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Volume VI • Issue IX
events 14 Mr. Tutu 17 World Day Against Trafficking in Persons 23 Garde Manger Celebration 34 Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Beulah Community Cookout 42 Perdido Key Networking Luncheon 46 Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Guild Check Presentation 52 Seville Square Business After Hours 58 Pensacola Beach Chamber Business After Hours 64 Back to School Giveaway 66 Karen Kennedy, MD Open House 71 White Marlin Shootout
on the cover Barbara Righter and her equine partner Joe Photography by Kevin L. Houghton at Escambia County Sheriff’s Ofﬁce Beulah Community Cookout
departments 12 20 39 44 49 55 60 62 68 74
Straight Talk Swizzle Adventure Out Style Give Care Share Coastal Cuisine The Blue Line May We Suggest Save the Date I Am Pensacola
features 27 Leading Ladies Profiles
VIP Pensacola Staff Publisher Greg Alexander
Art Director Priscilla Atkins
Associate Publisher Verla Price
Contributing Writers/ Photographers Patti Hall Kevin Houghton Verla Price Anna Stockton Kristina Wright
Advertising Stephanie Alvarez Kristin Moffitt Kevin O’Rourke Verla Price Content Creator Anna Stockton
VIP Founder Jeff Watson
Graphic Designers Brian Goins Patti Hall September 2021 | 9
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letter from the Publisher
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” - Anne Frank With all the despair and sadness that is looming with Covid 19 illnesses, causing our first line healthcare workers to be stretched, please be assured there is still a lot of greatness going on. First, let’s shout out to all the healthcare providers for working so hard. Next, let’s all flashback in our minds of all the ladies, the females, the women that have shaped, led, molded, and influenced not only our life, but the lives of many others. In your flashback, I am sure many of you see at least one salient Leading Lady that made an impact on you -- mothers, grandmothers, teachers -- but also, many of you see various women who nurtured, provided, sacrificed, and created change so lives would be better. When thinking about this, I actually took a deep dive and considered that, although sometimes oppressed or silenced, especially pre-1960, women have really been leading things forever. Knowing so many powerful and great women leaders, as an American male in the 21st Century, I cannot conceive of how men of prior times thought women were subordinate as decision makers and leaders. In ancient history, Cleopatra, although many things, was truly a genius as a political leader. A more modern Leading Lady was Marie Curie who was the first female to receive the Nobel Prize making the possibility of a scientific career seem within reach for countless girls and women. Then, looking into more recent times we have the likes of Rosa Parks, Angela Merkel, Sandra Day O’Conner, Sheryl Sandberg, and many more who have forged the world into the society we live in today. As this proves -again, I say -- what were men thinking! Locally, we are fortunate to have many women who excel in life and in business. In addition to this month’s various local event coverage, we take this issue to offer a tiny little tribute to some of the women who are making a mark in some way. Find those tributes scattered throughout this issue but especially note our Leading Ladies Profi les. Women need a break from all their responsibilities and our Adventure Out feature shows them a good time Girls’ Trip. In Swizzle, we show you how serious the ladies are about their whiskey. The Blue Line introduces us to 2 ladies in law enforcement. And in Coastal Cuisine - see how the ladies like to throw down for their favorite football team. Be sure to check out Dr. Karen Kennedy as I Am Pensacola, a very interesting and worldly physician taking care of women. I must also reference our cover, the incredible team of Barbara Righter and her equine partner Joe of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse. Think about the ladies you love and the way they have shaped your life as you enjoy this issue of VIP Pensacola. This issue is for all of them.
Greg Alexander Publisher Greg@VIPMag.com
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photos & story by Patti Hall
he Pensacola Ballet hosted Mr. Tutu II at Seville Quarter on August 6. This second annual competition was an exciting evening of dudes strutting their stuff to benefit Ballet Pensacola. Each contestant had a turn to walk the runway and gather votes by collecting money. Albert Lao, the DJ, was bustin’ jams all night while the contestants were bustin’ moves. After lots of struttin’ and twirling, the volunteers totaled the donations. Skip Theisen, President of the Board of Ballet Pensacola, took the opportunity to thank everyone for coming out to support this event. Before they moved on to the finalist round, in true pageant tradition, the Mr. Congeniality winner was selected by his fellow contestants for his welcoming nature and overall good ole boy friendship - Mr. Congeniality - Andy Terhaar. Three top-earning finalists were announced and moved on to the next round, which consisted of a Q&A session. The esteemed panel of judges consisted of Randy Jo McKenzie, Michael Murdoch, and Darren McIntyre. The judges scored each answer and then crowned Erik Goss the next Mr. Tutu. Pete Lauter was 1st Runner Up and Greg Harris was 2nd Runner Up. Ballet Pensacola’s mission is to foster an appreciation and knowledge for the art of dance through excellent performances and quality dance education. The mission is achieved through the training provided at the Academy, where children start as young as three years old, by the professional company of dancers that live, train, and perform right here in our community.
