola, hosted their first Friends of Folds Open on November 2 and 3. Golfers, patriots, and military men and women came together for this two-day event. Saturday evening kicked off with a cocktail hour, steak dinner, and then music provided by the Destiny Howard Duo. The club, shining in patriotic décor, welcomed everyone with photos by Rising Sun Video beside an American flag. Raffle tickets were sold and auction items were on display for early bidding. The teams were involved in jovial banter as they predicted who would win the next day. Sunday dawned bright and clear as the tournament began with opening remarks by Leo Lynne and Jeff Gulsby. Friends of Folds directly supports the mission of the Folds of Honor Foundation in providing educational scholarships to the children and spouses of America’s fallen and severely wounded soldiers. Over one million dependents are adversely affected by deployments, and nearly nine out of ten do not qualify for federal scholarship assistance. Golf Pro Rick Gorman played TAPS during the Folded Flag Ceremony performed by a two-person Honor Guard from NAS Pensacola. UWF ARMY ROTC Color guard presented as the Blue Anchor Belles performed the National Anthem. Amelia Eagle, a local Folds of Honor scholarship recipient, spoke in regards to her appreciation of the program as she aspires to attend college and earn a degree in teaching. Her father, US Navy Lieutenant Commander Christopher John Eagle, and her mother, Maryann, were present as well. Major sponsors supporting Friends of Folds included Pen Air, Tito’s Hand Made Vodka, Lewis Bear, Logo Masters, Kohl’s, Buffalo Rock, and Gold Ring. With the help of the golfers and other local sponsors, Scenic Hills Country Club raised $10,587.00 for their first year’s donation to Folds Of Honor. Tentative date for next year’s event will be November 14 and 15.
Doreen & Leonard Schwartz
UWF ARMY ROTC Color Guard
Sarah Katis & Arleen Lynne
Tammy & Jeff Barnhill
Jennifer & Jeremy Reese
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Jeff Gulsby & Vanessa Correia
Alison & Kevin Houghton
Ron Edwards & Lynn Greene
Mary Kitchens & Penny Stricklin
Deena & Terry Williams
Bill Carper, Rick Gorman & Rich Ziemba
Janet & Gary Herman
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I AM PENSACOLA
Dr. Craig Henry
What is your hometown, what brought you to PENSACOLA and how long have you been here? I’m from Destin, FL originally and lived there until moving to Pensacola in 2004. My first move to Pensacola was to attend the University of West Florida on a cross country scholarship, where I graduated with a BS in Pre-Professional Biology. From there I moved to the east coast of Florida, continuing my education and receiving my doctorate from Palmer College of Chiropractic and began my professional career, until moving back in 2014 when I started Henry Chiropractic Pensacola. What led you to choose this profession? I grew up in a Chiropractic family. My parents, Steve and Beverly Henry, had a successful Chiropractic practice in Destin for almost 40 years. I witnessed many patients praise my parents for the relief and life changing experiences they received there. I wanted to help people get relief from their injuries, and help them get back to the life they deserve to live. Pensacola’s vitality is what I like the best. There is so much energy and growth in Pensacola. The diversity in Pensacola is what makes it unique. From Downtown to Ferry Pass, East Hill to Navy Point, each neighborhood is different with its own charm. Give us three words that best describe you. Energetic. Philanthropic. Thankful. Finish this statement, I AM PENSACOLA because… I give back to the city and the people that I love. I am the President of Seville Rotary, a member of Northeast Pensacola Sertoma, a board member of the Pensacola Runner’s Association, and race director of the 2018 Fiesta Run. I am PENSACOLA proud!
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VIP Pensacola, October 2019 Health & Beauty Edition