Senior Gift Requests Expected to Increase This Holiday as Economic Slump Continues Be a Santa to a Senior®, the popular campaign that has delivered 1.2 million gifts to needy seniors throughout North America in the past six years, is gearing up again this holiday season during a time when seniors may need more of the bare necessities to survive.
The Home Instead Senior Care® office serving Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties has joined local health care partners (see below for complete list) and area Walmart stores to provide presents to seniors who otherwise might not receive a gift this holiday season.
Program sponsors expect gift requests to be up this year as the economic downturn continues and Social Security benefits fail to keep pace with daily living expenses.
“Most people aren’t aware that there are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of seniors in every community who have no family and are alone,” said Carlette Howell, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving the Pensacola area. “What’s more, this holiday season finds many older adults struggling to make ends meet.”
Prior to the holiday season, the participating local non-profit organizations will identify needy and isolated seniors in the community and provide those names to Home Instead Senior Care. Christmas trees, which will go upon Nov. 1 at the Walmart stores below, feature ornaments with the first names only of the seniors and their respective gift requests.
Participating Walmart locations:
• 8970 Pensacola Blvd. in Pensacola
• 4965 Highway 90 in Pace
• 3767 Gulf Breeze Parkway in Gulf Breeze
• 2951 South Blue Angel Parkway in Pensacola
• 2650 Creighton Road in Pensacola
Holiday shoppers can pick up an ornament, buy items on the list and return them unwrapped to the store, along with the ornament attached. Volunteers will then collect, wrap and deliver the gifts to area seniors.
“Be a Santa to a Senior is a way to show our gratitude to those older adults who have contributed so much to our community,” Howell said. “We hope to reach out to many with this gesture of holiday cheer and goodwill.”
The program runs from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15. Important dates of note are as follows:
Nov. 1: Trees go up in area stores and businesses
Dec. 15: Community gift wrapping party – the general public is invited to come and help!
Dec. 15: Delivery of gifts to seniors in the community
For more information about the program, call 850-477-1947 or log on to beasantatoasenior.com.
Beach Lovers Wanted Volunteers Needed for Biggest Florida Beach Walk and Photo Fest Ever! Beach lovers are invited to join the Great VISIT FLORIDA Beach Walk, coming Saturday, Nov. 6, when Floridians rally to celebrate the Sunshine State’s sandy shores and show the world – with photos from each of the 825 miles – that Florida’s beaches are as wonderful as ever.
Register now to walk a beach mile and upload a photo at VISITFLORIDA.com/beachwalk
Registered individual or group volunteers will walk their official mile between sunrise and 10 a.m. CST and take a photograph along the way to upload to the internet.
There are 43 miles of beaches to be walked in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Check-In Stations will be located at the Perdido Key Visitor’s Information Center and Casino Beach.
All beach photos will be displayed in real time at VISITFLORIDA. com/beachwalk – where people can vote on their favorite Florida beach mile and be entered to win $5,000 dollars and a Mazda Miata so they can take their own Sunshine State beach tour. VISIT FLORIDA will promote this grassroots photo gallery nationwide, drawing attention through the lenses of everyday Floridians to the fact that local beaches are as beautiful as ever – just in time for the winter tourism season.
Escambia County Info: Kris Thoma, (850) 444-7114, firstname.lastname@example.org
Santa Rosa County Info: Brenda Roland, (850) 983-5220, email@example.com
2010 Gulf Coast Women’s Business Conference The Small Business Development Center at the University of West Florida is presenting the “Gulf Coast Women’s Business Conference” on Friday, November 5, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Pensacola Civic Center. Learn about the following, important topics for women in business from various area business leaders: Hot Businesses & Trends, Social Media Accounts After Death, Tips to Generating Endless Referrals, Tips & Traps in Social Media, Getting Back Up When Life Knocks You Down, and a Lenders’ Panel will be present. Lunch will be provided. Visit our website for more details at sbdc.uwf.edu. To register, call 850-595-0063.
