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contents

Volume V • Issue X

events 12 Impact 100 Grant Finalist Announcement 17 Candlelight Vigil for Childhood Cancer 20 Iron Plan Solutions Ribbon Cutting 24 Pieces Adrift Art Show & Auction 28 BMW Motorcycle Riders Club of the Emerald Coast - Ride it Forward 34 Sertoma 2020 Check Presentation 53 Hot Meal Distribution 59 Uptown Pensacola Gallery Night

features 50 Payton Behind the Scenes A look behind the scenes of Payton’s “Extra” music video.

on the cover Madrina Ciano, Brigette Brooks & Roz Leahy Photography by Kristina Wright at Hancock Bank Club

departments 31 36 41 46 48 56 62

Adventure Out Style Coastal Cuisine #trending Give Care Share Locale I Am Pensacola

VIP Pensacola Staff Publisher Greg Alexander

Publisher’s Assistant Anna Stockton

Associate Publisher Verla Price

Designer Priscilla Atkins

Managing Editor Steve Barber

Contributing Writers/ Photographers Greg Alexander Steve Barber Verla Price Catherine Rowan Anna Stockton Kristina Wright

Production Editor Jessica Graña Advertising Steve Barber Verla Price Penny Stricklin

VIP Founder Jeff Watson October 2020 | 9

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letter from the Publisher Without Googling it, I am unsure who coined the phrase: “The show must go on.” That phrase is something that many of us have lived by the last several months. We at VIP Pensacola have plastered this on our walls, and we have looked up to it often. Through the passion for this community and the greatness that lies within it, we have continued to be excited to make the show go on and continue to publish an event and social magazine when hurricanes are rampant, events are limited, and socializing is distanced. By digging a little deeper and looking a little further for events, we have found many new and surprising things to share with our readers, including some new non-profits, some new businesses, some new faces, and some new ways of doing old things. We are coming out on the better end of 2020 now (finally), and we see valuable lessons learned, and many parts of our society re-engineered, and we look forward to all that is ahead for the rest of this year and into next. While 2020 allowed many of us to reflect, It has also required us to look deep inside to see where we are with life and where we are going.That point leads us back to that same phrase: “The show must go on.” Back in 2016, Steve Barber joined VIP Pensacola as editor. He brought a lot to the table with his PR background, his love of the people and places of the Emerald Coast, and because of his Southern graciousness and kind personality, their fondness of him. When Steve announced to us last month that he felt led to go back to his roots and back into the PR business, we were saddened to see him leave but were also happy that he continued to chase his passion in life. While Steve will still be around the area, just not involved in the magazine’s daily operations, we hope he will even contribute from time to time. So, the show must go on and we continue to be excited about new opportunities and new ways of sharing the very interesting people, places, and passions of all that is coveted on the Emerald Coast. We see many local businesses doing well as they recover from Hurricane Sally, we see tourism thriving, we see Covid numbers getting better and better, and we see light at the end of the 2020 tunnel. We are happy to bring you the October issue of VIP Pensacola, where you will see some of your favorite friends doing great things. Notice in Adventure Out details on the Pensacola Seafood Festival. In Coastal Cuisine we explore lionfish and from where they came. Pensacola Style provides a fall style forecast and in #trending we share a favorite creator of functional art. Throughout the past month we have hunkered down, baled water, tarped roofs, and yet we still found some time to sip, stroll, donate, appreciate art, and cut ribbons to bring you one of the best issues yet of VIP Pensacola. We are glad you took a chance to read our publication and we hope you notice our supporters, friends, and clients’ ads and visit them soon.

Greg Alexander Publisher Greg@VIPMag.com

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VIP Pensacola at Wahoos Stadium Hancock Bank Club

GRANT FINALIST ANNOUNCEMENT photos & story by Kristina Wright

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MPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area hosted their Grant Finalists announcement on September 9, at the Hancock Bank Club at Blue Wahoo’s Stadium, to reveal the 2020 finalists from this year’s grant applicant pool. During this event, fifteen nonprofit organizations were announced as finalists from IMPACT 100’s five focus areas, which are: Arts and Culture; Education; Environment, Recreation and Preservation; Health and Wellness; and Family. Each focus area selected three finalists to have an opportunity to be awarded the grant, and each finalist had ninety seconds to present their project to Impact 100 members for consideration. With 1,166 members this year, IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area will award $106,000 each to eleven nonprofit organizations in the community for a total impact of $1,166,000 at their Annual Meeting, which will be held on October 11. This is the 17th year that IMPACT 100 will be able to award grants to local nonprofit organizations. Since its inception in 2004, IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area has awarded 109 grants totaling $11,664,000 to 78 nonprofit organizations serving Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. After October 11, 2020, IMPACT 100 will have awarded 120 grants totaling $12,830,000 to the Pensacola Bay Area community.