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WORLD DAY AGAINST
TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS photos & story by Kristina Wright
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he World Day Against Trafficking in Persons was established by the United Nations in order to spotlight a global epidemic that entraps an estimated 40 million people in the business of human trafficking, with children being one in every four victims. In Northwest Florida, this event was held on July 30, marked with a demonstration at Pensacola’s Graffiti Bridge to raise awareness about the issue locally, and the crisis of families trafficking children to survive. This is The Secret Place Home’s second annual demonstration marking “World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.” The event was organized by the victim advocacy organization, The Secret Place Home - Advocacy Center and CSEC Service Provider which creates a safe space for female, child and young adult survivors of commercial sexual exploitation in Northwest Florida, as well as a safe house for child human trafficking survivors in Northwest Florida. They are joined by local chapter of “O.U.R” (Operation Underground Railroad) to raise awareness locally. Their goal is to educate and create community partnerships to help combat the problem. Waffle House had a food truck on site during the event, with portions of the proceeds going to the advocacy group’s efforts. The Secret Place Home recently partnered with Waffle House to provide employee training to recognize the warning signs of human trafficking, since they often see it first-hand on overnight shifts. The Secret Place Home is now partnering with local and state child welfare agencies to help provide wrap around services for families of human trafficking victims because generational trafficking in Northwest Florida is so widespread. Teenagers aging out of the foster care system with little or no family support are also vulnerable. Advocates say social media makes it easy for children to be prostituted online, and increasing community awareness about the complexity of human trafficking and engaging the community to help fight it is a big part of the solution. “Human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children is happening right in our own backyard,” said Kristin Lipscomb, President of The Secret Place Home, “Yet so many, including those being victimized, don’t identify that it is and yet it has robbed them for too long of a new future. That’s why it is so vital that we continue to link arms together to end it. The Secret Place Home is so grateful to partner with likeminded organizations, like Levin Papantonio Rafferty, to create a new narrative and a new future for survivors - one that disrupts their trauma and creates a new path toward wholeness and healing.” September 2021 | 17
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ne of my earliest memories was my father’s best friend walking in every Wednesday after work to have a drink and talk politics with him. As this friend would pour a glass of Jack Daniels for them both, he’d say “drinking this will put hair on your chest kids” to myself and my other siblings as we collapsed into a fit of giggles. Ahh, those were the 80’s. Whiskey has long been associated with men. And not just men, the manliest of men. The men who ride horses, play poker, fix their own cars, cry at “Old Yeller” and are a mix of quiet sophistication while simultaneously being rough around the edges. Well, times they are “achangin” and women are taking over the world of whiskey. Now, you may be surprised to find out we have the Irish to thank for the origins of whiskey. Not surprised? Yeah, me neither….but, how about if I told you it was the Irish monks that were responsible for the first whiskey. That’s right, grapes weren’t available to monasteries in the area, so never ones to be left out from fun, the Irish monks simply fermented grains instead and whiskey was made. This was around 1000— 1200 AD but in 1405 AD the first written evidence of whiskey was recorded when it was documented that the head of a clan had perished after a particularly heavy whiskey-fueled Christmas celebration. Fast forward a few thousand years and whiskey takes its place in American culture with the first American distillery, founded by Evan Williams on the banks of the Ohio River. Women have their own unique history in the whiskey world and until the Civil War, distilling of all kinds was considered women’s work. In fact, the first recorded recipe for sour-mash whiskey was by a widowed mother and distiller named Catherine Spears Frye Carpenter in the early 19th century in Kentucky. As time went on and gender roles became more rigid, it was no longer considered appropriate for women to distill alcohol, however they still left their mark in other ways. In the 1950’s the bottle and red wax seal that is still used for Maker’s Mark Whiskey was designed by Margie Samuels,
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the wife of its inventor, Bill Samuels. By the 1990’s women had begun being more involved in the production of whiskey but not without challenges. From sexist stereotyping to allegations that their hormones would alter the fermentation, these female pioneers in the business heard it all. The current percentage of whiskey drinkers that are female now stands at 37%, more than double what the number was in the 1990’s. Women centered online and in person whiskey clubs are all the rage these days, combining spirited education, socialization, and good whiskey. These clubs were formed to “level the playing field” in the business boardroom, teach the difference in types of whiskeys, and simply have a drink with friends. So, as the women’s whiskey movement marches on, don’t be surprised if you see more and more women learning about and experiencing the wonderful world of whiskey. As whiskey connoisseur Victoria Weeks states, “Whiskey is liquid sunshine, the taste of it warms my very soul”.
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Garde Manger Celebration
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ensacola State College’s annual Garde Manger Celebration on July 22 brought more than 150 of the college’s donors and supporters to the Pensacola campus, featuring foodie fare and friendship. Students in the culinary program’s Garde Manger class prepared the dishes, which ranged from tropical pork sliders and salmon-stuffed tomatoes to roasted pepper salad and strawberry basil soup. Hosted annually by PSC President Ed Meadows and the Pensacola State College Foundation since 2009, the event is a thank you to donors whose financial gifts help fund student scholarships, programs, facilities and more. Longtime PSC supporter Dona Usry, like many of the donors, chatted up culinary students who were at their various themed garde manger stations. “The food is excellent,” Usry said. “It always is whenever the culinary students are involved. The students are so prepared and talented, and their instructors are top notch.” This event is important for all of the students, some may get jobs, or receive business cards from the local Pensacola restaurants for a personal invite to go and see them. This event is a great way to connect students with local restaurants.
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LADIES "If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader." -Dolly Parton
hether behind the scenes or right up front, ladies have been leading countries, business empires, farms, families, governments, and much more for centuries. Just as everyone’s favorite leading lady, Dolly Parton, defined an excellent leader, we are here to showcase some of those locally who are taking actions to inspire others through their professions and causes.
STEPHANIE ALVAREZ Account Executive VIP Pensacola 678-571-2565 Stephanie@VIPPensacola.com
At VIP Pensacola, we have a Leading Lady we are proud to showcase as well. Stephanie Alvarez has a heart of gold and is always willing to give more than she takes. She has a resolute work ethic, and she is an exuberant and nurturing mother and grandmother. Stephanie loves a challenge, and she proves that every day through her work. She is a tremendous friend and leader and she works hard to set an example for others to follow. Stephanie leads with confidence and compassion and we chose her as an icon for this year’s Leading Ladies Profiles. Leading Ladies may not have always received the credit they deserved, but there is no time like the present to showcase some of our local ladies who lead with excellence.
arren Allgaier, owner of Pensacola Lash & Beauty Bar, prides herself on taking care of her family and giving back to her local community. She was named Best Esthetician 2021 by the readers of VIP Pensacola. Having both an entrepreneurial and giving spirit, Farren created SIP (Service Industry Pensacola) as a way to connect people seeking jobs with hiring businesses. Five years later, this non-profit Facebook page hosts over 5000 local members and helps many in the area find employment. Along with donating to countless local non-profits, Farren also sends a local person to esthetics school annually. This provides them with a career capable of financially changing their path in life. Farren appreciates all of the support from her clients, for it would not be possible without them. Farren is a die-hard Alabama football and New Orleans Saints fan and has four children in our local community. PL&BB provides unmatched service with a niche for pleasing the higher end market. If you need Permanent Makeup, CryoSkin Owner 4.0 treatments, or Lash Extensions … Pensacola Lash & Beauty Bar just follow all the best reviews in town to 850-748-3061 Pensacola Lash & Beauty Bar. 3493 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, Gulf Breeze
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imberley, originally from Augusta, Georgia, graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in communications. She is leading Sunbelt’s expansion initiative in Northwest Florida as the company moves forward in opening 6-8 new locations. She is also the face of the company for this region. She is married to her best friend Josef, and together they have two sons, Peyton and Palmer, and a pup named Sapper. Fun fact: She is currently wedding planning for her pup and his girlfriend Luna. She says there is even a dog bone boy instead of a flower girl. Kimberley represents Sunbelt in numerous real estate industry organizations, including Women’s Council of Realtors (treasurer), Pensacola Association of Realtors, and the Homebuilders Association. She is also a Leap and Leadership Santa Rosa County alumnus, a proud Rotarian, and Sertoman. “I am proud to serve with the Sunbelt team. From the moment I met them, it was a reiteration of God’s plan for me. They are passionate, personable, and knowledgeable with the desire NWF Sales & Marketing Manager to do good work and grow from overcoming Sunbelt Title Agency obstacles. I have found myself surrounded by Kimberley.Anderson@SunbeltTitle.com powerful leaders, and I’m so grateful for the 1510 Airport Blvd, Unit 4, Pensacola opportunity.”
