Infuse: Visual and Performing Arts for Autism

Raising awareness and funds for for the Autism Education Center through an art exhibit and DJ show.  The event will showcase several local artists including student artists from the school, who are donating all or some of the sales to the school.  There will also be a raffle for prizes, each entrant will receive one ticket and additional tickets will be for sale.  The event is free, but there is a suggested donation of $3.  (Donations will go directly to the Autism Education Center.)

DJ performances will include DJ Wes Rolan, DJay Markie Mark, DJ Yoya, and Dee Jay Link with more possible performances to be announced. Local Artists Trent Soto, Helen Ezell, Ryan Acevedo, Travis Dutton, The staff at Image Evolution, Vladamir Borissov, Camille Butchikas and many more including students from the AEC.
Infuse will be held January 28th from 7:00pm-10:00pm, with a thank-you after party from 10:00pm-4:00am at the C level Bar and Grill.
Enjoy the arts and help the Autism Education Center!  

Spring Breaker’s Scavenger Hunt To Do Good

Spring Break is around the corner and the Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau is giving spring breaker’s a chance to spend their week doing good!  Visitor’s who register online before February 3rd, 2012 will have the opportunity to spend the week participating in a scavenger hunt around PCB.  Teams will collect special Panama City Beach mementos at specific stops along the hunt.How is that doing good you ask?  The winner will have a $10,000 donation made to a charity of their choice or for their organization.

Teams that are selected to participate in the scavenger hunt will participate in a weekly competition, where the winner of all four top teams being compared at the end.  The top team will win $10,000 and two runners-up will win $2,500 each.

Good luck to teams hoping to participate!

4th Annual Stars and Guitars

January 21st, 2011 the Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, a local non-profit, will be holding the 4th Annual Country Music Jamboree “Stars and Guitars.”  The event is the primary fundraiser for the organization, raising funds that provide services to children suffering from abuse and neglect in our community.  At 7pm country stars Andy Griggs, Daryle Singletary, Ashton Shephard, and Randy Houser will take the Marina Civic Center stage!  During intermission, there will be a live auction.

In the local community there were over 8,000 reports of child abuse and neglect last year.  Tragic and disturbing, these numbers show how much the Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center needs our help, so that they are able to make an impact in our community.

Tickets are on sales for $27.50 for floor tickets, and $20 for balcony.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the GCCAC at 850-872-7760 or online at the GCCAC or Marina Civic Center.

Thank-you for helping the GCCAC help neglected and children in our area!

Oyster Bash to Restore Sealab I

The Man in the Sea Museum, local secret, is scheduled to host a fundraiser to repair the Sealab I.

What is Sealab I?

First lowered in 1964 off the coast of Bermuda, Sealab I was an underwater laboratory for U.S. Navy divers.  It was submerged 192 feet with four divers and scheduled to stay for three weeks; however, due to an approaching tropical storm it was removed after 11 days.  The Sealab I allowed for proof that saturation diving in the open ocean was viable for extended periods and provided information about habitat placement, umbilicals, humidity, and helium speech descrambling. Sealab I was tested off the waters of Panama City Beach, FL.

How Will They Raise the Money?

Man in the Sea will hold an Oyster Bash at The Dive Lab on January 20th, 2012 from 3pm-7pm.  (The Dive Lab is located at 1415 Moylan Road, across from Panama Jack’s.)  Aiming to raise $250,000 for the restoration and a structure to contain and display Sealab I, the Oyster Bash will kick-off the fundraising program.  This is the first Oyster Bash, but if the event is a success, they are hoping to make it an annual one!

Tickets are for sale online and at the museum for $25, which will cover all-you-can-eat raw and steamed oysters, cheese grits, and hot dogs.  Beer will be available at an additional cost.  Table sponsorships are available for $500; includes ten tickets and ten beer mugs that can be refilled at no additional charge.

Will you help restore Sealab I?

 

Laketown Wharf’s Christmas Events

Laketown Wharf is hosting a weekend of Christmas fun December 9th-11th.  Complete with live entertainment, children’s activities, photo’s with Santa, local vendors, food and beverage, silent auction, and holiday themed laser light show.  All proceeds from the events will go to the Anchorage Children’s Home and National Military Family Association.

December 9th, 2011

The event will last from 4:00pm-10:00pm.

4:00pm-6:00pm, Live music from Travis Dean featuring Half Past 10

4:00pm- 8:00pm, Children’s activities and photo’s with Santa

6:00pm- 7:00pm, Live Music from Kevin Jacobs

8:00pm, Christmas Light Show

December 10th, 1011

Laketown’s Christmas event will be held from 12:00pm-10:00pm.