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VIP Pensacola at Studer Family Children’s Hospital

Candlelight Vigil

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n Tuesday, September 1, Rally Pensacola held a candlelight vigil at the Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart. This candlelight vigil is to kick-off September as childhood cancer awareness month by honoring and remembering the children in our community who have been affected by cancer. Rally Pensacola supports local families while raising awareness and funds to help Childhood Cancer Research. Impact 100, a local organization, has sponsored Sherlock, a golden retriever, and his handlers at the Children’s Hospital. Sherlock is a therapy/comfort dog who helps children ease the stress of procedures and other things they could be facing while at the hospital and their illness. For ways to help or donate please visit rallyfoundation.org/rally-pensacola. Trina Pickett & Jaliyah Purifoy

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VIP Pensacola at Candlelight Vigil for Childhood Cancer

Jessica Hatton & Katie Mitchell

Elliot Rowell with Sherlock

Nichole Beck, Ashley Cerverizzo, Savannah Saylor & Amanda Monk

Noah Villarreal, Myles Roney, Hallie Villarreal & Adam Tatum

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Adrienne Maygarden & Heather Boatwright

Jamie Mitchell & Sarah Poland

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VIP Pensacola at Iron Plan Solutions

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Ribbon Cutting photos & story by Verla Price

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embers of Santa Rosa County Chamber and local business professionals welcomed Iron Plan Solutions Group as chamber members with a ribboncutting Tuesday, Sept 8. Iron Plan served finger foods and beverages as everyone chatted and discussed business. Iron Plan Solutions Group, LLC serves Pensacola, FL, and surrounding communities with innovative financial strategies, solutions, and planning. They are providing investors customtailored strategies to meet short and long-term needs as they realize their financial dreams. Santa Rosa County Chamber provides businesses with the opportunity to grow through networking at chamber-sponsored events and offers many other useful tools. Becoming a chamber member increases your visibility in the community through chamber newsletters, directories, and other publications. Chae Kyle, a licensed agent, and a strategic partner at Iron Plan Solutions Group, will be the company representative with the Santa Rosa County Chamber. Chae Specializes in helping clients with life insurance needs and achieving retirement goals. If you would like a personal meeting to discuss your retirement plans, send her an email at chae@myironplan.com.

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VIP Pensacola at Studer Community Institute

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photos & story by Catherine Rowan

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eep Pensacola Beautiful held its 2nd Annual Pieces Adrift Art Show and Auction in downtown Pensacola at Studer Community Institute on Saturday, September 12. This event highlighted ways to maintain a clean community and utilize littering prevention in our waterways. Many local artists and environmentalists participated to make beautiful art to display and auction. This exhibit focused on what local artists can make with what we find in our surrounding environment. The proceeds from the silent auction benefited enducation programs focused on littering and cleaning up our community. Guests got to enjoy food and drinks from Tap the Coast, Le Dough, and Jordan Valley as they listened to live music from the Paul, Scott and Marie Band. For more information on ways to help or to get involved, please visit KeepPensacolaBeautiful.org.

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Sigrid Solgard & September Dye

Rachel Eidson & Shirley Bryan

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VIP Pensacola at Pieces Adrift

M’Glynis McCoy & Nathan Fowler

Ashlee Kirkland & Michelle Olliff

Bianca & Guinevere Villegas, Betty Bain

Melissa Hosben, Rheana Earnhardt & Andrew Stephen

Mark, Heyling & Abel Jackson

Sigrid Solgard & Lauren Glass

Jennifer McGranahan, Isabel Nittis & Julie Fink

Dannon Hooks

The Paul, Scott & Marie Band

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VIP Pensacola at Ye Olde Brothers Brewery

BMW MOTORCYCLE RIDERS CLUB OF THE EMERALD COAST

Ride It Forward photos & story by Verla Price

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MW Motorcycle Riders Club of the Emerald Coast gathered at Adventure Motor Sports in Pensacola for their monthly riders’ meeting Saturday, September 26. Afterwards, the club took a spirited ride to Ye Olde Brothers Brewery in Navarre to present checks to The Air Force Enlisted Village and Healing Paws for Warriors. These nonprofit organizations were selected earlier in the year as the club’s recipients for a different type of contribution in conjunction with the BMW National Owners Group (MOA). The MOA asked BMW groups to participate in Ride It Forward on a selected day in April where riders chose a charity sponsored by the local dealer and participate in a hands-on visit to the organization. The original date was rescheduled and finally canceled due to COVID. The local BMW group decided that if they couldn’t help the charity in the proposed way, they would raise money alternatively. Adventure Motor Sports matched the funds raise, allowing a check for $500 to be given to each organization. Representatives from Healing Paws For Warriors along with Orion, one of their service dogs, accepted the first check. Healing Paws for Warriors is dedicated to providing Post-9/11 combat veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and Military Sexual Trauma (MST) rescue-to trained ADAcertified service dogs. Healing Paws is committed to providing our heroes the tools to live, improving veterans’ symptoms as they struggle with their conditions. By training rescue or shelter dogs, they allow the veteran to receive the dog at no cost. They have potentially saved two lives in the process. The second check was presented to Air Force Enlisted Village, where safe and secure homes are provided for surviving spouses of retired enlisted US airmen. These homes are located along the beautiful Emerald Coast of Northwest Florida and Shalimar near Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Feld. Independent living communities and assisted living housing is available. As Octoberfest was kicked off at Ye Olde Brothers Brewery, the BMW riders had a hearty lunch and then rode home to prepare for these two charities’ next fundraiser. Join them Saturday, October 24, at Adventure Motor Sports of NWF 6330 Pensacola Blvd for a Swap Meet and Raffle drawing 11 am – 4 pm, complete with food and beverages. If you ride a motorcycle and would like more information on the club, see Jon Kagan, the president, he will be on-site that day. For more information on these charities or to see how you might help: Healing paws for warriors visit info@healingpawsforwarriors.org Air Force Enlisted Village visit mail@afev.us