assion: It’s the driving force behind Jennifer’s impeccable work ethic and desire to do the right thing. She is meticulously detailed, and it shows in every transaction and interaction. Having spent a greater part of her life doing the hardest job known to human: rearing three children, she found herself longing to do something different. She has a bachelor’s degree from UWF in elementary education. She will be the first Escrow Assistant to tell you that she Sunbelt Title Agency undoubtedly utilizes her degree in the real Jennifer.Benz@SunbeltTitle.com 1510 Airport Blvd, Unit 4, Pensacola estate industry. She continues to make the mundane seem exciting, the unintelligible seem simple, and the people around her feel valued. When she’s not in the office showcasing a pair from her fancy shoe collection, she might be found on the tennis court, hazing a pitcher at a baseball game, debating over the best Bourbon, attending her son’s varsity lacrosse game at Gulf Breeze High School, or catching up with one of the other two incredible children she reared. She believes whole-heartedly that obstacles are put in our path for a purpose, and it is a person’s opportunity to shine. She says, “You’ve been assigned this mountain to show others it can be moved.”
lena Bernal-Blair is the newest addition to the Advance Women’s Care family. Dr. Bernal-Blair is a native of Pensacola. She graduated from our very own Pensacola High Scholl IB program. She went straight to the University of Florida and received her bachelor in science and then to Medical School at Ponce School of Medicine to receive her Doctor of Medicine. Dr Bernal-Blair completed her residency at the University of Health in Shreveport, Louisiana. She has been in practice since 2017 and joined the practice in 2021. She MD OB/GYN lives in Pensacola with her Advance Women’s Care husband and 2 children. She loves spending time 850-471-2221 525 Brent Lane, Pensacola with her family and enjoying the white sands of our gorgeous beaches. Dr. Bernal-Blair’s passion is adult women’s health as they age and stay healthy after menopause. She values the importance of talking to her patients, discussing risk and benefits of noninterventional therapies versus interventional therapy, major risk factors in lifestyle changes, reducing stress, and healthy weight balance. She performs surgeries at Baptist Hospital and Sacred Heart Hospital. Dr Bernal- Blair also delivers babies at both hospitals. You can make an appointment today to discuss issues, get your annual, and order preventive screens.
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asey Calhoun, MD is the resident graduate and lover of University of Alabama football at Advance Women’s Care. She graduated from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. She continued on to complete her residency at the University of South Alabama Children’s and Women’s Hospital. Dr Calhoun is a Board certified OB/GYN that makes your optimal health her priority. She lives in Pensacola with her husband and her children. They love going on the amazing adventures to Florida Universal Studios and having fun at the beach. Dr. Calhoun’s passion is caring for teens. Gynecology check-ups usually begin between 13-25 years old. There is no physical exam required. She feels it is important to allow young girls in their early teens years to ask questions that they may not feel comfortable asking a parent or are embarrassed to ask a pediatrician. She will discuss issues or concerns with menstrual cycles, sexual activity, safe sex, and answer questions honestly. Dr. Calhoun can help answer question that often confuse young teens, including the absence of a cycle, or heavy cycles, or types of birth control. Please contact her office to make an appointment to help your daughter create good life choices early.
hen meeting Glenda, you’ll immediately have her undivided attention. She is a sincere listener, doer, and most definitely an empath; and it is how she has become one of the most knowledgeable and powerful women at Sunbelt Title. Glenda’s understanding and experience in real estate have contributed to her influence in the industry, but it’s her selfless demeanor that makes her a force to be reckoned with. Each day she “tries to be a blessing” to everyone she encounters. She does that through servant leadership and going to bat for those she is trying to bless. Outside of work, you’ll find Glenda cuddled up with her husband, her Dotson Darla, one of her 7 grandchildren, or a scrapbook. She and her husband have three grown children, and she lights up when she talks about them. That loving feeling is not limited to those that share her DNA - Glenda allows everyone she meets the opportunity to be her family. Glenda invites you to visit their Pensacola office on Airport to inquire about title, escrow, or for even a staring contest. She said, “Just give me one minute of your time. In one minute, you can change your attitude; and with that you can change your entire day.”
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currently reside on the west side of Pensacola with my husband Darren Costello. We have a love and passion for entrepreneurship and have owned and operated several successful businesses here in Pensacola. Currently we own and operate Costello’s Butcher Shop and Deli on the west side of Pensacola. Through Costello’s, I have developed a passion for helping our children in this community. During the pandemic, together with my mom Kimberly Tauer, I was able to create a free lunch program for any child in need of a lunch. We currently still offer this program at the store and have surpassed 61,000 free lunches to date. Any child can come to Costello’s during business hours to get a free lunch with no questions asked (which consists of a sandwich, snack, chips, cereal and a drink). Since we opened Costello’s, it has allowed me to create relationships in our community that have helped me see the need these children are experiencing. With lots of prayer I was able to form the Kimberly Tauer Foundation in honor of my mom who has since passed away of pancreatic cancer. Currently we are building the operating site for the Foundation! I hope to be able to give children all the tools they need to ensure a positive future and ensure no child goes hungry. I’m very excited to see what the future holds for the Kimberly Tauer Foundation and all the lives it will touch. Leading Ladies 2021 | 29
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y love for the gulf coast has always made my soul shine bright. I decided to make this place home because of the people, outdoor activities, coastal atmosphere, the wildlife, and year-round sun kissed beach days with my family. My passion for the Emerald Coast is primarily why I chose to become a real estate agent. I love helping my amazing clients find their forever home, investment property, or second home. That feeling Realtor® when I help my clients The Hurd Team, Keller Williams find the perfect place Realty Gulf Coast to call home or their 407-516-5610 vacation spot reminds 306 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze me of why I chose to make this my home. I love all of the things to do here with my family - whether it’s dinner on downtown Palafox Street in Pensacola or a scenic coastal stroll along Highway 30A. In between, there are many options to keep my mind entertained, like being on the water. This is what keeps my family and me at peace. Nothing beats wading the teal waters and relaxing to the sound of nature. I will forever call this stretch of coastline my home. I hope to share my love and passion for the Gulf Coast to all my clients, one home at a time.
