Rick Anderson, Plant Crist manager, was among the dozens of Gulf Power employees who participated in the clay shoot as way to support veterans.

Three local organizations committed to providing assistance to military members and their families in Northwest Florida will receive a financial boost when Gulf Power presents them with donations totaling $103,000.

Stan Connally, chairman, president and CEO of Gulf Power, along with members of the energy provider’s service organization, Transformers, will present checks to representatives from Pensacola’s Pathway for Change, Fort Walton Beach-based 3rd Chance Inc. and Friends of Sims State Veterans Nursing Home in Panama City on Dec. 15 at the Gulf Power Corporate Office in Pensacola. Each organization will receive a check in the amount of $34,333.

The Charity proceeds were raised during the fifth annual Clay Shoot for America’s Heroes event on Nov. 2 at the Santa Rosa Shooting Center. This year’s event attracted more than 40 four-member teams and raised the most money in the history of the event — exceeding last year’s total by more than $10,000.

2017 Beneficiary Organizations

  • Pathways for Change — Pensacola: Provides a new 12-bed transitional facility for female veterans along with services such as substance abuse and PTSD/mental health counseling and job training for up to two years
  • 3rd Chance Inc. ­—Fort Walton Beach: Building a transitional home for homeless veterans. Partnering with other homeless agencies to provide these veterans new clothes, counseling, a job and other transitional services.
  • Friends of Clifford Chester Sims State Veterans Nursing Home — Panama City: Provides quality of life services and items veterans or their families cannot afford to purchase to improve their quality of life. Florida Department of Veterans Affairs supports the basics for these veterans but does not pay for other items such as activities, games and personal items including dentures.
In its fifth year, the Clay Shoot for America’s Heroes attracted more than 160 shooters who helped raise more than $100,000 for three veterans organizations.

The Clay Shoot for America’s Heroes event is organized by Gulf Power Transformers, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit employees service organization that provides support to our local communities through volunteer service and financial assistance. Over the last five years, this event has raised more than $400,000 in support of veteran-related services.