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Paul Mollere & Richard Haller

Fred Aylstock & Brian Craner

Ryan Price & Jon Kagan

Robbie Owens, Steve Rome & Jeff Gregory

Mike Arena & Jon Kagan

Sheila Hale, Mike Arena & Matt Rumple with Orion

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avor delicious seafood and enjoy the historic surroundings To ensure the safety of our patrons, committee, and volunteers, we of downtown Pensacola during the 43rd Annual Pensacola will be taking a variety of precautions regarding COVID-19. There will Seafood Festival, produced by Fiesta Pensacola. The free threebe a greater number of sanitizing stations throughout the parks, as well day festival will take place November 6, 7, and 8 in Downtown as a team of volunteers sanitizing dining areas after use. Our volunteers Pensacola’s Seville Square and Fountain Park. Bring the entire family and committee members will be wearing masks, especially those that for a weekend fi lled with a variety of foods, arts and crafts, and live will be handling your beverages. Food vendors will be required to wear entertainment. masks and gloves throughout the weekend This year’s festival will feature a plethora and ensure any common areas on their booths of seafood dishes and other delicious festival are sufficiently and frequently sanitized. We fare. Treat your taste buds to a variety are requesting that patrons of the festival of cuisine prepared by carefully selected exercise social distancing and bring own food vendors bordering the park along chairs and blankets for the entertainment area. Friday, November 6 Government and Alcaniz Streets. We will We are also requesting that festival-goers 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. feature a Gulf to Table area where local wear masks while walking around the festival restaurants will prepare tapas size portions of and within vendor booths. Saturday, November 7 their signature recipes. Be sure to also visit the Due to COVID-19, the traditional 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Fiesta Seafood Grille, sponsored by Pensacola Children’s Area will be slightly different. We Energy, near the Seville Square gazebo, where will feature a Children’s Area booth, full of Sunday, November 8 live cooking demonstrations by Pensacola fun take home activities for children of all ages 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. celebrity chefs will take place. including seafood-themed crafts and coloring We have over 75 vendors joining us this pages. year, with a variety of offerings, including: jewelry, gourmet items, The support that our sponsors provide, year after year, to the metal & glass, pottery & ceramics, soaps & candles, leather goods, Pensacola Seafood Festival is immeasurable. We are proud to have so home décor, woodcraft, paintings, prints, drawings, photography, many local businesses support our efforts in the community, including: outdoor décor, pet items, clothing, and accessories. Buffalo Rock Pepsi, Lewis Bear Company/Bud Light, Pensacola Bring your chair or blanket and join us in Fountain Park for an Energy, WEAR ABC 3, BB&T, Step One Automotive Group, Cat entertainment lineup that will bring the sounds of Southern rock, Country 98.7, NewsRadio 92.3FM/1620AM, funk, and soul throughout the streets of Pensacola. This year’s festival COX, Pensacola News Journal, InWeekly, VIP Pensacola, Lamar will feature your favorite local musicians on the Step One Automotive Advertising, Framing By Design, Group Entertainment Stage, including: The Modern Eldorados, Ben Kent’s Special Events, Community Coffee, and Highpointe Hotel Loftin & The Family, Yeah Probably, and DLP. Corporation.

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We have a variety of community partners that help us plan and execute our festival each year. From the merchandise, printing, rentals and entertainment, to park security, safety and cleanliness, we would like to recognize these partners that work hard to help us make the festival a success: Pensacola Police Department, Pensacola Fire Department, City of Pensacola, City of Pensacola Parks & Recreation, Keep Pensacola Beautiful, Boogie Inc., Kent’s Special Events, Gulf Coast Traffic Engineers, Container’s Inc., COX, LogoMotion Marketing, Spike’s Printing, Vowell’s Printing, PODs, L30 Traffic Control and Jernigan Sound.

For additional information about the upcoming Pensacola Seafood Festival contact the Fiesta office at 850-433-6512, visit www. pensacolaseafoodfestival.com, or become a fan @FiestaPensacola on Facebook and Instagram.

