October 2018 Advocacy Alert
Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center October  Newsletter
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Join us as we welcome our newest board member:
Janet Parker

Meet Janet Parker, the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center newest board member. She retired this year as an executive vice president from Regions Bank in Birmingham, Alabama, where she had strategic HR oversight in numerous corporate areas.

Parker is a member of SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) and past chair, national board of directors, for SHRM. She is former chair of the Workplace Subcommittee for the President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy. She also served on the Personal Finance Employer Education Foundation Board, SHRM Foundation Board, the Alabama Career and Technical Advisory Committee, and the Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) board.  

Holding a bachelor's degree from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama, Parker is a graduate of the American Banking Institution's Graduate Human Resources School. She also has a Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification. 

Originally from Birmingham, Parker moved to Watersound, Florida, with her husband, Gary Parker, a retired attorney and mortgage banker, and their three grown children.

"I have a passion for children," said Parker. "When I took the tour of ECCAC's center in Niceville, I became so excited and we determined the areas I could be of the greatest assistance, particularly in the HR realm." Share


Enjoy a fun, flavorful afternoon at #TequilaLive  at the Seascape Towne Centre with a tequila tasting, live music and light, accompanying fare from Mezcal Mexican Grill. Experience several varieties of specialized tequila while listening to the sounds of Mark Gillespie. Tasting tickets are $25, and proceeds benefit the  Emerald Coast 
Children's Advocacy Center!

Produced by the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, the Harvest Wine & Food Festival provides patrons the opportunity to sip and savor some of the world's finest wine and culinary selections while enjoying the iconic beach town of WaterColor.  Labeled as one of the premier fall wine events in the Southeast, Harvest Wine & Food Festival showcases over 400 wines paired with food stations designed to highlight the best in Gulf Coast fare. Each event during the three-day festival is tailored to fit the different tastes and preferences of wine and food aficionados! To learn more about the three days, and to purchase your tickets, please click here.


Start the holiday season off right at the 6th Annual Sparkling Wine & Holiday Lights celebration on Saturday, November 17. 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 contact Chelsea at Chelsea@ECCAC.org or call (850) 833-9237 ext. 256. 

Harvest Wine & Food Festival
We are looking for volunteers to help pour wine during the Festival on Saturday, October 27 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.!

Sparkling Wine & Holiday Lights
The ECCAC is needing volunteers to help pour champagne on Saturday, November 17.

Toys 4 Tots Ride
This year, the ECCAC is looking for volunteers to help with set up, parking, selling waters and sodas, and helping with Hi-Lo Games at the Mullet Festival Site in Niceville on Sunday, November 18! Shifts vary between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

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

The Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center in Panama City is in bad shape from Hurricane Michael, and they need our help. Our commitment is to help them any way that we can. The Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center is in need of the following items:
Paper Plates
Plastic Utensils
Paper Towels
Toilet Paper
Hand Sanitizer
Baby Wipes
Ready-To-Eat Food
Peanut Butter
Nonperishable Items
Their team will possibly be without electricity for weeks. If you or your group can do a drive for these items, all items can be delivered to the Pierce Family Advocacy Center {336 College Avenue, DeFuniak Springs} OR to the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy {401 McEwen Drive, Niceville}. When we receive supplies, we will begin delivering them to Panama City. Every little bit is appreciated!

Christmas Themed Gift Bags
We are in need of about 200 medium sized Christmas themed gift bags for the pajamas we give to the children at our Center.

Red Santa Bag Sponsor
Cost to be a sponsor is around $200. 

Candy Canes
We are in need of 300 candy canes for our Christmas party!

Christmas Table Decor
The ECCAC needs rolls of white butcher paper and several big Christmas bows.

Bottled water and soda bottles are needed for the ECCAC's Christmas party.

Stocking Stuffers
We are looking for stocking stuffers! From crayons to candy to small toys, any little gift is greatly appreciated.

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

We are so thankful for the Alys Beach 5K, which raised $15,000 for the ECCAC over Labor Day weekend! A big THANK YOU to all of the runners, volunteers, and organizers of this incredible race!

The Destin Charity Cornhole Tournament was a huge success! We'd like to thank World of Beer, along with Destin Commons, for hosting such a wonderful, family friendly event. 

A big thank you to the "Friends of Freeport"! They were our volunteer scorekeepers at the 3rd Annual Destin Charity Cornhole Tournament!

We'd like to thank CRC Data Technology for their generous donation of supplies to the ECCAC! 

Thank you to Ana Silva and her family for donating to the ECCAC. Her husband, Rafael Silva, passed away in January and was one of our best volunteers and advocates. We miss him dearly! 

We're feeling extra spooky at the ECCAC, thanks to The Premier Property Group! They donated candy for us to pass out to the 
 children this Halloween! 

Sandestin Wine Festival
October 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. 
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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:
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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