November 2017 Advocacy Alert

November Advocacy Alert
Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center November Newsletter
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Meet Tom Cooper, the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center!

Tom was officially introduced to the ECCAC in 2007 when he toured the facility and met Mark Lunsford, the father of 2005 child murder victim Jessica Lunsford. At the time, Tom was running for Walton County Sheriff. Although Tom lost the race to current Sheriff Mike Adkinson, his path with the Center would cross again.
In 2013, Sheriff Adkinson brought Tom and Julie together again in an effort to bring a Center to Walton County, and the vision of what is now the Pierce Family Children's Advocacy Center in DeFuniak Springs was born. Tom served as Chairman of the Committee to bring the Center to life.
Tom formally joined the ECCAC Board of Directors in 2013 and currently holds the seat of Vice President. He is a criminal justice graduate of Miami Dade College and the Southeast Florida Institute of Criminal Justice and previously enjoyed a successful career in law enforcement both full and part time with Walton and Marion County Sheriff's Department and Fort Walton Beach Police Department. He is currently the Executive Director of the homeowners association at Sandestin, a position that he has held for 18 years.
In his off time, Tom enjoys travel, scuba diving, and anything involving his family, particularly his grandkids Tynleigh and Kiptyn.

Thank you Tom for your selfless commitment to ECCAC!

Playhouse Raffle

The Playhouse raffle has been EXTENDED and the drawing will be held on  Tuesday,  November 21

Raffle tickets are available for purchase now {1 for $10 or 12 for $100}with proceeds benefitting the ECCAC. 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 West County Highway 30A. 

Festival of Trees
Held annually in the Grand Park, this event showcases uniquely decorated Christmas trees from area non profits. The trees debut Tuesday, November 21 and remain in the park through Christmas. Come out and vote for the ECCAC tree and help us win a donation as People's Choice winner! Trees are judged November 21, and voting for People's Choice takes place that day from 4-6pm. Awards are given out immediately after. Please come out and vote and show your support! 

30A TV will air the 3rd Annual ECCAC Telethon, broadcasting LIVE on November 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. at AJ's Grayton BeachLuke Langford and Redd will be hosting the telethon, which will feature interviews with locals, entertainment, silent auction,  information about ECCAC, and how you can make a difference. ECCAC's board of directors will be on hand answering phones and taking donations. Come out and order from the menu, with AJ's donating back a 10% of the proceeds from the evening, or purchase a wristband to enjoy the appetizer bar with one free beverage. 
Appetizer Bar includes:
Shrimp Spring Rolls with Sweet Chili Sauce
Tuna Dip with assorted crackers
Firecracker Shrimp
Brushetta with crostini's
Spinach and Crab Artichoke Dip with Tortilla Chips
Chicken Teryiaki Skewers 
Sushi Assortment 

 Wristband sales are available at the  for $25 or online prior to the event for $20! 

Jingle all the way to  Seascape Towne Centre  for the Toy Drive & Parade of Elves on Saturday, December 2 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.! Santa will be there, along with other family friendly entertainment. We are encouraging kids to come dressed as elves and to bring a toy or gift card that will go to ECCAC clients for Christmas!

Elves will parade by local judges at 4pm  for a chance to win best dressed in age categories (under 5, 5-8, and 9-12 years old) with prizes awarded for the winners. Admission is $5 to enter the elf costume contest, or bring a new toy donation! Registration begins at 230pm.

Guests will enjoy live entertainment by Chasin' Jaymie, along with food and drink specials!

Calling all flappers and mobsters: Restaurant Paradis is hosting their 3rd Annual Prohibition Repeal Wine Dinner on December 9, and 20% of the proceeds will benefit the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center! Starting at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and appetizers, guests are invited to dress in their favorite 1930s outfits and spend the evening snacking and sipping with a four-course wine dinner. Cost to attend is $125 per person. To RSVP, please call Restaurant Paradis at: (850) 535-0400. 

To see the full list of wines and courses, please click here.

The season of giving is upon us, and we are gearing up for our Adopt-A-Family program. 
 This program has been going on for years at the ECCAC and is a great way to get into the holiday spirit . Won't you help us give the gift of Christmas to some of our children and families who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford it? To register online, click HERE. Or, complete the form below and email it to Kim. With your help, we will be able help another 75 families and over 300 children have a very Merry Christmas. Have fun and know your efforts are greatly appreciated by our families, the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center and our partner agencies. 

Tour Our Centers

We invite you to tour our Centers!  Tours will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, November 28 in  DeFuniak Springs and Thursday, November 30 in Niceville. If you can't make either, please contact Kim (850-833-9237 x283) or Chelsea (x256) for a private tour.

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 or call (850) 833-9237 ext. 256.


>>Front Desk  v olunteers are currently needed at our DeFuniak Springs Center! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Chelsea!

>>Do you have a few hours to help with our Adopt A Family Program? Volunteers are needed for the toy drop off at both centers from 11am-130pm and 130pm-4pm on the following days:
 Monday, November 27
Friday, Wednesday 29
Monday, December 4
Friday, December 8
Monday, December 11
Friday, December 15

>>Get in the holiday spirit with the ECCAC by volunteering at our Christmas parties! We will be hosting a Christmas parties for our clients in DeFuniak Springs on December 5 and in Niceville on December 7. Volunteers are needed for setup from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and during the party from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.! 

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

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


A great Christmas gift and you can save the planet at the same time. Skip the plastic water bottles and get an ECCAC Tervis! Each custom Tervis is $20, please contact Kim at to purchase yours!

Boys and Girls Underwear
The ECCAC is in need of boys and girls underwear in all sizes. Both Centers are accepting donations of new underwear!

 T hank you to Destin Commons and Cumulus Fort Walton Beach for making the 
2nd  Annual Destin Charity Cornhole Tournament a success. With your support, we filled all the team slots and raised almost $9000! A special thanks to one of our artists, Patti Gillespie. Her board was so popular, she agreed to paint a second one. If you missed the tournament this year, be sure to mark your calendar for next year: September 30, 2018!

We raced for a cause at Alys Beach's 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run, and we couldn't be more thankful that $25,000 was donated to the ECCAC! We would like to send a sincere "THANK YOU" to everyone at Alys Beach, we so greatly appreciate your support!

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!


Sandestin Wine Festival
October FRESH BAKED sponsor

CFC # 28846

Niceville Loc-N-Stor

Israel Williams of Ziic Outdoors, LLC. 
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