12:00pm-8:00pm, Silent Auction

12:00pm-8:00pm, Children’s activities and photo’s with Santa

1:00pm, Santa will arrive in a fire truck

2:00pm-4:00pm, Live Music from Kevin Jacobs

4:00pm-7:00pm, Life Music from Travis Dean featuring Half Past 10

6:30pm, Tree Lighting

8:00pm, Christmas Light Show

Winners from the Silent Auction will be announced immediately following the light show.

December 11th, 2011

The final day of Christmas at Laketown will be held from 12:00pm-4:00pm.

12:00pm-8:00pm, Children’s activities and photo’s with Santa

12:00pm-1:00pm, Live Music from Kevin Jacobs

1:00pm-3:00pm, Life Music from Travis Dean featuring Half Past 10

8:00pm, Christmas Light Show

 

Have a great weekend a Laketown Wharf and celebrating the Christmas season!

 

Michael McDonald Philanthropic Concert

On December 7th, 2011 at 7:30pm, Michael McDonald, a former Doobie Brother and five-time Grammy Award winner, will be coming to the Marina Civic Center.  McDonald will be performing as a benefit to the Children’s Home Society of Florida’s Emerald Coast Division.  Tickets are on sale at the Marina Civic Center box office or online for $59.75, $49.75, or $29.75 (Price depends on ticket section).

About Michael McDonald

While focusing on music Michael McDonald has also worked to be an active humanitarian, lending his talents to many causes and benefits. He is now lending those talents to raise money for the Emerald Coast Division of the Children’s Home Society of Florida.

Working as a singer and a songwriter, McDonald has had a collection of popular works.  McDonald is most popularly known for his time in the Doobie Brothers, co-writing Van Halen’s “I’ll Wait,”  singing a duet with Patty Labelle called “On My Own,” and many more songs he both sang and wrote.  You may also recognize him from his Motown tribute album in 2003 called Motown.  He as also sang the National Anthem at numerous sporting events in recent years, appeared on American Idol’s final episode in Season 9, and on an episode of 30Rock in 2009.

About The Children’s Home Society

Benefitting from the Michael McDonald concert is the Children’s Home Society of Florida‘s Emerald Coast Division.   It is the oldest and largest state-wide, private, not-for-profit provider of services to children and families in Florida.  The Children’s Home Society provides safety and shelter to children victimized by abuse, abandonment, or neglect.  They have helped to keep over 1,200 local children safe through six programs designed to build and stabilize families.  These programs include adoption, early intervention and child development case management, birth to five mental health services, dependency counseling, parent education, Early Steps, and Clair’s House.

For more information about Children’s Home Society of Florida’s services in the local community, please contact Erica Spivey, Director of Development at 850-747-5411.

Enjoy the musical stylings of Michael McDonald on December 7th while raising money for the Children’s Home Society!

Festival of Trees

From November 29th till December 2nd, the Panama City Rescue Mission will be hosting the 8th Annual Festival of Trees: The Greatest Gift of All.  The festival will be held at the Marina Civic Center.

This event enables local artists and designers to decorate beautiful Christmas items for charity, which are judged in a competition and then sold at auction.  All proceeds help Bethel Village, the Rescue Mission’s home for recovering homeless women and families.

The event will be open admission on Friday December 2nd from 10am-9pm, but the gala on December 1st will be $50 per person or $1,500 a table. Tickets and more information are available online.

Enjoy some Christmas fun while giving back to the community!

Here are some past trees from the Festival of Trees:

 

A Very Aware November

It’s commonly accepted that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, but November?  November is home to a long list of causes vying to win the title.  Since they are all good causes, here is the list- you decide which you’ll participate in!

American Diabetes Month

Encouraging people to learn about diabetes and take the pledge to stop diabetes, the American Diabetes Association takes a spot in November.   There are two types of diabetes, those affecting youth and those found in older individuals.

Art Everyday Month

Inspired by National Novel Writing Month (below), this spin-off was for non-literary artists.  Create a piece of artwork and share it each day throughout November!  You can sign-up to participate online

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Raising awareness for the causes and symptoms of lung cancer and hoping to paint November gray.  You can learn more about lung cancer online.    (Gray is the color used to represent lung cancer)

Military Family Month

Established in 1993, November’s Military Family Month is to recognize and honor military families for their sacrifices and contributions they have made to this country.  Learn more about recognizing military families at ASYMCA

Movember

Movember encouraged men to grow mustaches in order to address men’s health issues, pancreatic cancer, and other men’s cancers.  For more information on Movember, please read our article on the no-shave holiday.

