Walton County Ground Breaking Event

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Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center groundbreaking of new

Walton County center on October 27 in DeFuniak Springs


          DeFuniak Springs, FL (September 30, 2014)…October 27, 2 to 5 pm, will be an exciting day for the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) and Walton County. The public is invited to the ground breaking ceremony at 336 College Avenue in DeFuniak Springs which concludes with a BBQ reception.

The groundbreaking will mark the start of a $3 million capital campaign to construct a new 15,000 square foot center to serve Walton County children. Anticipated to open in late 2015, the capital campaign will be off to a good start with the announcement of a generous $1 million contribution by a local family at the event.

Julie Hurst, CEO of ECCAC commented, “We are so excited to be able to expand our Walton County operation with the new center. It never ceases to amaze me that when these children are faced with so many seemingly unsurmountable problems, they come to our safe environment and when they leave, they’re smiling. Kids know they are in a protected and welcome setting. They can depend on our team at the Center being here for them.”

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 existing 13,000 sq. ft. child-friendly facility in Niceville houses a multidisciplinary team of child protection personnel, prosecutors, law enforcement, DCF, therapists, and ECCAC staff and volunteers. The same services will be offered at the new Walton County facility.

            With a $1.2 million annual operating budget required, services provided to the children are free. Therefore, ECCAC, a 501-C-3, relies solely on public donations and grants. For further information on ECCAC, visit www.eccac.org or call 850.833.9237, Ext. 222. If abuse is suspected, call the anonymous Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE.

About Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center

The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) provides services to help identify, treat and support children in abusive situations. The organization helps prevent child abuse through education, protects child victims from future abuse, and provides resources to restore the lives of the child and the child’s family. The Center is a non-profit organization located in Niceville, Fla. It serves Okaloosa and Walton counties and houses representatives from the Florida Department of Children and Families, Child Protection Team, State Attorney’s Office, local law enforcement, and licensed mental health counselors. For more information or to support the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center please visit http://www.eccac.org. If you suspect abuse, call the Florida Abuse Hotline 1-800-96-ABUSE.