lice Guy is a North Carolina native who fell in love with Pensacola in the early 1980’s. She studied Hospitality Management at PJC and stayed in the Food & Beverage field. Alice is a breast cancer survivor and credits her loving NC family in saving her life. It saddened me to see patients at the infusion center alone. My family was at my side from start to end. Their love gave me strength to share with others that have been diagnosed and the reward has been tremendous. Alice’s favorite job was at Joe Patti’s Seafood Company beginning in 1991 where she Owner was able to work alongside Alice’s Gulf Coast Cuisine businessman Frank Patti & Wine Bar - and she hasn’t left his 850-332-5372 side since. During Alice’s 1504 West Intendencia Street, Pensacola management of the seafood market she launched the gourmet deli, A’mangairi, sushi bar, and Anna’s Wines in the late 1990’s. She has enjoying several years learning about seafood and having a major role in the transformation of the seafood market to a food emporium. Now Alice fills her evenings at Alice’s Gulf Coast Cuisine visiting customer’s tables to make certain everything is to their liking. Owning your own business is a full-time commitment. There is dignity in work. Alice takes satisfaction in knowing she employs people that enjoy their work at the restaurant.
ebecca has been serving in the real estate industry with Sunbelt’s parent company Realogy for more than 8 years during which she has become a well-known and trusted advisor. Her drive to succeed at Sunbelt is fueled by her passion to grow, learn more, and serve others, especially in Santa Rosa County - where she will soon have her own Sunbelt office. Rebecca’s face lights up when she talks about her 10-year-old son Oliver, her boyfriend, and Schitt’s Creek – not necessarily at the same time. Rebecca loves to travel - having amassed a vast collection of shot glasses from around the world. If you see Rebecca with a little swag or even walking proud and presidentiallike, that’s because she is distantly related to both Elvis Presley and President Jimmy Carter. “I came to Sunbelt for growth and development and the opportunity to make a difference for people on one of the most important days of their lives: the day they purchase or sell their home.” Rebecca adds, “They might be selling because a parent died, or they might be buying because of the birth of a child. Whatever the reason, it’s an emotional journey with Escrow Officer which we get to hold their hand and make it easy.” Sunbelt Title Agency
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MICHELLE SALZMAN Founder/CEO Salz Studio 850-308-5179 www.salzstudio.com
ichelle Salzman is an engaged community leader whose small business, Salz Studio, has been around since the early 2000s. Salz Studio is a business solutions company that has received awards each year for over a decade in customer service as well as for their partnerships throughout the community. The Studio specializes in business solutions including: beautifully designed websites with up to date security measures as well as award winning photography, custom graphics design, marketing, and PR. Michelle is also known for her community volunteer work with various nonprofits throughout the Pensacola area. Her focus points have been primarily around children. Michelle currently serves on 6 boards to include The Escambia County Public School’s Foundation, Take Stock in Children, and Junior Achievement. Michelle is also the State Representative for Florida’s First District, elected in 2020. She is the first woman to ever be elected in this seat. When Michelle isn’t working in her business or balancing the states $100 billion budget, you will likely find her volunteering with her fellow Rotarians in Seville Rotary, at a Wahoo’s baseball game, or snuggling up to her granddaughter.
llessa Smith, MD is a University of Florida Alumni. She graduated from the University of Florida with her bachelor in science and attended Florida State University to receive her Doctor in Medicine. She completed her residency at the University of South Alabama Children’s and Womens’ Hospital. She lives in Pensacola with her husband and two children. They love spending time at home or traveling to see family, as her two children are young twins. Dr. Smith is Board Certified OB/ GYN and a superior surgeon. Her passion is evaluating and treating gynecology problems that millions of women suffer from every year. She is excellent at discussing interventional and non-interventional procedures. Dr. Smith is skilled at diagnosing various uterine conditions and discussing what interventions are needed. Whether she is helping explain a simple colposcopy in the office, removing fibroids, performing a hysterectomy, or delivering your healthy baby she is there to hold your hand and help you through those difficult decisions and deciding on the type of care that works best for your needs. Dr. Smith is truly a partner in your care at every turn.
ALLESSA ALLISON SMITH, MD Board Certified OB/GYN Advance Women’s Care 850-471-2221 525 Brent Lane, Pensacola
SUZANNE POLLARD SPANN Founder and President Legacy Insurance Brokers, Inc. 850-741-4200 7000 Pine Forest Rd, Suite C, Pensacola
uzanne , a Kentucky native, moved to Pensacola in 2013 and has been in the insurance business since 2009. In February of 2021 Suzanne and her partner Drew Hardgrave launched Legacy Insurance Brokers, Inc., a fullservice insurance brokerage offering personal and commercial insurance in both Florida and Alabama. Suzanne currently serves as the president of the Pensacola Independent Insurance Agents; she is the membership chair for the Northwest Florida Home Builders Association, and she serves on several state insurance advisory boards. Suzanne experienced personal loss that led her down the insurance career path and she uses those experiences to advise her clients and guide them through the everchanging insurance market. Suzanne is driven and passionate about serving her clients and our community. Her goals are simple, she wants to educate her clients! Suzanne and her husband Fletcher (Trey) have three sons -- Austin, a sophomore at Pensacola Christian College; Aaron, who is proudly serving in the United States Navy; and Ryan who is in the eighth grade and plays football and is into competitive fishing, and two fur kids Bailee and Semi.
