November 2018 Advocacy Alert
Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center November  Newsletter
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Meet Our New Clinical Supervisor

Meet Jacqui Broadus, our newest Clinical Supervisor! Jacqui has been one of our Mental Health Therapists since 2010, and she was the first person to introduce therapy animals to our Centers. Riley was  our first animal staff member, and Jacqui is pictured above with Cody, his brother! 

Saying Goodbye To Debbie Hollis

The ECCAC would like to say "goodbye" to Debbie Hollis, who is onto her next adventure - retirement! Debbie has been serving as our Clinical Supervisor for 15 years, and we are incredibly grateful for all of her time and the dedication that she has given to the Centers 
 over the years.

Start the holiday season off right at the 6th Annual Sparkling Wine & Holiday Lights celebration on Saturday, November 17 that will benefit the ECCAC. This event will feature more than 30 different champagnes, delicious appetizers, and beautiful lights. Enjoy the sounds of the season with carolers, the first tree lighting of the year, and more!  To purchase your tickets, 
please click here

Join us on Sunday, November 18 for the 39th Annual Toys 4 Tots Ride! Sponsored by Emerald Coast Harley-Davidson, this ride is open to the public. Cost to participate is $10 per person, or a toy donation! Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Sam's Club parking lot, and all bikes will leave at 11:00 a.m. 

Adopt-A-Family Program

We are gearing up for Christmas, which means that we're starting to prep for our Adopt-A-Family Program! If you are interested in adopting a family, please fill out a form online here.

Start 2019 off right by taking the plunge at Juana's Pagodas and Sailors' Grill! There will be food, hot drinks, t-shirts, draft beer, a SUP Adventure Course, and live music by Stevie Hall! To register online, 
please click here.

Sparkling Wine & Holiday Lights
The ECCAC is needing volunteers to help pour champagne on Saturday, November 17 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Toys 4 Tots Ride
This year, the ECCAC is looking for volunteers to help with set up from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., parking from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and help with Hi-Lo Games from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. All volunteers will be at the Mullet Festival Site in Niceville on Sunday, November 18! 

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Chelsea Fox at or at (850) 833-9237 ext. 256

Holiday Help
We also need lots of help around the Centers during the holiday season with Adopt-A-Family and our Toy Room. If you are interested in helping out during the holiday season, please contact Angie Harder at!

Penguin Plunge 'N Paddle
We are in need of sponsors AND raffle items for the Penguin Plunge, which is on January 1!

We are accepting donations of new underwear for boys and girls in all sizes.

Winter Clothes
The ECCAC is in need of new or gently used {no holes or stains, please} clothing, from 24 months up to large junior sizes!

With colder weather, we will need coats for boys and girls in all sizes.

We are in need of individually wrapped snacks.

Baby Wipes

Gas & Walmart Gift Cards
If you would like to donate a gift card, please purchase cards in either $10 or $25 amounts. 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

In cans, please!

Cases of Water

Pack 'n Play Beds 

Christmas-Themed Gift Bags
We are in need of 200 medium sized bags.

Red Santa Bag Sponsor
Cost of this sponsorship is $200.

Candy Canes
We will need 300 Candy Canes!

Christmas Decor
Along with decorations, we are also in need of white butcher paper.

Christmas Party Supplies
We will need bottled water and sodas for this holiday party!

We accept donations at both of our Centers, and we appreciate your support! 

 Thank you to the Boys & Girls Club in Destin for their wonderful donation of stuffed animals to the center. We love seeing kids 
help other kids!

Angelina Makarova and Rebekah Cline are part of the Student Government Association at Rocky Bayou Christian School. They led a drive to collect teen gifts for Christmas. RBCS grades 7th-12th had a competition. The grade level with the most points got to have a casual day on Tuesday, Oct. 30th!

We'd like to thank the FedEx workers who took a third load of supplies from our Center to the Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center, which suffered major damages from Hurricane Michael. 

We would like to send a big THANK YOU to Helen Waltman. Helen has created "Snuggle Happy Bags" for children who have been affected by Hurricane Michael. These bags contain an activity, a stuffed animal, blanket, water bottle, t-shirt, and hand written notes of encouragement. Helen, pictured with Anita Kurz, a front desk volunteer, has made each of these bags for the Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center, and we were so happy to deliver them for her!

We'd also like to thank Glendale Presbyterian Church in DeFuniak Springs for feeding our staff!

Destin Commons and Cumulus Media helped us raise $9,997 at the 3rd Annual Destin Charity Cornhole Tournament! We are so thankful!

ECCAC staff delivered some goodies to the staff at the Gulf Coast CAC in Panama City. They have a long road of recovery ahead of them and we are doing everything we can to help them!

We'd like to thank the Pilot Club of DeFuniak Springs for their generous donation to our Centers!

Our ECCAC staff celebrated Halloween by dressing up as "Modern Day Princesses!" We hope all of you had a Happy Halloween!

Sandestin Wine Festival
November FRESH BAKED sponsor

Niceville Loc-N-Stor

Israel Williams of Ziic Outdoors, LLC. 
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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 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 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 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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