39th Annual Toys 4 Tots Ride on the Emerald Coast - Sunday, November 18

It’s time to start thinking about the upcoming Holiday season. The Emerald Coast Harley Owner’s Group (HOG) Chapter #3605, sponsored by Emerald Coast Harley Davidson, will be hosting their 39th Annual Toys 4 Tots on the Emerald Coast Motorcycle Ride on Sunday, November 18. All proceeds will benefit the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center and Children in Crisis.

The Emerald Coast Harley Owner’s Group (HOG) Chapter #3605, sponsored by Emerald Coast Harley Davidson, will be doing their 39th Annual Toys 4 Tots Motorcycle Run on Sunday, November 18. Proceeds will benefit the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center and Children in Crisis.

All motorcycles are welcome to participate in the Ride. Entry fee is $10 per participant and a new toy or gift card. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. on November 18, at Sam’s Club parking lot in Ft. Walton Beach. The sheriff-escorted motorcycle parade starts at 11 a.m. from Sam’s Club and ends at the Niceville Mullet Festival site. Both the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center and Children in Crisis will have booths at the Mullet Festival site where people are encouraged to drop off toy donations. Other drop-off locations include We Care Heating & Air in Niceville, FedEx Ground in Crestview, jcp salon in Santa Rosa Mall, and Emerald Coast Harley-Davidson

Parade and festivities at the Mullet Festival site will begin at 11 a.m. and includes music, food, chance drawing  games, motorcycle contests and more. For further information or to make donations, contact Adam Babcock at 850-499-8018.

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 a Toy Donation Box.  Toy, monetary, or gift card donations  can also be given to any of the HOG chapter members.

October 2018 Kudos and Check Presentations

We are so thankful for the Alys Beach 5K, which raised $15,000 for the ECCAC over Labor Day weekend! A big THANK YOU to all of the runners, volunteers, and organizers of this incredible race!

Thank you to Ana Silva and her family for donating to the ECCAC. Her husband, Rafael Silva, passed away in January and was one of our best volunteers and advocates. We miss him dearly!

We're feeling extra spooky at the ECCAC, thanks to The Premier Property Group! They donated candy for us to pass out to the children this Halloween!

The Destin Charity Cornhole Tournament was a huge success! We'd like to thank World of Beer, along with Destin Commons, for hosting such a wonderful, family friendly event.

We'd like to thank CRC Data Technology for their generous donation of supplies to the ECCAC!

A big thank you to the "Friends of Freeport"! They were our volunteer scorekeepers at the 3rd Annual Destin Charity Cornhole Tournament!

723 Whiskey Bravo continues to raise funds with donations of stuffed animal Riley, the therapy dog …Benefits the Pierce Family Children’s Advocacy Center

 Benefitting ECCAC, the staff at 723 Whiskey Bravo restaurant in Seagrove Beach have successfully raised $44,869 in donations for stuffed animal Riley therapy dogs in the past three years. Pictured are ECCAC CEO, Julie Hurst-Porterfield and owners Skip and Victoria Moore.

Benefitting ECCAC, the staff at 723 Whiskey Bravo restaurant in Seagrove Beach have successfully raised $44,869 in donations for stuffed animal Riley therapy dogs in the past three years. Pictured are ECCAC CEO, Julie Hurst-Porterfield and owners Skip and Victoria Moore.

723 Whiskey Bravo owners, Skip and Victoria Moore, along with their staff, announced that they have raised  $44,869 in the past three years to benefit the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center’s (ECCAC) Pierce Family Children’s Center in Defuniak Springs.   

They achieved this by collecting guest donations of $20 or more for the stuffed animal Riley therapy dogs. As well, included in the funds collected, the Moores sponsored a room at the DeFuniak Springs center. The Riley stuffed animal dog donations will continue at 723 Whiskey Bravo, located on Scenic Highway 30-A in Seagrove Beach.

The real Riley, a 12-year old Maltese dog, is a registered AKC Therapy Dog who is on the “staff” of ECCAC and about to retire from active service. He earned his American Kennel Club credentials by completing over 400 therapy visits with the kids at the Center dealing with abusive situations. ECCAC has eight other therapy dogs at their center with an avid kids’ following.

