December 3, 2015

Blue Wahoos Field at Community Maratime Park

Spread the Cheer, Holidays are near!      


For over 60 years, The Arc Gateway has proudly provided life-enhancing programs to assist children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Sadly, funding for our programs continues to be an on-going challenge.  For several years, we have endured a decrease in overall funding as a result of reduced reimbursement rates.  However, with the help of our supporters, we are able to sustain our services and continue developing innovative ways to help those we serve accomplish their dreams and reach their full potential.  Contributions to the Wreaths of Joy Gala make it possible for us to raise funds to provide services to those we serve. 


The Wreaths of Joy Gala was hosted on the Pensacola Blue Wahoos Field at Vince J. Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park on Thursday, December 3, 2015.  Guests enjoyed a savory dinner by local chefs, a magnificent holiday show by a talented cast of entertainers from The Arc Gateway, a wreath auction donated by community artists, florists and designers, live auction, and silent auction of items donated by local businesses.  


Thank you to all supporters of the Wreaths of Joy Gala!  

May your holiday season be decorated with love and happiness!

Guest Speaker

Meet Tea Clark

I was in a hurry to get here and was born at an estimated 29 weeks. All signs indicated early on that I would not survive. Boy, they don’t know me very well. That is where my story begins with The Arc Gateway. 


Pearl Nelson Center was there for my mom, dad and sister when I was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy prior to my first birthday. As milestones came and went without me reaching them, they continued to support and believe in me. My speech therapists knew I would talk and helped me achieve my goals. My physical therapist was my coach and pushed me hard. My occupational therapist helped me develop fine motor skills with a doll named Sally. At the age of two, when my parents decided we needed to consider a power chair, the Pearl Nelson Center helped them when everyone else said, “No, that is not the path you need to take.” 


It was the spring festival that I rode my first horse and knew I wanted to do it again, a lot. A very special person at the Pearl Nelson Center found a place so that I could continue to ride even when people said, “No, that won’t help.” I now have my own horse and continue to ride.


Because the Pearl Nelson Center and my family believe in me, I can be my own self-advocate. I have the strength to do this because very early on I was fortunate enough to start out in an organization that not only believed in me, they taught me to stand up for what I believe in. I fought to be here and I will continue to fight for the rest of my life for myself and others. When I say my blessings each day I always include how thankful I am for my family. This includes my Pearl Nelson family.

Thank You

2015 Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

Sheriff David Morgan & the Escambia County Sheriff's Office

Major Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Cocktail Sponsor

Sapphire Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Catalyst CRE

Combined Insurance Services, Inc.

Emerald Coast Hospice

Florida Blue

Henghold Skin Health & Surgery Group

Kia Autosport 

Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty & Proctor, P.A.

Teri Levin Family

Pensacola Magazine

Pensacola News Journal

Jo-Ann and Michael Price

Sacred Heart Health System

Artie Shimek, Personal Injury Attorney

Terhaar & Cronley

Silver Sponsors

Beggs & Lane

Carver, Darden Law Firm

Child Neurology Center of Northwest Florida, PA

The Merrill Family

Valerie and Ray Russenberger

Studer Group


Bronze Sponsors

Appleyard Agency

Dr. William & Buffi Bailey

Dick & Laverne Baker

CommStructures, Inc.

Cox Communications 

Engineered Cooling Services

Executive Landscaping, Inc.

Hancock Bank

Irby Engineering & Construction, Inc.

Margie and Alan Moore

Mary Ann Long

Morette Company

National Standard Parts Associates, Inc. (NSPA) 

The Pete Moore Automotive Team

Colleen Rogers

Annette E. Smith

Boo and Karyn Weekley

Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Atmore

Diamond Sponsors

A Friend of The Arc Gateway

American Fidelity Assurance Co.

Vincent & Alesia Andry


Autumn & Peyton Blackledge

Scott & Mary Kaye Bell

Clark, Partington, Hart, Larry, Bond & Stackhouse Attorneys at Law


Coastal Bank and Trust

Dell Consulting

Edward Jones

Electrons in Motion

Greenhut Construction Company, Inc.

Gulf Blue Group – Tosh & Laura Belsinger

Gulf Coast Office Products

Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery

Gulf Power Company

Dave & Mary Hoxeng

Bart Hudson & Dean DuBois

Mr. Hal & Mrs. Suellen Hudson

International Paper 

Robert Kahn Family Foundation

The Kugelman Family Foundation

Levin Rinke Resort Realty

Allen & Ann Litvak

M E Hembree Inc

Navy Federal Credit Union

Pensacola Beach RV Resort, LLC

The Pollak Family

Pure Pilates

Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund

STOA Architects

Janie & Bobby Switzer

Roger & Ellen Vinson

Jacquie & Ken Wallace

Williams-Brown Inc.

