836 ladies impacted the city Sunday afternoon by donating a total of $836,000 to eight non-profit groups at the Hilton Hotel on Pensacola Beach.
Beginning at 12:30 the finalist organizations gave their presentations to the ladies of IMPACT 100. Each group had the opportunity to tell about their project, their vision and what it would mean to receive $106,000 for their organization.
“I served on the Education committee and just seeing these people receive this money is a great feeling,” said Carol Humphrey. “I have been with IMPACT four years and I just wish we could give everyone who participated a grant.
Nancy Worenfelt has been a member for three years. “I didn’t grow up here. My husband retired here from the Navy and I just love it(Pensacola). We’ve made a lot of friends here. What I find most rewarding about IMPACT 100 is giving back to the community. Because of the people here, you want to help everybody in the community. “
Every year IMPACT 100 gives a workshop for organizations desiring to participate in the grant process. “You only have to come to the grant workshop and be a 501C3 to participate,” she said.
Groups that participated were: Ballet Pensacola, The Santa Rosa County Creek Indian Tribe, Inc., Santa Rosa Historical Society, The Arc Santa Rosa, Inc., Lutheran Services Florida, Inc., Friends of St. John’s Foundation, Inc., Community Organizations Active in Disaster, Inc. Holley Navarre Senior’s Association, Inc., Pensacola Museum of Art, Council of Aging of West Florida, Santa Rosa Historical Society, Independence for the Blind of West Florida, Humane Society of Pensacola, Favor House of Northwest Florida, Gulf Coast’s Kid’s House, Pensacola Habitat for Humanity.
“We were able to highlight five additional organizations for a total of fifteen finalists,” said Holly Jornevoyer, President of IMPACT 100. This year after giving $836,000 in grants we will have given 5.5 million dollars to organizations within the community.”
“Marny Needle, past President of Impact stated “ Our mission is to always make an impact on our community and the best way to do that is to grow our membership and also retention. We hope that when you join you enjoy the experience and return next year. Good grants are also a priority. We want to see every non-profit in Santa Rosa and Escambia bring their plan to have the opportunity to receive a grant. A thousand dollars is a lot of money and you are giving us money and trusting us to make good decisions. Every dream can come true. At the end of the meeting today, we will see what and how the ladies voted.”
The eight Finalists that received grants were: Pensacola Museum of Art, Council of Aging of West Florida, Santa Rosa Historical Society, Independence for the Blind of West Florida, Humane Society of Pensacola, Favor House of Northwest Florida, Gulf Coast’s Kid’s House, Pensacola Habitat for Humanity.