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FPL Empowers Emerald Coast Boys & Girls Club

A group of children with the Boys and Girls Club of the Emerald Coast summer camp were beyond excited and a bit nervous while donning life jackets and boarding a 35-foot sailboat, Integrity, at the Pensacola Yacht Club.


As the boat slipped out of the marina bound for Pensacola Bay on a three-hour outreach sail, including sailing instructions and STEM lessons, the campers were clearly thrilled. This was the first time any of them had been on a boat.

Thanks to the PYC Satori Foundation, its volunteers and community partner donations, including Florida Power & Light Company’s $10,000 grant, these and other underserved children have an opportunity to access swimming, sailing, seamanship and marine science classes and enjoy the vast waterways that define the Pensacola area.

For some of the children and teens, they’ve never even seen Pensacola Bay or the local beaches, Gary Lee, Satori Foundation president, pointed out.

“Without the support of organizations like FPL, the Pensacola Yacht Club Satori Foundation would not be able to continue our goal for these youth to experience their community from the amazing water perspective, learn science and technology associated with these trips and realize these subjects are fun and achievable,” Lee said. “We are grateful for the FPL grant that will help us expand and cover the costs associated with these programs, including equipment, supplies and the scholarships.”

The PYC Satori Foundation is one of six nonprofits across Northwest Florida that FPL is honored to support through grants totaling $50,000 funded by the NextEra Energy Foundation, the charitable arm of FPL’s parent company. This is the first of three rounds of grants FPL Northwest region will award this year to nonprofits that focus on education, food insecurity, senior citizen support and child advocacy, as well as grants focused on environmental conservation and protection.

The other first-round recipients are:

  • American Red Cross NWFL: Home Fire Campaign (Serves Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton and Washington counties) Provides free smoke alarms to those in need to help make our customers’ homes safer.
  • AMI Kids YouthBuild program: (Escambia County) That provides high-school dropouts a second chance at earning their GED and a nationally recognized vocational certification.
  • Goodwill Industries Big Bend: (Bay County) To support the Healthcare Career Launcher program, which will be offered at a new state-of-the art Career Training Center in Panama City. The program will allow training of up to 200 students annually in the Certified Nursing Assistant program.
  • The Honor Foundation: (Okaloosa County) To support the Honor Institute at Eglin Air Force Base and their U.S. Special Operations Forces Veteran Transition Program.
  • Advanced Sacred Hope Academy: Fort Walton Beach (Okaloosa County) To equip the school’s library for students with autism and neurological disorders with a computer lab to enhance educational access to the students.

FPL also sponsored the Pete Moore Kids’ Fishing Rodeo in May that generated proceeds for the PYC Satori Foundation marine and environmental science outreach program.

“At FPL, we are honored to support the Satori Foundation and all of these remarkable nonprofits that lend a hand to lift up those in need, and provide life-changing opportunities,” said J.T. Young, FPL Northwest region VP and general manager. “Together, we strive to strengthen and improve the quality of life in our communities, making them even better places to live, work, thrive and raise a family.”

About FPL

As America’s largest electric utility, Florida Power & Light Company serves more customers and sells more power than any other utility, providing clean, affordable, reliable electricity to approximately 5.9 million accounts, or more than 12 million people. FPL operates one of the most fuel efficient and cleanest power generation fleets in the U.S. and in 2022 won the ReliabilityOne® National Reliability Award for the seventh time in the last eight years. The company was also recognized by Escalent in 2022 as one of the most trusted U.S. electric utilities for the ninth consecutive year. FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), a clean energy company widely recognized for its efforts in sustainability, corporate responsibility, ethics and compliance, and diversity. NextEra Energy is ranked No. 1 in the electric and gas utilities industry in Fortune’s 2023 list of “World’s Most Admired Companies” and recognized on Fortune’s 2021 list of companies that “Change the World.” NextEra Energy is also the parent company of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world’s largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun and a world leader in battery storage. For more information about NextEra Energy companies, visit these websites:www.NextEraEnergy.com, www.FPL.com, www.NextEraEnergyResources.com.