Jul 2

Donate your dimes at Whole Foods!

Donate Your Dime!

Did you know that Whole Foods Market gives 10 cents per bag to customers who re-use their own shopping bags for their purchased groceries? This program reduces our impact on the environment, and supports local non-profit groups. Customers have the choice to accept their cash refund, or donate the cash back to the store’s chosen non-profit organization. Donations from April 9th through July 2nd will be donated to ECCAC. 

Jun 30

Win a Paddleboard!

Purchase raffle tickets for a paddleboard giveaway!

Throughout May and June, Stubbs Orthodontics are raffling off a paddleboard and all the proceeds from the raffle tickets go back to the ECCAC.

One entry is $5, 3 entries is $10, and 8 entries is $20.

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7:00 am07:00

Smoke on the Coast

Smoke on the Coast

Monday, July 3, 2017, have a fun-filled evening prior to the Fourth of July holiday at the 7th Annual Smoke on the Coast BBQ and Fireworks Festival. Destin Commons' annual event has a unique twist this year. Sixteen area charities, including our own Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center, will be benefitting from the Center's event via their Coins For A Cause program. Coins For A Cause benefits local charities with the monies collected from the Center's parking meters. This is a win-win with shoppers who can enjoy the convenience of parking right in front of the stores, while local charities enjoy the benefit of donations made to their respective causes related to issues such as health, disabilities, education, the arts and children's well-being.

Jul 13

NWF Daily News Jr Golf Tournament

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38th Annual Marvin DeBolt

Junior Golf Classic

Wednesday & Thursday, July 12-13, 2017

Open to Boys and Girls ages 8 - 18


11:00 am11:00

Kieran May Memorial Golf Tournament

SAVE THE DATE!  September 10, 2017

Stay tuned for more details.

Over the past 10 years, Kieran was committed to helping us make a difference in the lives of so many abused children.  He chaired the Center’s golf and gala event for three years and his leadership helped create the signature event it is today.  In his honor, the Center will name the event after him and his legacy.  Thank you to his wife Caroline and his son Patrick for sharing him with us.

Walton County Business After Hours in Defuniak
5:00 pm17:00

Walton County Business After Hours in Defuniak

The May Walton County Business After Hours will be in Defuniak Springs.

The Walton Area Chamber's Business After Hours is one of the most popular networking events in the area. These monthly events bring together members of the business community in a fun filled atmosphere, designed to encourage networking and interaction, while enjoying delectable food and drinks.

Our Business After Hours events are FREE for Chamber members to attend. Sponosrships for this event fill up quickly, so secure yours today!

10:00 am10:00

Eating for Advocacy at Trebeaché

Trebeaché will generously donate 10% of their sales to ECCAC on Sunday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., a day to enjoy a delicious brunch. Many call the restaurant the "Best Brunch on 30A" with live music, an enticing menu, and seasonal Mimosa and Bloody Mary specials.

Destin Charity Wine Auction
Apr 30

Destin Charity Wine Auction

2017 destin charity wine auction

Destin Charity Wine Auction is one of the top 10 charity wine auctions in the US by Wine Spectator Magazine, raising over $2.6 million for children in need in northwest Florida. 

Registration for the 2017 Auction is now available by clicking HERE

Patron Dinner  - Friday, April 28 | 6 PM

Some of the most exquisite homes and restaurants on the Emerald Coast set the stage for the 2017 Patron Dinners. Each Patron Dinner will feature a nationally recognized chef paired with world-class celebrity vintners. The dinners provide a unique opportunity to interact with fellow wine enthusiasts while enjoying innovative cuisine and the world’s best wines. As patrons, you will also enjoy complimentary transportation to and from your dinner. Each dinner will benefit one of our 15 charities and allow a chance to see firsthand how your generosity is changing the lives of children in need within our community.  

Learn more about this year's patron dinner pairings HERE.  

Reserve Tasting & Live Auction - Saturday, April 29 | 1 PM

The Reserve Tasting and Live Auction will be held under an air- conditioned tent at Sandestin Town Center’s North Lawn within Grand Boulevard. It will feature distinctive wines from internationally acclaimed vintners, poured and paired with cuisine created by a selection of the area’s top local restaurants. The Reserve Tasting is accompanied by a silent auction as well as an almost live auction featuring wine, autographed large format bottles, art and more. The event will culminate with a high-energy live auction, which includes rare and distinctive wines, spectacular trips and other incredible one-of-a-kind items. 

