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events 12 Mix & Mingle for a Big Cause 14 Sunday Supper for Gulf Coast Kid’s House 16 Crab Cake Cook-Off 19 Justice Jackpot 24 Blue Angel Music’s Blues on the Bay 28 Back 2 School Giveaway & Health Fair 36 Turquoise Rejuvenation Center Ribbon Cutting 40 Palafox Market 45 Stamped Film Festival VIP Reception 51 Pensacola Bama Club Annual Scholorship Kick-Off 55 Pensacola Beach Chamber Business After Hours 60 Pensacola Eggfest Season 7 Premiere Kick-Off Party 62 The Children’s Home Society Get to Know Us Lunch 65 The Main Street Foundation’s 9th Annual Luau 71 3rd Annual August Block Party 76 Bikes & Brews 79 Pensacola Survivors Speakeasy Gala
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!"##"$%&$'(%#)"%*+,!-.)"$ As we officially round out the summer this month, we celebrate the not-so-hot days and all that comes along with the upcoming autumn season. Summertime seems to move faster each year, as do the other three seasons. While I have reflected on the great times and fabulous things that took place over the summer, I feel excited for where this great community is finding itself. The Real Estate market is thriving, tourism has been very strong, our infrastructures are strengthening (the bridge is looking nice), and retail and restaurants are booming. The continued growth and strength of Pensacola and the surrounding area is directly relative to the types of leaders that call this great place home. Our areaâ€™s leadership comes in many forms â€Ś and this month, we are highlighting some Leading Ladies that are making their own mark in one way or another. Be sure to check out their profiles and if you do not know them already, you should certainly reach out and introduce yourself. We could have filled the entire magazine with profiles of deserving women who are doing great things, but we will save some for upcoming issues. While the summer months have fewer social and business events than other times of the year, we had no problem finding plenty to keep us busy and our photographers caught many of you there, as well. Take note of the important and prominent events from the last few weeks with highlights captured in this issue. You will also find, on our Save the Date pages, some exciting events that are happening in the next few weeks. We will be celebrating with all of the Best In Pensacola winners this month at the annual Black Tie Ball. You will find exciting highlights from that event in next monthâ€™s issue. Get out and be social as the sun sets a little earlier and the temps get a little cooler, and we hope we run into you along the way.
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VIP Pensacola at Studer Community Institute
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photos & story by Kristina Wright
ig Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida hosted their Mix & Mingle for a Big Cause on July 25 at the Studer Community Institute. Guests were invited to mix and mingle luau style with Bigs, Littles, community partners, and supporters for a casual and fun social event sponsored by Fishbein Orthodontics, with drinks provided by The Lewis Bear Company. Tickets were $10 and included light hors d’oeuvres, an entire fire roasted pig from Sonny’s Bar-b-que, two drink tickets, and a photo booth provided by Salz Studio. This event featured an incredible silent auction with over 85 unique gift baskets ranging from $20-$400 in value, along with unique “chances to win” with perfect options for everyone. The event raised over $5,000 from the silent auction, and $7,000 total. All proceeds went to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida. The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers and children.
Kathy Cole & Mike Thibodeaux
Paula Shell & Dana Hall
Debra Fontannaz & Jayden Bass
Erik Petersen & Fred Bianchi
Lori Harris & Aliza Ray
Laquanda Perkins & Lashica Charley
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Cat Outzen & Mallory Wilson
Kristen Lammers & Yosy Morris
Kayla Herring, Emily Maund & Nicole Partridge
Jon Juliusson & Bradley Sanders
Bobby & Hong Potomski, Ashton Hayward
Jayde Herman & Trang Huynh
Samantha Kuhn, Amanda Harper & Jennifer Passaretti
Thom & Melissa Keener
Sherri & Joey Ziegler
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VIP Pensacola at Cypress Pensacola
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Cypress Pensacola hosted their second Sunday Supper on July 28. McKenzie Lovelace, owner of Cypress Pensacola, plans to host a Sunday Supper once a month to benefit a different local non-profit. Their first event benefited Rally Pensacola, and this was their second, which benefited Gulf Coast Kid’s House. Dinner featured a signature cocktail, the “Summer Sipper,” and 100% of proceeds went directly to the charity. In addition, 10% of total sales from 5-9pm also went to the charity. Board Members Keith Hoskins, of Navy Federal; Shawn Dominguez, and Tip McAlpin were in attendance. Blake Rushing, longtime supporter, and Executive Chef at Union Public House also stopped by. Upcoming events to support GCKH include the 18th Annual Panhandle Charitable Open, to be held on September 27-28, and the Pensacola Dragon Boat Festival on October 12. Gulf Coast Kid’s House, Inc (GCKH) is the only child advocacy center and child abuse prevention center serving as both a physical center for the coordinated response to child abuse and the facilitating agency for the Escambia County Multidisciplinary Team. Their mission is to facilitate the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse and neglect; and promote child abuse prevention awareness through community education.
Bradley Sanders & Megan Chapman
McKenzie Lovelace & Luca DiSomma
Tara & Shawn Dominguez
Justin & Thomas Roche
Mal Williams & Lynne Pardue
Elise & Don Chipman
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Andy & Sharon Berghorn
Tip McAlpin & Nancy Miller
Dan & Paula Doty
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VIP Pensacola at Seville Quarter
Crab Cake Cook-Oﬀ photos & story by Catherine Rowan
he Arc Gateway’s 23rd Annual Crab Cake Cook-Off, sponsored by Dr. Stu Bonnin, was held on July 31 at Seville Quarter in downtown Pensacola. Top chefs, restaurants, and organizations from around the area competed for the People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice Award. While eating crab cake, guests got to sample beer tastings from Pensacola Bay Brewery and enjoy live music from Brit Landrum. Dessert was provided by Szotski’s Cheesecakes and Emerald Coast Custom Cakes. There were numerous baskets for the silent auction, and artwork for sale made by The ARC Gateway clients. This year’s first place People’s Choice award went to Pensacola Five Flags Rotary, and the first place Judges Choice award went to Azalea Trace. The ARC Gateway is a non-profit organization that helps children and adults in our community with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Crab Cake Cook-Off is their annual fundraiser to support their different programs and activities.
Sara Willard & Laura Novick
Michelle Sweeney & Lee Elebash
Brittany Houghton & Heather Waltz
Reid Torgersen & Lindsey Shaw
Ashlee Carpentier & Jessica Willis
Dianne Robbins, Kristie Greenhut, Karen Mansfield & Larry Robbins
Lauren Stone & Evie Davis
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VIP Pensacola at Sanders Beach Community Center
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aturday August 17, Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz hosted their fourth Justice Jackpot at Sanders Beach Community Center. Guests got to enjoy casino style gaming, dancing, live music, and food by Nancyâ€™s Catering and Events. The Justice Jackpot fundraising event goes to support many of the programs such as Take Stock in Children, AWKO Hungry For Justice Program, and Southern Youth Sports Association that AWKO Justice Foundation funds and puts on in our local community as well as national organizations. The AWKO Justice Foundation also helps local high school seniors with scholarships to better their future.