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yra and her husband, Lawrence, have been residents of Pensacola for seven years. Myra likes to say, “I wasn’t born here, but I got here as soon as I could.” Embracing Pensacola as their forever home, Myra immediately became involved in community service serving as Treasurer with the Pensacola Museum of Art Guild and the Escambia County Democratic Party, and as financial consultant with Escambia County Public Schools Foundation. Her propensity towards gender equality issues provided the natural path to her position with the Monument to Women Veterans. Working with visionary veteran Michelle Caldwell and world-class artist, Elizabeth MacQueen, Myra is creating a national Monument to Women Veterans, which will become a significant tourist attraction and training facility. Former President of the Institute for Women in Politics, Myra participates with a think tank for Better Government in Escambia County and has recently been elected to the city of Pensacola Planning Board. Myra also serves on the board of Equity Project Alliance, an anti-racism community catalyst, CFO, Director of Donor Relations and is Vice President of the Pensacola Women’s Monument to Women Veterans Alliance. She is a proud member of Impact100 and sings with the Choral Society of Pensacola. MWVeterans@gmail.com
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troducing Tonya Zimmern, named VIP Pensacola Magazine’s Best Real Estate Agent in Pensacola. Tonya leads the Tonya Zimmern Team powered by Keller Williams Gulf Coast, a full-service, Pensacola-based real estate firm that has built its 24-year reputation on delivering award-winning service on a personal level with a passion for helping clients live the American Dream. Tonya Zimmern Team Whether you are Keller Williams Gulf Coast Realty buying, selling, or 850-266-7245 investing in a new home www.TonyaZimmern.com The Tonya Zimmern Team is especially skilled at winning multiple offer negotiations. With the real estate industry’s most robust technology combined with proven processes, Tonya and her incredible team have helped hundreds of clients buy, sell, or invest in residential homes, 2nd homes, and vacation rental properties. In addition to their core real estate services, Tonya leverages a diverse network of personally vetted professionals and strategic partnerships to help clients with every aspect from financing and interior design to vacation rental management, and more. Tonya is actively involved in giving back to our community. She has been a dedicated, 4-year member of IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area, Inc., an organization of women committed to improving their community which has funded over $12 million in grants to nonprofit organizations in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.
arlyne Zoltak moved to Pensacola when her father was stationed at NAS and retired in 1989. After attending college in Boston and graduating from Northeastern University with a degree in Marketing and Management Information Systems, she came back to her hometown to help with the family business. Her family, never strangers to entrepreneurship, led her to her calling. After obtaining her real Owner estate license in 2007, East Hill Pizza she managed several 850-857-9977 multifamily complexes 2030 N 12th Avenue, Pensacola and in 2017 decided to become a real estate broker starting HH Realty. In 2018, Darlyne and her husband, TJ, acquired a small pizza restaurant called Chubby’s Pizza, where Darlyne took the reins of the business. East Hill Pizza was born September 2018 and to add more chaos, Darlyne and TJ welcomed twins in 2019 making their family complete with three beautiful children. East Hill Pizza was voted Best Pizza by readers of VIP Pensacola in 2020 and 2021. When schools closed in 2020, East Hill Pizza provided free lunches to children and in early 2021, Darlyne launched the #PizzaPayItForward program where anyone in need can come in and be fed by redeeming a Pay It Forward coupon from their wall. Darlyne hopes you will come and try the Best Pizza in Pensacola and help Pay It Forward to someone in need.
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VIP Pensacola at Beulah Regional Park
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Beulah Community Cookout
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n August 14, over 25 Escambia County Deputy Sheriffs, volunteers, and divisions of the Sheriff’s Office including K9 unit, SWAT Special Teams Unit, Recruiting Program, Water Rescue Unit, and the Mounted Unit were on hand at Beulah Regional Park to promote the engagement efforts of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. Also in attendance at the event were members of the newly formed Escambia County Sheriff Foundation. The goal of this foundation is to support the men and women of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office by strengthening the bond between the Sheriff’s Office and the community that it serves. Funds raised by Escambia County Sheriff Foundation do not replace tax dollars and are instead utilized to complement the funding received directly by the Sheriff’s Office. The Escambia County Sheriff Foundation also understands that engagement, support, and collaboration with various organizations is critical to fulfi lling their mission in our community. The ECSF will always seek partnerships that work to promote safer communities, crime prevention, drug abuse education, and drug prevention.
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WHO’S UP FOR A
GIRLS TRIP? story by Anna Stockton
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or me, trips with my girlfriends used to be about the party. Exploring local bars, nights out, and meeting new people along the way. However, now that it takes approximately 5-7 business days for me to recover from ONE night out, the focus of these trips has changed to reconnecting with friends and getting away from everyday stressors. Everyone is busy with life and sometimes friendships get put on the back burner. There’s no better time to get away, restore those connections, and have a lot of fun while you’re at it!
So apparently there are people out there that like to be active on their trips, and while I’m not necessarily friends with anyone like this, I know they’re out there. For all you adventurers, I’ve got you covered. Gatlinburg may conjure up some thought of airbrushed t-shirts, outlet malls and crowds but there’s more to this area than that. In fact, this centrally located city has many outdoor activities to offer, including hiking, skiing, ziplining, horseback riding and even whitewater rafting for those brave enough to try it. These activities, combined with a nice cabin rental with a deck and hot tub make for the ultimate mountain girl’s trip.
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Oh it’s so easy to have a good time in the big easy. New Orleans is one of those places that has something for everyone. Some people love the party scene that is Bourbon Street and the debauchery that surrounds it. While others enjoy the museums and a quiet hotel bar. With historical architecture, cemetery tours, museums and even an aquarium, there’s no lack of fun to be had there. Now whether you plan on soaking up all this culture with a hurricane in your hand, well that’s entirely up to you.
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Music City Mayhem
On a recent trip to Nashville with my kids a “party barge” drove by. Essentially a somewhat enclosed trailer full of partying people being hauled behind a pick-up. And while I looked at the girls, dancing and yelling and having a glorious time, I mumbled to myself about Nashville becoming the “White Claw of southern cities”. But in reality, as I was walking into the swim meet with about 500 other parents, I was looking longingly at that barge. I not only wanted to be on that party barge, I wanted to be the DJ on that party barge. Nashville has gained a reputation as being a fun destination for girls’ trips, bachelorette parties and weekend getaways. As it should, this city offers a unique culture combined with great restaurants and bars.
To the east of us we have another great location to get away with the ladies. Amelia Island is an oceanfront town that’s perfect if you’re looking for a more sophisticated trip. Whether you stay on “the resort” or at one of the equally fancy hotels on the island, the accommodations, spas and restaurants are all top-notch. If you need a break from lounging, nearby Fernandina Beach has a walkable main street filled with boutiques, history, casual dining and an amazing weekend farmers market and craft fair.
If you’re looking for something more low-key-Dauphin Island is the place to be. A barrier island off of Mobile, Dauphin Island, Alabama is a quiet beach town with loads of local charm. The island boasts Fort Gaines, a civil war era fort, the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and some really fun watering holes filled with locals. With plenty of Gulf-front condos and beach rentals available, it’s a great place to relax and get away from it all.
