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Winners & Losers 4/27/17

Since spring break, the Winners & Losers team has been scarce. They claim they are doing research, but all their notes are written on beer coasters. Here is their “Spring 2017 All Winners” version of Inweekly’s most popular column.

Fred Levin
The Pensacola trial lawyer has invested $550,000 in the University of West Florida to establish the Reubin O’D. Askew Institute for Multidisciplinary Studies, in honor of his former law partner. More than 20 years ago, Levin gifted an endowed professorship at UWF in honor of his father, Abe Levin. The endowed professorship, his recent gift of $100,000 to support UWF football and the $550,000 contribution to establish the Askew Institute totals more than $1 million in giving.

Dana Langston
VSA, a Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, named the West Florida High senior a winner of the 2017 VSA Playwright Discovery Competition. She has severe depression and anxiety, which inspires much of her work. She is a published author, as well as the founder of Defective Dynamic, an organization that helps those with mental illness.

Eric Doyle
The Texas native is the new leader of the Blue Angels, after serving as the Commanding Officer of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113. Commander Doyle’s previous assignments include six squadron tours, where he flew the F/A-18 Hornet and F-22A Raptor as an Operational Test Pilot. He has deployed in support of Operations Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and Inherent Resolve.

Tyler Mahle
The Pensacola Blue Wahoo player pitched the league’s first perfect game in 47 years on Saturday, May 22 against rival Mobile BayBears. Using 68 of his 88 pitches for strikes, Mahle fanned eight BayBears and was selected as the Pitcher of the Week by the Southern League of Professional Baseball Clubs for April 17-23. The perfect game was also the first the Pensacola Blue Wahoos’ history.

Sid Williams
The Pensacola Little Theatre and Cultural Center (PLT) announced Williams as its new executive director. The Mississippi native brings his passion for the arts from his most recent work with the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). As PLT’s Executive Director, he will oversee staff and operations, and be responsible for fundraising, marketing, and grant writing.

Pink Pirates of Navarre
The non-profit presented a check for $13,300 to the Baptist Health Care Foundation’s Mammogram Fund, which helps provide mammograms to qualified women who are not financially able to get one on their own. According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 240,000 new cases of breast cancer were projected to be diagnosed this year alone. Early detection enables early treatment and increases survival chances.