March Advocacy Alert
Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center March Newsletter
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Get to know Alan Wood, a member of the ECCAC Board! A career banker with 35 years in the industry, Alan has been the Florida President for CCB Community Bank since 2009. He is a big believer that bankers should be active in the communities that we serve. Alan has been a board member with the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center since 2011. During his time on the board, he has served as finance chair, treasurer, past Chairman, along with serving as the Chair of the Kieran May Memorial Golf and Gala, alongside his wife Tracy. Currently, Alan is the 2018 incoming Chairman of the United Way of Okaloosa and Walton Counties, and also serves on the boards of Northwest Florida State College Foundation Board and the Career Source of Okaloosa and Walton Counties. Alan and Tracy enjoy traveling, along with being active in the wonderful community that they call home: the Emerald Coast!
Did you know? We have baked over 115,000 cookies since 2000! 
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Sing along for a cause on March 24! Alex Guthrie will be performing at LIVE at 
Warehouse 360, with proceeds benefitting the ECCAC! Back Beach Barbecue will be serving food and drinks while guests enjoy live music! To purchase your tickets, please click HERE




Smart Device Class

Yo u are invited to join us for a Smart Device Class on Monday, March 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Pierce Family Children's Advocacy Center in DeFuniak Springs! This FREE class is for parents to learn more about "smart" technology, smart devices, and how to better protect our children. 




Join us as we host the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce's North Business After Hours on March 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.! To RSVP, please click HERE




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!



Paint the Town Blue

Join us as we Paint the Town Blue to raise awareness for April, which is Child Abuse Prevention Month! For a $100 donation, you will receive a yard sign and blue wreath for y our home, business, or organization! To order yours, please go online to www.ECCAC.org! 



Child Abuse Prevention Month T-Shirts

Be sure to order your April Child Abuse Prevention Month shirts! We are selling these shirts for $15 each, and you can order through March 31! To purchase yours, please go online to:




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, March 27 in DeFuniak Springs and Thursday, March 29 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.


Concert Volunteers
We need volunteers to help with the Alex Guthrie concert at Warehouse 360! We will need volunteers to help with parking (6 to 8 p.m.), taking tickets and seating (6 to 8 p.m.) and breakdown (9 to 10 p.m.). All volunteers will also receive one ticket to the concert! 

Bag Stuffers
We will need volunteers to help us stuff bags for the Chi Chi Miguel Weekend on Tuesday, April 3 at 10:00 a.m. at the Pierce Family Advocacy Center in DeFuniak Springs! 

Transporters 
Volunteers are needed to help transport boxes and bags from our DeFuniak Center to Churchill Oaks in Santa Rosa Beach on Wednesday, April 4! 

Hole Spotters
If you love golf, we have the perfect volunteer opportunity for you! Sign up to be a Hole Spotter at the Chi Chi Miguel Golf Tournament at the Burnt Pine Golf Course on Friday, April 6! Shifts are 7:30 to 11:00 a.m., and 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.! 

Wreath Makers
We are looking for volunteers to help us decorate wreaths for Child Abuse Prevention Month (which is the month of April)! Volunteers are needed March 19 through March 23, and we also need volunteers to help deliver the wreaths the week of March 26. If you're interested in volunteering, please contact Kim at Kim@ECCAC.org


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.

Easter Candy
We are currently seeking donations of individually wrapped candy for our Easter baskets! If you have a donation, please drop it off at one of our Centers!

Travel Sized Toothpaste
Please drop donations at either Center!

Boys Spring / Summer Clothing
We are needing donations of boys spring / summer clothing in sizes 5T to 10/12! Please drop donations at either Center! 

Baby Wipes
Please drop donations at either Center!

Individual Bags of Chips 
Please drop donations at either Center!


We cannot thank the community, volunteers, and sponsors enough for making the Kieran May Memorial Weekend Golf & Gala such a successful event! This year, we are proud to announce that we raised $230,000 for the ECCAC!! To see more photos from the Gala, be sure to check out our Facebook page HERE


Luci Venture, of Pilates with Luci, has been collecting underwear for the ECCAC at her studio! We would like to thank Luci for raising awareness for the ECCAC's needs, and we greatly appreciate her support!


We loved showing the Niceville Valparaiso Rotary Club around our Center!



Sandestin Wine Festival
March FRESH BAKED sponsor
 
CFC # 28846

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. 
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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:
Diapers
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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