1:00 PM – Reserve Tasting & Silent Auction
3:00 PM – Live Auction
ATTIRE – Resort Casual

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival - Sunday, April 30 | 1 PM - 5 PM

Patrons are invited to enjoy even more wine at the 5th Annual South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival. Brought to you by the same folks who founded the Sandestin Wine Festival, this re-branded classic festival is now in a new location making it better than ever. 
What’s not to like when all proceeds from the new South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival benefit Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation’s 15 benefiting charities working to change the lives of children in Northwest Florida? 

The South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival also benefits our mission. Tickets to the festival are available for purchase at sowalwine.com

Need a place to stay while attending the auction? Our official lodging partner, Newman Dailey Resort Properties is offering a 10% discount on all accomodations for the Ultimate Wine Weekend. Click HERE to book.  

Dates Held

  • Friday, April 28, 2017
  • Saturday, April 29, 2017
  • Sunday, April 30, 2017


Apr 30

McCafe for a Cause

For the entire month of April Costa Enterprises - McDonald's will host McCafe for a Cause, benefitting the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center. Proceeds from their Monday coffee sales will be donated. Stop by any one of Costa's 21 locations for your morning cup of Joe and enjoy as a portion of the sales will benefit our mission.

Apr 30

Strands Against Abuse at As You Like it Salon


APRIL 2017

323 Page Bacon Rd, Mary Esther, Florida


April 1 - 30, 2017

For a $25 donation, As You Like It Salon will offer new & existing clients a blue extension in their hair.  For a $35 donation, clients can get 2 extensions. The entire amount will be donated to the ECCAC.

Please call 850.664.2954 to make your appointment today!

Strands are by appointment only.

Chi Chi Golf Tournament
7:00 am07:00

Chi Chi Golf Tournament

Friday, March 31

7:00am Breakfast & Check-in

8:15am shot-gun start

Noon Lunch and Live Auction

Burnt Pine Golf Course,

Miramar beach, FL

$200 per golfer, $1,000 per fivesome

Event Chairs

Ann and Jim Barri




George & J.R. Hendricks


Ann & Jim Barri

Valerie & Mike Thompson

Gwen & Frank Cartier


Artisanbilt Construction, Inc.

Trammel, Harper & Williams, Inc.

Lea & Joe Capers

Kathy & Mike Sequino

CRO Development

Duce & Co. Interiors

Kristen & Warren Laurent

6:00 pm18:00

Wine Walkabout

Thursday, March 30


Burnt Pine Country Club,

Miramar Beach, FL


$100 per person



Event Chairs

Ann & Jim Barri



Casa piena Vineyards

Ellman Family Vineyards

Harumph Wines

Hill Family Estate

Riverain Vineyards

Thompson 31Fifty Wines


Presenting Sponsor

Eating for Advocacy Kick Off – Lulu’s by the Mid-Bay Bridge
11:00 am11:00

Eating for Advocacy Kick Off – Lulu’s by the Mid-Bay Bridge

 January 31Eating for Advocacy

The ECCAC recently announced a new initiative called Eating For Advocacy. Participating area restaurants will generously donate a percentage of their sales on certain days to the non-profit organization. Each month, watch for a different eatery in a different town. If you know of a restaurant that might want to participate, contactKim@eccac.org.

Kicking off the program for January is LuLu's, at the foot of the Mid Bay Bridge in Destin. The will donate 10% of their food proceeds on Tuesday, January 31, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. So won't you mark your calendar and eat out in support of a great mission?! 

DCWAF Tasting of Champions
6:00 pm18:00

DCWAF Tasting of Champions

tasting of champions

Hosted at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa Ballroom, this South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival preview allows patrons to sample from the 600+ 2017 festival wine entries, including newly named medal winners in 60 categories. Gourmet food stations will also be available. 