Paul & Pat Young

Gala Sponsors

Adams Consulting Engineering, Inc.



Autry Greer & Sons, Inc

Avalex Technology

Bank of Pensacola

Baptist Health Care

Bobby Likis Car Clinic/PreRepair

Dix Darby & Friends

Neil & Rhonda Dorfman

Edwards Roofing Company, Inc.

Frontier Motors, Inc. – Iven & Jenny Streckel

Dr. and Mrs. Sunil Gupta

Emily & Ron Hedgecock


Jewelers Trade Shop

Lamar Advertising 

Landrum Human Resources

Ted & Karen Mansfield

Marianne & John McMahon

Jan & Ron Miller

Marny & Don Needle

NOVA Engineering & Environmental 

Oren International

Ruth Orth & Rick Harper

Brad & Diane Peterson

Michelle & John Pollock

Premier Engineering Group LLC

Betty Roberts

Todd H. Snyder

Tri Parish Outdoor, LLC

Warren Averett CPAs and Advisors

Thank You Wreath Donors!

A Flower Shop, Keri

Aqua Décor & Design, Shawna & Vance Fisher

Lynn Berry

Celebrations, Mary Alice Price

Kathy Corley

Denise Crumpler

Malcolm Davis

Fabadashery, Molly Maloney

Fiore of Pensacola, Shannon Pallin

Heart & Soul Designs Florist, Cheryl Mills

Van Holt

Nancy Huhn

Elora Ingles

Mary Inman

Just Judy’s Flowers, Judy

Yvonne Mehaffey

Pam Osborn

Sally Overstreet

Jerre Peacock

Pensacola Garden Center, Melinda Smith, President

Pick N Poke Garden Club, Marilyn Powitzky

Pine Meadow Veterinary Clinic, Joy & Lance Coy

Pintado Park Garden Club, Sunny Smith

Pizzaz Personalized Gifts, Amanda

R & S Crafts and Florists, Sharon Thompson

Rhea Kessler Designs, Rhea Kessler

Sassafras Circle of Pensacola Federation of Garden Clubs Inc.

Annette E. Smith

Special Occasions, Robert Smith

Dawn Von Stein

Sweet Bay Garden Club, Mimi Jackson

Vicki Sylte

Vaughn Interiors, Sweet Bay Garden Club, Sue Stringfield Markham

Michelle Wiber

Woerner Landscape & Pet Supply, Cassie Caldwell

Thank You Silent Auction Donors!

The Arc Gateway PALS

Dr. Nicole Barrineau

Belle Bear

Beau Rivage Casino & Resort


Jean Blanchard


Cyndee Brown

Patti Cantavespre


Designer Shoe Warehouse

Keith Dubose

E Leon Massage

Escape Wellness Spa

Bridget Ethridge

Express Dental Lab

Thomas Fallon

Fast Eddies Fun Center

Fish House

Fixed on Fitness

Jennifer Fleming

Fred Astaire Dance Studio

Fresh Market

Nina Fritz

Rachael Gillette

Sara Gillianne

Scott Grissett

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

Jeff Hendrix

Mary Hoxeng

Jackson’s Steakhouse

Joe Patti’s Seafood Co.

Stephanie Knight

Sue Carol Knight

Lynne Krant

London W1 Hair Salon & Studio

McAlpin Interiors

Marianne McMahon

Meghan McMillan

Jane Merrill

Joan V. Mitchell

New Yorker Deli

O’Conner Management Group

PajuDa Salon

Palace Casino Resort

Dr. James Patrinely, MD, FACS

Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Pensacola Opera

Pensacola Vision

Renfroe Pecan Company

Ride More Bicycles

Roly Poly

Rusty Rood

Sea Glass Fine Art Photography

Dr. Ed Siegel

Sky Warrior Flight Training, Inc.

Annette E. Smith

Sparkling Image Car Wash

Spotted Dog

Sue Straughn

Tiger Point Golf Club

Twin Peaks

Betty Weber

Dr. Kevin Welch



Special Thanks!


Jackson’s Steakhouse

Classic City Catering



Flora-Bama Lounge

Republic National Distributing Company


Performance Direction and Support

Caroline Gibson

Valerie and Ray Russenberger



Malcolm Davis

The Arc Gateway Plant Nursery 


Sponsor Appreciation Party at Lee House

Fish House

Great Southern Catering & Events

The Lewis Bear Company

Ellen Vinson



Vowells Printing Downtown



Aiken Picture Frames



JBF Photos


Performance Break Room Support

Roly Poly

Constant Contact

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