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Sue & Kit Nast
Morgan & Mariah Crawford
Justin & Ashley Mercer
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Jill Harper & Janet Battel
Rick & Susan Carroll
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Ivy Everitt & Amanda Clayton
Barbara Hall & Elaine Fields
Melony & Brant Peacher
Madison King & Nick Williamson
Elise Gordon & Peyton Blocker
Nicole Granger, Elizabeth Daza & Kimberly Etscheild
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f there are two things that Pensacola knows, it’s great seafood and how to throw a killer party, so it seems only natural that when those two things come together in one fun-fi lled weekend, it’s not something to be missed. And for countless people who have attended the Pensacola Seafood Festival over the past 42 years, it hasn’t been. What started out as an attempt by the Pensacola Chamber of Commerce in 1977 to draw tourism to the area during the part of the year commonly called the “shoulder” season, the Seafood Festival once spanned two consecutive weekends in a row, setting up on Pensacola Beach one weekend and hitting the downtown scene for another. But as so often happens, it took off after a few years, growing to such an extent that it was eventually distilled into one spectacularly massive, festive event that now takes over the streets of downtown Pensacola and transforms it into a place where every inch of sidewalk, every patch of grass, and every street corner holds something new to taste, see, smell, hear, and experience. Now under the organization of Fiesta Pensacola, the festival grows more each year in size and in popularity, drawing innumerable local
patrons and thousands of visitors to the area to take part in the fun as well as attracting more than 170 artisans and craftsmen nationwide who travel to the city to participate. “Visitors to the Seafood Festival can expect one of the best festivals on the Gulf Coast,” says Margaret-Anne West, Fiesta Pensacola Event Coordinator. “Naturally, the event features a limitless supply of delicious seafood and other cuisines to savor, but it truly is a weekend fi lled with culture and entertainment, showcasing various musical acts as well as the creations of artists and crafters, both from the local area as well as from various areas all throughout the country. It’s a chance for people to get out and enjoy the richness of the community, to immerse themselves in historic downtown Pensacola, and to see what makes the city so special,” West continues. Hailed as one of the largest arts and crafts fairs in Northwest Florida, the Pensacola Seafood Festival is expected to boast more than 30 food vendors whose offerings scent the air with everything from fried and grilled seafood to burgers, chicken, and decadent desserts and snacks, as well as the wares of numerous artisans and crafts workers, a children’s area, live cooking demonstrations from area
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chefs, live music and entertainment, festival merchandise, and more. An admission-free event for all, the festival is indeed a reason to hit the streets and make a full weekend downtown part of your send-off to the summer. “It’s always an exciting time for the city, and there are so many people who have made it an annual tradition for their families. No two years are ever the same, and we look forward to this year being every bit as fantastic as always,” West says. For those who have already been to the festival in years past, they are well aware of the excitement the weekend has in store; and for those who will be experiencing it for the first time, it’s just one more thing to love about Pensacola. From soulfully cooked seafood to great entertainment and creative crafts that showcase the unique skill and talent of the hands that make them, there’s nothing like a good festival to bring everyone together to have fun, make some memories, and show their support for the local economy—and this one will definitely have you hooked.
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VIP Pensacola at Hunter Amphitheater at Community Maritime Park
Blues on the Bay photos & story by Kristina Wright
lay Pensacola Parks and Recreation and The Blues Angel Music Foundation hosted Blues Angel Music’s Blues on the Bay on July 28 at the Hunter Amphitheater inside the Vince Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park. This is a weekly concert series that offers a wonderful summer experience by inviting guests to pack their coolers, bring lawn chairs, and enjoy a cool breeze off the bay while dancing and listening to some of the region’s best musical talent. The Bay Bridge Band brought the power of a full horn section, blazing guitars and one of Northwest Florida’s top female vocalists to the pop/rock hits of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. The band featured covers of music from Chicago, Aretha Franklin, The Doobie Brothers, Van Morrison, Tina Turner, The Beatles, and more. Several vendors were on site, including ECUA with their water station, Dynamic Life Chiropractic provided free nervous system assessments, and 3D-Eats food truck. There were also opportunities to win several raffle prizes including items like gift cards to Foire of Pensacola, Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen and Taproom, Fast Eddie’s, Pensacola Museum of Art, and a month of private music lessons for any instrument from Blues Angel Music. The Blues Angel Music Foundation aims to make a positive impact on the Greater Pensacola Area through the promotion of music education, instruction, and therapy throughout the lifespan of any and every individual it touches. They seek out and support organizations, scholarships, and other efforts to engage the mind and body through music.
Muriel Jones & Larry Hair
Randy Peterson & Kim Corley
Danielle Cobb & Dr. Gabriel Waterman
Rich Doda & Don Dickman
Margie & Henry Hobbs
John Simmons & Debbie Brown
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ragonfly Financial Services for Women is a premier planning firm dedicated solely to women. Dragonfly was envisioned by founder Martina Mason over ten years ago but did not become a reality until this year. Twenty years ago Martina and her husband Mal Mason founded Iron Plan Solutions Group. As they grew the company into a very successful financial planning firm, Martina always felt something was missing. It was apparent to her that women think differently, communicate differently, and invest differently than men. After much searching, it came to Martina’s attention that there was not a single financial planning firm on the Gulf Coast that was dedicated to women. This year, after attending a conference for women financial professionals, Martina decided the timing was perfect to launch Dragonfly. Martina and the rest of the Iron Plan Solutions team organized an event for ladies only at Painting with a Twist to announce the launch of Dragonfly. The ladies consisted of existing clients as well as some new faces. The team chose a beautiful dragonfly as the painting. The announcement of the launch of a financial services company dedicated to women was met with cheers and applause. Dragonfly is not just an extra page for women on a company website or the occasional empowering women seminar. It is female-owned with only female advisors and staff servicing only women. The dragonfly symbolizes prosperity, strength, and independence. Dragonfly clients will have the opportunity to meet in a comfortable setting and speak with a female advisor who will work with them at their pace. Women don’t want to be seated at a conference table and be told what to do with their retirement and investments. Women are critical thinkers and emotional decision-makers. They need time to process the decisions that will impact the rest of their lives. The importance of helping women make sense of their financial future goes way back in Martina’s past. Long before she even had the idea she might want to be a planner she and her ex-husband invested with a large name brand firm. She noticed that she was receiving trade confirmation slips in the mail almost weekly. When it came time for their annual review, she asked her representative about the number of trades. His response was you don’t worry about that little lady. You just enjoy your lunch. She has never forgotten how that made her feel and she is adamant to not let another woman feel that way again. It is shocking to her how many women stay with their existing advisor because they are afraid he will be angry with her if she moves her money. Martina has clients who came to her because their advisor told them they were too stupid to understand the plan he created for them. One of these clients has her Ph.D. and another was the operations manager of a large insurance firm. Another client had an advisor that told her that he knew he was talking over her head but she could just stomp her foot when she didn’t understand him. Dragonfly is determined to eliminate this behavior. Martina lifts up her clients and helps them understand the very complex world of investing so they can make an educated decision about their money. At Dragonfly, it does not matter if you are single, married, divorced or think you might want to be any of these. It doesn’t matter if you are an accomplished investor or just starting out. It does not matter how old or how young you are. Martina can help you with your investments, retirement income planning, life insurance, and college planning. If you already have a plan and simply want Martina to review it and help you understand it better, she is more than happy to help. She always takes into consideration your unique circumstances and keeps what is most important to you about your money as the foundation of your plan. When you enter the Dragonfly office you will find yourself in a peaceful, feminine setting where you can sit comfortably and discuss your concerns. If you are married or have a significant other, you are welcome to include that person in your planning process. Just remember that your financial wellbeing will always be Dragonfly’s primary concern. You deserve an Advisor who is passionate about her work and understands the challenges women face today. Dragonfly offers fee-based planning as well as commissionbased planning. All initial consultations are no charge and there is complete transparency regarding cost. Martina and her 26
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husband Mal have founded their own independent Registered Investment Advisor firm that services both Dragonfly and Iron Plan Solutions Group. In October Martina will complete her designation as a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. Dragonfly is Pensacola based and will open the Destin office in the next few months. Martina understands the many hats that today’s women wear. She and Mal have a beautiful daughter, Alex who is a Bio-Med major at UWF. She is dedicated to her family and her practice. Martina’s clients are like an extension of her family. Becky Anderson writes, “Martina was so helpful to me after my divorce. She helped me organize my accounts and designed a plan for me. I now have the comfort of knowing I will have enough money for a comfortable retirement.” Anita Israelson writes, “Martina is a compassionate professional who makes me feel cared for and understood. My husband and I can sleep better knowing she has helped find the best plan to protect our retirement assets.” Kate Cahill writes, “Martina helped my husband and me through some critical life decisions. She was able to show us the financial impact of each of the choices before us. Once we made our decision, she designed a plan and got us headed for an early retirement that suits our international lifestyle.”
