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Defunct United Way to refund donations

Defunct United Way to refund donations

Stripped of the right to call itself a United Way earlier this month, the remaining shell of the Santa Rosa chapter has decided to refund all donations collected so far in 2019 via payroll deductions. “The board has directed me to give back the donations,” Kyle Holley, the acting administrator of the Milton-based charity, told […]

Diaper drive supports local foster families

Diaper drive supports local foster families

Foster parents often face a litany of challenges when they take in a new child or sibling group. They have to establish trust with children who have often faced abuse or neglect while also providing for their needs. Local mother of 6 Dawn previously fostered three children before adopting them, and she said she understands […]

UWF funding campaign smashes $50 million goal

UWF funding campaign smashes $50 million goal

After 50 years, $50 million was just not enough. The University of West Florida celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a goal-smashing $64.4 million Capital Campaign, raised by almost 20,000 donors, including 55 planned gifts and nearly $18 million in scholarships. “We are truly grateful for the generosity of the community we serve, the alumni we […]

Council on Aging makes holidays brighter for seniors

Council on Aging makes holidays brighter for seniors

The holiday season was made a little brighter for senior citizens in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, thanks to the Christmas for Seniors Initiative. Started in 2009, businesses in the area, as well as community members, donate money and gifts, such as pajamas, heaters, microwave ovens, food, crafts and puzzles. The initiative meets a need […]

Wildlife refuge seeks support for Holley relocation

Wildlife refuge seeks support for Holley relocation

After the shopping rush and cyber sales ended, #GivingTuesday arrived Nov. 28, and local nonprofit Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge (ECWR) tried to capitalize on the event. #GivingTuesday is a global fundraising movement for nonprofits that follows the Thanksgiving shopping weekend each year. ECWR rescues, rehabilitates and releases more than 1,200 sick, injured or orphaned native […]

Wildlife refuge joins #GivingTuesday

Wildlife refuge joins #GivingTuesday

The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge (ECWR) Tuesday will be accepting donations to support their residents and future visitors at their new facility in Holley. The donation drive is part of #GivingTuesday, a global fundraising movement for nonprofits that follows the Thanksgiving shopping weekend. ECWR is a rescues, rehabilitates and releases more than 1,200 sick, injured or […]

One Warm Coat Drive seeking donations

One Warm Coat Drive seeking donations

One Warm Coat Drive will be collecting gently used and new winter coats in the area through October. There are numerous sites to donate coats and jackets to those who need them. The Missions Anglican Church has been the local sponsor for this drive for the past six years, and thousands of coats have been […]

Locals help victims of Hurricane Harvey

Locals help victims of Hurricane Harvey

Former Hurricane Harvey dumped 50 plus inches of rain in areas in and around Houston since making landfall Aug. 25 causing catastrophic flooding and leaving thousands of residents in shelters. Relief and rescue efforts are underway, and many have begun making donations for those relief efforts. As part of the Florida Realtors statewide effort, the […]

4-year-old puts needy animals first

4-year-old puts needy animals first

Like many children, Cadence McCleery, 4, is excited about her upcoming birthday. Wearing glittery pink butterfly earrings, Cadence said when she grows up she wants to be Moana, the hero of one of her favorite Disney movies. Her birthday party will be a “jumpy jump” party with a bounce house, and she will finally be […]

Dodge Brawl

DodgeBrawl is a fun coed double-elimination dodge ball tournament on the arena floor of the Pensacola Bay Center. Teams compete against each other not only for annual bragging rights, but also for the chance to win money for the local charity of their choice in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. Teams will also have the opportunity to […]

HNMS Junior Audubon Society Car Wash/Bake Sale

Holley Navarre Middle Junior Audubon Society would like to invite you to come out and support their club by stopping by Centennial Bank, 8524 Navarre Parkway, for a car wash and a sweet treat on Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will be accepting any donations for the car wash and […]

Grant writers get practical advice

Grant writers get practical advice

Local nonprofits got a lesson in grant writing at the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s second Community Grant Writing Workshop. Workshop leader Barbara Hunter Cox has been writing and approving grant applications for years. Read the full article in the April 20 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as […]

Santa Rosa’s only family homeless shelter gives hope

Santa Rosa’s only family homeless shelter gives hope

For Santa Rosa families struggling with the daily necessities such as food and shelter, there is only one homeless shelter in the whole county, Family Promise. Milton- based Family Promise provides several individual houses for families to stay in at little to no cost. The group is an outpost of a larger national effort to […]

Caring and Sharing feeds a community

Caring and Sharing feeds a community

What began as a one-family mission to bring toys to local children for Christmas has grown into an organization that serves more than 200 families over the holiday season.  Caring and Sharing first began when the Holley-Navarre Fire Station collected toys for local children for Christmas.  At the time, Don VanDerryt was the newly appointed […]

Hotel Equities steps in to help Weekend Food Program

Hotel Equities steps in to help Weekend Food Program

Hotel Equities’ Revenue Manager Mike Lorea didn’t hesitate to jump into action when he was approached about helping out with the Weekend Food Program in South Santa Rosa County. At the Springhill Suites on Pensacola Beach Tuesday afternoon, he and members of his staff  were on hand participating in a regional training conference and they […]

