October 2017 Advocacy Alert

October Advocacy Alert
Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center October Newsletter
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The ECCAC would not be where we are today without the numerous volunteers that make so much happen. For the next several months, you will be introduced to the Board of Directors that volunteer their time to guide the organization. First off is our fearless Board President, Bill Fletcher, now in his second term as president. (Thanks Bill!)
Bill Fletcher was born in Kentucky and graduated from Stiver's High School in Dayton, Ohio as Class President. Bill was offered a chance to attend West Point on a scholarship, but had plans to become a doctor and had been accepted in Pre Med at the University of Dayton. Unfortunately, a serious work related injury sidelined him for a few years and he attended Business Administration classes at Wright State University, until Bill, his wife Mary and their two children moved to Charlotte, North Carolina where he continued to take BA classes at Piedmont Community College. While in Charlotte, Bill was hired by a small company to promote coal combustion by-products (CCB's) to the ready mix concrete industry. He was promoted into a management position and transferred to Atlanta. While in Atlanta he joined, as Sales Manager, a small startup company that was in the same business. Eventually he became the President and CEO and grew the company into one of the largest in the United States handling marketing and disposal of CCB's for power plants throughout the country.
Bill left that business in 1998 and moved to Sandestin, Florida where he sold construction materials to the building industry. In 2003 Bill and Mary moved to Freeport, Florida where they currently live. Since 2009 he has been active in many areas including the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Station Destin, the Institute for Senior Professionals, the Kiwanis Club of Freeport-South Walton and the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce. Bill is also active in many community organizations and is presently the Walton County State Committeeman for the Republican Party.


Please join us as we give back to the community by donating blood. Our Center in DeFuniak Springs will be hosting a blood drive on October 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Our Center in Niceville will host a blood drive on November 13 from from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Angie, on the left and part of our fabulous staff, was a first time donor during our last Niceville drive. She realized it wasn't that bad and has committed to giving more in the future. Way to go Angie!
In case you missed it, LAH Real Estate at the Beach, with help from The Hive Creative Consulting, Clay30A, Savi Flooring & Tile, Duckies Shop of Fun, Specialty Roofers, Inc., CertaPro Painters , Baker Design Co., and Press Print Graphics, redecorated a Playhouse for us to raffle off!  The playhouse, complete with the new makeover, will be raffled on
November 10. Raffle tickets are available for purchase now {1 for $10 or 12 for $100} with proceeds benefitting the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center. You can purchase tickets online or  by calling the ECCAC office at (850) 833-9237  or by visiting the LAH Real Estate office at 3648 W County Highway 30A. 
Are you looking for a frighteningly good time? Look no further than BooLu's at LuLu's Destin on  Saturday, October 28 ! The Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center will be putting on our favorite costumes and handing out candy at this annual event. 

Learn more about the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center by taking a tour of our Centers. On October 26, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., join us at our Niceville location for an exclusive tour of our facilities. Or, on October 31, head over to the Pierce Family Center in DeFuniak Springs between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to see that facility. No reservations necessary, just come out, let us show you in person what we do and how you can be a part. You will be amazed!  

Halloween season is upon us, which is why the ECCAC has partnered with Verizon and the Walton County Sheriff's Department and the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Dept to hold a class for parents to learn what tricks or treats your child's phone is hiding. This free class, held on October 30 at Destin Middle School, will include a 30 minute workshop, followed by a 30 minute question/answer session. 

Make plans to sip on world renowned wines at The Harvest Wine & Food Festival, starting on November 2 and lasting through November 5. This event will feature some of the world's premier vintners, proprietors, and award-winning chefs showcased throughout four eventful days that are sure to delight food and wine enthusiasts alike. The festival kicks off Thursday evening with a variety of wine dinners held along iconic Highway 30A each featuring a celebrity winemaker. Read more and purchase tickets here .

Revv up those engines, because the 38th Annual Toys 4 Tots Ride is on Sunday, November 12! The Emerald Coast HOG Chapter #3605 will be leading the ride, which features bike games, a corn hole tournament, bike prizes, and more. Proceeds of this ride will benefit the ECCAC and Children's Volunteer Health Network, courtesy of our incredible sponsors: Emerald Coast Harley Davidson, City of Niceville , Florida , Sam's Club, and the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office

30A TV Telethon
Mark your calendars, because the annual 30A TV Telethon is coming up on November 30 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Join us at AJ's Grayton Beach and learn more about what the ECCAC does, as we highlight our organization and interview those affected by abuse. Guests will enjoy music, food, beverages, and more.
Interested in being a larger part? Challenge sponsors are still being accepted. Pledge your donation of $500 and you will be highlighted during a 15 minute segment advertising that any donations that come in will be matched by you up to $500. For more information, contact Kim at kim@eccac.org or by calling (850) 833-9237 x 283.

