United Way of Santa Rosa County

Charity wary of Thompson sentencing delay

Charity wary of Thompson sentencing delay

The sentencing of confessed United Way of Santa Rosa County (UWSRC) embezzler Guy Thompson is being delayed into January, sparking concerns that his attorney is negotiating leniency. “We want to see justice done,” said Melissa Stuckey, executive director of the Early Learning Coalition of Santa Rosa County, in a phone interview. Stuckey said that she […]

Day of Caring mobilizes 1,100 volunteers

Day of Caring mobilizes 1,100 volunteers

Volunteers across Santa Rosa and Escambia counties participated in the single largest day of volunteerism in Northwest Florida Oct. 4 during the United Way of West Florida’s (UWWF) Day of Caring. This was the first year the event extended into Santa Rosa.   Read the full article in the Oct. 10 issue of Navarre Press. […]

New United Way seeks trust in Santa Rosa

New United Way seeks trust in Santa Rosa

Keeping the failed United Way of Santa Rosa County at arm’s length, the charity’s Pensacola-based chapter has expanded to serve the county where scandal killed its predecessor. “This United Way will serve two counties, Santa Rosa and Escambia,” said Laura Gilliam, who is the paid president and CEO of the newly rebranded United Way of […]

Milton untangling from Thompson

Milton untangling from Thompson

Complications from former Milton Mayor Guy Thompson’s admission to defrauding the United Way of Santa Rosa County still hang over the city and charity he ran for decades. Current Mayor Heather Lindsay is trying to work through lingering issues and suspicions that concern her and some City Council members.   Read the full article in […]

Thompson fraud fallout spreads

Thompson fraud fallout spreads

Concerns about former Milton Mayor Guy Thompson’s guilty plea on charges of looting the United Way of Santa Rosa County may prompt an in-depth audit aimed at uncovering whether financial fraud occurred within the city government he ran for 20 years. Although current Milton Mayor Heather Lindsay doubts that Thompson could have stolen municipal funds, […]

Chambers set to “stuff the bus” for local students

Chambers set to “stuff the bus” for local students

Since United Way of Santa Rosa County has been dissolved, many community organizations are picking up the slack for the needs United Way filled. One such project is providing school supplies for children at or below the poverty line, including the district’s hundreds of homeless students.   Read the full article in the May 16 […]

How Thompson looted United Way

How Thompson looted United Way

Hubris and a lack of financial oversight are at the center of how junior college dropout Guy Thompson fooled dozens of high-profile community leaders in stealing $652,000 over seven years from the United Way of Santa Rosa County. Thompson, who pleaded guilty to federal charges of embezzlement and tax evasion last week, conducted “hundreds of […]

Escambia United Way steps in for defunct Santa Rosa charity

Escambia United Way steps in for defunct Santa Rosa charity

Laura Gilliam is trying to pick up the pieces left by the shattered and scandalized United Way of Santa Rosa County. “We are reaching out to the donors who have supported United Way of Santa Rosa and to the organizations that relied on it for financial help,” said Gilliam, the United Way of Escambia County […]

Five things to know: Board of County Commissioners

Five things to know: Board of County Commissioners

Santa Rosa County Commissioners spent their Monday meeting balancing potential projects against infrastructure needs. Discovery Center dream dashed? Concerns over water quality trumped conservation education efforts Monday as commissioners weighed how to spend millions of RESTORE dollars over the next 12 years. Read the full article in the April 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Federal probe of United Way nears conclusion

Federal probe of United Way nears conclusion

The federal investigation into the United Way of Santa Rosa County’s finances that began last October is expected to conclude in March with the release of information about its findings. Davey Willhoit, the charity’s new chairman, told the Navarre Press earlier this week that he participated in a phone call by some volunteer board members […]

County purchases Westgate property

County purchases Westgate property

Santa Rosa County commissioners voted Monday to purchase the Westgate Mobile Home property as part of a land purchase for conservation around NAS Whiting Field. In October, the Westgate Mobile Home Community was left without water when an aging septic tank cracked and began releasing sewage. Read the full article in the Feb. 14 issue […]

United Way regroups during FBI probe

United Way regroups during FBI probe

The federal probe of finances at the United Way of Santa Rosa County may be delving into matters of donations, spending and the charity’s payroll that few if any of its 27 directors understand. That’s because the nonprofit had a “separate budget” in addition to its regular ledger in 2015 and 2016, according to Guy […]

New details: FBI probes United Way’s finances

New details: FBI probes United Way’s finances

Board directors at United Way of Santa Rosa have told the charity’s outside auditor to assist the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which began looking into the organization’s finances earlier this month. The nonprofit’s federal tax records examined by a reporter indicate that while its donations and grants had been dwindling between 2014 and 2016—the only […]

FBI probes United Way of Santa Rosa

FBI probes United Way of Santa Rosa

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is researching documents an agent took from the Milton office of United Way of Santa Rosa County on Thursday, and the charity put three officials on paid administrative leave. The federal probe coincides with an audit that United Way officials have hired the Pensacola accounting firm of Warren Averett to […]

Westgate families get helping hand; some still stuck

Westgate families get helping hand; some still stuck

United Way of Santa Rosa County has thrown a life preserver to a dozen families stranded without water at a Milton mobile home park. But the rescue is slow going. Residents of Westgate Mobile Home Park, located just outside NAS Whiting Field, have been without water for more than a month. Read the full article […]