Donations sought for bench replacement

Donations sought for bench replacement

In the wake of Hurricane Ivan, Navarre Beach was left with a mess of hundreds of tons of concrete and debris piled up and abandoned. While many saw it as a nuisance, a few residents saw it as an opportunity. In 2006 a team of residents banded together to fix a problem. The volunteer group […]

Fill the Boot campaign affects local residents

Fill the Boot campaign affects local residents

In partnership for more than 60 years, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the International Association of Fire Fighters have joined in the fight against muscle-debilitating diseases that can strike both children and adults.  This year is no exception as local firefighters at Holley-Navarre Fire District ready to kick off the Fill the Boot MDA Campaign […]

Emerald Coast Women’s Club presents check to Heroes on the Water

Emerald Coast Women’s Club presents check to Heroes on the Water

On behalf of the Emerald Coast Women’s Club, Linda Maksymuk (left) past president and Aimee Royster (right) past director of charities present a $4,784.99 check to Kelly Smith for Heroes on the Water.  The Emerald Coast Women’s Club held fundraising events throughout the year.  Each year they vote to select the charity the funds will […]

American Legion Riders make a difference

American Legion Riders make a difference

Micky Hernandez once rode down Highway 87 on a motorcycle dressed as Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer. It wasn’t as much about showing off his Christmas spirit as it was about doing it for a good cause. Hernandez is the director of the American Legion Riders in Navarre and the group puts a lot of emphasis […]

My Father’s Arrows expands assistance to families in need

My Father’s Arrows expands assistance to families in need

You cannot run from a calling from God. That’s what founder of My Father’s Arrows thrift store Sarah Ellis says. Back in 2013, she said she was struck with the idea of creating a community to support foster families in the community by creating a group living facility, and the idea would not quit. “When […]

Council on Aging chills out for a good cause

Council on Aging chills out for a good cause

Ann Constance walks out of the Lowe’s store in Gulf Breeze carrying a brand-new air conditioner, which isn’t an uncommon sight during a Florida summer when the outdoor temperature makes it feel as if you are inside a sauna. The difference in this situation on a steamy Friday afternoon in July is the AC unit […]

5th Annual Raider Games are big success

5th Annual Raider Games are big success

After being postponed several times because of rain, the Raider Games went off without a hitch on Wednesday, May 18. “The main reason we hold these games is so the kids have fun,” coordinator Jessica Howie said. Judging from the smiles on the athletes’ faces, the event was an overwhelming success. “This event was originally […]

Keeping art education alive

Keeping art education alive

Oh what a night for art programs in the local schools. Educators, students and supporters of the arts gathered in the Gulf Breeze Library Meeting Room the evening of May 3 for a presentation where Gulf Breeze Arts, Inc., awarded a $20,000 grant for art programs and other education efforts in area schools. This is […]

Andrews Institute Krutches for Kids Drive needs crutches

Andrews Institute Krutches for Kids Drive needs crutches

Helping athletes have success on their road to recovery from an injury is something the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze does well and its latest effort will aid in that recovery process. It’s called the Krutches for Kids Drive and people are asked to donate any gently used crutches that can be given to athletes […]

Panhandle Butterfly House Annual Grand Opening

Panhandle Butterfly House Annual Grand Opening

The Panhandle Butterfly House will celebrate its Grand Opening for the 2016 season on Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Special events at the Grand Opening include: A plant sale with butterfly friendly plants. The Butterfly Bazaar will offer many butterfly items for sale. Santa Rosa County Master Gardeners will provide answers […]

Crawling for a Cause

Crawling for a Cause

Air Force veteran Robert Reyes had the idea to have a Pub Crawl in Navarre to support local businesses and to raise money for the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast. Little did he know then – that six years later, he would be the owner of a local business, O’Connor’s Pub and Grill. Can’t […]

Round up for fire safety aids first-responders

Round up for fire safety aids first-responders

Would you like to round that up? Firehouse Subs has been asking that question of customers since 2005 when they created the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. The organization’s mission is to provide funding, life-saving equipment and educational opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations. Through the nonprofit arm of the company, they have given […]

Navarre couple excited about K9s For Warriors’ fundraiser

Navarre couple excited about K9s For Warriors’ fundraiser

Navarre Beach Fireman Dan Fureigh and his fiancé, Shannon Robertson, have no idea where their adventure will take them when they participate in the Rally Your Heart event in March. But the Navarre couple does know is that they are doing it for a good cause. The donations they raise for their participation in the […]

Remote Area Medical Clinic in need of volunteers

Remote Area Medical Clinic in need of volunteers

Katrina Snider first learned about Remote Area Medical Clinics last June when she volunteered at one in Tennessee. “My dad introduced me to it because he had volunteered at one,” said Snider, an RN at Baptist Medical Center in Pensacola. “After volunteering, I saw how many people were affected by it. I wanted to pursue […]

Santa Rosa Republican Women’s Club elects new officers

Santa Rosa Republican Women’s Club elects new officers

At a recent Santa Rosa Republican Women’s Club, out-going President Carol Boston passed the gavel to incoming President Rebecca Ward. Stay up to date on local news and events. Subscribe to Navarre Press for as little as $38 per year. Click here to view photos of the Santa Rosa Republican Women’s Club and other photos […]