National Adoption Month

Hoping to find every child a loving family, the National Council for Adoption is hosting a month-long fundraiser.  There will be an online auction, helping you to get your holiday shopping done while raising money to support children in need of a family.

National Novel Writing Month

Encouraging you to write a 50,000 word novel in one month, the National Novel Writing Association takes on 30 days and 30 nights of writing!  At the completion of 30 days, you can upload your novel for official verification and compete to join the winner’s circle.

Native American Heritage Month

Pay tribute to the rich heritage, ancestry, and traditions of the Native Americans.  November was named Native American Heritage month in 1990 by President George W. Bush, which has been celebrated since 1994.  Learn more about the month online.

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

November has always been the month where the PANCAN organization has turned things purple.  Purple in honor of those who have fought or are fighting pancreatic cancer.  You can learn more about pancreatic cancer and PANCAN online.

Prematurity Awareness Month

The March of Dimes is on a mission to spread awareness about the birth of premature babies. In America, one in eight babies are born too soon.  November 17th marks World Prematurity Day, so don’t forget to remember this issue.

Warrior Month

Supported by the Wounded Warrior Project, one cause hoping to take over November is Warrior Month.  This was designated by the Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in 2008, with the goal to ensure that all veterans wounded by war receive the benefits they deserve and, more importantly, need.

There are probably more causes that are raising awareness and publicity in the month of November, but these are the heaviest hitters.  Good luck to all of the organizations behind the campaigns.  No matter what you’re supporting, support something.  November is definitely a month of philanthropy!

 

No-Shave November Has Officially Begun

Whether you’re growing a beard or a mustache, November is the month to support men’s health.  Growing in popularity this month-long event raises funds and awareness for men’s health.

Movember

Movember takes over “the month formerly known as November” encouraging men to sign up online, clean shaven.  Throughout the month they shape and trim their mustaches into various styles.  Funds raised throughout Movember address men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that typically affect men.  Men who participate, Mo Bros, become walking billboards for men’s health and cancers.  Mo Bros also fundraise throughout the month, many reflecting on a family member’s battle with prostate cancer.

The Movember movement began in Australia and has spread across the world, raising over $174 million.  There have been over 1.1 million Mo Bros and Mo Sisters registered throughout the history of the event.  The amount raised in 2010 was double that of the fundraising dollars in 2009, reaching over $80 million.  $7.5 million of that total was raised in the United States from over 64,500 people.

Where exactly does the money go?  13 percent of the money raised is used for administrative costs, while 4 percent is retained by Movember to cover future advertisements and to retain the long-term goals.  83% of the money collected is donated!  The Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG each receive 35%, and the remaining 13% of funds are donated to Movember’s awareness and education programs.

More information is available online at Movember.

Thank you for growing a mustache gentlemen! Are you going to participate?

Relay for Life Kick-Off Begins the 2012 Fundraising Season

Time to kick-off the 2012 fundraising season for the American Cancer Society!  Panama City Beach’s Relay for Life will hold the event Kick-off on October 24th from 6pm-8pm at the Palm’s Conference Center.  The actual Relay for Life date is set for April 13th, 2012 at J.R. Arnold High School from 6pm till 12pm on April 14th.

What is Relay for Life?

Relay for Life is the fundraising arm of the American Cancer Society, raising money for research and services for survivors and the caregivers as they undergo treatment.  Relay for Life is a sixteen hour event (lengths of events will vary) where the community gathers to celebrate the survivors of cancer, their battle and their caregivers support, to remember those who have lost their fights against cancer, and to fight back against this disease.  It’s a family friendly event designed to pull the community together for a cause.

Where does the Relay for Life Money go? (partial list)

  • Hope Lodges
  • Road to Recovery
  • Look Good… Feel Better
  • Reach to Recovery
  • College Scholarships

You can learn more about Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society online.

What happens at kick-off?

Kicking off this years Relay for Life events: there will be a survivor to speak about the impact of Relay for Life on her journey with cancer, computers to allow you to sign up a team or as a survivor, information about team captain meetings, and most importantly excitement!  Kick-off starts off the fundraising for the year officially, with excitement and determination for the day cancer is cured in mind.  Kick-off provides the community with all of the information needed to start a team, fundraise individually, or sign-up as a survivor or caregiver.

The committee is currently recruiting teams to help in the fight against cancer!  You can sign-up or donate at the Relay for Life Panama City Beach page, and you can register survivors there also!  If you’d like to stay up to date on events for this Relay for Life, you can also follow them on Facebook.