By Kristi Beckman, SOF Missions Shield of Faith (SOF) Missions invites the community to the 5th Annual Healing Our Nation’s Warriors Gala May 1st at 6 p.m. at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. The gala is a night to come together to raise funds, awareness and much-needed support for our...
Nearly 1,700 runners participated in the 19th Annual Seaside School Virtual Half Marathon and 5K race from Sunday, February 14th to Sunday, February 28th, 2021, and raised more than $300,000 for Seaside Neighborhood School & Seacoast Collegiate High School. Ranging in ages from two to 82, participants represented 37 states...

Bay Buzz April 2021

Big Brothers Big Sisters Needs Bigs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) has launched its March MATCHness recruitment campaign, aiming to recruit 30 Bigs in 30 days to help fill their bracket and match new mentors with local youth. To play off the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA). March...
By Elena Beplay and Rescue 22 Foundation Service dogs can augment many different aspects of daily life for people struggling from a physical or mental disability. Here at the Rescue 22 Foundation, we provide task trained service dogs to veterans with service-connected injuries that have resulted in a diagnosis of...
By Ilka Cole & Samuel King Jr., Eglin Air Force Base Public Affairs The F-15EX, the Air Force’s newest fighter, touched down at Eglin Air Force Base March 11. The aircraft will be the first Air Force aircraft to be tested and fielded from beginning to end, through combined developmental and...

Lasagna Mama!

Local resident Michelle Jannazo pulls into a Publix parking lot near her home in Freeport. “This is the third time I’ve been here in two days!” The shopping list for her lasagna is memorized. She hustles down the aisles. This is something she does often. Michelle is a volunteer...
By Mary Chris Murray Her belief that “every abused, neglected and homeless animal deserves a second chance” is what makes Laurie Hood, Freeport resident and founder and president of Alaqua Animal Refuge, a Hometown Hero. A true visionary and passionate animal lover since childhood, Laurie founded Alaqua in Freeport, the Southeast’s...
A draw for residents and tourists alike, the diverse natural areas of Walton County, including waterways, wetlands and shorelines are especially unique and critically important. In an effort to restore a footprint of 6.71 acres of oyster, saltmarsh, seagrass, dune and coastal dune lake wetland habitat, the Choctawhatchee Basin...
A champion for Northwest Florida State College, Dottie Blacker’s first gift nearly 21 years ago was a $100,000 “challenge” to encourage raising funds to build a visual arts center. Since that time, Dotty has provided nearly $800,000 in support for various programs at the College. From visual arts, to...

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