ECCAC’s signature Kieran May Memorial Gala & Golf event - breaks all previous records - raising $230,000

 Guest speaker Katelyn Pendleton and ECCAC CEO, Julie Hurst at recent Kieran May Memorial Gala.

Guest speaker Katelyn Pendleton and ECCAC CEO, Julie Hurst at recent Kieran May Memorial Gala.

March 20, 2018…Raising over $230,000, the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) put on their most successful annual Kieran May Memorial Gala & Golf event yet in early March. Guests were moved by a now grown up Katelyn Pendleton sharing her tragic childhood experiences and how ECCAC was instrumental in changing her life for the better.

David Seering emceed the Gala, held at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, with an energetic live auction. With an impressive $100,000 raised from the live and silent auctions alone, paddles also went up in the air to help both centers in Okaloosa and Walton Counties. Mr. Big provided live entertainment throughout the evening.

The Kieran May Memorial Golf Classic was held two days after the Gala at Kelly Plantation Golf Club with 116 golfers braving a rain laden day.

Both events benefited children by raising funds to provide ECCAC services at no cost to help identify, treat and support children and their families in abusive situations.

ECCAC wishes to thank their generous sponsors – Title Sponsors Jim and Tammy Pierce, Coastal Accounting, My Vacation Haven, Krueger, Fosdyck & Associates, Virtuous Management Group.    Protector Sponsors: America ‘s Swimming Pool Co., Simple HR, Johnny on the Spot, The Donut Hole, Amy Rogers, Regal Stephens Builder-Developer, Hyatt Family, Publix Super Markets Charities.  Friends of the Center sponsors: Acentria Insurance, CCB Community Bank, Conerly/Bowman/Dykes.  Angel Sponsors:  Kleinfeld Bridal, Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC, Trustmark Bank.

For further information about the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, or to make a donation, visit www.eccac.org or call 850-833-9237. If abuse is suspected, call the anonymous Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE.

ECCAC receives donation from Mid Bay Rotary Club

  ECCAC receives $500 donation from the Mid Bay Rotary Club. Pictured L-R are  Steve Gardner, Katrina Puri, Kim Henderson and Tom Ockunzzi.

ECCAC receives $500 donation from the Mid Bay Rotary Club. Pictured L-R areSteve Gardner, Katrina Puri, Kim Henderson and Tom Ockunzzi.

Providing services and emotional support to child victims experiencing abuse, abandonment or neglect is the 24/7 job of the multi-disciplinary team of staff and volunteers at the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) with locations in Walton and Okaloosa Counties. In ECCAC’s 17-year history, right at 11,000 children have received more than 43,000 services at no cost to include mental health therapy, crisis intervention, referrals to other community providers, interviews and medicals. They raise 60% of their annual budget for the two centers through special events, donations and community-sponsored fundraisers. The remainder of monies are generated through grant requests and governmental funding.

Visit  www.eccac.org for more information about ECCAC’s centers. If abuse is suspected, call the anonymous Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE. 

2018 Penguin Plunge on New Year's Day

 Cutline: Dianne Rutledge, Kim Henderson, Rosie Manning,, Marie Rudzki, Michele Tucker, Sharon Justiss, Carol Grober, Kevin Rudzki, Rene Rudzki and Kelly Sanders

Cutline: Dianne Rutledge, Kim Henderson, Rosie Manning,, Marie Rudzki, Michele Tucker, Sharon Justiss, Carol Grober, Kevin Rudzki, Rene Rudzki and Kelly Sanders

Juana's presented a check of $6428 to be divided by The Children's Advocacy and Santa Rosa kids. The check represents the proceeds from the Penguin Plunge on New Year's Day.

ECCAC receives donation from Island Wing Company

 A big thanks to the team at Island Wing Company in Destin for participating in the February Eating for Advocacy event. In addition to the $320 raised, they also collected needed items for the center.

A big thanks to the team at Island Wing Company in Destin for participating in the February Eating for Advocacy event. In addition to the $320 raised, they also collected needed items for the center.

The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) was pleased to accept a $320 check from the team at Island Wing Company in Destin. The restaurant participated in ECCAC’s February Eating for Advocacy event. In addition to the money raised, they also collected needed items for the centers.

Providing services and emotional support to child victims experiencing abuse, abandonment or neglect is the 24/7 job of the multi-disciplinary team of staff and volunteers at the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) with locations in Walton and Okaloosa Counties. In ECCAC’s 17-year history, right at 11,000 children have received more than 43,000 services at no cost to include mental health therapy, crisis intervention, referrals to other community providers, interviews and medicals. They raise 60% of their annual budget for the two centers through special events, donations and community-sponsored fundraisers. The remainder of monies are generated through grant requests and governmental funding.