The fee for attending this conference is $59. Exhibitor fee is $99 and includes one admission (vendor space is limited, so call early). Call to register: (850)-595-0063
Tunnel to Towers National Golf Tournament A benefit golf tournament presented nationwide by the Stephen Siller, FDNY, Children’s Foundation will be held at Marcus Pointe Golf Club on Veteran’s Day Thursday, November 11, 2010 to help raise funds for “Building Homes for Heroes”. They are constructing a home for disabled Iraq veteran, U.S. Army Sgt. Joel Tavera, in Florida this year. Registration and box lunch is at 10:30 a.m., and a noon shotgun start will follow. Funds will also be forwarded to the children of recently deceased American military heroes via the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Program. That evening an auction/dinner will be held at New World Landing to help with the fund raising.
Six New York City firemen will be in town for the event. There will be a reception at Vince Whibbs Automotive on November 10th from 6 to 8 to welcome them to Pensacola. New World Landing is hosting their accommodations for the entire stay and Vince Whibbs if furnishing their transportation.
Kalie Walters, a sophomore at UWF who recently ran in the Tunnels to Towers race in New York where she also received her scholarship from the Stephen Siller (FDNY) Foundation, will be introduced at the dinner.
Cost is $125 for golf, cart, lunch, cocktails and dinner. For reservations call Bill Stone at 850.484.9770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Tunnels to Towers, visit tunneltotowersgolf.org
SUBWAY FAMILY GOLF TOURNAMENT The Subway® Family Golf Tournament benefiting The Northwest Florida Prevention Coalition will take place on Saturday, November 6th at Lost Key in Perdido. The Subway® Family Golf Tournament will provide a unique opportunity for people to participate in a fun, family-friendly event. The Subway® Family Golf Tournament will include hole-in-one and team prizes, awards ceremony lunch and silent auction. To register, visit nwflpc.org.
This is the first annual fundraiser for the Northwest Florida Prevention Coalition, the anti-drug coalition that engages concerned citizens in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties to reduce substance use. The Coalition works to reach parents and responsible adults with prevention information and provides them with the necessary tools to reduce the areas of risk young people face, thus strengthening the protective factors that help youth stay drug-free. Its mission is “uniting citizens to create a clean, safe, drug and crime-free community.”
The Coalition is a non-profit organization and members include the Community Drug and Alcohol Council, Pensacola Police Department, Escambia and Santa Rosa School Districts, Pillars for Promise, Informed Families, Juvenile Justice, Escambia and Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Departments, Escambia and Santa Rosa Health Departments, local neighborhood watch programs and many others.
“Dancing in the Dark” with the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra The Board of Directors of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra invites you to join us for “Dancing in the Dark,” the 15th annual Symphony Ball on Saturday, November 13th at Pensacola Country Club.
As a new twist this year, co-chairs Teri Levin, Robert Turner, and Betty Roberts have crafted an enchanted evening full of mystery and disguise. Make sure to wear your masks! Events begin at 6PM and will feature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a fantastic dinner, silent and live auctions, and music and dancing with Brooks Hubbert. Violinist Brooks Wood Smith will also be on hand to serenade you at your table.
As Pensacola Symphony Orchestra’s major annual fundraiser, proceeds from the Ball will benefit all artistic and educational programs.
“All of our education programs benefit from the Ball,” says Executive Director Bret Barrow. “With every ‘Dancing in the Dark’ seat sold, we’re that much closer to bringing all 5th grade students from Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties to the
Saenger to hear the orchestra for free, or bringing one of our world-class guest artists to teach area high school students. Of course, it will also be a really fun evening out!”