10:00 am10:00

Annual Community Christmas Parade

The Niceville-Valparaiso Rotary Club invites the community to participate in the 2016 Community Christmas Parade to be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016, beginning at 10 a.m.  Participants are encouraged to reflect the parade theme, "Christmas Shared with Children from Around the World." The ECCAC will have a float. Come see us! Volunteer opportunities also available.

6:00 pm18:00

2nd Annual ECCAC Telethon from Whiskey Bravo

30A TV to air Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center telethon

Thursday ● December 1 ● 6 – 9 p.m.

   30A TV will air the 2nd Annual ECCAC Telethon broadcasting live on December 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. from 723 Whisky Bravo in Seagrove Beach to benefit the Emerald Children’s Advocacy Centers (ECCAC) in Niceville and the Pierce Family Children’s Advocacy Center in DeFuniak Springs. 

    Local singer and celeb David Seering will be hosting the telethon. With the purpose of creating awareness and raising funds for ECCAC, the telethon will feature interviews with locals, entertainment, information aboutECCAC and how you can make a difference. ECCAC’s board of directors will be on hand answering phones and taking donations. Also, 100% of Whiskey Bravo’s proffits for the live broadcast day of the telethon will be donated to ECCAC. After the live telethon on December 1, it will continue to be re-broadcast periodically through February. 

Viewers with Mediacom’s Ch 17 and Channel 8 Fairhope Communications can tune in. As well, the telethon will be streaming live on www.facebook.com/30atv.   Offering information and entertainment, beach style, 30A TV reaches homes and businesses in its viewing area in 9 counties in Northwest Florida from Sandestin to Alligator Point and nationwide on Roku Web TV, Omnibox Networks, mobile devices and apps. 

Sponsors of the telethon to date are the Kiwanis in Freeport and Emerald Coast Compounding Pharmacy. Additional TV sponsorships are available starting from $250. To become a sponsor, contact Kim Henderson, ECCAC Director of Development at 850-933-9237, Ext. 283, or email kim@eccac.org

    “We so appreciate that 30A TV is doing this telethon for our kids,” commented ECCAC’s CEO, Julie Hurst. “Please tune in and help make a difference by making a contribution that will ultimately benefit children in Walton and Okaloosa County who are experiencing abuse, abandonment or neglect.”

    Paul Vizard, 30ATV founder said, “I am delighted to help with the telethon. To see the Pierce Family Center in Walton County come to life this year has been an amazing journey. The importance now is to ensure operation costs are met.”

ECCAC’s mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect, protect children in Okaloosa and Walton Counties, and restore the lives and futures of these impacted children. The Center’s child-friendly facilities house a multidisciplinary team of child protection personnel, prosecutors, law enforcement, DCF, therapists, and ECCAC staff and volunteers. In the past 15 years, over 10,000 children have received more than 40,000 services to include mental health therapy, crisis intervention, referrals to other community providers, interviews and medicals. Services are provided at no cost by ECCAC, a 501-C-3 non-profit organization.

To make a donation, or for further information about the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, visit www.eccac.org. If abuse is suspected, call the anonymous Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE.

11:00 am11:00

37th Annual Toys 4 Tots Ride on the Emerald Coast

The Emerald Coast Harley Owners Group (HOG) Chapter #3605, sponsored by Emerald Coast Harley Davidson, will be doing their 37th Annual Toys 4 Tots Motorcycle Run on Sunday, November 13. Proceeds will benefit the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center and Children in Crisis. All motorcycles are welcome to participate in the Run. Entry fee is $10 per participant and a new toy or gift card. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. at Sam's Club parking lot in Ft. Walton Beach. The motorcycle parade starts at 11 a.m. from Sam's Club and ends at the Niceville Mullet Festival site. 

Don't own a motorcycle? You can still help. Join everyone at the Mullet Festival site with a toy donation, or drop it off at the Toy Box located at the Emerald Coast Harley Davidson dealership at 788 Beal Parkway in Ft. Walton Beach. Donations can also be given to any of the HOG chapter members.
Click here to download the registration form.