Visit  www.eccac.org for more information about ECCAC’s centers. If abuse is suspected, call the anonymous Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE. 

Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin makes $3,000 donation to ECCAC

  Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin staff at ECCAC’s DeFuniak Springs location to present a $3,000 check   to the non-profit organization from their Beer Festival event.    L-R Julie Hurst, Chelsea Fox and Kim Henderson from ECCAC with Julie Stuckey, Leighann Elliott and Alan Meyers from Baytowne.

Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin staff at ECCAC’s DeFuniak Springs location to present a $3,000 check to the non-profit organization from their Beer Festival event.

L-R Julie Hurst, Chelsea Fox and Kim Henderson from ECCAC with Julie Stuckey, Leighann Elliott and Alan Meyers from Baytowne.

Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) CEO Julie Hurst commented, “We appreciate Baytowne’s generous donation for their Beer Festival.  This will so help in the process helping to heal our kids.” 

Annabelle

Each month we use this section to educate everyone on the various parts of the Emerald Cost Children's Advocacy Center (ECCAC). So many organizations and people come together at ECCAC to make the process run smoothly and easier for those families going through a traumatic situation. This month we want to share with you a loss of one of our own.

 Annabelle, and her handler Diane Berger, have been a Therapy Animal Volunteer Team at the ECCAC since the fall of 2015.  In April, Diane said had to say goodbye to Annabelle. She touched many lives during her time at ECCAC,  doing "meet and greets" in the lobby to help children and families feel more at ease during the rough storms of their lives, as well as being a therapy supporter with children during many trauma-focused treatment sessions. We are very blessed to have the time we did with Annabelle, and know she and Diane will forever be a part of the ECCAC team. 

Daily News Person of the Year: Julie Hurst

The Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center providesfree services for abuse and neglect victims, and their families, in a child-friendly environment. All support services and personnel are under one roof. There are two centers, one in Niceville in Okaloosa County, and the Pierce Family Children's Advocacy Center in DeFuniak Springs in Walton County. Without our fearless leader and CEO, Julie Hurst, ECCAC would not be where we are today. 

In recognition of her efforts and accomplishments, the Daily News has selected Julie as its 2016 Person of the Year.

 

Thank you Julie for leading a great team of staff, agency partners and volunteers through all the changes, past and future, to ensure ECCAC does everything possible to support the kids in our community.

This community is lucky to have you!! 

2016 Adopt A Family Update

2016 Adopt A Family update

A BIG thanks goes out to everyone who participated in our Adopt A Family Program. Whether you adopted a family, donated items or assisted with the Christmas party, we could not have done it without you! Thanks to the generosity of our community, we were able to provide a magical Christmas for 91 families and 432 children.  

Kids give back at 37th annual Marvin DeBolt Junior Golf Classic

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Posted: Wed 7:57 AM, Jul 06, 2016  |  Updated: Wed 8:02 AM, Jul 06, 2016

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Get your golf clubs ready to tee it up for a good cause! The Emerald Coast Junior Golf Tour organization and the Northwest Florida Daily news are hosting the 37th annual Marvin DeBolt Junior Golf Classic.

The proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center. Kim Henderson, the center's director of development, joined Brian Goddin on NewsChannel 7 Today Wednesday morning.

The tournament will be held Wednesday, July 13th and Thursday, July 14th at the City of Ft. Walton Beach's Golf Clubs Pines Course. Kids ages 12 to 18 will play 18 holes each day, and kids eight to 11 will play nine holes each day.

For more information on how to sign up and about the event, visit the website attached to this article.

Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce Business Forum

#ECCAC CEO, Julie Hurst, had the pleasure of sitting down with Dave Morrow of The Ryland/Morrow Agency during the Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce Business Forum.

Posted by Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center on Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Destin Charity Wine Auction check presentation.

On behalf of the children we serve each and every day. Thank you to the Destin Charity Wine Auctio and all those who make it possible. Your gifts, past and present will forever impact the lives of children in need in our community.

The #ECCAC was honored to be one of the 15 beneficiaries of the Destin Charity Wine Auction. The #DCWAF presented checks totaling $2,300,000 last night at LuLu's Destin to all 15 charities.

Posted by Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center on Friday, August 28, 2015

Julie Hurst has been named as the FPRA Person of the Year!

We are honored to share that Julie Hurst, Founder and CEO of Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center has been named as...

Posted by FPRA - Northwest Florida Coast Chapter on Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wiggin' Out for a Cause - October 1

Join us for an entertaining ladies night out at V. LALA Galleries at 30Avenue on October 1 from 6 to 10 p.m. for the 1st Annual Wiggn’ It Out For A Cause. http://bit.ly/WigginOutECCAC

Posted by Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center on Wednesday, August 19, 2015