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ype Pensacola hosted the 5th Annual Back 2 School Giveaway and Health Fair on August 3 at the Fricker Community Center. In its 5th year of service, HYPE Pensacola’s mission is to provide the parents and students of Pensacola a “hyped up” jumpstart on their health, minds, and supplies for the upcoming school year. Free food, games, health demonstrations, on-site testing, and giveaways were provided, as well as encouraging words from some of Pensacola’s most esteemed community partners. The ultimate goal of the organization was to give away a minimum of 400 stuffed backpacks to local youth. The event was free to the public, but on-site registration for all children was required for participation. HYPE Pensacola’s mission is to provide comprehensive and innovating programs that will serve to envision and navigate a course for a rewarding future characterized by achievement, independent thought, and social responsibility through education, mentoring, and youth sports. The focus of the HYPE Pensacola program is to provide resources to the youth of Pensacola, grades 9-12, that will keep them on the right path for future success. Resources provided include tutoring and mentorship, workshops, classes for financial planning, resume writing and job interview etiquette, drug and violence prevention, grooming, and dating etiquette. The idea is to provide local youth with the life skills and lessons that they don’t necessarily learn in a traditional high school course. Each student that is a participant in the program must perform at least 50 volunteer hours of community service per semester. Furthermore, students are required to maintain a 2.5 GPA to remain in the program.
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Rashanti Fields & Jenica Lee
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oing what she loves, Karen Atkins spends her time educating men and women about nutrition and healthy living. Karen Atkins is a Florida-licensed, registered dietitian at Woodlands Medical Specialists. She works one-on-one with people to ensure they fully understand how to make dietary decisions that will help them feel better, look better and live better. Karen is creative and enjoys structuring her lessons in a way that allows her to truly learn about her clientsâ€™ needs and learning behaviors so that her teachings are more impactful. Karen works with a variety of people, including diabetics, oncology patients, cardiac patients, and people who are seeking assistance with weight management. Karen is a life-long learner and consistently studies the latest in health education. She is an exercise enthusiast, which drives her passion for healthy living and motivates her to help others. Karen loves the Pensacola community and was instrumental in developing Pensacolaâ€™s Quintessential Leadership Program. She continues to mentor students through the Registered Dietitian Mentorship Program offered through the University of North Florida. Karen earned her Master of Science from Penn State University and worked as a college professor and Registered Dietitian Woodlands Medical Specialist dietitian before moving to Pensacola in 2009. Karen has enjoyed the beautiful Gulf Coast ever since.
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asie Copeland is a native Floridian. She attended the University of South Florida where she earned her BA in Psychology. Kasie has been in the mortgage industry for 16 years and helped to open the first American Mortgage Service Company Branch in Florida over 5 years ago. Through the hard work and perseverance of Kasie, her partner, and their team, the Florida Branch has Sales Manager become one of the American Mortgage Service Co. most successful at American Mortgage 850.291.1934 Service Company. 2401 Executive Plaza, Suite 2, Pensacola Kasie is a 5 time Chairman’s Club member and specializes in first time home buyers, providing exceptional service while walking borrowers through the process step-by-step. She has been married to her best friend and business partner for 16 years and has 3 children. The Copeland Family is active in church and in the community. Kasie loves to travel and spend time with her family and friends. Purchasing a home is one of the biggest decisions you will make; allow Kasie Copeland’s knowledge and experience help guide you through the home buying process.
ucia Bonifay Greenfield, born, raised and a 6th generation Pensacola native and now co-owner of O’Brien’s Bistro with her husband David has returned to her roots. After many years away traveling with David, first opening restaurants in the UK and later as a Flight attendant with Delta Airlines and finally a full-time mom raising a family. Although her love for travel hasn’t diminished, she found what she missed was the love of the beach which was a family tradition, like Owner O’Brien’s Bistro many in Pensacola as well as that home-town 850.477.9120 feeling. In 2016 Lucia 4350 Bayou Blvd, Pensacola returned with David, her son Jacob (Jake), and daughters Chloe, and Hanna in toe so she could continue the family tradition in Pensacola and on the Beach. Now Lucia divides her time between being a pre-school teacher at Christ Church on Palafox Street and O’Brien’s Bistro on Bayou Blvd., where she has been able to reconnect with many people she grew up with as well as devoting her time to her family and don’t forget time at the beach with the family.
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atti Hall moved to Pensacola in 1986 and opened Flip Flop Publishers Company in 1992. In addition to her work, Patti enjoys paddle boarding, boating, live music, and she can always be found watching the Blue Angles when they fly. Patti has cultivated Flip Flop Publishers into a multi-services company. She provides services such as graphic design, website design, social media management, and sells custom novelty and promotional products to businesses. She is MASI accredited and has become the area’s go-to source for promotional items. Patti is based in Pensacola and has clients all across the Florida Panhandle, into Alabama, and stretching all the way into Louisiana and Texas. She also works closely with VIP Magazines and Top Line Sales as a contract design artist. Patti is the proud mother of two children and is very active in the community. She is a member of Pensacola Chamber, Gulf Breeze Chamber, The Powerful Women of the Emerald Coast, and The ONE. Volunteering in community fundraisers is one of her passions and she steps up to the plate often in these rolls.