Nov 22

Festival of Trees in Grand Boulevard

Festival of Trees held annually in Grand Park, showcases uniquely decorated Christmas trees from area non-profits. The trees debut the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and remain in the park through Christmas for the public to enjoy and learn more about the missions of these organizations. Come out and vote for the ECCAC tree and help us win a donation! Trees will be judged November 22 from 4-6 p.m. and everyone can vote. Awards given out that night, come show your support! Volunteer opportunities are also available for this event.

Nov 20

2016 Christmas Adopt-a-Family Program

It's not too early to start planning for this year's Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center (ECCAC) Adopt-a-Family program to help children in need over the upcoming Holiday season. ECCAC is seeking donors who will purchase gifts for individual families who have been identified by the Center. Last year, the program helped over 300 children in 125 families have a brighter Christmas. Unable to adopt this year? Monetary donations are also needed to assist with additional costs of this program. For more info or to sign up for Adopt-a-Family on-line at www.eccac.org. Or, contact Kim Henderson at kim@eccac.org, (850) 833-9237, Extension 283 to make arrangements.

Destin Charity Corn Hole Tournament
11:30 am11:30

Destin Charity Corn Hole Tournament

  • Destin Commons

Destin Charity Corn Hole Tournament

Sunday, Oct 16 at 12:30pm

Destin Commons
4100 Legendary Dr.
Destin, FL 32541

Team Check in at 11:30am
Tournament begins at 12:30pm
Beer Garden opens at 12:30pm

Registration is $100 for a team of 2.

Online registration is now closed.

Teams can register Sunday, October 16th from 11am to 12pm until all slots are filled. Registration will take place at the registration tent located at Destin Commons between Foot Locker and Guess.

Registration includes Beer Garden access with bottomless Craft Beer, Mimosas, Bloody Marys, Belgian Pretzels, Wings and Corn-dogs!

Access to the Beer Garden also available individually for $25.  Wristbands will be sold at the registration tent, while supplies last, Sunday October 16th from 11am until 3pm. Registration tent will be located at Destin Commons between Foot Locker and Guess.


Cash prize of $500 to winning team!
Trophies will be awarded to top the top 3 teams.

Sponsorships are available ranging from $250 to $2800.
Contact Kim@eccac.org for more info.

Click here to download the sponsorship packet.

The Chi Chi Miguel Throwdown Golf Tournament
7:00 am07:00

The Chi Chi Miguel Throwdown Golf Tournament

Chi Chi Miguel Golf Tournament  
Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center

Golfers:  $200 per player/$800 foursome

Click here for the sponsorship and golfer registration packet.

If you have any questions about registration or sponsorship, please contact Katie Crowell at Katie@eccac.org or 850-833-9237.

If you have any golf questions please feel free to contact Jim and Ann Barri at 205.936.3259 or ajbarri@aol.com

Payment prior to the event is greatly appreciated and will help speed up registration the morning of the event.   Thank you in advance! 

The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  Our Federal Tax ID is 59-3454168. Checks may be made out to ECCAC and mailed to:
ECCAC, Attn: Dianne Lewellyn, PO BOX 1237, Niceville, FL 32588.   You may also contact Dianne to make a payment over the phone at 850-833-9237.  

2015 Christmas Adopt-a-Family Program
Dec 11

2015 Christmas Adopt-a-Family Program

We would like to adopt a family!

Click here to download the form.

Because of confidentiality, we ask that all items be delivered to the Center.  The happy elves at The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center will deliver them to the children.

Delivery dates are December 2, 4, 9 & 11
from 1PM until 4PM

Please do not wrap the gifts.  Many parents have asked to be able to wrap their children’s gifts to feel they have been a part of the process.  Please include wrapping materials and mark each gift as to which child it is intended for.

If there are large or bulky items, please let us know in advance so we can make arrangements.

When purchasing for your family, the children are your first priority.

Things we have learned from the last several years--- 

Gift Certificates are great for teens – Gift receipts are appreciated if purchasing clothing.

Non-perishable food items/ grocery store gift certificates as “extras” are always appreciated.

Christmas decorations are a wonderful bonus if funds allow.

Tax Letters are available in recognition of your purchases.  A copy of all receipts with a total is required to process your letter.

Have fun!  Know your efforts and gifts are greatly appreciated by our families, the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center and our partner agencies!