Registration for parade is Free, donations support CHILDHOOD CANCER PROGRAM
Scholarships: The Optimist Club of the Beaches currently holds 27 endowment scholarships with Gulf Coast State College, Florida State University, and the most recent Troy State University to ensure the continued education of today’s youth
Ice Cream Distribution: Several times throughout the school year, the Optimist Club of the Beaches affords every child the opportunity for a delicious treat during lunch at each of the 3 Panama City Beach Elementary schools
Advanced reading programs: The Optimist Club of the Beaches supports the successful education of our local youth by providing contributions toward an improved reading program
Oratorical contest: This speech contest is designed to inspire today's youth to motivate and inform others through the art of public speaking. It provides young people with the opportunity to compete for one of our many college scholarships and express their views on a pre-assigned topic
Youth Appreciation: The Optimist Club of the Beaches recognizes local youth for their efforts in the arts, athletics, academics and community service work.
Essay Contest: The Optimist Club of the Beaches wants to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live.
Christmas Shopping: The Optimist Club of the Beaches puts on a Christmas shopping event every year for underprivileged families. Kids from selected families are able to shop for everyday necessary items on the Optimist budget. The event benefits 50 children selected from a combined effort with the Beach Care Services. Walmart in Pier Park graciously hosts the event every year.
Other Notable Events funded by your generous contribution:
Fishing Rodeo held at Frank Brown Park
Boy Scout support
Blessings in a Backpack Program
Cops N Kids
Fire Station Open House
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