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CASIE HARRIS Entrepreneur Windermere Memory Care, Inc. 850.477.1600 7901 Kipling Street, Pensacola
aking chances for a dream. That’s exactly what Caitlyn Huebner and her family did when they moved to Pensacola from Virginia. Born and raised in a small Virginia town, the blue-green water of the Gulf Coast was hard to resist. Caitlyn has always had an entrepreneur’s heart and love of fashion. Little did they know that their chance on dream living at the beach would transform into a chance at being a business owner. Shortly after moving to Pensacola, Caitlyn opened the doors to her very first business, a women’s clothing boutique, affectionately named after her children, Duke (5) and Stella (1). With her focus on American made clothing and southern hospitality customer service, Pensacola took notice. Within her first year of business her boutique was voted VIP Pensacola’s Best Boutique and they moved into a much larger space to accommodate their growing success. “My goal is to change the way you shop for clothes. I want you to learn how to make clothes work for you and your budget, without sacrificing style.” Caitlyn invites you to follow their journey on Facebook and website to stay updated on all of their fun events and new products.
asie Harris. A true entrepreneur by definition. A single mother who took on a huge financial risk by purchasing a $500,000 vacant building, and turning it into a multimillion dollar corporation in as little as two years. She is currently the CEO of Windermere Memory Care, Inc., and a member of the Harris family, which owns and operates several assisted living facilities in the Gulf Coast area under the umbrella of Harris Healthcare. Ms. Harris is currently expanding her entrepreneurial endeavors by co-founding a local medical group, developing her own Harris ALF Consulting Group, and making her vision of Aloha Hotels and Resorts a reality. Casie enjoys spending time with her son, giving back to her community, playing softball, and traveling the world. Ms. Harris attends Baywoods Assembly of God and strongly believes: “life is a gift, live it every day to the fullest and time is of the essence, don’t waste it!”
CAITLIN HUEBNER Owner Duke and Stella 850.292.6363 6675 Pine Forest Rd, Suite 8, Pensacola
DR. JESSICA KELLY Chiropractor Healthsource 850. 473.5555 1090 Scenic Hwy Pensacola
r. Jessica Kelly, D.C. is a Pensacola native. After graduating from the University of West Florida with her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science she began working for HealthSource as a Rehabilitation Therapist. This is where she was introduced to the benefits of Chiropractic Care. She then decided to enroll at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange, FL. During school, she was nominated for the Clinical Excellence Award. After graduating in 2018, she knew she wanted to give back to her community in Pensacola with her HealthSource family. This year, Dr. Kelly became the first female doctor of the HealthSource Northwest Florida team! She is excited to announce the opening of HealthSource’s newest clinic location on Scenic Highway where she will be one of the lead doctors. Aside from HealthSource, she is an active member of the Pensacola community. She is a member of The Junior League of Pensacola and is passionate about community outreach and volunteerism. “Educating my community on the benefits on Chiropractic Care is my mission. I want to help everyone be the best versions of themselves so that they can excel in and enjoy everything they do and love!” Dr. Jessica Kelly, D.C.
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VIP Pensacola at Turquoise Rejuvenation Center
Turquoise Rejuvenation Center
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he Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce hosted the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for the Turquoise Rejuvenation Center on August 9. The Turquoise Rejuvenation Center also welcomed guests to their open house which followed the ribbon cutting. A raffle for door prizes and gift baskets was held, including items that were generously provided by other local area businesses within the chamber. The grand prize was a secret RF micro-needling treatment, along with other services available to win. A special 20% discount was offered on facials, massages, LHR, and photo rejuvenation, as well as a special on micro-needling. The Turquoise Rejuvenation Center was founded by Dr. Erin Lindhold and Carl Lindholm Jr. as a pursuit of luxurious relaxation, exceptional individual tailored skin care, massage, and aesthetic beautification. The center specializes in products and services designed to help one relax, rejuvenate, and restore. The Turquoise Rejuvenation Center offers two skin care solutions systems DMK (DannĂŠ MontagueKing) and Glo Skin Beauty. Specific skin care analysis and personalized skincare solutions are completed by DMK Certified and Glo Skin Beauty estheticians, to create a personalized treatment plan for every individualâ€™s needs.
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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 frequency microneedling, skin care management, medical aesthetics, relaxation Owner and stress reduction to Turquoise Rejuvenation Center encourage a better whole self perception. She is a 850.741.4606 mother of 2 beautiful girls 321 E 9 Miles Rd, Pensacola 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 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 certified. Her interests include acrylic painting, scrap booking, cycling, interior design and wine tasting.
DR. ERIN LINDHOLM
artina Mason is the founder of Dragonfly Financial Services for Women and co-founder of Iron Plan Solutions Group. Martina has served in the financial services industry for over twenty years. She and her husband Mal have worked tirelessly to build Iron Plan Solutions Group into an elite business and retirement planning firm. Just this year Martina launched Dragonfly Financial Services for Women as a financial planning firm dedicated solely to women. Martina has a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree Founder Dragonfly Financial Services in Finance. In the financial industry, female 850.393.5454 representation is highly 308 W Government Street, Pensacola under-represented. Martina is working to break the mold of the “good old boys club” and standing as a role model for the next generation of women. With a daughter in college, a devoted husband and a thriving career, Martina understands the challenges that women face today. She is passionate about helping women navigate the complex world of financial planning. Martina’s out of the box style of planning has allowed her to become the boldest version of herself. She strives to become a leader in the financial industry nationwide and make a difference in the lives of the women around her.
r. Lisa Tucker is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. She received her medical degree from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine where she also completed residency training in obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Tucker is trained in performing minimally invasive gynecologic surgeries using robotic technology and has extensive experience in high and low risk obstetrics. Dr. Tucker went into medicine because she viewed it as her highest calling. She then went into Obstetrics and Gynecology because she enjoys the relationships developed with patients and she treats them as if they were her own family. Having practiced in the Pensacola area for several years, Dr. Tucker recently moved back because she is very close with her family. Her interests include watching football with friends and traveling is one of her passions. Her trip to China was her favorite by far and looks forward to going back. Dr. Lisa Tucker is accepting new patients. Same day appointments are often available, call or schedule your appointment online, today! Board Certified OB/GYN
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VIP Pensacola at Martin Luther King Plaza
Palafox Market photos & story by Kristina Wright
he Palafox Market is hosted by Downtown Pensacola every Saturday from 9am-2pm. Local vendors set up shop to provide residents and visitors the best array and variety of farm-fresh produce, flowers, plants, baked goods, crafts, fine art, antiques, natural products, soaps, candles, home goods, and more. Items originate directly from onsite vendors who grow, make or create the fruits, vegetables, herbs, and art that are for sale. Wi-fi, electrical outlets, water, and a central location create a comfortable atmosphere for both vendors and patrons. Vendors include dozens of local farmers, home gardeners and area artists throughout Escambia, Santa Rosa and Baldwin counties to ensure a variety of colorful and enticing products. Located on N. Palafox St., in Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, between Wright St. and Garden St.; Palafox Market is centrally located to many shopping and dining establishments in Downtown Pensacola. Free parking is available within walking distance to the market. Palafox Market is open rain or shine every Saturday except for the Saturday of the Grand Mardi Gras parade! Palafox Market is a collaborative effort of the Pensacola Downtown Improvement Board and the City of Pensacola Community Redevelopment Agency.