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VIP Pensacola at Bayview Park

2020 Check Presentation

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espite having to cancel the 2020 event due to COVID-19, Northeast Pensacola Sertoma became a guardian angel to Junior Achievement of Northwest Florida and Gulf Coast Kids House when they donated proceeds from their annual Dragon Boat Festival. Originally set for October 12, the Festival was called off on July 14. When Sertoma recognized the critical nature of 2020’s economic downturn and the effects it would have on local organizations serving children, Sertoma’s board decided to split the funds they had raised up to the point of the cancellation between the two organizations so they could continue their important work with kids in our area. “We are especially grateful to Wind Creek Hospitality for their ongoing involvement as the Presenting Sponsor of the Festival since our inaugural year,” said Roy Ridgeway, Dragon Boat Festival Event Director with Northeast Pensacola Sertoma. Ridgeway added, “Because of the generosity of Wind Creek Hospitality, Navy Federal Credit Union, Great Belles of Fire, and Sisters on the Fly, we were able to donate $16,000 each to Junior Achievement of Northwest Florida and Gulf Coast Kids House. This wouldn’t have been possible without their support.”

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Jane White & Susan Kingsbury Ridgeway

Ellen Kent, Susan Davis, Stacey Kostevicki & Olevia McNally

Britt Landrum & Ildia Hosman

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Swap Meet & Charity Raffle Buy, sell or swap anything motorcycle related and enjoy food, fellowship, and take home some treasures!

Adventure Motorsports of NWF 6330 Pensacola Blvd. Saturday, October 24th 11 am – 4 pm Sponsored by Adventure Motorsports of NWF, BMW Motorcycle Riders of the Emerald Coast, Indian Motorcycle Riders, & Pensacola Spirit Riders Ava McIntosh & Kylie McIntosh

Megan Chapman & Bradley Sanders

2 Raffle Prizes valued over $800.00 each

Mike Owens, Stephanie Alvarez & Aisa Goodyear

1. A day of rider training for one (1) person at the BMW U.S. Rider Academy in Greer, South Carolina *accommodations and travel not included. 2. Schuberth Helmet Raffle tickets are $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00 available at the parts desk of Adventure Motorsports. For more details – Stephen Rome srome@cox.net

A portion of the proceeds from the raffles will be donated equally to The Air Force Enlisted Village and Healing Paws for Warriors.

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Fall Forecast 2020

new trends for

Now that the leaves are changing and the weather is getting cooler, you have the perfect excuse to freshen up your wardrobe with some of this season’s hottest styles. From new textures to trending colors, take a look at some of what will be in for the Fall season. Sequin Adding a little sparkle is a great way to jazz up your look. Accessorize with a sequin purse, or go full sequin dress this season! Oversized Tops The warm and cozy look is in with oversized shirts, sweaters and jackets. Go a step further with a French tuck to elevate your outfit. Rust and Tangerine Hot colors this season pull from beautiful reds and oranges, mix and match or use them as neutrals. Shawls, wraps, and ponchos If you just need a little something to keep you warm, these extras will do the trick in style! Cropped Tops It may be getting cooler, but cropped tops are still very hot! Plaid, gingham, tartan, houndstooth Sophisticated patterns are picking up this Fall. Use them on accessories, or as a statement piece. Fringe What a great way to add a little personality to any look. Works great on purses, bags, jackets, or shawls. Knit Textured knit tops are not only warm and cozy, but also very chic right now! Bonus points if your knit top is also cropped, oversized, or rust-colored!

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Umm, Lionfish?

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story by Anna Stockton

ave you been to one of our wonderful local seafood restaurants lately, looked at the menu and thought‌. umm, lionfish? Well, you’re not alone, as these invasive fish attempt to wreak havoc on our waters, the Gulf Coast is fighting back in unconventional ways.

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So what exactly are these spiny bundles of venom? There are two main kinds of lionfish in our area but the one that has affected the gulf coast the most is the red lionfish. Known for their vertical lines, tall dorsal spines and enormous pectoral fins, lionfish are easily recognizable. Lionfish are impressive hunters and use the cover of night to stalk their prey. They are usually found living in reefs or mangroves, but can also be make their home around man-made structures like piers and shipwrecks. They can grow up to 18 inches long, females start laying eggs when they reach around 7 inches long and lay around 2 million eggs per year. This, along with having no natural predators, makes lionfish a huge threat to our local marine life. Native to the warm waters of the South Pacific and Indian Oceans, lionfish have found an equally hospitable environment in the waters of the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico over the past few decades. The first documented sighting was in 1985. Since then, there have been many theories and folklore surrounding exactly how the lionfish came to be in our waters. One theory is simple, aquarium enthusiasts imported the lionfish for their collection and dumped them in the water when they grew too large. Another theory is an aquarium along Biscayne Bay was destroyed during Hurricane Andrew in 1992, releasing 6-8 lionfish and contributing to the already growing (however, small) population. A more farfetched idea is that the lionfish were accidentally trapped and transported in the ballast of a freighter. How ever these hardy guys got here, it appears they are here to stay. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is “spearheading” the effort to minimize the lionfish population here in Florida. Their annual Lionfish Challenge encourages recreational and commercial divers to safely remove lionfish from the population. Monthly, as well as tiered prizes, are awarded for catching the most lionfish. Pictures and FWC checkpoints are used to keep track of catches. This challenge was extended through November 1, more information can be found at https://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/ lionfish/challenge/. Another program hosted by Florida Fish and Wildlife is the Lionfish Harvest Program, this allows commercial and recreational divers to be reimbursed for a portion of their lionfish dive charter. Go to www. fwcreefrangers.com for more information on this program. The Gulf Coast is known for making the most out of every situation and that’s exactly how some restaurants are handling the lionfish population problem. Ingenuity and creativity by local chefs, combined with a desire to keep our waters healthy, have created a trend we can all be proud of. Lionfish can be blackened, fried, barbequed, and combined with sauces and sides that will have you telling your friends. The lionfish spines are venomous, but once they’re safely removed it’s smooth sailing. The fillets are firm and white with a flaky texture and non-fishy taste, similar to a snapper or black sea bass. Demand is high for lionfish dishes as local restaurants are showcasing all the unique ways they can create something special while helping keep our eco-system healthy.

