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John C. Maxwell, a leading authority on leadership, will appear at the Pensacola Bay Center for a full day, leadership-training event on Monday, January 26th. His appearance will benefit The Children's Hospital at Sacred Heart as part of Sacred Heart Hospital's 100th year of service in 2015. Internationally acclaimed speaker Nick Vujicic will appear as a special guest to share his experiences with No Arms, No Legs, No Limits.

"We are honored that John Maxwell has chosen to bring his leadership message to our community in support of Children's Hospital, the only facility of its kind in Northwest Florida," says Carol Carlan, president of the Sacred Heart Foundation. "Our provision of care for thousands of sick or injured children and infants across the Gulf Coast grew out of the ministry established by the Daughters of Charity, who opened the first Sacred Heart Hospital in 1915."

Maxwell will focus on Leading into 2015. His teaching will touch on how successful people lead, the value of growing yourself and your team, the influence of transformational leadership, mastering key areas of your life and more.

As a globally respected leadership expert, speaker, trainer and coach, Maxwell has authored more than 74 leadership books, with over 22 million copies sold. He founded The John Maxwell Team, an elite group of more than 3,000 certified coaches, teachers, speakers and professionals located in over 90 different countries. He is also the founder of the John Maxwell Company and EQUIP, a non-profit training organization. Each year he speaks to the leaders of diverse organizations, such as Fortune 500 companies, foreign governments, the National Football League, the United States Military Academy at West Point and the United Nations.

Seating is limited. Tickets are available for purchase, along with more information about the event, through the website



The Escambia County Public Schools Foundation's 28th Annual We Believe in Children 5K Run/Walk & Health Fair benefiting Escambia County Public Schools Foundation is scheduled for 8am on January 31 at Cordova Park Elementary School, 2250 Semur Drive. The event will include an expanded Health Fair including community and health partners and will include post-race refreshments, giveaways, educational opportunities, samples, screenings, demonstrations, and more.

Register at, or pick up your registration form at the Foundation Office, 30 East Texar Drive, Room 113.
$25 through Thursday, January 29
$30 Friday, January 30 and Saturday, January 31
K-12 Students (18 and under):
$10 (no late fee)
Active Duty Military (with I.D.):
$15 (no late fee)

Proceeds from the We Believe in Children 5K Run & Health Fair will be used to fund educational initiatives directly impacting public schools, teachers, and students in the Escambia County School District.  For additional details call (850) 469-5354.



IMPACT 100 accepts applications from organizations in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in five areas: arts/culture, education, environment/preservation/recreation, family and health/wellness. The all-woman effort, was founded in Pensacola in 2003, modeled after a similar organization in Cincinnati. Each member donates $1,000 annually, and the group divides that money up in grants of at least $100,000 each. In 2014, IMPACT 100 had 1,025 members and gave out more than $1 million in grants. Ten organizations received $102,500 each.

Membership recruitment events for IMPACT 100 continues through March 1, with these events scheduled:

Tuesday, Jan. 27: PACE Center for Girls, 4:30 - 6:30pm
Thursday, Feb. 5:
Hampton Inn & Suites Gulf Breeze, 4:30 - 6:30pm
Monday, Feb. 9:
Pensacola Museum of Art, 4:30 - 6:30pm
Wednesday. Feb. 11:
Flora-Bama Lounge, 6 - 8pm
Thursday, Feb. 19:
Jackson's Steak House, 4 pm - 6:30pm

Last year's projects included "The MESS Hall Express," a mobile, interactive science and math lab. The MESS (Math ,Engineering, Science and Stuff) Hall is where visitors, particularly schoolchildren, get to be hands-on with exhibits and devices, learning more about scientific principles. East Hill Academy,  serving children with autism and related learning disabilities in grades 1-12. Proceeds from their grant will go toward facility upgrades including the construction of an Autism Learning Center. Plus purchasing diagnostic equipment for Our Lady of Angels St. Joseph Medical Clinic in Pensacola, infrastructure improvements for the tribal grounds of the Santa Rosa County Creek Indian Tribe and funding of a mentor recruiting program for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida, among others.

Since 2004, IMPACT 100 has funded 57 grants totaling $6.15 million. The organization uses the entire $1,000 donation to fund grants, not overhead or administration. To donate online or for more information about the organization, go to



Parades! Beads! Balls! Red Beans and Rice!  Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Navarre Krewe of Jesters Parade - Saturday,  February 7 - 1pm - Navarre
This year's theme, Mardi Gras Around the World. This is a rain or shine event. For more info or to download a parade application,

Krewe of Wrecks Kids and Kritters Parade - Saturday, February 7 -  2pm Registration 1pm - NE corner of Casino Beach Parking Lot, across from Sidelines
All are welcome to join the youngest Mardi Gras revelers as they parade in their best  Mardi Gras get-ups. Leading the parade will be the Krewe of Kids royal court, followed by their members. The Krewe of Kids is comprised of elementary school children. Entry fee for kritters is $5. Kids are free. Make a MINI FLOAT from a wagon or stroller. Join the fun. For more info,

Krewe of Lafitte Mardi Gras Illuminated Parade - Friday, Feburary 13 - 7pm - Downtown Pensacola
The largest krewe in greater Pensacola. 250 Gentleman Pirates. 12 Floats.During  Mardi Gras, the Pirates of the Krewe of Lafitte will man the floats and take to the streets of downtown Pensacola. The Krewe has been hosting the lighted Fiesta and Mardi Gras parade since 1954 at no cost to the community. For more info or to download a parade application,

Pensacola Beach Mardi Gras Street Party - Saturday, February 14 - 1pm - Sabine Sandbar, Pensacola Beach Blvd, next to the Yacht Club
This event is open to the public, be the first to congratulate the newly crowned Krewe of Wrecks Royalty! The Wrecks Royal Court has been known to lead a procession into the street for a brief, unauthorized dance, pending patient drivers and agreeable weather. For more info,

Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade - Saturday, Febuary 14 - 2pm - Downtown Pensacola
The Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade is annually the largest and most extravagant parade in Pensacola. The parade takes place on Palafox and Garden Streets in historic downtown Pensacola. The Parade starts at 2pm and continues until around 6pm. Before, during, and after the parade, there is a children's viewing area where there will be kid friendly food, face painting, and other family friend entertainment. For more info or to download a parade application,

Milton's Main Street Mardi Gras Parade - Saturday, Febuary 14, 6pm
The parade will start and end at the Santa Rosa County Courthouse. For more info, call 850-380-9507, or

Krewe of Wrecks Mardi Gras Parade - Sunday, Febuary 13 - 2pm rain or shine - Pensacola Beach - Via de Luna & Avenida 10 to Gulfside Pavilion
The grand event of Mardi Gras on the Island! 50 units. Oversized floats with generous riders, marching units, Wrecks royalty. Parade watchers: Come early and stay late.  Eateries are open. Bistros welcome you. Pack your lunch or visit a beach restaurant. Bring your friends or make new ones. Mardi Gras on the Island is one of the biggest events on Pensacola Beach and attracts a huge crowd. Parking is limited. Kids of all ages will experience the thrill of catching beads and trinkets. Plan to stay all day.
For more info or to download a parade application,

Krewe of Wrecks Red Beans and Rice Luncheon - Monday, Febuary 16 - 11am - Pensacola Beach - Sandshaker parking lot
The Bean Team at the Elk's Lodge spends days planning and preparing the traditional New Orleans style Monday fare. The spicy red beans and rice are ladled into bowls by the volunteers from the Pensacola Beach Woman's Club. Thousands come for the free meal - Dining tables are lined up in the parking lot. Additional Info: Melanie Waite at

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