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Impact 100 Announces Finalists for 2014 Grants

Bob Barrett

The Pensacola Bay Area Impact 100 announced the finalists for thier 2014 grants Thursday morning at the Pensacola Public Library.

Holly Jurnovoy, the President of the Pensacola Bay Area Impact 100, introduced representatives from all 15 finalists who each gave a short statement about their grant project proposal.

The finalists, who were chosen from about 80 applicants, are broken up into five different categories or focus areas and were chosen after being visited by the members of each focus area committee. The focus areas are Arts and Culture; Education; Environment, Recreation and Preservation; Family and Health and Wellness.

Impact 100 is an organization of area women who each donate 1000 dollars each year and then make grants to local non-profits. This year the group has a record 1,025 members, meaning they have over a million dollars to distribute. There will be ten grants of 102,500 dollars awarded at the groups annual meeting on October 19. At that meeting, all the finalists will give a presentation to the membership, who will then vote on who will get the grants.

This years finalists are:

Arts and Culture: Ballet Pensacola...First City Art Center...The Santa Rosa County Creek Indian Tribe

Education: East Hill Academy...Escambia County Public Schools Foundation for Excellance...The Pensacola MESS Hall

Environment, Recreation and Preservation: Miracle League of Pensacola...Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center...Rotary Club of Pensacola Foundation

Family: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida...Manna Food Pantries...Society of St Vincent De Paul Alfred Washburn Center

Health and Wellness: Alzheimer's Family Services...Health and Hope Clinic...Our Lady of Angels St Joseph Medical Clinic

Bob Barrett has been a radio broadcaster since the mid 1970s and has worked at stations from northern New York to south Florida and, oddly, has been able to make a living that way. He began work in public radio in 2001. Over the years he has produced nationally syndicated programs such as The Environment Show and The Health Show for Northeast Public Radio's National Productions.