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INGREDIENTS: 3 eggs, beaten 1 cup chopped toasted almonds 1 cup flaked coconut 1 tbsp. sesame seeds 1 tbsp. brown sugar 1 pinch nutmeg 1 (15 oz.) can crushed pineapple, drained ½ cup chopped onion 8 lionfish fi llets

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DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a large baking dish. Place the beaten eggs in a shallow dish. Mix the almonds, coconut, sesame seeds, brown sugar, and nutmeg together in a mixing bowl. Combine the pineapple and onion together in a separate bowl. Dip each lionfish fi llet into the beaten egg, and then press into the almond mixture. Place the coated lionfish into the prepared dish. Spread the pineapple mixture over the coated fi llets. Bake until the fish flakes easily with a fork, about 40 minutes.

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A Lost Art for a New Era

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rtists can certainly be entrepreneurs once they find their path through their passions. Ben Caldwell is such an artist, who found a path to artistic and entrepreneurial success making what he calls Functional Art. While he may call it that, the rest of us just call it amazing, astonishing, and timeless pieces that will become heirlooms for generations to come. His art is unique, purposeful, and beautiful. As a classically trained painter and sculptor, Caldwell studied at Tufts University, The Studio School of New York, Harvard University, and The Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Ben’s early career found him crafting custom guitars, West African drums, and many other fun and beautiful things – but, he was not making a living. Ben’s father introduced him to a nationally known metal worker, Terry Talley, a metal artist of the old school who was dying of lymphoma. Talley wanted to mentor Ben and pass along this almost entirely abandoned craft for future generations. In 1999, Ben took on the craft full time. With his classical background, Ben caught on quickly and even began to invent, design, and build a lot of his own tools. Eventually, Ben, along with his wife, Lael, started Ben & Lael, Inc. Ben is a coppersmith, silversmith, enamellist, and sculptor creating and selling custom, one-of-a-kind copper, silver and enamel art. Ben’s signature pieces marry the character of polished copper with natural elements such as deer, moose, or elk antlers incorporated as handles for utensils and bases for bowls. Imagine the skill that it takes to select the precise antler that compliments the metal and looks and feels like a natural fit. Ben’s goal for each piece is to seem as it has been used for decades and expects that it will be. Ben’s father was a collector of antique silver so he grew up around the stuff and had an idea of what pieces were used for. This has allowed him to improve upon and get creative with things such as ladles, scoops, and spoons. When he crafts a copper tray, it is not just a round or smooth tray, but usually a replica of a large leaf he used as inspiration. Often, even the tip of the antler on a serving piece will have a flower or object from nature engraved into it. Caldwell explains, “I’m meeting people’s needs – not just utilitarian pieces, but objects that are beautiful.” While many of Ben’s pieces are created to be used, he also creates compositions of enamel on copper. These include flags, abstracts, and landscapes, each with so much dimension and movement that when he delivered Dolly Parton’s enamel Tennessee flag, she comically quipped, “Who ran over my flag?” Ben has extended his offerings mostly based on special commissions. He has executed some copper furnishings including custom paneling and interiors for the first Starbucks Reserve. He works with various designers and was commissioned for a custom orchid bowl for Ritz Carlton. He has commissioned pieces for governors, senators, and world leaders. Most recently, Ben has been flying to Arkansas to create a custom light fixture made from copper and antlers for a cabin builder. On creating new pieces, Ben notes, “People see my work and come to me with an idea. I work with them to realize the idea and execute it.” Ben studies old pieces of silver or how craftsmen did things 200 years ago. With every design detail considered for beauty and for function, each piece is truly a work of art.

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Ben sells his art at various, exclusive shows and galleries. He is available for trunk shows at shops and galleries and is always ready to take on special commissions. And while seeing his work online does not do it proper justice, you can purchase directly from his website, as well. Learn more at benandleal.com.