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Perdido Key Networking Luncheon
VIP Pensacola at Flora-Bama Ole River Grill
photos & story by Kristina Wright
he Perdido Key Area Chamber of Commerce held a networking luncheon at the Flora-Bama Ole River Grill, on the Florida-Alabama state line, on Thursday, July 29. Over two dozen business professionals from Pensacola, Florida to Gulf Shores, Alabama gathered for this social networking event. “This is a great opportunity for business owners, managers, and employees to get together and discuss issues relevant to local commerce while enjoying a wonderful meal at one of our member owned locations. The event is open to all, regardless of membership status with the Chamber. Non-Chamber members and new business owners and staff will find this a great opportunity to get acquainted with members and our organization,” said Dana Pagador, President and CEO of the Perdido Chamber. The last Thursday of every month, the Chamber hosts the event at locations alternating between Florida and Alabama restaurants. For information or to register to attend an upcoming networking luncheon, go to www.PerdidoChamber.com. The Perdido Key Chamber is composed of local businesses and professionals striving to create a healthy economy and improve the quality of the Perdido Key area. These dedicated members help each other and the community by working together through their love of Perdido.
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Accessorize story by Anna Stockton
“The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize.” ~ Clairee Belcher ~ “Steel Magnolias”
The older I get the more this hilarious statement rings true as I’ve realized the accessories make an outfit. The right accessories can take a simple black top and jeans and turn it into a fabulous outfit. Every leading lady knows statement pieces or statement accessories can make you feel a little more powerful, maybe a little more sassy and definitely put a little swagger in your step. So we asked the Leading Ladies in this issue of VIP Pensacola about their go-to style.
You may think Christie Costello is always in her shop selling the ﬁnest wines, the best meats and making sure the children of Pensacola are well fed. But when she takes a much needed break, Christie reaches for her Costa Sunglasses to shield her eyes from the bright Florida sun and look amazing while doing it.
Kimberly Anderson of Sunbelt Title Agency may be super busy with family, various real estate organizations, being the face of Sunbelt Title and ..doggie wedding planning. But she always looks well put together and classy with the help of a good pair of Tiffany earrings.
Farren Algaier uses her Louis Vuitton everfull Bag to make sure she has everything she needs to look and feel fabulous while running the Pensacola Lash and Beauty Bar. With her entrepreneurial and giving spirit, Farren’s plate might be full but her bag, well, that’s never full.
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Stephanie Alvarez sources many of her fashion ﬁnds from designer Michael Kors. As she multitasks between jobs at VIP Destin Magazine and Gateway Payment Systems you will always ﬁnd her looking stylish in her boots, bags, jewelry, and accessories from her favorite fashion friend MK.
Founder and President of Legacy Insurance, Suzanne Spann keeps busy running a successful insurance agency while serving on many boards as well as keeping up with her active family. Suzanne loves her Tory Burch handbags to complete her outﬁt and keep her look sharp, even while running around.
Myra Van Hoose is blazing a trail in her Donald Pliner shoes. As the Director of Donor Relations for the Monument for Women Veterans, Myra works hard and ﬁghts hard for equality, all while feeling comfortable and fabulous in her stylish pumps.
Ragan Dutra of The Hurd Team, Keller Williams Realty Gulf Coast always looks fashionable while helping clients ﬁnd the perfect home here on the gulf coast. She’s able to go from workday to family night out to an evening stroll, all while looking fabulous in her Cuban link necklace from Ross Simons.
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VIP Pensacola at the Cottage Café
Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Guild
C heck P r es en tation photos & story by Kristina Wright
ike many nonprofit organizations in the greater Pensacola area, the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Guild has been faced with empty elected officer chair positions, lower attendance at their monthly luncheons, and suffered the cancellation of their major fund raiser, “Magnolias and White Linens”. This was the first time this event had not been held in 35 years. PSO still managed to have a successful fundraising season through the dedication of the officers, chairs and committee members, who were able to put on three small but prosperous fundraising events. On August 4, current board members gathered at the Cottage Café, followed by a procession inside the Victorian Bed and Breakfast, to present their annual contribution to Bret Barrow, Executive Director of the PSO. This year’s contribution was $24,000. The Cottage Café was originally the carriage house for what is now the Pensacola Victorian Bed & Breakfast. In the mid-1920’s, the Bed and Breakfast was the home of Edwin and Louise Northup. Per Betty Vickers’ book on the history of the PSO, the Northups were musicians themselves and had quite a collection of sheet music. They would host friends in their home and perform together in their parlor with up to 20 musicians. They began calling themselves the Pensacola Civic Orchestra, one of the various early musical currents that eventually coalesced and became what we know today as the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra. The PSOG membership is open to anyone interested in helping to achieve their goals. For membership information, please visit the PSO Guild’s website.www.psog.org.
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ESC AM BIA C OU NTY SHERIF F F OU ND ATION Interview with Whitney Lucas, Vice President ECSF What is the mission of ECSF and how was it started? The Escambia County Sheriff Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) organization formed to support the mission and employees of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. We will work to further and foster engagement opportunities while promoting public safety through community outreach. The Foundation’s goal is to improve the quality of life for every citizen in Escambia County. Sheriff Simmons ran on a platform of both enforcement and engagement at levels never before seen in Escambia County. What better way to facilitate the high level of engagement he was aiming for than to bring local business professionals and community leaders into the fold. Several of our board members had already reached out to Sheriff Simmons asking how they could help, and the formation of the Escambia County Sheriff Foundation presented just that opportunity. What impact do you hope ECSF will have on the community? The Escambia County Sheriff Foundation has two primary goals. The first one being to support the men and women of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. We are here to show these heroes that their community is behind them, supporting them while they work to keep us safe. The second pillar of our focus centers on promoting positive engagement opportunities between the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and the citizens that they serve. By bridging the gap between our Sheriff’s Office and the community, we can help improve the quality of life for every citizen in Escambia County. What are some of the greatest challenges your organization faces? Although we started this journey in early January, our public launch was not until June 10, 2021. This means that currently, our greatest challenge is awareness. While our Board and supporters are doing a great job of getting our message out, there are still those within our community that have not heard about the great things we are working to get accomplished.
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Interview with Whitney Lucas, Vice President ECSF
What is one thing you want readers to know about your organization? I believe that it is important to note that we are not here to replace the tax dollars that provide for the operating and personnel budgets of the Sheriff’s Office. We are simply here to supplement this funding and provide assistance for outreach efforts and officer appreciation and support. While we work closely with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, we are a separate and distinct Foundation created to provide a conduit by which the community can show their support.
