Singer Alex Guthrie concert on August 23 to benefit ECCAC

 Alex Guthrie will be in concert on August 23 at the Warehouse 360 Music Hall in Santa Rosa Beach.  Proceeds will benefit the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center.

Alex Guthrie will be in concert on August 23 at the Warehouse 360 Music Hall in Santa Rosa Beach.  Proceeds will benefit the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center.

Santa Rosa Beach, FL (August 3, 2018)…Atlanta based “Earthy Pop Soul” vocals and guitar artist Alex Guthrie will be performing with his band on Thursday, August 23, 7 p.m. at the Warehouse 360 Music Hall, 360 WRM Circle in Santa Rosa Beach, FL.

Only 23, Guthrie is  turning heads across the U.S.  with his creative musical synergy and style of 70s, Southern blues

bands through an infusion of R&B, soul, folk and rock. He has been featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live! music, was in an American Family Insurance commercial alongside singer Jennifer Hudson, as well as performing in the 30A Songwriter’s Festival. Guthrie was also named 2015 Georgia Americana Artist of the Year.

The Alex Guthrie concert proceeds will benefit the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC). Starting at $20, tickets can be purchased at the door, on-line at www.warehouse360music.com, or call Bobby Raines at (850) 687-0662.

ECCAC’s mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect, protect children in Okaloosa and Walton Counties and restore the lives and futures of these impacted children. Their child-friendly centers house a multidisciplinary team of child protection personnel, prosecutors, law enforcement, DCF, therapists, ECCAC staff and volunteers. The 501-C-3 non-profit organization has provided services to over 12,000 children in the past 17 years.

For further information, visit www.eccac.org. If abuse is suspected, call the anonymous Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE.

The Able Trust Awards $35K Grant to Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center

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 The Able Trust awarded a $35,000 grant to the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center. (L-R) Chelsea Fox, Nancy Kline, Dr. Susanne Homant, Julie Hurst-Porterfield, Katrina Puri, Major Audie Rowell and Bill Fletcher gathered for the check presentation.

The Able Trust awarded a $35,000 grant to the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center.
(L-R) Chelsea Fox, Nancy Kline, Dr. Susanne Homant, Julie Hurst-Porterfield, Katrina Puri, Major Audie Rowell and Bill Fletcher gathered for the check presentation.

The Able Trust Awards $35K Grant to Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Able Trust today awarded the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) a $35,000 grant to assist them in accomplishing their organizational goals and mission. The grant represents donations from three Ability Funds that The Able Trust administers. ECCAC received $15,000 from the Gladys M. Thomas Ability Fund, $15,000 from the Donald F. Gallimore Endowment Fund and $5,000 from the John R. Pettengill Ability Fund. The Able Trust began supporting the ECCAC in 2011 and has donated over $130,000 during this time period. The Able Trust supports programs that are designed to assist people with needs, including children, teens and adults. One avenue in which The Able Trust accomplishes this mission is through opportunities in its grant giving program.

ECCAC provides services for children in Okaloosa and Walton Counties who have been abused, neglected or assaulted. ECCACs in Niceville and DeFuniak Springs bring together partners needed to assist children and their families from the investigation process through healing and restoring their childhood. No longer do children have to go from place to place as the process progresses.

“This grant will help the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center continue to provide its vital services,” said Dr. Susanne Homant, president and CEO of The Able Trust. “Making sure programs are available to help and protect children is of the upmost importance. Supporting organizations like the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center helps guarantee vital services are available when they are needed.”

“It is through acts of generosity and kindness that we are able to continue to care for and protect the children of our community exposed to child abuse,” commented Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center board president, Tammy Pierce. “We so appreciate and treasure The Able Trust’s generous support of ECCAC.”

ECCAC’s mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect, protect children, and restore the lives and futures of impacted children. The Centers in Walton and Okaloosa Counties house a multidisciplinary team of child protection personnel, prosecutors, law enforcement, Department of Children and Families, therapists, staff and volunteers. Services are provided at no cost by the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

The Able Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1990 by the Florida Legislature, and is funded through a combination of public and private dollars. Its mission is to be a key leader in providing Floridians with disabilities opportunities for successful employment. The Able Trust supports numerous diverse projects, including the High School High Tech program, youth leadership training, work experience training and technical assistance, transportation assistance, career development training, employment and career path direction and assistance to businesses as they seek the employment of people with disabilities. Since its beginnings, The Able Trust has worked with community organizations in every county in Florida to put thousands of people with disabilities to work. To learn more about The Able Trust, please visit AbleTrust.org and follow @AbleTrust.