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humble family gathering for a game of golf to celebrate the memory of a loved one lost to breast cancer was the beginning of an organization dedicated to helping other victims of this terrible illness. Remembering how financially taxing breast cancer was on everyone, Amy Walsh’s family transformed the event into a fundraiser, creating the Jeanette Hansen/Barb Schultz Golf Outing in Saginaw, Michigan, in memory of Amy’s mother and aunt. When Walsh moved to the Emerald Coast she wanted to continue to make an impact and founded the 501(c)3 organization that she named Fore Her and arranged the organization’s first fundraising golf outing. Now, Fore Her has expanded into a far-reaching support organization for breast cancer patients using three signature events all to raise funds and financially assist local individuals diagnosed with breast cancer and those currently undergoing treatment. The events include Tea Fore Her, which has been ongoing for 6 years. The signature event - Fore Her Golf Outing, and the Pink Walk held at Destin Commons, which is the newest event. Heather Ruiz, senior director of marketing and leasing at Destin Commons noted, “Destin Commons and many of our merchants are proud supporters of the fight against breast cancer. Being able to partner with Fore Her on a local level is so rewarding and we are honored to be able to walk with survivors, those currently fighting, in memory of loved ones, and of course caretakers, family and friends.  We look forward to a day when a cure is found!” All funds raised through Fore Her events are used to pay for mortgage, rent, utilities, or helping with auto repairs for patients to get to treatments. Fore Her is here to offer resources, hope, compassion, and education for all who are affected by breast cancer. “The community has generously supported our organization over the last six years, and we want to make sure these funds get to those in need,” Walsh said. “This last year has been our most successful year of fundraising to date, and we’re looking at ways to expand our reach and make an even greater impact.” Breast cancer patients in need of financial assistance can go to www.foreher.org/get-help to submit a request. Learn more about Fore Her at www.foreher.org. 48

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Interview with Amy Walsh Founder – Fore Her

What is the mission of Fore Her? Fore Her was founded to raise funds for breast cancer patients undergoing treatment and in financial need in Northwest Florida. How long have you been involved with Fore Her? I founded Fore Her in 2013. After taking a step back from volunteering from other nonprofits in the area I realized there was a need to help breast cancer patients in financial need in this area. My family (in Michigan) had been holding golf outings for many years raising funds for breast cancer patients in financial need there, so it made sense to follow their lead. Fore Her was created in memory of my mom and aunt who both passed away from breast cancer. What sort of staff does Fore Her have? Are there volunteers? Fore Her is run by all volunteers so that all funds raised are used to help those in financial need. How is Fore Her funded? Fore Her is funded primarily through our 3 signature fundraisers. The Annual Golf Outing (how we started), the Pink Walk, and Tea Fore Her. There are a few other events held on behalf of Fore Her throughout the year, however, this year, with Covid-19 those fundraisers were cancelled.

told how we are helping. The reactions of the applicants are priceless. Knowing we are bringing financial relief to those who apply is why we are here. Is Fore Her involved in any upcoming events? We have our 8th Annual Golf Outing on Sept 25, to include a virtual silent auction; the annual Pink Walk which will be held virtually starting Oct 15, as well as our Tea Fore Her coming up on Jan 31, 2021. What is one thing you want readers to know about Fore Her? One thing I want readers to know about Fore Her is that we help breast cancer patients year-round. We are actively helping applicants every month, not just October. How can someone become involved or help the organization? Someone can be involved by contacting me or checking out the website. Most times we need volunteers for our events with planning or gathering donations or sponsors. There may be times when a newly diagnosed woman contacts us and asks to talk with a survivor or another breast cancer patient about navigating their diagnosis and we do need people willing to talk with others.

What impact has Fore Her had on the community in the last year? Over the last year we have helped pay for just over $55,000 in bills for recipients that are currently battling breast cancer and in financial need. We serve from Escambia County to Bay County. Last year we established a monthly support group, which, for now, is held virtually the 3rd Saturday of each month. If anyone battling breast cancer or any survivors would like to join us, please contact me at amy@foreher.org. What is the most rewarding part of your involvement with the organization? The most rewarding part of why I founded Fore Her is the reaction from the recipients when they are told what Fore Her is doing for them. After our Patient Liaison receives an application, she will contact the applicant and then share her findings with the rest of the Fore Her Board Members. We then vote on the best course of action to financially help the applicant. We take into consideration what the applicant has asked for and try to do more than expected if we can. The applicant is then contacted by phone and

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op recording artist from Destin, Florida, Payton has just wrapped up filming her music video for her upcoming single “Extra.” Two long days filming in multiple locations from 30A to Fort Walton Beach, the video begins with Payton being wooed by grand gestures from an admirer who first comes across as a little bit “Extra.” Marky Bergeron stars alongside Payton in the video as her admirer, who Payton finds to be over the top from the first encounter but eventually gives him a chance. Signed to First Note Entertainment back in 2017, the last year has seen Payton release four new songs which have helped her grow an already strong online fanbase. Payton has amassed nearly 30,000 followers and hopes this number will grow with the release of her first music video. “Take it down a notch, Hearts can’t be bought, When will you realize, You, you don’t gotta be so extra all the time.” Is a sentiment many other young girls can relate to, Payton’s core fanbase. At just 17 years old, Payton wants to be a role model in a way that empowers her audience through her music. “I think a lot of times when a guy tries to get a girl’s attention, they try to go overboard and they stop being themselves,” says Payton. Though 17 years old may sound young, Payton says, “I’ve been writing original songs and performing since I was 10.” “Extra” was written by Payton, Andrew Rudd ,and Jamie Kent, and produced by Andrew Rudd. Rudd has been working alongside First Note Entertainment with Payton throughout 2020 on a string of singles to be released over the coming months. “Payton is the real deal, with