 “It has been our pleasure to help ECCAC, and to have the endearing look-alike Riley stuffed animals on our tables at the restaurant. Our customers are engaged and have generously supported this concept. And, most importantly, this on-going campaign helps the kids,” commented the community minded Moore’s.

 Stirling, the Moore’s granddaughter, cuddles her very own Riley the therapy dog.

Stirling, the Moore’s granddaughter, cuddles her very own Riley the therapy dog.

 The real Riley dog.

The real Riley dog.


Singer Alex Guthrie concert on August 23 to benefit ECCAC

 Alex Guthrie will be in concert on August 23 at the Warehouse 360 Music Hall in Santa Rosa Beach.  Proceeds will benefit the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center.

Alex Guthrie will be in concert on August 23 at the Warehouse 360 Music Hall in Santa Rosa Beach.  Proceeds will benefit the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center.

Santa Rosa Beach, FL (August 3, 2018)…Atlanta based “Earthy Pop Soul” vocals and guitar artist Alex Guthrie will be performing with his band on Thursday, August 23, 7 p.m. at the Warehouse 360 Music Hall, 360 WRM Circle in Santa Rosa Beach, FL.

Only 23, Guthrie is  turning heads across the U.S.  with his creative musical synergy and style of 70s, Southern blues

bands through an infusion of R&B, soul, folk and rock. He has been featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live! music, was in an American Family Insurance commercial alongside singer Jennifer Hudson, as well as performing in the 30A Songwriter’s Festival. Guthrie was also named 2015 Georgia Americana Artist of the Year.

The Alex Guthrie concert proceeds will benefit the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC). Starting at $20, tickets can be purchased at the door, on-line at www.warehouse360music.com, or call Bobby Raines at (850) 687-0662.

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. Their child-friendly centers house a multidisciplinary team of child protection personnel, prosecutors, law enforcement, DCF, therapists, ECCAC staff and volunteers. The 501-C-3 non-profit organization has provided services to over 12,000 children in the past 17 years.

For further information, visit www.eccac.org. If abuse is suspected, call the anonymous Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE.

The Able Trust Awards $35K Grant to Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center

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 The Able Trust awarded a $35,000 grant to the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center. (L-R) Chelsea Fox, Nancy Kline, Dr. Susanne Homant, Julie Hurst-Porterfield, Katrina Puri, Major Audie Rowell and Bill Fletcher gathered for the check presentation.

The Able Trust awarded a $35,000 grant to the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center.
(L-R) Chelsea Fox, Nancy Kline, Dr. Susanne Homant, Julie Hurst-Porterfield, Katrina Puri, Major Audie Rowell and Bill Fletcher gathered for the check presentation.

The Able Trust Awards $35K Grant to Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Able Trust today awarded the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) a $35,000 grant to assist them in accomplishing their organizational goals and mission. The grant represents donations from three Ability Funds that The Able Trust administers. ECCAC received $15,000 from the Gladys M. Thomas Ability Fund, $15,000 from the Donald F. Gallimore Endowment Fund and $5,000 from the John R. Pettengill Ability Fund. The Able Trust began supporting the ECCAC in 2011 and has donated over $130,000 during this time period. The Able Trust supports programs that are designed to assist people with needs, including children, teens and adults. One avenue in which The Able Trust accomplishes this mission is through opportunities in its grant giving program.

ECCAC provides services for children in Okaloosa and Walton Counties who have been abused, neglected or assaulted. ECCACs in Niceville and DeFuniak Springs bring together partners needed to assist children and their families from the investigation process through healing and restoring their childhood. No longer do children have to go from place to place as the process progresses.

“This grant will help the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center continue to provide its vital services,” said Dr. Susanne Homant, president and CEO of The Able Trust. “Making sure programs are available to help and protect children is of the upmost importance. Supporting organizations like the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center helps guarantee vital services are available when they are needed.”

“It is through acts of generosity and kindness that we are able to continue to care for and protect the children of our community exposed to child abuse,” commented Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center board president, Tammy Pierce. “We so appreciate and treasure The Able Trust’s generous support of ECCAC.”

