Panhandle Watermelon Festival Gives BackMatt Boster
Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Aug 18 2014 11:23 AM
In addition to the annual festival, PWF also gives back to the community through several different organizations. PWF may be held in Chipley, Florida, but it is also a festival that serves surrounding towns, counties, and states.
PWF Chairman Colby Peel has been working very hard to make giving back bigger and better. That work came to fruition with the festival raising a record amount in sponsorships and donations, which in turn is invested directly into our community.
Among the ways we give back, PWF recently presented donations to Chipley Fire Department and Chipley Police Department for their invaluable assistance prior to, during and after the two day festival.
In addition, a donation was made to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Explorers, a volunteer program open to all 9th - 12th graders in Washington County whose goal is to educate, foster understanding of law enforcement, and nurture relationships between young people and their communities.
PWF Chairman Colby Peel also presented a donation to the WHTC Foundation which has provided $165,000 in tuition assistance for over 229 students.
Because of the consistent record breaking success of this festival year after year, PWF’s money has made and will continue to make a lasting impression on the community.
All of this is accomplished with a small group of volunteers who labor tirelessly during the two-day festival which hosted thousands of attendees at this year’s event.
“This is about a lot more than just music,” said Chairman Peel. “We work year round to engage the community in an event that not only showcases great music, but mobilizes people to get excited about what is happening locally. We couldn’t be more pleased with the result.”
1st Photo: Chairman Colby Peel and Lora Fisher present a donation to WHTC Foundation representative Jim Town
2nd Photo: Chairman Colby Peel and Lora Fisher present a donation to Chipley Fire Department Chief Floyd Aycock
3rd Photo: Lora Fisher presents a donation to Sgt. Paul Demaree with the Chipley Police Department
4th Photo: Lora Fisher presents a donation to Deputy Daryl White with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Explorers