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a kind of natural talent you can’t teach,” says Rudd. “…and not just writing, or in the studio, but now we even see it on camera.” A small film crew, led by rising talent Keno Manuel, filmed the music video which didn’t come without its hurdles. Filming a music video in the last month of summer proved to be a challenging experience in the Florida weather, either contending with pouring rain or the hottest day of the year, in the space of two days. The crew was all very thankful to be filming inside the airconditioning of “Adventure Zone” in Fort Walton Beach, but still toughed it out on the mini-golf course under the hot summer sun to get the perfect takes. It was so hot in fact that when the ice cream scene came along, the ice cream melted too fast to get any more than a two or three takes along the Okaloosa Island Pier at Fort Walton Beach. While “Extra” is her first music video, Payton is no stranger to the music scene, already receiving major recognition as one of 40 artists selected to promote their songs to prominent Music Supervisors at the Durango Film/TV Festival in Ventura, California. Payton was also invited to sing at the famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, a venue many artists aspire to perform at. Payton says, “I’m still discovering myself, my music, and having fun in the process. Hopefully I can inspire people to chase their dreams despite outside voices.”

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Feeding the Gulf Coast Distributes Food in Areas Hit by Hurricane Sally Nearly a week has passed since Hurricane Sally devastated parts of south Alabama and the Panhandle of Florida. In the wake of this catastrophic storm, Feeding the Gulf Coast is working around the clock to provide much needed food and water to those struggling in the affected Gulf Coast communities. In the six days since landfall, Feeding the Gulf Coast has distributed over 355,000 pounds of essential food and water to storm impacted communities, including Baldwin and Mobile counties in Alabama, and Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in Florida. As families are already struggling with the economic pressures resulting from COVID-19, Hurricane Sally has added to their burdens with costly home repairs and destroyed food supplies. “Along the Central Gulf Coast, one in five individuals struggles with food insecurity. That includes one in three children,” says Michael Ledger, President and CEO of Feeding the Gulf Coast. “The destruction of Hurricane Sally in combination with the COVID-19 pandemic impact has significantly exacerbated the issue of hunger, specifically in our Gulf Coast region. Our hearts are broken for all affected, but we know that our Gulf Coast communities are strong and resilient. Feeding the Gulf Coast is committed to providing ongoing disaster relief and food assistance to the communities devastated by Hurricane Sally. We know the need is great and we are here to relieve some of the burdens created by this storm for the long haul.” The food bank will continue to work with our partner agencies in the community, as well as Feeding America and state Food Bank Associations, to best serve those impacted by Sally’s destruction. As the food bank assesses the areas of greatest concern, they remain focused on maintaining service throughout all 24 counties as they

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continue to respond to the ongoing needs resulting from COVID-19. For individuals and families experiencing hunger, we encourage them to use the “Find Help” feature available on our website at www. feedingthegulfcoast.org. Individuals can also call our office at (888) 704-FOOD and our staff can help connect those seeking assistance with distribution partners closest to them. During this time of uncertainty and crisis, the food bank remains committed to serving individuals and families impacted by the storm. Feeding the Gulf Coast will continue to be an organization of hope and support for families facing hunger. As we work to meet the increased demand for emergency food, water and supplies in our community, support will be vital for our ability to respond quickly and decisively to address the damages caused by Hurricane Sally throughout our service area. For those wishing to become involved with our efforts, donations can be made on our website at www. feedingthegulfcoast.org. We also know volunteer support will be critical to our efforts in the coming days. Credit Union in Pensacola, FL “Flip Your Money” Event Gives Back to the Community On Thursday, September 10th, 2020, Central Credit Union of Florida partnered with Cat Country radio and gave back to its members and neighboring community through their “Flip Your Money” event. Central Credit Union invited Cat Country radio station’s celebrity disc jockey, Candy, to participate in the event at their Nine Mile Road branch location where she emceed the morning event. The offer was open to everyone, members and non-members alike, and so for the first 100 people to go through the drive-

thru and present $5, the Credit Union “fl ipped” their money and gave back $10 to each person who participated for a total contribution of $500. This event was promoted on social media with Candy from Cat Country and their famous Cat mascot, doing a Facebook live stream for the public with views totaling over 1,600 in just under one minute. This give-back event comes at a time when the credit union has had to come up with creative ways to show their gratitude for not only their members but neighbors as the global pandemic continues to put restrictions on public gatherings. As Barbara MacNeil, Community Liaison of Central Credit Union of Florida stated, “We really have enjoyed thinking of new ways to show our members and neighbors how grateful we are for them. Giving back is so important to us here at Central Credit Union and that’s why we believe this is where you belong.” Central Credit Union of Florida has five branch locations throughout the Pensacola and Panama City areas. If you live, work or attend school in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Washington, Bay, or Duval county you can join the other 17,000 – and counting – Central Credit Union members and receive benefits like this as well as their many financial services and offers. To learn more about Central Credit Union of Florida, you can follow their Facebook page, visit their website www. ccufl.org or call (850) 474-0970 or (800) 375-2235. Naval Museum Reopens to Active Duty September 29 After a reset following Hurricane Sally, the National Naval Aviation Museum will reopen to active duty personnel and their dependent family members beginning on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 10 a.m. Hours of operation will be Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “The museum weathered the storm well with no major structural damage to the

