Pensacola, Florida
Monday August 20th 2018


Winners & Losers 5/24/18

Cate Merrill
The Autism Pensacola board of directors unanimously approved the selection of the Pensacola native to serve as its next president and chief executive officer. Merrill, who received her master’s degree in communication disorders, has worked as a speech and language pathologist in a variety of settings. She begins May 29, following the retirement of Susan Byram, the organization’s founding CEO. Byram will continue to serve as an executive consultant through July 2018.

Paws on Palafox
Pensacola Humane Society’s signature dog walk, Paws on Palafox, returned to Plaza de Luna last month and was the most lucrative since the event’s inception in 2013, raising more than double of the previous years. The proceeds went directly towards its Barbara Grice Memorial Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic, which performs approximately 5,000 surgeries per year. Over 800 animal lovers and their four-legged friends walked, danced, pranced and strutted throughout the streets of downtown Pensacola this year.

Geonna Tatum and Parker Kotlarz
GPS Hospitality, one of the nation’s largest Burger King franchisees, recently announced its awarding of 187 Burger King McLamore Foundation scholarships to students in 10 states this graduation season. Tatum, of Escambia High, and Kotlarz, of Pensacola Catholic, were selected from Escambia County. Funded solely through local restaurants’ guest donations, students named Burger King Scholars receive $1,000 scholarships and join more than 3,400 other recipients throughout North America that were awarded a collective $3.7 million in 2018.

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