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Tequila-Colada photos by Kris Rollason Photography | story by Natalie Ales
estled on its short block of Intendencia St. between Palafox St. and Jefferson St., Taco Agave is Pensacola’s hidden gem when it comes to tequila cocktails. Behind the bar at Taco Agave, you can find over 50 different, unique tequilas and bartenders with a passion for their craft and the expert knowledge to help you navigate your way through each of them. While the belief at Taco Agave is that there’s nothing better than a perfectly poured shot of tequila, we also offer a variety of unique, craft margaritas and other tequila cocktails. Each cocktail is carefully crafted with only the freshest ingredients. The bartenders at Taco Agave are encouraged to use their creativity to continuously experiment with different components to bring Pensacola the freshest and most creative cocktails possible. Because of this, each month there is a “Cocktail of the Month” featured that is made with unique tequilas to make trying new things just that much more accessible for our customers. Our Cocktails of the Month give us the opportunity to think outside the box and offer new, exciting cocktails that keep the spark alive on our cocktail menu. Who says that fireworks are reserved for just the 4th of July? We are bringing the fireworks all year long with our take on the traditional piña colada, the Tequila-Colada. Light and smooth with that delightful punch that only good tequila can offer, this refreshing cocktail is the perfect start (or middle…or end) to any night. Pair this cocktail with any of the variety of taco and “not taco,” as the menu states, options offered at Taco Agave for the ideal date night, girl’s night, or random Tuesday night. If you’re stopping by Taco Agave, be sure to check out their other 3 sister restaurants that make up the 200 South complex, Graffiti Pizza, Blend Lounge, and World of Beer. With Blend Lounge, World of Beer, and Taco Agave all being connected, checking out what each has to offer is as simple as a stroll down a hallway. Founders, Matt Lafon and Scott Zepp, have created something really unique with 200 South in that they have created a spot downtown that really does offer something for everyone. On one side of Taco Agave, World of Beer offers 50 different, everchanging beers on tap, 5 draft cocktail options, full liquor selection, and over 500 different can and bottle options, to give you the opportunity to try just about anything you could imagine. World of Beer is Taco Agave’s perfect counterpart, offering a variety of pub fare as well as shareables and sandwiches. On the other side of the hallway sits Blend Lounge, the most vivacious of the group. Blend Lounge is the perfect spot to catch a game during the day or party with the DJ at night. The final piece of the 200 South puzzle opened just one year ago, Graffiti Pizza. Where Taco Agave is creative with their cocktails, Graffiti Pizza has brought that same unique, creative thought process when it comes to pizza. Everything they offer is completely customizable. Whether you’re ordering one slice, a whole pie, or an order of cheesy bread, you have the ability to make it exactly how you want it. Each of these places offers something unique to the Downtown Pensacola community and we are so excited to be even a small part of the growth we’ve seen in the last couple of years in the city that we love so much. 42
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VIP Pensacola at Pensacola Little Theatre
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he STAMPED Film Festival hosted a very special VIP cocktail reception on August 21 at the Pensacola Little Theatre. The reception kicked off the annual event by honoring donors, investors, artists, and volunteers for their contributions to the festival and community. Light refreshments were provided by CafĂŠ Nola. There was a special preview shown, offering guests a sneak peek at some of the unique films. Several genres were represented including live action, animation, documentary, comedy, and more. New to the festival is the addition of a Family Day on Sunday, with unique films selected with family in mind. Stamped Film Festival strives to provide educational outreach to the Gulf Coast region, specifically Pensacola, regarding LGBTQ+ issues with a goal of expanding the regionâ€™s diversity and tolerance of diverse identities. This mission is driven primarily by an annual film festival that features short and feature-length films that are by, about, and/or of interest to LGBTQ+ people.
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esulting from a will to give back to their community after organizing as a Mardi Gras krewe in 2002, the Krewe du YaYas set forth on an ambitious course to form the Keeping Abreast Foundation. They knew they wanted to assist those affected by breast cancer. Although their initial mission had a grand purpose, it has resulted in something much larger than they may have anticipated. They fi led for 501c3 status in 2010 and knew there would be a lot of follow through as an official non-profit. The success that the the Krewe du YaYas have had in this endeavor is no surprise to anyone who knows these forceful women. They have given mightily of their time and resources and worked vehemently to create and sustain the Keeping Abreast Foundation. In their first year, they funded 2 mammograms. Now, they are providing well over $200,000 annually in funding with assistance provided for 1181 individuals and 1637 diagnostic procedures annually. This empowered group is continuously setting the bar higher and obtaining new levels of fundraising to assist with their mission of enhancing the lives of those affected by breast cancer through early detection, advocacy, education and support. Their continued fundraising goals will allow them to further enhance their mission by providing assistance for housecleaning costs for those in recovery, assisting with wigs and mastectomy bras, offsetting medication expenses, sponsoring families in crisis, and paying for mammograms for those who cannot afford them. There is no slowing down for this dynamic group of women who have found a cause they are passionate about and that is worthy of their efforts.
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Executive Director – Keeping Abreast Foundation What is one thing you want readers to know about Keeping Abreast Foundation?
The Keeping Abreast Foundation provides funding to individuals in our community who do not have adequate insurance, or insurance coverage at all. We have made great efforts to ensure that we help them in the entire diagnostic process, and not just an initial screening. While there are other organizations that help with financial assistance, the majority in our area, have limited funding and these organizations often refer these patients to us. It is our goal to ensure that all individuals in our area have the ability to receive screening mammograms and necessary diagnostic breast health services regardless of insurance status. Early detection is key for positive outcomes and increased survival rates. What is the relationship between The Krewe du YaYas and The Keeping Abreast Foundation?
In 2002, The Krewe du YaYas hit the Florida Gulf Coast with a splash of pink, passion and purpose. This group of 125 women set a precedent for our area as one of the first Mardi Gras krewes to make a commitment to raising money for a cause. The krewe brings awareness to our community and is the fundraising arm of the foundation. Our fundraisers are a great source of pride for our krewe. The Keeping Abreast Foundation came about as the desire to fund our own programs. Having our own non-profit has given us the ability to expand the krewe’s scope and reach.
member of the krewe and when the foundation was formed, all past presidents that were still active members in the krewe were asked to serve on the foundation board. What is the most rewarding part of your involvement with the organization?
Knowing that we are helping people that need assistance. Because of HIPPA laws, we do not know the identities of those receiving services. It always makes me smile when someone lets us know how we helped them. I know we are making a big difference.
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What impact has Keeping Abreast Foundation had on the Pensacola community in the last year?
Our foundation had a great year. We directly impacted 308 individuals with funding through our breast health imaging programs, breast cancer assistance, and biopsy programs. How long have you been involved with Keeping Abreast Foundation? How did you become involved?