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building or the aircraft displayed outside,” said Museum Director CAPT Sterling Gilliam, USN (Ret.). “The torrential rain did cause a number of roof leaks in our buildings, including the spaces in which we house our small artifacts. However, our operations/maintenance and curatorial teams went into action quickly and have the situation well in hand.” Active duty visitors and their dependents must bring their own masks and wear them at all times while inside the museum. Visitors can expect a different look when they arrive. There are defined paths around the aircraft and some exhibits will remain closed to ensure social distancing. The Naval Aviation Museum Foundation will operate its Giant Screen Theater at reduced capacity and there will be limited refreshments available. The popular Cubi Bar Café will not be open at this time.

The Giant Screen Theater movie schedule is as follows: 10:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 12 p.m. 1 p.m. 2 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

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Feeding the Gulf Coast Response to Hurricane Sally

Hurricane Sally left significant devastation in her path, and our Gulf Coast communities are picking up the pieces. As families are already struggling with the economic pressures resulting from COVID-19, Hurricane Sally has added to their burdens with costly home repairs and destroyed food supplies. “Along the Central Gulf Coast, one in five individuals struggles with food insecurity. That includes one in three children,” says Michael Ledger, President and CEO of Feeding the Gulf Coast. “The destruction of Hurricane Sally in combination with the COVID-19 pandemic impact has significantly exacerbated the issue of hunger specifically in our Gulf Coast region. Our hearts are broken for our community, but we know that our Gulf Coast communities are strong and resilient. We are here to help relieve some of the burdens created by this storm.” Despite some initial setbacks with power at both of our warehouses, Feeding the Gulf Coast has resumed operations. Thankfully, power has now been restored to both our Milton and Theodore facilities. As of Thursday, we have trucks back on the road bringing essential food into communities that need assistance. The food bank will continue to work with partners in the community, including Feeding America and our agencies to implement plans to best serve those impacted by Sally’s destruction. We are assessing the areas of greatest concern and will work to be strategic about the placement of emergency food and water in these areas. While we are focusing on areas impacted by the storm, please know that maintaining service throughout all 24 counties remains a critical priority for our organization, as we continue to respond to the ongoing needs resulting from

COVID-19. For individuals and families experiencing hunger, we encourage them to use the “Find Help” feature available on our website at www. feedingthegulfcoast.org. Individuals can also call our office at (888) 704-FOOD and our staff can help connect those seeking assistance with distribution partners closest to them. During this time of uncertainty and crisis, Feeding the Gulf Coast remains dedicated to serving the community. Working with community partners, the food bank will continue to be an organization of hope and support for families facing hunger. As we work to meet the heightened demand for emergency food and supplies in our community, support will be vital for our ability to respond quickly and decisively to address the damages caused by Hurricane Sally throughout our service area. For those wishing to support our efforts, donations can be made on our website at www.feedingthegulfcoast.org.

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What is your hometown, what brought you to PENSACOLA, and how long have you been here? I was born in Cartersville, GA, we moved to Pensacola in 1994 when I was four years old. My family moved to Pensacola so that my father could start his own businesses which he successfully ran for 25 years and just sold in 2019. I always knew that I wanted to make Pensacola my home because of the love I have for this community and its people. After graduating from Auburn University and living in Tampa for a number of years I knew it was time to move back home and do my part to make this community better. What is your profession and what led you to choose it? I am the Executive Director of the Downtown Improvement Board. Downtown Pensacola has seen tremendous growth over the past 15 years. This growth was because of entrepreneurs taking a risk to start up new businesses, investors being willing to develop in Downtown, and in part the Downtown Improvement Board (DIB) keeping downtown clean, safe, and enhancing the quality of life and economic success for all of our citizens and tourists. As the new Executive Director of the DIB I simply want to continue to do everything I can to make this community the best it can be. Throughout my time in Pensacola I have served on several non-profit boards all trying to do their part to improve this city, and as I step into my new role with the DIB I see this as an opportunity to make a bigger impact for the community as a whole.

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What do you like best about Pensacola? What makes it unique? Pensacola is likable for a whole host of reasons. It’s hard to argue with the fact that you can easily hop in your car on any given day of the week and get your feet sandy on one of the best beaches in the country. It’s hard to argue with the fact that you and your family can pack up on any given weekend and enjoy the great things this city has to offer like the Palafox Market, Mardi Gras, Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival, Pensacola Seafood Festival, or even just a stroll down Palafox Street, named one of the 10 Great Streets in America. Give us three words that best describe you. Outgoing, Ambitious, Loyal. Finish this statement, I AM PENSACOLA because… I know that we are all in this together and that for our community to be the best, it must be the best for everyone in our community.

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