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

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The Village of Baytowne Wharf donated $3,000 to the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center(ECCAC). The money was generated during its Beer Festival event. Seen here are Julie Hurst, Chelsea Fox, and Kim Henderson from ECCAC and Julie Stuckey, Leighann Elliott, and Alan Meyers from Baytowne Wharf. 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 ECCAC with locations in Walton and Okaloosa Counties. The organization raises 60% of its 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.

Sunset Shoes helps the kids at Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center

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The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) received a $500 donation from Sunset Shoes anniversary event. Seen here (left to right) are Kim Henderson, ECCAC; Eddy Hardy, Sunset Shoes owner; and Danny Kleiner, Sunset Shoes employee. 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 ECCAC with locations in Walton and Okaloosa Counties. The organization raises 60% of its 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.

ECCAC Receives Donation from Army Aviation Federal Credit Union

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Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center received a $500 donation from Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union. It was presented by employees D’von Campbell and Jill Russell. 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 ECCAC with locations in Walton and Okaloosa Counties. The organization raises 60% of its 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.

Kudos to Integrity Chiropractic, Chi Chi Miguel & local girl scouts!

We would like to thank Integrity Chiropractic for raising $214 for the ECCAC! We appreciate their continued support of our mission to end child abuse on the Emerald Coast!

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A very special thank you to Jim Pierce, Frank Flautt, and Mike Thompson! Without these three generous men, the Chi Chi Miguel golf tournament would not be possible! 

And, did you know Mike Thompson is THE Chi Chi Miguel?! 

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A very special thank you to Ann and Jim Barri, chairs of the Chi Chi Miguel golf tournament! Their tireless, unwavering commitment has raised thousands of dollars to help our children reclaim their childhoods. 

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Local Girl Scouts Kathryn and Anna Carrieri donated boxes of Girl Scout cookies to the Center for our children to enjoy! It is always heartwarming to see those who are young helping the young.

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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.