Save the date! The ECCAC is putting our elf foot forward at Seascape Resort on December 2 for a Christmas celebration. Brush off those elf hats and pointy ears, because we'll be looking for all those best dressed elves!

The season of giving is upon us, and we are gearing up for our Adopt-A-Family program. We will be sending out more information in the coming weeks, but if you are interested in signing up now, please contact Kim at Kim@ECCAC.org or by calling (850) 833-9237 ext. 283. 
The Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center has a lot going on and we could use some volunteers! If you are interested in any of the opportunities below or have questions, please email Chelsea@ECCAC.org or call (850) 833-9237 ext. 256.

Calling all ghosts, witches, and ghouls: we need help passing out candy during BooLu's at LuLu's Destin! On Saturday, October 28 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. we will need 2-3 volunteers to assist by passing out candy to the little monsters. Comtumes are welcomed and encouraged!

If you love motorcycles, then volunteer to help with the 38th Annual Toys 4 Tots Ride on the Emerald Coast! We need volunteers to help us set up on Sunday, November 12 at the Mullet Fest site in Niceville from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. We will also need volunteers to help during the ride from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

We are always looking for incredible representatives, and now we are needing 1-2 wonderful ECCAC advocates to represent the Center at the Rosemary Beach Bocce Tournament on Saturday, November 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
Sparking Wine & Holiday Lights will be held Saturday Nov 18th at the Village of Baytowne Wharf and we need volunteers. Shifts include the following:
S canning tickets, wristbands and ID checking from 3-530pm
Pouring from 3-630pm
Runners from 4-6pm
Breakdown from 530-7pm
If you enjoy helping at beer or wine festivals, you will love this. A quieter evening under the stars, and the Christmas lights are lit for the first time.

If you are interested in any of the opportunities below or have questions, please email Chelsea@ECCAC.org or call (850) 833-9237 ext. 256.

The ECCAC is looking for donations of the following items...

Halloween Candy
Trick or treat, give us something good to eat! The ECCAC is currently accepting donations of individually wrapped candy in preparation for Halloween. In addition to passing out candy to all the little ghosts and goblins that come through the centers daily, we also need lots for the Halloween booth 'Around the Lake' in DeFuniak Springs and for BooLu Fest. Being able to give away candy at our booths encourages people to come by so we can share with them what we provide to our community.

Do you have an IPOD you are no longer using? If so, please consider donating it to the Pierce Family Center so we can have music throughout the halls. Contact Chelsea at  chelsea@eccac.org if you can help.

Save the planet, skip the plastic water bottles and get an ECCAC Tervis! Each custom Tervis is $20, please contact Kim at Kim@eccac.org to purchase yours!

Emerald Coast Impact 100
   If you know someone affiliated with the Emerald Coast Impact 100 team, please share with them how much you support the ECCAC. ECCAC has applied to their organization for a grant to support the Child Safety Matters campaign. This is an educational tool that, if funded, ECCAC will take into the schools and educate children on various types of child abuse and what to do if they feel threatened. There are only three counties in the state of Florida that are not participating in this educational program, Okaloosa, Walton and Sarasota. If ECCAC is awarded this grant, it will allow our kids another tool to fight abuse. 

We raced for a cause at Alys Beach's 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run, and we couldn't be more thankful that a portion of the proceeds are being donated to the ECCAC!

We appreciate everyone who comes out to volunteer at the ECCAC, and we especially appreciate United Way for providing volunteers from our local community during their Day of Caring! A big thanks to ResortQuest & Electric Transformer for spending time at the Pierce Family Center! 

What a yummy surprise! We'd like to t hank Jim & Tammy Pierce for sponsoring our staff lunches. Volunteer Dani Relyea, who hates to have her photo taken, made delicious chili for everyone last month at the Pierce Family Center!

Our Center has never looked prettier, thanks to Israel Williams of
Ziic Outdoors LLC. Israel and his staff have agreed to maintain the grounds at the Pierce Family Children's Advocacy Center in DeFuniak Springs as their donation to our mission!

  Thank you to Mark and Kim Fresnell and Mike and Val Thompson for a wonderful dinner at Crust Artisan Bakery. The food and wine were amazing as always! 


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