ECCAC’s mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect, protect children, and restore the lives and futures of impacted children. The Centers in Walton and Okaloosa Counties house a multidisciplinary team of child protection personnel, prosecutors, law enforcement, Department of Children and Families, therapists, staff and volunteers. Services are provided at no cost by the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

The Able Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1990 by the Florida Legislature, and is funded through a combination of public and private dollars. Its mission is to be a key leader in providing Floridians with disabilities opportunities for successful employment. The Able Trust supports numerous diverse projects, including the High School High Tech program, youth leadership training, work experience training and technical assistance, transportation assistance, career development training, employment and career path direction and assistance to businesses as they seek the employment of people with disabilities. Since its beginnings, The Able Trust has worked with community organizations in every county in Florida to put thousands of people with disabilities to work. To learn more about The Able Trust, please visit AbleTrust.org and follow @AbleTrust.


 Dr.Susanne Homant & Julie Hurst

Dr.Susanne Homant & Julie Hurst

 Katrina Puri-Peyton LoCicero-Julie Porterfield

Katrina Puri-Peyton LoCicero-Julie Porterfield

 Julie Porterfield & Audie Rowell

Julie Porterfield & Audie Rowell

ECCAC welcomes new board president Tammy Pierce

Niceville and DeFuniak Springs, FL (July 16, 2018)…Operating centers in both Walton and Okaloosa Counties, and with a $1.3 million annual operating budget, the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) has been in business for the past 17 years providing services at no cost to over 11,000 children under abuse, abandonment and neglect. A 501-C-3 non-profit organization, their child-friendly centers house a multidisciplinary team of child protection personnel, prosecutors, law enforcement, DCF, therapists, ECCAC staff and volunteers.

“We would like to welcome our 2018-2019 board of directors,” commented CEO Julie Hurst-Porterfield. “Our sincere thanks to immediate past board president Bill Fletcher. His tireless devotion and dedication to the needs of our kids has been outstanding. Tammy Pierce is our new board present and ready to step up to the challenge.”

 

 New 2018-2019 ECCAC board president, Tammy Pierce.

New 2018-2019 ECCAC board president, Tammy Pierce.

ECCAC is governed by an all-volunteer board of directors, each bringing a unique perspective and expertise to the organization. From bankers to business owners to foster parents, the board tries to maintain a diverse membership to guide the centers, and Tammy Pierce is no exception.

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Pierce relocated to Destin in 2005 with her daughter Caitlin to continue her career in a family business specializing in manufactured housing for FEMA. In 2009, she married Jim Pierce and the couple now reside in Miramar Beach. 

Because of her husband’s challenging childhood, she was introduced to the effects of child abuse when she and Jim married. Together, they are committed to lead the charge to make the world a safer place for children. The Pierces were major donors for the Walton County location, named the Pierce Family Children’s Advocacy Center in their honor.

Joining the board in 2015, Tammy Pierce said, "We pray our gift to help build the Walton County facility will positively impact the lives of the children served by ECCAC each day. I look forward to serving as the 2017-2018 board president and working with fellow board members, volunteers and staff to help make a difference in the lives of impacted children and their families. " 

In addition to Tammy Pierce serving as the 2018-2019 president, other board members are: Tom Cooper, Vice President; Alan Wood, Treasurer; Eric Aden, Shaun Eubanks, Bill Fletcher, James Jacquess, Terry Jones, Velia Lala, Artie Rodriguez, Katrina Puri, Audie Rowell, Tom Saffel, Maurice and Janine Stouse, and Mike Thompson.

ECCAC’s board of directors can serve up to two 3-year terms, so openings do become available. If you are interested in applying to be on the Board, call Julie Hurst-Porterfield at (850)974-8668, or email her at julie@eccac.org.

For further information, visit www.eccac.org. If abuse is suspected, call the anonymous Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE.

 ECCAC CEO, Julie Hurst-Porterfield with outgoing 2017-2018 ECCAC board president, Bill Fletcher.

ECCAC CEO, Julie Hurst-Porterfield with outgoing 2017-2018 ECCAC board president, Bill Fletcher.