The Keeping Abreast Foundation came about as a result of the hard work and dedication of The Krewe du YaYas. I am a charter member of the krewe and became involved because my mom had breast cancer. She received her diagnosis when I was in my late 20’s and I wanted to help make a difference. I am a charter
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VIP Pensacola at Pensacola State College Gymnasium
2019 Pensacola Bama Club
Annual Scholarship Kick-Off photos & story by Kristina Wright
he Pensacola Bama Club hosted the 2019 Pensacola Bama Club Scholarship Kick-Off Event at the Pensacola State College gymnasium on July 23. The Pensacola Bama Club presented keynote speaker Dr. E. Gaylon McCollough for the annual event. Dr. McCollough was an Academic All-American on Coach “Bear” Bryant’s 1964 national championship team, a draftee of the Dallas Cowboys, an inductee of the State of Alabama’s Sports Hall of Fame, and a recipient of the Paul W. Bryant Alumni-Athlete Award in 2017. Dr. McCollough is now a worldrenowned facial plastic surgeon and a mentor to the next generation of appearance and health enhancement physicians and surgeons. Special guests Javier Arenas, Bobby Humphrey, and Trent Richardson were also in attendance. All funds raised during the event went to the Pensacola Bama Club Chapter’s Endowment Scholarship Fund. The Pensacola Bama Club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, fan-based organization representing the University of Alabama National Alumni Association in Pensacola. The Bama Club is open to alumni, friends and fans of the university. The organization’s primary mission is to provide scholarships to deserving local high school students, as well as host the annual kick-off event, additional fundraisers throughout the year, and game watching parties. Members are also eligible to participate in the club’s football ticket exchange program, and receive regular updates on university athletic events and academic endeavors. Since 1997 the club’s endowed scholarship has assisted more than 30 students from Escambia and Santa Rosa counties with the cost of attending the University of Alabama.
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VIP Pensacola at Hemmingway’s Island Grill
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he August installment of Business After Hours was held at Hemmingway’s on Pensacola Beach, on August 13. The Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce After Hours events are designed to promote local businesses and provide a venue for networking. The Chamber of Commerce Visitor Information Center helps locals stay in the know, network, and grow their business. Guests were encouraged to enjoy a little Happy Hour with fellow beach chamber members and most of all, relax, and enjoy the beach life. Several area businesses donated door prizes, for which guests put their business cards in a hat to draw for an opportunity to win. Light appetizers were provided by Hemmingway’s, and drink specials were also available. The Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce also announced their next and largest event of the year, the 12th annual Taste of the Beach. This year, the event will be held on October 19-20. A “Progressive Trolley Dinner” will be held on Friday, October 18, and will feature a trolley ride commencing at the chamber of commerce visitor information center with a champagne toast, and continue to four stops at beach restaurants for each course. Along the way, event goers will hear a little about the history of the beach and beach restaurants, as well as the chef and food they are going to experience.
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name could not be any more descriptive as it is here with North Pensacola’s premier source for dining, golfing, entertainment, and family fun. Welcome to Scenic Hills Country Club, where the rolling green fairways are dotted with mature trees and beautiful homes with picture-perfect views from every window. With a history as rich as the gumbo on the menu, Scenic Hills Country Club has served the community with a semi-private golf course and country club for over 60 years. Local homeowners Leo Lynne and Jeremy Reese acquired Scenic Hills Country Club in the fall of 2017. Both Lynne and Reese brought a unified vision of restoring the Club to its original glory while delivering a new and improved state of being. They are forever dedicated to fostering the Club’s traditions and forge new standards in everyday execution. Since their acquisition in 2017, they have made many noticeable improvements and have plans that will take this property to a level that will rival any other in the area. “Our goal is to provide a family-friendly atmosphere, open to the public, where everyone can enjoy our facility in a relaxed, but refined space,” explained Leo Lynne, General Manager, and Co-Owner.
Manicured greens and rolling fairways lead the way to the clubhouse and the newly remodeled restaurant where guests and members enjoy reveling in the imaginative and familiar dishes prepared by Chef Jesse Sproles. Chef Sproles describes his culinary style as straightforward and rooted in ingredients and dishes found along the coastal Southeast using classic French techniques. The restaurant has a unique atmosphere with a slightly private feel -- close enough to the bar area to hear the jovial conversations, but secluded enough to have an intimate dinner with friends or family. Serving casual soup and sandwiches, to delicious steaks and fresh Gulf Seafood, punctuated by decadent desserts. There’s something for simple tastes to discerning palettes. “Whether joining us for dinner, a banquet, wedding, or birthday, our facility accommodates up to 250 guests, making SHCC your first-choice event space and activities venue,” commented Jeremy Reese, Co-Owner.
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Many diners swear by their favorite appetizer, the Crab Beignets, which tease your taste buds with light and crispy fried Gulf crab served with remoulade sauce and hot pepper jelly. One of the popular entrées that is complemented by the crab appetizer is Pot Roast with hearty chunks of braised ribeye smothered in a brown gravy and served with garlic mashed potatoes and honey glazed carrots. This appetizer and entrée combination is sure to please both carnivores and seafood lovers equally. A hearty selection can be found at Sunday Brunch as large portions of classics such as Steak and Eggs, Country Waffles, Biscuits and Gravy are served. You can also select from other options such as Omelets made to order, Benedicts, and sweets such as Bourbon Peach French Toast.
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2018 2nd Place Peoples Choice (ARC Crab Cake Cook-off at Seville Quarter) 2019 3rd Place Peoples Choice (Gumbo Ya Ya Cook-off at Seville Quarter) 2019 1st Place Showmanship (Gumbo Ya Ya Cook-off at Seville Quarter)
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VIP Pensacola at Dog House Deli Downtown
Season 7 Premiere Kick Off Party photos & story by Kristina Wright
he launch of Pensacola Eggfest: Season 7 was held on August 17 at Dog House Deli Downtown, and was sponsored by Elebash Jewelry Company, and Kia AutoSport of Pensacola. The premiere date has been set for the Pensacola Eggfest: Season 7 reality show, and the countdown of the season finale is scheduled to be shown on the big screen on November 10, at the Pensacola Blue Wahoos Stadium. The celebration is set to welcome back BBQ super hero, 2018 Iron Chef Battle Champion, Nathan Holler, who will be competing again this year to defend his title as the Iron Egg Chef Battle Champion on November 8, during the VIP Party to be held at Legendary Marine Pensacola. The local Eggfest crew created a special menu item grilled on the Big Green Egg, and Dog House Deli had their full menu available for purchase. Pre-sales on tickets for the November 10 event were also available. For every two tickets bought at the event, guests received an official 2019 Pensacola Eggfest T-shirt. Tickets were sold for raffle items including a Mini Max Big Green Egg from Escambia Electric Motor, an exquisite Bernardi necklace from Elebash Jewelry Company, two VIP tickets to Pensacola Eggfest on November 10, and much more. All net proceeds from the raffle were given to one of the 2019 charities, Manna Food Pantries.