Seats are $150 and are on sale now. Call the PSO office at (850) 435-2533 or order online at pensacolasymphony.com
Dancing in the Dark is sponsored by Avalex Technologies, Centennial Imports, Bank of America, Bud Light Lime, Mark Lee – Resort Realty, Gulf Coast Community Bank, Morgan-Keegan, Wells Fargo, and O’Sullivan Creel Wealth Advisors, and Friends of the Ball include Raisa Overstreet-Merrill Lynch, Brad and Betty Roberts, Robert and Gloria Turner, Teri Levin, and Antonio and Bentina Terry.
Gulf Islands National Seashore Hosts Special Program for Native American Heritage Month In commemoration of Native American Heritage Month, Gulf Islands National Seashore will host anthropologist Dr. Ramie Gougeon from the University of West Florida for a special one-hour program, “Native Americans Cultures of the Southeast and Pensacola Area.” The talk will be held at the Naval Live Oaks Visitor Center Auditorium in Gulf Breeze on Wednesday, November 18 at 5:30 p.m. Dr. Gougeon will share his interest and research that includes late prehistory of American Indians living in the southeast and spotlights the sources and expressions of social and political power in middle-range, chiefdom societies.
Gulf Islands National Seashore Superintendent Brown invites the public to attend our Native American Heritage Month presentation. The program is free. For additional information about this program or other programs offered at the Seashore, call the Naval Live Oaks Visitor Center at (850) 934-2600 or visit our website at nps.gov/guis.
5K Walk 4 Life-2K10 The City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation Department has teamed up with the Escambia County Health Department, Wil-Lo Week, and Magic 106.1 to present the Community 5K Walk 4 Life-2K10! This wonderful event will take place on Saturday, November 20th at Legion Field on the corner of Gregory and G Street with registration beginning at 8am and the walk to start at 9:30am.
Put on your walking shoes and come out and join us as we bring the community together to promote the awareness of HIV as well as offer some family fun-filled festivities! There will be bounce houses, face painting, as well as a 3 on 3 basketball tournaments and a local High School Band performance. Guest appearances will also be made by DAB the AIDS Bear and Sparky the Firedog. Cost to register is $5.00 and you can log onto playpensacola.com to pre-register or register the day of the event.
For more information, please contact Parks and Recreation at 436-5670 or visit us at playpensacola.com
“Be There with Bells on” to Fight Arthritis This holiday season, thousands of Floridians will tie bells to their shoelaces, dress up in their favorite festive costumes and join friends and family members to fight the nation’s leading cause of disability.
The Arthritis Foundation will host nationwide Jingle Bell 5k Run/Walk events. The Pensacola Beach event is Saturday, Nov. 27. Registration begins at 7 a.m. at the Gulfside Pavilion, 50 Casino Beach, and the run/walk begins at 8 a.m. Participants will enjoy spectacular scenic views of Pensacola Beach.
“We’re encouraging everyone to kick-off the holidays at this fun and festive event. Walk or run in honor of a family member or friend with arthritis and help move us closer to a world free of arthritis pain,” said Anne Fair Forrest, president and CEO of the Arthritis Foundation’s Florida Chapter. “More than 4 million Floridians and nearly 50 million people nationwide are affected, making arthritis the most common cause of disability in America.”
Funds raised by the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis will support vital research, advocacy, awareness and patient education programs and services to improve the lives of people with arthritis.
For more information or to register for the Pensacola Beach Jingle Bell Run/Walk, please visit arthritis.org/chapters/florida.
2010 – Give the Coat off Your Back Drive” The “Give the Coat off Your Back Drive” is officially kicked off for the 2010 annual drive. The Farrar Law Firm and Farrar Family and all of our sponsors and friends encourage those that can, give, please give. This is the Farrar’s eighteenth (18th) year of conducting the coat and blanket drive. The demand for cold weather items has increased as we all go through this recession together. Distributions will be made directly to homeless individuals as in the years past, and we once again ask you to join the efforts of the Farrar’s this year to help those less fortunate be warm and safe this winter. Give the gift of hope and warmth! Donate any slightly used or new coats and blankets and love the joy of giving.
