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FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. — October 15, 2015 — The White-Wilson Community Foundation (WWCF) awarded $6,208 to the Mental Health Association of Walton and Okaloosa Counties. The grant will help provide emergency mental health medications and evaluations for local women in need.

"The need for mental health services in our community is great and the White-Wilson Community Foundation came to the aid of women in Okaloosa and Walton Counties," said Executive Director Virginia Glynn Barr. "We can't advance mental health without partnerships like this one."

The White-Wilson Community Foundation serves health needs of community members in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton Counties. The non-profit organization works to build partnerships that increase access to services for community members in need. This grant is one of four women's health grants provided by WWCF, totaling $55,000. The funds are made possible through the organization's women's health initiative and were raised at the WWCF's 6th Annual Little Black Dress Party.

"The White-Wilson Community Foundation recognizes the need for mental health services in our community and the Mental Health Association's important role in meeting that need," said WWCF President Dr. Jack Azzaretto. "We believe that mental health is at the core of good health, and through this partnership we can help improve the overall health of our community."

Other organizations receiving this year's women's health initiative grants include: Hope Medical Clinic, Shelter House and Department of Health Walton County. Additional information on the foundation and its grant programs is available at


Charlie Potts and Virginia Barr of the Mental Health Association accept a check for $6,208 from WWCF board members Ray McGovern and Dr. Jack Azzaretto.

About the White-Wilson Community Foundation:
The White-Wilson Community Foundation was formed in 2012 to help improve health care in Okaloosa, Walton and Santa Rosa Counties through service and education. The Foundation believes it is important to educate the community on the importance of preventive health care and to support organizations and charities in the community that provide health services to individuals in need. For more information, please visit