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VIP Pensacola at Children’s Home Society
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he Children’s Home Society hosted their “Get to Know Us” lunch on August 15, at their home location. The lunch was a small gathering that invited interested parties to grab a bite to eat, mingle with other members, and discover the wonderful programs and services that the Children’s Home Society offers in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. CHS builds bridges enabling clients to receive the proper aid needed including: aid, assistance, and access to child welfare, foster care, residential care, post adoption support, children’s advocacy centers, family visitation centers, community partnership schools, early head start, perinatal, independent and transitional living for teens, mentoring, promoting stability, youth works, and targeted case management. Headquartered in Central Florida, more than 2,000 employees annually help over 60,000 children and family members cross bridges to success. The heart of CHS has always been children. Protecting them in their darkest moments, guiding and empowering them to reach their full potential, and building bridges so they can know success. CHS leads the nation in implementing innovative solutions to address the most pressing challenges facing children, families, and communities. Children and adults who have suffered traumatic events from violence and abuse, to military deployment, divorce, and unemployment, receive personalized therapy from certified trauma-informed counselors. Through this strategy, CHS changes the way they serve, implementing best practices that prevent retraumatization and promote resiliency.
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VIP Pensacola at Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds
9th Annual Luau photos & story by Kristina Wright
etter Homes and Gardens Real Estate Main Street Properties hosted the Main Street Foundations 9th Annual Luau at the Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds on July 26. Admission and entertainment were free, and tickets were available to purchase for food and drink, as well as childrensâ€™ activities, games, and face painting. A DJ and live band provided musical entertainment for the evening, and there were performances by Hula and The Patti LaBelle Dancers. Local craft and artist vendors lined the room, offering guests educational information, as well as several drawings for opportunities to win free products. There were 301 tickets sold at $100 per ticket to win a free Seadoo or 2018 custom Harley Davidson Sportster motorcycle from Pensacola Motorsports via Draw Down. Silent auction items included packages from Fast Eddieâ€™s, Radical Rides, the Pensacola Ice Flyers, and an escape room. Also available for auction was a Mexican Fiesta for eight, one free home appraisal, four rounds of golf, a one-hour massage, two-night stays from both the Lee House and Hampton Inn, and a VIP table to MMA Fight Nights. This event was orchestrated by The Foundation to be 100% a charity event. Everyone in the community was invited to come out and support the cause.
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Payton Lackey & Bobby Emmons
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Charles Thomas & Renee Wilhoit
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VIP Pensacola at The Main Street Foundationâ€™s 9th Annual Luau
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Marty Stanovich & Roger Martinez
Dalin Newerls, Ashton Meredith & Kevin Carff
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SEPTEMBER 5 & 6
Emerald Coast Beer Festival
Covenant Walk for Alzheimer’s & Block Party
Seville Quarter 130 E Government Street | Pensacola Thursday 6:00pm – 8:30pm Friday 5:30pm – 8:30pm The largest and oldest beer festival begins with a beer pairing dinner hosted by Seville Quarter. A variety of beers will be served throughout this five-course beer pairing dinner featuring handcrafted beers from Parish Brewing Company out of Broussard, Louisiana. Visit EmeraldCoastBeerFest.com for more information.
Historic Seville Square 311 E. Government Street | Pensacola 10:00am – 3:00pm Join us in Seville Square for a FREE, petfriendly walk and street party with vendors, food, drinks, children’s activities, music and more!
Opera After Dark
Cordova Lanes 2111 Airport Boulevard | Pensacola 2:00pm – 5:00pm
UWF Historic Trust Museum Plaza (directly behind the Wentworth Florida State Museum) 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Join one of Pensacola’s most beloved organizations at one of Pensacola’s most iconic establishments for a bowling tournament like no other! This event features a three round bowling tournament full of twists and turns, excitement and healthy competition as bowlers vie for the coveted Doggie Bowl Grand Prize Trophy. Proceeds benefit the Pensacola Humane Society. Visit PensacolaHumane.org for details and registration.
Music. Food trucks. Local vendors. Glow sticks. A night to remember. Opera After Dark is an exciting, FREE Gallery Night event coming to Downtown Pensacola. Join us for a unique outdoor concert like no other, featuring professional singers and local favorites.
SEPTEMBER 26 – 28
1940’s Big Band Bash - SAVE the Coca Cola Building
Panhandle Charitable Open
Museum of Commerce 201 Zaragoza Street | Pensacola 6:30pm – 9:30pm Help save the Coca-Cola Building! There will be complimentary swing dance lessons, live music, food, and drinks. At 7:00pm the silent auction will begin and dinner will be served. There will also be a wine pull and live auction. Visit KeepPensacolaBeautiful.org for event information.
Sanders Beach Corrine Jones Community Center FORE Charity Par Tee - Thursday 6:00pm-10:00pm Golf at Marcus Pointe Golf Club and Stonebrook Golf Club Golf Tournament - Friday 12:00pm & Saturday 8:00am PCO needs your help to beat last year’s total of $270,000 to 25 different charities! The event benefits Gulf Coast Kid’s House, Santa Rosa Kids’ House, Council on Aging of West Florida, Children’s Home Society of Florida, Child Guardians, Inc. along with many others. Go to PCOGolf.org to see the many ways to help.
SEPTEMBER 27 – 29 42nd Annual Pensacola Seafood Festival Historic Seville Square 311 E Government Street | Pensacola Friday 11:00am-11:00pm | Saturday 10:00am -11:00pm | Sunday 11:00am -5:00pm Savor delicious seafood, enjoy various musical acts and immerse yourself in historic downtown Pensacola, presented by Fiesta Pensacola. The Pensacola Seafood Festival is one of the largest arts and crafts fairs in northwest Florida with more than 150 artisans and craftsmen who travel from around the country to participate. Live music, children’s area, food and craft vendors, local restaurants, and more.
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VIP Pensacola at Pensacola Beach RV Resort
August Block Party photos & story by Kristina Wright
ensacola Beach RV Resort and Island Culture Tiki Bar hosted the 3rd Annual Pensacola Beach RV Resort Block Party, which benefited Gulf Coast Kidâ€™s House on August 17. The center interior of the Pensacola Beach RV Resort was transformed into a block party, with several vendors and food trucks on site featuring delicious options from 3D Eats, Frosty World Gelato, Local Boyz, Hawaiian Shaved Ice, The Hummus Lady, Dragon Express, Boneheads, and Chic-fil-a. Kidsâ€™ activities were also available including a bounce house, face painting, and a photo op with some local mermaids. Island Culture Tiki Bar had satellite bars throughout the grounds. This free event was open to the public, and welcomed family and friends to relax and unwind after the first week of school. A special raffle was held for a chance to win baskets from the Blue Wahoos, VIP Mardi Gras, and a grand staycation giveaway.
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Bradley Sanders & Megan Chapman
Jeanne & Skip Prange
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LOCALE O New Palafox Street Bike Lanes Ready for Use Bicyclists can now take advantage of new bike lanes along a section of North Palafox Street in downtown Pensacola, part of the City of Pensacola’s efforts to become a more bicycle and pedestrian friendly community.