Where does funding come from for ECSF? Funding for the Escambia County Sheriff Foundation is provided for by the generous donations of those that see the importance of our mission. Their generosity reflects their commitment to honor and support the brave men and women of the Sheriff’s Office. Additionally, their gifts will allow the Foundation, in partnership with the Sheriff’s Office, to foster positive connections between citizens and law enforcement through increased community engagement. What does the future of your organization look like? In the future, the Escambia County Sheriff Foundation will become a well-funded force for good within our community. Escambia County is home to some of the most generous and supportive citizens. The vast majority of those we come into contact with are excited to hear that there is now an avenue by which they can support their local Sheriff’s Office. We are excited about the opportunities for engagement that this avenue for involvement will present. 50
provided to bridge the gap for individuals in the face of traumatic events. We recently had the opportunity to provide some financial support to an employee experiencing a hardship related to their infant child that was going to need surgery and long-term care immediately after birth. Being able to call this family and deliver the news of our support was one of the most rewarding conversations I’ve ever participated in. Their genuine appreciation for coming to their aid during such a difficult time was touching, and we all shed a few tears in the process. How can someone become involved or donate? The easiest way for anyone to get involved or donate to the Foundation is by visiting our website, www. EscambiaCSF.org . We would also like to invite anyone interested in keeping up with all the good we are doing to follow us on Facebook - www.Facebook.com/ ECSheriffFoundation.
How did you get involved with ECSF and what is your role? Shortly after he took office, Sheriff Simmons approached Brian Williams, owner of Kool Companies, and myself, General Manager of Gilmore, because he knew that as individuals and business leaders, we were ready and eager to support the Sheriff’s Office. Without hesitation, we agreed to be the founding President and Vice President (respectively) and immediately set out to establish the Escambia County Sheriff Foundation. A heart for the Sheriff’s Office combined with my love for this community made the creation of such a foundation an exciting endeavor. Describe a situation working with the organization that really stood out and touched you. One of the ways in which the Foundation supports the employees of the Sheriff’s Office is through emergency funds
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VIP Pensacola at Apple Annie’s
Business After Hours
Christine Williams & Willa Licata
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tep One Automotive Group hosted their Business After Hours at Apple Annie’s in Seville Square on Wednesday, August 4. Step One Automotive Group is located on Pensacola Blvd in Pensacola. There are also locations in Ft. Walton Beach, Crestview, and Niceville. Guests were invited to enjoy finger foods and drinks while networking and mingling with new friends and old. Business cards were collected at the door for the door prize drawings. There were many gift baskets that went home with lucky attendees. Seville holds Business After Hours on the first Wednesday of every month. Local businesses can sponsor the event by contacting Seville’s marketing department. Fenoy Butler & Stacey Ferguson
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Ladies’ Football Fiesta story by Anna Stockton
s a football-loving woman, my favorite time of the year is football season. More specifically, the beginning of football season. Yeah, down here the air may not be crisp, the leaves definitely haven’t turned vibrant colors yet and we may have a hurricane churning in the Gulf, but the crackle of excitement in the air is still present. Who has the best recruits? Which quarterback will have “their year”? While my college didn’t have a football team, the good thing is that since I live in the South it’s a well-known fact that you don’t have to be an alumni to root for the team <ahem, Alabama>. But I digress. The only thing better than a good football game on TV is hosting a party to watch the game. While many assume this tradition is for the menfolk, I can assure you I have many female friends who are as passionate about enjoying the game… and the party. So, get out the wine glasses and appetizer plates, and dust off the swear jar, I’m going to show you the perfect foods for a ladies’ touchdown throwdown.
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This dip gets bonus points because it’s light, airy, somewhat healthy, you’ll need a baguette (which is so fancy) and you don’t even have to cook it! Perfect for a ladies’ football fiesta. I mean, no cooking for goodness sakes!
INGREDIENTS: Olive Oil 1 bunch green onions 3 roma tomatoes 1 block feta cheese 1 soft baguette 3 tsp. Cavendar’s Greek seasoning DIRECTIONS: Generously coat the bottom of a rimmed platter with olive oil. Dice the tomatoes and crumble the feat cheese, put both in the olive oil. Sprinkle Greek seasoning on top and gently stir all ingredients together. Serve with baguette slices.
Cheese Ball Cheese balls themselves don’t get enough credit for their versatility. They fit in literally anywhere. Having the girls over for bunco? Cheese ball. Key party in the 1970’s? Cheese ball. Intervention on your uncle who’s needed it for years? Cheese ball. And finally, football party? Cheese ball.
Place cream cheese in a mixing bowl and mix until smooth. Add cheese, green onion, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, parsley, garlic powder, oregano and pepper. Mix well to combine. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl and gather the mixture into one lump. Lightly grease your hands and form the mixture into a ball. Place the pecans on a plate. Hold the cheese ball in one hand and use the other hand to scoop the pecans onto the outside of the ball, pressing them in gently and turning the ball to coat all sides. Cover the cheeseball in cling wrap and refrigerate for about 1 hour to allow it to firm up. Take it out of the refrigerator about 20 minutes before serving to allow it to soften just slightly. Serve with crackers, pretzels, or vegetables.
16 ounces cream cheese, softened 2 cups freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese (avoid pre-shredded cheese) 2 green onions, chopped 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves dash freshly ground black pepper 2/3 cup pecans, finely chopped
Charcuterie Kabobs Anyone who knows me knows charcuterie boards are my jam! I always have the making of a good charcuterie board on hand in case guests drop by. But sometimes you want to change things up a bit and make your snack more “portable,” enter meat and cheese kabobs, or as I like to refer to them, charcuterie kabobs.
INGREDIENTS: Favorite meats and cheeses Various fruits Skewers
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DIRECTIONS: Cut up meats, cheeses and fruits and place on skewers. You can jazz up your skewers by drizzling with honey or pairing with a jam for dipping.
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mmanuel Sheppard & Condon hosted the Pensacola Beach Chambers Business After Hours on August 10th at Cumaru’s Sky Bar. Attendees snacked on a taco bar and enjoyed cocktails while networking with old and new friends. Matt Clark, the interim Executive Director of the Chamber welcomed everyone. Lucky attendees went home with fabulous door prizes.
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THE BLUE LINE The Blue Line is a new feature that will allow our readers to get to know those who protect and serve our communities. VIP Pensacola wishes to help aid the eﬀort that our law enforcement agencies are making to help further their engagement with communities and constituents. This new eﬀort from law enforcement includes interacting with kids and youth, whether it is playing a game of basketball with them or handing out backpacks and school supplies, conversing with people at events, and showing their friendly side while still maintaining a sense of authority and gaining a greater sense of consolidated respect.