 Dr.Susanne Homant & Julie Hurst

Dr.Susanne Homant & Julie Hurst

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Katrina Puri-Peyton LoCicero-Julie Porterfield

 Julie Porterfield & Audie Rowell

Julie Porterfield & Audie Rowell

ECCAC welcomes new board president Tammy Pierce

Niceville and DeFuniak Springs, FL (July 16, 2018)…Operating centers in both Walton and Okaloosa Counties, and with a $1.3 million annual operating budget, the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) has been in business for the past 17 years providing services at no cost to over 11,000 children under abuse, abandonment and neglect. A 501-C-3 non-profit organization, their child-friendly centers house a multidisciplinary team of child protection personnel, prosecutors, law enforcement, DCF, therapists, ECCAC staff and volunteers.

“We would like to welcome our 2018-2019 board of directors,” commented CEO Julie Hurst-Porterfield. “Our sincere thanks to immediate past board president Bill Fletcher. His tireless devotion and dedication to the needs of our kids has been outstanding. Tammy Pierce is our new board present and ready to step up to the challenge.”

 

 New 2018-2019 ECCAC board president, Tammy Pierce.

New 2018-2019 ECCAC board president, Tammy Pierce.

ECCAC is governed by an all-volunteer board of directors, each bringing a unique perspective and expertise to the organization. From bankers to business owners to foster parents, the board tries to maintain a diverse membership to guide the centers, and Tammy Pierce is no exception.

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Pierce relocated to Destin in 2005 with her daughter Caitlin to continue her career in a family business specializing in manufactured housing for FEMA. In 2009, she married Jim Pierce and the couple now reside in Miramar Beach. 

Because of her husband’s challenging childhood, she was introduced to the effects of child abuse when she and Jim married. Together, they are committed to lead the charge to make the world a safer place for children. The Pierces were major donors for the Walton County location, named the Pierce Family Children’s Advocacy Center in their honor.

Joining the board in 2015, Tammy Pierce said, "We pray our gift to help build the Walton County facility will positively impact the lives of the children served by ECCAC each day. I look forward to serving as the 2017-2018 board president and working with fellow board members, volunteers and staff to help make a difference in the lives of impacted children and their families. " 

In addition to Tammy Pierce serving as the 2018-2019 president, other board members are: Tom Cooper, Vice President; Alan Wood, Treasurer; Eric Aden, Shaun Eubanks, Bill Fletcher, James Jacquess, Terry Jones, Velia Lala, Artie Rodriguez, Katrina Puri, Audie Rowell, Tom Saffel, Maurice and Janine Stouse, and Mike Thompson.

ECCAC’s board of directors can serve up to two 3-year terms, so openings do become available. If you are interested in applying to be on the Board, call Julie Hurst-Porterfield at (850)974-8668, or email her at julie@eccac.org.

For further information, visit www.eccac.org. If abuse is suspected, call the anonymous Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE.

 ECCAC CEO, Julie Hurst-Porterfield with outgoing 2017-2018 ECCAC board president, Bill Fletcher.

ECCAC CEO, Julie Hurst-Porterfield with outgoing 2017-2018 ECCAC board president, Bill Fletcher.

Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Donates $3,000 to ECCAC

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The Village of Baytowne Wharf donated $3,000 to the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center(ECCAC). The money was generated during its Beer Festival event. Seen here are Julie Hurst, Chelsea Fox, and Kim Henderson from ECCAC and Julie Stuckey, Leighann Elliott, and Alan Meyers from Baytowne Wharf. Providing services and emotional support to child victims experiencing abuse, abandonment or neglect is the 24/7 job of the multi-disciplinary team of staff and volunteers at the ECCAC with locations in Walton and Okaloosa Counties. The organization raises 60% of its annual budget for the two centers through special events, donations, and community-sponsored fundraisers. The remainder of monies are generated through grant requests and governmental funding.

Sunset Shoes helps the kids at Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center

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The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) received a $500 donation from Sunset Shoes anniversary event. Seen here (left to right) are Kim Henderson, ECCAC; Eddy Hardy, Sunset Shoes owner; and Danny Kleiner, Sunset Shoes employee. Providing services and emotional support to child victims experiencing abuse, abandonment or neglect is the 24/7 job of the multi-disciplinary team of staff and volunteers at the ECCAC with locations in Walton and Okaloosa Counties. The organization raises 60% of its annual budget for the two centers through special events, donations, and community-sponsored fundraisers. The remainder of monies are generated through grant requests and governmental funding.

ECCAC Receives Donation from Army Aviation Federal Credit Union

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Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center received a $500 donation from Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union. It was presented by employees D’von Campbell and Jill Russell. Providing services and emotional support to child victims experiencing abuse, abandonment or neglect is the 24/7 job of the multi-disciplinary team of staff and volunteers at the ECCAC with locations in Walton and Okaloosa Counties. The organization raises 60% of its annual budget for the two centers through special events, donations, and community-sponsored fundraisers. The remainder of monies are generated through grant requests and governmental funding.