The bike lanes were added through the North Palafox Road Diet Project, which transformed part of North Palafox Street into a multi-modal and shared roadway for vehicles and bicyclists. Work on the project is substantially complete, and the lanes are open and usable. Some minor touches are expected to be finished in the next week. “It’s a great feeling to see these bike lanes completed and know we’re providing a safer way for bicyclists to travel downtown,” Mayor Grover Robinson said. “This is just the beginning of our goal to create a more bikeable, walkable city and better connect our community. I’m looking forward to completing additional projects throughout the city as we work to implement a complete streets concept that encompasses all modes of transportation.” Through the North Palafox Road Diet Project, the existing four-lane section of Palafox Street between Cervantes and Wright streets was converted into a two-lane, multimodal roadway, with the current outside lanes changed into bike lanes and on-street parallel parking in both directions. The section of Palafox between Wright and Garden streets was modified into a “share-road” to allow for both motorists and bicyclists to share the travel lane. The project also added approximately 40 new parking spaces along North Palafox Street. The work area included the section of North Palafox Street between Garden and Cervantes streets. 74
The City of Pensacola awarded a contract to Gulf Coast Traffic Engineers Inc. of Pensacola for construction of the North Palafox Street Road Diet Project. WSRE’s Bob Culkeen Elected Vice Chair of Florida Public Media Florida Public Media (FPM), the state’s association of public broadcasters, elected WSRE General Manager Bob Culkeen as its new vice-chair during the group’s annual board meeting in July. FPM is the organization of 24 public television and radio stations that broadcast programming by PBS and NPR and produce a wide range of news, public affairs and music programs. Television members provide the main distribution of The Florida Channel, and radio members serve as the backbone of the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (FPREN).
FPM is the state’s leader in educational programming and emergency communications with collaborative projects like FPREN providing statewide public safety and emergency messaging. Located on the University of Florida campus, FPREN has been widely recognized in the state and on the national level for its leadership in public safety communications, winning the Community Lifeline Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in March and the Public Information Award at the 32nd Annual Governor’s Hurricane Conference® Awards in 2018. Culkeen also serves as executive director of the WSRE-TV Foundation and has been at the station, licensed to the Pensacola
State College District Board of Trustees, since December 2016. He has worked in the public media and education fields since 1979, including other positions in Florida at WUFT in Gainesville and WJCT in Jacksonville. Before WSRE, he served as interim chief operating officer for Illinois Public Media at WILL-TV/FM/AM. Dona and Milton Usry Donate $100,000 to PSC for Sholarships The scholarship donation - earmarked for students pursuing educations in the accounting field - was presented to Pensacola State President Ed Meadows during a 10:00am press conference in the College’s Board of Trustees meeting room on the Pensacola campus.
“Dona and Milton Usry have been longtime friends and supporters of Pensacola State College,” said Pensacola State President Ed Meadows. “The PSC family thanks you for your generosity in endowing this scholarship that will help our students achieve their goals and dreams.” The Dona and Milton Usry Endowed Accounting Scholarship is available to full- or part-time Pensacola State students majoring in the field of accounting with a 2.5 or higher grade point average. Recipients must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien. Scholarship funds can be used for tuition, fees, books, and other supplies. Preference will be given to students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field. The Board of Trustees Board Room in Building 7 will also be renamed in honor of the Usry endowed scholarship. “The generosity of the Usrys in endowing this scholarship will assist current and future students who wish to have a career in accounting,” he added. For more information, contact Sheila Nichols at 850-484-1428 or snichols@ pensacolastate.edu.
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VIP Pensacola at Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen and Taproom
Benefiting Combat Veterans photos & story by Kristina Wright
opjacks Pizza Kitchen and Taproom hosted their Bikes and Brews event on August 18th. The Jefferson Street surface lot behind Hopjacks was roped off for bikers and their friends, with no parking fee. This special event was created to bring everyone together to support a great cause by celebrating motorcycles, American beer, and our amazing veterans. Free food was available for bikers, as well as $4 draft beers from Props Craft Brewery, Pensacola Bay Brewery, Oyster City Brewing Company, and Big Top Brewing Company Pensacola, along with discounts on all taps inside Hopjacks. All proceeds from beer sales went to Operation ReConnect. Operation ReConnect is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded, operated, and managed by current and former service members with one simplistic mission: “To provide the ‘gift of time’ to the men, women, and their families who have dealt with the difficulties from an overseas combat deployment.” The organization provides post 9/11 combat veterans and their families with a full seven-night stay of uninterrupted time together in a resort environment, typically located in Coastal Alabama or Northwest Florida. Learn more about how Operation ReConnect is helping combat veterans at https://www.operationreconnect.org.
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VIP Pensacola at Pensacola Museum of Commerce
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n July 27, the 2nd Annual Speakeasy Gala hosted by Pensacola Survivors was held at The Pensacola Museum of Commerce, located in Historic Downtown Pensacola. This 1920s inspired party was the beeâ€™s knees, sponsored by Viral Technology, with everyone looking swanky while raising awareness about suicide prevention. At the Speakeasy Gala guests got to play roulette, black jack, and poker while enjoying hors dâ€™oeuvres and a glam station. Pensacola Survivors is a non-profit organization whose goal is to help end the stigma surrounding suicide and bring more awareness to mental health. They help support people in our community who have lost loved ones, and also individuals who struggle with it themselves. Pensacola Survivors also offers training sessions to help educate our community, and are involved in Operation Deep Dive.
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What is your hometown, what brought you to PENSACOLA and how long have you been here? I’m a Midwest girl. I was born in Omaha, Nebraska, but moved to Plymouth, Minnesota (Suburb North of Minneapolis), in elementary school. Marriage brought me to the panhandle. My husband Fred Robbins (Tate High School Grad) was born and raised in this beautiful city. We settled in the Pensacola Area (Gulf Breeze) in 2012. What is your profession? I’m the co-founder of Mr. Robbins’ Neighborhood (MRN), and a lifestyle entrepreneur. MRN is a non-profit my husband, Fred Robbins (real estate investor, football training coach, former 12 year NFL player and Super Bowl XLII Champ) and I founded in 2014. Our mission is to prepare, position and develop high school athletes for success on and off the field through our two programs; The Game Plan Camp, a three-day summer camp focused on college readiness and skill development held at Andrews Institute’s Research and Education Foundation facility; and The Playbook Program, a nine-month program focusing on ACT prep by Beasley College Prep, time management/study skills, life skills workshops, fitness and nutrition, mentorship and tutoring. What led you to choose this profession? Being blessed to be able to give back. I’m very passionate about uplifting our youth and giving them hope for a brighter future. I’m also very passionate about uplifting and supporting women. What do you like best about Pensacola? What makes it unique? After living in larger cities, I like that Pensacola is a laid back, family-oriented town. It’s a great place to raise a family and meet incredible people. What makes Pensacola unique is it’s rich in history, and the community’s involvement. This is the most giving community I’ve ever been a part of. It’s truly remarkable. AND the city’s growth and development has been amazing to witness. Tell us three words that best describe you. Visionary. Connector. Go-getter. What are some of your favorite things about Pensacola?
Finish this statement, I AM PENSACOLA because… I’m a catalyst for change. The city of Pensacola is evolving. I’m excited and blessed to contribute in some way to the growth of this city by giving back and leaving a legacy of hope for the youth, and a legacy for my children born and raised here.
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Longer summer months (compared to Minnesota). The beaches. Meeting new people through community involvement and volunteerism. And it’s easy to plan and enjoy “staycations” with my family, and supporting small businesses.
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