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About ACE

Art, Culture and Entertainment, Inc. (or ACE) is a non-profit organization that will receive Federal, State of Florida, Escambia County, City of Pensacola, corporate, foundation and personal funds to disperse through equitable granting processes to arts, culture and entertainment organizations throughout Escambia County, Florida. Our General Operating Grant Program requires eligibility for an organization to have been in existence for at least 24 months and be IRC Section 501(c)(3) organizations. Our Mini Grant Program requires eligibility for an organization to be a Florida Non-Profit with its primary location in Escambia County, FL.


Promote quality of life by supporting arts, culture, and entertainment.


To be the premier arts & culture community by fostering growth and awareness to enhance quality of life for residents, visitors and the arts and culture community we serve.

About Foo Foo Fest

In 2014, Art, Culture, and Entertainment, Inc. (ACE) approached the Escambia, Florida County Commission with the thought of securing grant monies, to be distributed among various arts/cultural organizations in the Pensacola area. Just an idea then, Foo Foo Fest has since morphed an annual 12-day celebration that occurs during the first two weeks of November. It is generally bookended by longtime Pensacola cultural events — the Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival and the Blue Angels Homecoming Airshow at NAS Pensacola.

The festival highlights and invites guests and locals alike to experience and enjoy the plethora of Fall arts and cultural events that occur in Pensacola, with a mission of enhancing the overall quality of life for all of Pensacola.

Board of Directors

  • Mary Henriques, President
  • Therese McKenzie, Vice President
  • Matt Davis, Treasurer
  • Jeff Brooks, Secretary
  • David Bear, Trustee Emeritus
  • Bob Schuster
  • Linda Brent
  • Brigette Brooks
  • Debbie Douma
  • Lindsay Fleege
  • Maria V. Goldberg
  • Rick Harper
  • Ellie Hartsfield
  • Emily Mitchell
  • Marny Needle
  • Michelle Miquez-Ortiz
  • Trang Taylor
  • Joe Vinson
  • Vicky Wonders

Foo Foo Committee Members

  • Nicole Stacey, Curator
  • Therese McKenzie, Chairperson
  • Maria Goldberg, Past-Chair
  • Joani Delezen, Ad & Marketing Liaison
  • Robbie Schrock, Public Relations Liaison
  • Warren Sonnen, Compliance
  • Trang Taylor, Compliance