The Farrar Law Firm is partnering this year with Fast Signs, Southern Style Carpet, Uncle Bob’s Self Storage, Emerald Coast Hospice and Bay Breeze Nursing Home as drop off locations. Anyone who wishes to donate a coat, blanket, gloves or hats may drop off those items at any of their locations listed below:
Farrar Law Firm: 109 N Palafox Street Pensacola, Florida
Fast Signs: 6060 Tippin Avenue, Pensacola, Florida
Southern Style Carpet: 901 North Navy Blvd., Pensacola, Florida
Uncle Bob’s Self
Storage: #356 – 9113 W. Highway 98, Pensacola, Fl
#353 – 1600 9 Mile Road, Pensacola, Fl
#53 – 195 E. Fairfield Dr., Pensacola, Fl
#58 – 980 N. Navy Blvd., Pensacola, Fl
#68 – 2807 W. Michigan Ave., Pensacola, Fl
#69 – 801 E. 9 Mile Road, Pensacola, Fl
#70 – 2295 W. Michigan Ave., Pensacola, Fl
Emerald Coast Hospice: 5401 Corporate Woods Dr, Ste 800, Pensacola
Bay Breeze Nursing Home: 3375 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, Gulf Breeze, Fl
For further information, please contact the Gregory P. Farrar at the Farrar Law Firm at 434-8904. Again, thank you again to all of you in the Pensacola area who have given this year and previous years.
AT&T Foundation awards $75,000 for 2-1-1 in Northwest Florida United Way of Escambia County has received a grant for $75,000 from the AT&T Foundation to expand 2-1-1 in Northwest Florida. A grant source is pending to stand up 2-1-1 in Escambia County. The two grants together will make full implementation of the service possible for Northwest Florida counties that choose to participate.
The 2-1-1 service will give 1 million Northwest Florida residents access to health and human services information and referral 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The expansion will also provide needed support to hundreds of nonprofit organizations that serve local communities in times of disaster.
Florida CFO Alex Sink was involved in procuring the AT&T Foundation grant. She saw the importance of 2-1-1 and wanted to make the service available in all of Florida’s counties. She reached out to the corporate community to help and the AT&T Foundation quickly stepped forward with interest.
Following the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, United Way of Escambia County CEO Jean Norman spoke with CFO Sink about the need for 2-1-1 in Northwest Florida.
“We appreciate the help of CFO Sink in connecting the business community with United Way following the oil spill,” Norman said. “After the disaster she came to Pensacola and asked nonprofit organizations about unmet needs. Upon learning that Northwest Florida was not served by 2-1-1, she connected us with the AT&T Foundation.”
Currently in Northwest Florida, United Way organizations are the local provider of First Call For Help, an information and referral hotline that operates similarly to a 2-1-1 but with service available only during daytime hours.
2010 Cox Pensacola Christmas Parade Call for Applications Anyone looking for Christmas spirit need look no further than Saturday, December 11, 2010, the date of the 2010 Cox Pensacola Christmas Parade. Applications are now being accepted for groups, floats and marching bands to participate in the festivities and may be found on the parade’s website, CoxPensacolaChristmasParade.org. Parade applications and entry fees must be received no later than November 26. Groups who paid entry fees for the 2009 parade will only pay half price for a 2010 parade entry.
Organizers expect this year’s parade to feature more than 50 floats with unique holiday themes and 40 marching units. The annual parade, which draws over 50,000 people to downtown Pensacola, begins at 5:15 pm and will be televised live on WKRG-TV5. The Christmas Parade also includes local bands from every high school in Escambia County, the nationally renowned Blue Angels flight team, groups from around the region, and as far away as Houston and New Orleans.
The Cox Pensacola Christmas Parade profits go to local high school band booster organizations to assist in the purchasing of uniforms and equipment and funding of travel expenses.
For more information on the Cox Pensacola Christmas Parade, to download an application or to view the parade route, please visit the parade website atCoxPensacolaChristmasParade.org.