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Eight Nonprofits Awarded Grants of $104,500 Each

Published: 10/21/2013

From the Pensacola News Journal

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Winners of this year's IMPACT 100 grants were announced Sunday afternoon at the Hilton on Pensacola Beach.


Of 15 finalists, eight nonprofit organizations from five categories were selected to receive grants in the amount of $104,500 each.


From the arts and culture category, the Santa Rosa Historical Society was selected for its plan to restore and renovate the Imogene Theatre in Milton, which was badly damaged by fire in 2009.


In the health and wellness category, FavorHouse of Northwest Florida and the Gulf Coast Kid's House were each selected to receive grants.


FavorHouse provides assistance to victims of sexual abuse and plans to use the IMPACT grant to renovate one of its women's facilities and construct a kennel for pets of abuse victims.


Gulf Coast Kid's House will use the money to add an 850-square-foot expansion to tis 12th Avenue headquarters to house a private medical evaluation room.


"It means to the world" Kid's House Executive Director Stacey Kostevicki said. "We've been limping along for nine years, and now we're finally able to give these kids the dignity they deserve."


In the education category, Independence for the Blind of West Florida was chose for its proposal to purchase blind-assistance technology, specifically iPads, iPhones, and corresponding apps, as well as vehicles to provide transportation for the visually impaired to and from group training classes.


Two organizations were selected from the environment, recreation and preservation category. The Pensacola Museum of Art will receive funds to renovate its building on Main Street in downtown Pensacola. Also chosen was the Humane Society of Pensacola, which plans to use the grant to establish a spay and neuter clinic for cats and dogs.


"This is going to be a game-changer for us," said Sarah Humlie, managing director of the Humane Society. "Finally, we get to have a proactive response to our animal population instead of a reactive one."


From the family category, Council on Aging of West Florida was awarded a grant to install handrails for the walking track at the council's Adult Day Health Care Center and to purchase vehicles to provide transportation to senior citizens.


Finally, Pensacola Habitat for Humanity was selected for the second time since 2004, and will use the grant money to purchase construction equipment and vehicles.


IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area began in 2004 with 233 members, and has grown to 836 members this year -- making it the largest IMPACT 100 chapter in the world.


"Our goal at some point is to have 1,000 women to be able to give away $1 million in one year," said IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area President Holly jurnovoy. "I think it's within reach at this point."


Each of the women in the group contributes $1,000 a year, with 100 percent of the proceeds awarded to nonprofit organizations.


The grants awarded on Sunday brought IMPACT 100's total grant amount awarded since the Pensacola chapter was established to more than $5 million.


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