July 2018 Advocacy Alert
Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center July   Newsletter
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Meet Tammy Pierce, 
 Our New Board President!

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

Introduced to the effects of child abuse when she and Jim married, together they lead the charge to make the world a safer place for our children. Donors for the Walton County location, the Center is named for the Pierce's contribution.  "We pray our gift will impact the lives of the children served by ECCAC each day." Tammy joined the Board in 2015.

Business After Hours 

Please join us and the  Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce for a Business After Hours Event! We will be getting together for networking, drinks, food and door prizes! See you July 24th from 5-6:30pm!
See flyer below for details!

Women's Expo

Do you love to shop? Join us for Women's Expo on Saturday, August 18th from 9am-12pm! Vendor proceeds will benefit  Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center.  Location:  Biz Lounge at 652 Beal Parkway, Fort Walton Beach

Alys Beach 5k 

Let's have some fun and get our run on! Join us for the 7th Annual Alys Beach 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run, benefiting  Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center  on Sunday, September 2, 2018 in Alys Beach, Florida. Located along Hwy 30A, the course winds through the resort town and ends with an oversized obstacle course for kids of all ages. Music, food, and beverages will be available in the Amphitheatre. You can register for the event at  alysbeach.com/5k

Wiggin' Out for a Cause 

Calling all Ladies! September 6th, 2018 from 5-10pm you won't want to miss the 4th Annual Wiggin' Out Event! There will be wigs, cocktails, food, dancing, makeup artists, hair dressers and photographers!  The event benefits Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center and  is located in the upstairs of Grand Boulevard. The entrance and elevator access is located on the Highway 98 side of the building.

Destin Charity Cornhole Tournament

Join us Sunday, September 30th for the 3rd annual Destin Charity Cornhole Tournament benefitting the  Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center !   Registration includes  World of Beer  Beer Garden access with bottomless Craft Beer, Mimosas, Bloody Mary's, Belgian Pretzels, Wings, and Corndogs. This double elimination tournament is limited to 75 teams, early registration required! Teams have the chance to win $750 in cash & prizes! Each team of two will receive a swag bag with event t-shirts and other goodies from our sponsors.   Team check-in day-of is from 10:00am-11:30am.

ECCAC Volunteers 

We are in need of volunteers for the Alys Beach 5K that is taking place on September 2nd 2018! If you're interested please contact  Chelsea Fox at  Chelsea@eccac.org

The ECCAC is looking for volunteers to assist at the front desks at both of our centers! If you are interested in this position, please email Angie Harder  at Angie@eccac.org

We have sponsorship opportunities available! If you are interested in getting involved in any way, please contact Chelsea Fox at  Chelsea@eccac.org or 
 (850) 833-9237 Ext. 256

We are still in need of sponsors for our upcoming annual Wiggin' Out for a Cause event!! If interested in information on sponsoring this event, please contact Chelsea Fox at  Chelsea@eccac.org  or (850) 833-9237 Ext. 256

School starts back in about a month! Can you believe that?! We are ready to send our children back to school in the fall with all of the supplies they need to succeed next school year. Any donation of school supplies or clothes will help!

Clothing Needs: 
 All boys' sizes of underwear and all boys' sizes of shorts and summer pajamas
Summer PJ's for Girls and Boys, All Sizes
Boys Shorts, 2T-10
Baby Receiving Blankets
Baby Lotion
Baby Shampoo
Diaper Rash Cream

We accept donations at both of our Centers, and thank you for your support! 

Thank you to the  Eglin Air Force Base, Florida Food Service Team that collected diapers, wipes, underwear, juice boxes, gift cards, and cookie dough!! Our Kids are thrilled! Kudos! 
Pictured is SSgt. Mara Walley, SSgt Charles Ritzler, SSgt Danny Stone, A1C Ariana Williams, MSgt. Sherrie Ahlborn and SSgt Stiles

Dr. Bruce Ouellette, his wife Gwen and daughter Courtney donated 48 backpacks to ECCAC! Thank you! We are still in need of any kind of school supplies for our kids!

 A BIG thank you to Crab Island Cantina 's Taco & Tequila Fest for this HUGE contribution to the children at ECCAC!!

Thank you to  Eglin AFB  Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Team for attending Mandated Reporter Training and learning more about the ECCAC's mission!! Thank you for making a difference at ECCAC!

Sandestin Wine Festival
July FRESH BAKED sponsor

Niceville Loc-N-Stor

Israel Williams of Ziic Outdoors, LLC. 
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February Advocacy Alert
Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center February Newsletter
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It was with much sadness that we had to say goodbye to our fearless COO,  Pat Franklin, at the end of 2017.  Pat touched just about every aspect of the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center. From making sure victims received the care they deserved, to managing repairs in both Centers (she is now an AC technician ), and making sure our staff was cared for, she  did it all with a smile, and a very calming presence. We will miss her tremendously and wish her luck as she continues her career in Tallahassee with DCF.
As Pat steps out, Jennifer Clark steps in. Jennifer has been with ECCAC for many years as a mental health advocate, and most recently as the  child abuse program prevention manager. Congratulations Jennifer!

