The NW Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation Board of Directors is extremely proud and honored to be selected as the Florida Statewide Guardian ad Litem Non-Profit of the Year for 2018!
First Circuit Director, Bryan Carter, submitted a comprehensive nomination recounting the details of the Board activities for the past year. Under the leadership of President Charles Schuster and the two regional Vice Presidents, Ginger Davis and Carolyn Palmer, the Board, along with the GAL program staff and volunteers, experienced an explosion of events that were designed to bring exposure and recognition to the Guardian ad Litem program and generate volunteer involvement in the circuit.
Although the efforts of the Board were not intended to generate recognition for themselves, the hard work and passion for the vulnerable children in our circuit has resulted in many noteworthy actions on the part of the Board leading to a noticable improvement in the lives of the children in the Guardian ad Litem Program.
Congratulations First Circuit Foundation Board!!
We are so excited to have a new banking relationship with Centennial Bank! Alan Davis and his team stopped by the Board meeting today to deliver a check for $1500! Now that's good service!
Board members Jeff Selph, Carolyn Palmer and David Van Der Like with Sheriff Bob Johnson accepting a $5000 donation from SRSO!
Board members David Van Der Like and Carolyn Palmer with Pensacola Police Chief Tommi Lyter as he delivers a check to the Foundation for $1500!
Thank you Rick Owen, President and CEO of United Way Okaloosa & Walton Counties, for the grants totaling $15000!
Special thanks to Foundation President Chuck Schuster for his determination and persistance. Once again, the kids win!
Carita, Denise and Chuck accept the good news! Once again, the kids win!
In what promises to be an epic and memorable media campaign, Sandy Sansing kicks off the effort with a visit to BLAB studio and special message to the community..."I am for the child!"
In a brief email to Foundation Board VP Carolyn Palmer, Theresa Waggoner, from the Studer Foundation stated "The Studer Foundation has awarded Guardian Ad Litem $5000." Carolyn's efforts are greatly appreciated and , of course, the generosity of the Studer Foundation. A big win for the children in the First Circuit!(03/27/2018)
Bobby Likis honored the Guardian ad Litem program this weekend on his national radio call-in show. He graciously offered to air two Public Service Announcements that were provided by the National CASA organization. He went on to do a 'Live Read' for over a minute to help explain the ads. Thank you Bobby for your support!
Board members from the First Circuit met at UWF for the February board meeting to emphasize the new collaboration with the University of West Florida and to see the progress being made in the garden, along with the benches being placed there by the Guardian ad Litem sponsors.
Dr Tomso, Director of the Kugelman Honors Program and UWF Community Garden visionary, brought a couple of students who work closely with the garden to explain to the Board the planning and progress and a bit of the history of the garden. He also emphasized the close relationship he envisions with the Guardian ad Litem program as the garden continues to develop.
Board members Gloria Huffman and Donna Franke attend a volunteer training session. This is a Circuit wide initiative by the Foundation Board members to inform the new volunteers of the valuable resources available to them though the Child in Need fund and the various recognition and fundraising activities sponsored by the Foundation. Great job!
The Foundation received a check for $16,000 from the Race Committee. The donations were divided among 3 charities. A great event for great causes. We hope to see you there next year!
GAL Attendance from right to left: Bryan Carter, Circuit Director; Denise Davis, Secretary; Donna Hahn, Director; and Chuck Schuster, Foundation President.(12/15/2017)
St Joe raised $8729 for the Foundation at their annual Christmas Party Silent Auction! Our Community Partners are the best! (12/12/2017)
Paul Wills , Director of Information Systems for the St Joe Company presenting $8,729.00 to the Northwest Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation, Inc. from the St. Joe Annual fund raising dinner and silent auction held on December 8, 2017, to Donna Hahn, Director and Chuck Schuster, President of the NWFGAL Foundation.
Mr Wills advised that an additional $3,500.00 had been approved by the St Joe Community Foundation that day exclusively for the children and volunteer advocates in the GAL program in Walton County.
NWFGAL Foundation Board members - Ginger Davis, Chuck Schuster, Donna Hahn and Denise Davis accepting the check from Sheriff Larry Ashley. (12/6/2017)
Foundation Board members and volunteers showing off the trophy for the event that took in over $12,000!
Board members: Chuck Schuster, Ginger Davis, Donna Hahn, and Denise Davis accepting $1000 donation from the employees of Eglin Federal Credit Union. How awesome are they?!