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Meet Eric Aden


Captain Eric Aden, with the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, recently joined the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center's (ECCAC) board of directors. Born on Eglin AFB, Aden is the son of an aerospace engineer, pilot and teacher. He has lived in Shalimar his entire life with the exception of attending Florida State University where he graduated with a BS in Criminology. Joining the Okaloosa Sheriff's Office in 1995, Aden has served as a patrolman, resource officer, sergeant, lieutenant, and now as captain. Part of his duties include overseeing the Posse, part-time Reserve Deputies, the Watch/Patrol Commanders and the three airports in Okaloosa County. Also a member of the U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force from 2010 to 2015, Aden is actively involved in the community. He was the 2014 United Way volunteer of the year, has assisted in raising funds for United Way, and has served on the boards of the local Kiwanis Club and Republican Club."Public safety and public trust is very important to me," commented Aden, the long-time law enforcement officer. "I enjoy serving the community I grew up in and have been working with ECCAC for the past two decades. It is my goal to represent law enforcement and the Sheriff's Office for ECCAC and help prosecute offenders and protect the community's children."  


 
 Stubbs Orthodontics Gives Back

Donate a dollar without spending a dime!  Stubbs Ortho dontics
 is donating a dollar to the  Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center  when you check into  Stubbs Ortho  on facebook anytime in May or June!




Vineyard Vines Event

 If you already love to shop, we have an even better reason for you to splurge! Come shop and support with us on May 31st  at the Vineyard Vines store located in Grand Boulevard . The event is from 4-8pm where everything in store will be 10% off, and 10% of the proceeds will come back to the  Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center!


Junior Golf Classic 

Summer is almost in full swing! So come swing your clubs with us July 11th and 12th at the 39th Annual  Northwest Florida Daily News Marvin DeBolt Junior Golf Classic! The event will benefit Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center and is open to kids and teens ages 8 to 18. Make a difference and join in on the fun! 



Junior Golf Tournament Volunteers 

We need volunteers to help with the upcoming Junior Golf Tournament on July 11-12 at Eglin Golf Course. If interested, please contact Chelsea Fox at  Chelsea@eccac.org


Front Desk Volunteers 

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





Girls' Spring / Summer Clothing
The ECCAC is in need of girls' clothing sizes 3 through 6 in spring / summer clothing. 


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

We would like to thank t he Tree House Episcopal Montessori School for their $224.25 donation!



A very special thank you to t he Ruckel Middle School Cheerleaders who donated juice boxes and snacks to the center! 



Kudos to Mom, Amberley and daughter, Sterling Schmidt who donated 70 new children's toys to ECCAC, just because! 
Mom said they just love finding great deals on toys! 
All donations are so cherished by us and our kids. 
Thank you!

 
 


Beberlyn Martinez and David Dendow, from the Spanish Club at Rocky Bayou Christian School collected clothes, diapers, snacks, school supplies and baby wipes for our kids. Kudos! 



Pazzo Italiano donated $660.00 from their 1 year anniversary 
event on May 6 th. We cannot thank you enough! 




Sandestin Wine Festival
April FRESH BAKED sponsor
 
CFC # 28846

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:
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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