Did you know? The yearly cost for one therapy dog is $1,000. 
To learn more and get involved, please go online to:

Join us at Island Wing Company on Saturday, February 17 for February Eating for Advocacy! All day, 10% of the sales will benefit the ECCAC! And, if you bring a donation of the following items, you will get a FREE appetizer on your next visit:
New Socks
New Underwear
Bottled Water

Rock the dock with Louis Louis in celebration of their 8th season! On February 24, there will be three seating times available {5 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8:30 p.m.} for guests to drink, dine, and celebrate. Tickets are $40 per person for this private event. Food and beverages extra. All ticket sales will be donated to the ECCAC! Cruise ship attire is a Loveboat theme, and we hope to see everyone there for a fantastic evening! To purchase your tickets, please click here

We invite you to join us for the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce's First Friday Coffee at the First Baptist of Fort Walton Beach on Friday, March 2! Enjoy networking, coffee, and learn more about the ECCAC! 

We're teeing up for the annual Kieran May Memorial Weekend! The weekend will kick off with a Celebration Evening on Friday, March 9 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Then, on Sunday, March 11, the Golf Tournament will take place at Kelly Plantation. This year, we are thankful for the incredible sponsors who have already stepped up: Jim & Tammy Pierce, Coastal Accounting, Krueger, Fosdyck & Associates with Merrill Lynch, My Vacation Haven, America's Swimming Pool Co., Simple HR, Johnny on the Spot, the Donut Hole, Amy Rogers, Regal Stephens Builder-Developer, Hyatt Family, Acentria Insurance, Community Bank, Conerly, Bowman, and Dykes, Kleinfeld, Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC, Trustmark Bank, and Acme Oyster House. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or purchasing tickets to the Gala, please click here

Fiesta like there is no Mañana! Enjoy a flavorful afternoon on Destin Harbor full of tequila tastings, contests, live music and tacos of all kind! Head over to HarborWalk Village on Saturday, March 10 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for the best tacos and tequila on the Emerald Coast. To purchase your tickets, please click here

Smart Device Class

Save the date! The Emeril Lagasse Foundation's Chi Chi Miguel Weekend will be 
  Thursday, April 5 through Saturday, April 7! The weekend kicks off on Thursday, April 5 with the Wine Walkabout, sponsored by Curate. On Friday, April 6 the 
Golf Tournament will tee off, with presenting sponsor Seagar's, and the Sip N Shop will take place, sponsored by Silver Sands Premium Outlets. And, finish the weekend on Saturday, April 7 with the Throwdown Benefit Auction & BBQ, sponsored by Isagenix! We are excited to be a part of this fantastic event again, and can't wait to share more details with you! 


Mark your calendars for the 13th Annual Destin Charity Wine Auction! We invite you to join us April 27 through April 29 for tastes of the best wine, auction opportunities, and much more as we raise money for local children's charities! To learn more and to purchase your tickets, please click here!

Tour Our Centers

We invite you to tour our Centers! Tours will take monthly at each center from 10am until 2pm. February tours will take place on Tuesday, February 27 in DeFuniak Springs and Thursday, February 22 in Niceville. If you can't make either, please contact Kim (850-833-9237 ext 283) or Chelsea (ext 256) for a private tour. We would love to show you what your support means to our community.

We are currently looking for volunteers for the 5th Annual Tequila and Tacos Fest on Saturday, March 10 at Harborwalk Village! All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt as well as food during their shift and an after event pizza/beer party.
Available shifts are:
Fri, Mar 9
Set up 2pm to 6pm
Sat, Mar 10
Set up then move to ticketing 9am to 230pm
Ticketing 11am to 6pm
Drink or food booths 11am to 6pm
Runners 11am to 6pm
Judges helpers 11am to 6pm
Armband checkers 11am to 6pm
To volunteer, please email Kim@ECCAC.org the following information:
Name, email, cell phone,preferred shift and any physical limitations
(so that we can place you properly)
Contact Kim at 850-833-9237x283 for further info

Other volunteer opportunities are:
  •  Volunteers needed to assist with the 4thAnnual Wiggin' Out event procuring auction items
  • Volunteers needed for the Kieran May Memorial Golf & Gala weekend, March 9th and 11th. See Chelsea for shift information
  • Volunteers needed for the upcoming Chi Chi Miguel weekend. Shifts are still being determined, but let Chelsea know if you are interested.
If you are interested in any of these opportunities above or have questions, please email Chelsea@ECCAC.org or call (850) 833-9237 ext. 256.

Furniture For Sale
We are doing some spring cleaning to start off the year, and currently have two desks for sale! The first desk is $100, and the second is $50. You must be able to pick these up from the Niceville Center! 
Please contact Angie at Angie@eccac.org or 850-833-9238x253 for more info.

Other Needs
**individual bags of chips for gift baskets for our local Law Enforcement
**baskets, all shapes and sizes

Seagar's hosted the ECCAC Appreciation Party, and we had a wonderful evening tasting their fine wines and sampling a few of their delectable appetizers! We would like to thank Charlotte, Will, and Chef Laurie for their incredible hospitality and for hosting us! 

A big THANK YOU to the Village of Baytowne Wharf for donating the proceeds of the Baytowne Beer Festival to the ECCAC! $3,000 was raised at this annual festival, and we are so grateful we got to be a part of it! 

Thank you to Northwest Florida State College for donating water to our Centers! Kelsey King with the college dropped off these waters, and we are so grateful for the incredible support from our community! 

The Army Aviation Federal Credit Union dropped by and donated $500 to the ECCAC, and we are so thankful for their continued support! 

Congratulations are in order, because Kelly Henderson was awarded the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office Investigator of the Year! 

Sandestin Wine Festival
February FRESH BAKED sponsor
CFC # 28846

Niceville Loc-N-Stor

Israel Williams of Ziic Outdoors, LLC. 
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