December 2018 Advocacy Alert
Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center December  Newsletter
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Meet Audie Rowell!

With an extensive career in law enforcement since 1986, and the recipient of numerous awards, Major Rowell has worked with the Leon County Sheriff's Office, Tallahassee Police Department, and now the Walton County Sheriff's Office. He has served Walton County as the Internal Affairs Commander, Professional Standards Bureau Chief, Support Services Bureau Chief, Patrol Bureau Chief, and is currently the Director of Emergency Services. Being involved in the community is high on Major Rowell's priorities as he serves on the Walton County Area Chamber Board, the Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers Board, and now ECCAC's Board. He and his wife, Cheri, have four children.

"The Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center is dedicated to helping abused children through the horrific events that occur in their lives," commented Major Rowell. "I am honored to be a part of such a tremendous organization that puts children first. 


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 .

Save the date for the Kieran May Memorial Gala & Golf Weekend! We invite you to join us on March 9 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa for our Gala, followed by the Golf Tournament on March 10 at Kelly Plantation! Stay tuned for more details! 

Front Desk Volunteers

We are in need of front desk volunteers at the Pierce Family Children's Advocacy Center in DeFuniak Springs! We are having a front desk training class on Thursday, January 24  at 10am at the Pierce Family Children's Advocacy Center. If you are interested in attending, please contact Angie Harder at  or at (850) 833-9237 Ext. 253

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 

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

We'd like to give a big THANK YOU to Grand Boulevard for letting us participate in the Festival of Trees this year! Our lovely Christmas tree, decorated by the extremely talented Velia Lala, will be on display until Christmas!

Thank you to Team Sandestin for sponsoring nine of our families this year for Adopt-A-Family! Because of them and all of our other amazing sponsors, our children in need and their families will be able to have a Christmas this year!

Dr. Brodie Bowman and his team stepped up as Adopt-A-Family volunteers this year, and we are so thankful for all of their help this Christmas!

It was another great turnout for our annual Children's Christmas Party. Thank you to Crosspoint Church in Niceville for hosting us. The families that attended all had a wonderful time! 

We give PetSmart two paws up! We'd  like  to thank them for donating tons of stuffed animals. Our children are going to love receiving these furry friends!

We are so thankful to Debbie Hollis for all the amazing work she has done as our Clinical Supervisor for the past 15 years.  We wish her a very happy retirement! 

Thank you to the Northwest State College Pre Professional Education Association for creating a Christmas wonderland at our Niceville Center! 

Meet Andrew! He is a son of one of our Adopt-A-Family sponsors. He was super excited because he helped his mom pick out the gifts for one of our families that they adopted. This little guy is learning the true meaning of Christmas early on in life!

A special thank you to Board Member Tom Saffel for leading our Development Retreat. His guidance will help us to grow and leverage our resources to ensure services 
for our children!

We cannot thank The Village of Baytowne Wharf enough for their generous donation! They raised $5,000 for the ECCAC at their Baytowne Beer Festival and at the Sparkling Wine and Holiday Lights Festival!

A big THANK YOU to Joe and Cassie Freitas, they donated 96 new backpacks, socks, and underwear for our children! 

Sandestin Wine Festival
December 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 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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