BRENDA MATTHEWS ESCAMBIA COUNTY DEPUTY
Deputy Matthews is a K9 handler to Sadie and assigned to community policing. K9 Sadie was raised at Angola prison and is Escambia County Sheriﬀ’s oﬃce’s ﬁrst bloodhound. She charms everyone with her sweet disposition and broad range of facial expressions. We train continuously in preparation for a missing/endangered person callout. I participate in and schedule the K9 unit demonstrations along with engaging with the community and the usual unit responsibilities. I recently became a R. A. D. instructor and will be working toward empowering women in the community through defensive tactic classes the ECSO will be oﬀering.
VIP Pensacola’s eﬀort includes introducing our readers to two diﬀerent law enforcement oﬃcers in each issue. This month we are featuring ECSO K9 Handler Deputy Brenda Matthews and her K9 Sadie as well as Deputy Deah Sapp of the Neighborhood Engagement Team. These law enforcement oﬃcers are blazing the trail and paving the way for females throughout the community and we’re proud to feature them in this month’s Blue Line. This month’s Blue Line is sponsored by Step One Automotive Group.
As a freshman in high school in Ventura County, CA, the ﬁre department, EMS and police department did a demonstration at our school. I realized then I was interested in public safety but wasn’t sure of which branch so I chose all 3. I started as a junior ﬁreﬁghter and got my basic ﬁreﬁghting certiﬁcate at Ensley Fire Department. I enrolled in EMT school and began my 25+ year career with Escambia County and ECEMS. About 6 years ago I transferred to the Sheriﬀ’s Oﬃce and haven’t been happier. I enjoy making memories with my family and anything outdoors including glamping, boating, mud bogging, biking, running and petting dogs. I’ve raised four children with the love of my life and was extremely proud to be promoted to grandma.
ESCAMBIA COUNTY DEPUTY Deputy Sapp is assigned to the Neighborhood Engagement Team within the Community Policing Unit which is responsible for community engagement including but not limited to: Neighborhood Watch Groups, Security Surveys Residential/Commercial, scheduling of speakers for events, scheduling the Mounted Unit, and K-9. Community Policing handles complaints initiated via neighborhood watch groups, and complaints received via email. The Neighborhood Engagement Team works alongside Code Enforcement, Animal Control, we run radar, we handle the complaints received in Community Policing. We are responsible with engaging our community and creating a positive interaction and building relationships within our community. When I was growing up I always dreamt of being a Police Oﬃcer, my career actually started in Escambia County EMS where I was an EMT. I worked alongside law enforcement and the desire to become a Sworn Oﬃcer grew based out of my respect for the job that they do. I ﬁnally was able to pursue my dream and became sworn in 2018. I like to read mystery/crime novels, I also enjoy anything on the water – jet ski, ﬁshing, doesn’t matter as long as I’m on the water. I love putting together puzzles. 60
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YPE Pensacola hosted the 6th Annual Back to School Giveaway at Oakwood Terrace Apartments on August 10. Backpacks and school supplies were handed out to the children attending. 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 will be tutoring and mentorship, as well as workshops and classes for financial planning, resume writing and job interview etiquette, drug and violence prevention, grooming, and dating etiquette. HYPE Pensacola will also perform volunteer work around the city. For high school seniors who complete a certain number of hours, the HYPE program will pay for up to three college application fees. Shaun Hartsfield, founder of Hype Pensacola, uses his organization as an instrument to serve and give back to his community.
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SEPTEMBER 9-11 Emerald Coast Beer Fest Seville Quarter Downtown Pensacola The Emerald Coast Beer Festival kicks off on Thursday, starting at 7:00pm with a five-course beer pairing dinner featuring handcrafted beers. On Friday the festival kicks into full gear from 5:30-8:30pm with beer samples featuring micro brewed beverages from more than 45 breweries from throughout the United States, highlighting the Southeast and Gulf Coast region. There will be over a dozen regional homebrew clubs as well as the major regional beer distributors. Food truck vendors will be on-site and live music will be playing on several stages. To make a reservation for the Thursday night dinner call Seville Quarter at 850-434-6211.
SEPTEMBER 18-19 Pensacola Tribute Fest Community Maritime Park Amphitheater 301 W Main Street | Pensacola Saturday 11:00am – 11:00pm Sunday 11:00am – 9:00pm
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SEPTEMBER 24-26 Pensacola Seafood Festival
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Seville Square Downtown 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 during the Annual Pensacola Seafood Festival, produced by Fiesta Pensacola. With over 170 artists exhibiting their work and crafts, there is something for everyone to enjoy or take home. There will be a kid’s area in Bartram Park with face painting, arts and crafts, games and activities! Please visit PensacolaSeafoodFestival.com for more information.
The Little River Band Saenger Theatre 118 Palafox Pl | Pensacola 7:30pm
OCTOBER 2 Cabaret: Shaken Not Stirred
Join The Little River Band at the historic Saenger Theatre as they bring their vocal and musical energy along with great arrangements to their timeless classic hits including “Cool Change,” “Take It Easy On Me,” “Reminiscing,” “Help is on its Way,” “Lady,” and “Happy Anniversary.” The band enjoys watching their fans fall in love with the songs all over again as they are swept up by the show’s powerful performance and the volume of hits from Little River Band’s history.
Pensacola Little Theatre 400 S Jefferson Street | Pensacola 7:30pm - Midnight Cabaret boasts a new theme each year and transforms the theatre and surrounding block into an indoor/outdoor entertainment complex, perfectly fusing local talent and celebration to showcase art as the life of the party. Pensacola’s biggest party boasts black ties, luxurious gowns, and avant-garde performances – celebrating the classic James Bond fi lms and making for an extravagant theatrical affair. Purchase your tickets at PensacolaLittleTheatre.com.
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he 13th Annual White Marlin Shootout took place at Palafox Pier & Yacht Harbor in Downtown Pensacola on August 13-14. Hurricane Fred threatened the event, but it held off just long enough and it was beautiful in Downtown Pensacola Saturday night. Twenty-one boats competed for nearly $200,000 in cash and prizes. The boat “Sea Mixer” brought in a 76.4 pound white marlin to take home $45,900. The top boat was the “Rascal” also from Orange Beach who came in with 9 releases, followed by “Fat Daddy” in second, and “All In Fishing” in third. More information and results from the event can be found online at WhiteMarlinShootout.com.
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