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Winners & Losers 4/3/14

Winners
Harry Wilder
The Gulf Breeze resident and the anchor leg of a trio of SEC swimming relay championships in 1960s was recently named to the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame. He was inducted as a Distinguished Letter winner and cited for his generous donations to help fund a $1.4 million upgrade to the UF swimming complex. Wilder also has helped establish a scholarship in the name of his coach, Bill Harlan.

Nancy Silivos
The owner of Nancy’s Haute Affairs is walking for charity. This isn’t your normal 5K trek. No, Silivos is hiking the Appalachian Trail, a 2,200-mile trail from Georgia to Maine. She is raising money for United Cerebral Palsy of Northwest Florida, a very worthy organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of infants, children, youth and adults of all abilities. You can follow her journey on takeahikenancy.com.

Pen Air Federal Credit Union
The University of West Florida has announced a $100,000 gift commitment from Pen Air Federal Credit Union in support of UWF College of Business students. The gift will establish the Pen Air Federal Credit Union Betty M. Petree Endowment for scholarships and program support for College of Business students. Additionally, the Pen Air Federal Credit Union Financial Literacy Boot Camp for UWF students will be developed.

Losers
Pensacola Charter Commission
After deliberating a new city charter for 18 months, the commission presented to the Pensacola voters a charter that replaced the city manager with an elected mayor. The public was assured numerous times that the power of the city council would remain the same and its role would be much the same as it was with the old charter. Recent actions by Mayor Ashton Hayward show they misled the public.

Vladimir Putin
The President of Russia has been on a mission to consolidate power. For weeks, Russia has massed troops along the border of Ukraine. Recently he seized Crimea, the largely Russian-speaking Ukrainian peninsula Moscow, after Russian troops took control there. With concerns in Europe escalating, he now wants to talk with President Obama and avoid Cold War 2.0.

Scott Campaign
Governor. Rick Scott’s re-election campaign hit a snag last week. Healthcare tycoon Miguel B. “Mike” Fernandez resigned as his finance co-chairman, a post he had barely held for two months. The Miami Herald reported Fernandez had expressed concern in an email about campaign staffers who were joking around in exaggerated Mexican accents while on the way to a Mexican restaurant in Coral Gables.  Fernandez has said he will continue to actively support Republicans and Scott.