February 2017 Newsletter

Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center February Newsletter
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The State Attorney's Office is one of the many organizations that partner with the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center and have personnel in both the Niceville and DeFuniak Springs centers.  With a staff of four, these individuals are responsible for prosecuting all crimes against children in both Okaloosa and Walton counties. Having their office in the Centers, enables them to stay close to the cases and the people involved. Meetings are held in the Centers to bring all organizations together as a case progresses. This allows the attorneys to just walk down the hall to get a question answered, or clarification on a case. 

In the past four months, their conviction rate has been 100%. A big thanks goes out to this team! They see and hear a lot of bad stuff every day, but they keep coming back and putting the bad people away!
The Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center will be participating in a number of events and fundraisers during the month of April. As April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, this is a pivotal time for us to spread our message and share ways the community can help!

Reserve your package now and help us
for the entire month of April!
For just a $100 donation, you will receive a yard sign and BLUE wreath to display at your home or place of business letting others know you stand against child abuse in support of the ECCAC and the over 1100 kids that came through our centers in 2016. Each package also includes a stuffed animal for you to share with a special child in your life. All packages will be delivered the week of March 27, so you can be ready to PAINT THE TOWN BLUE starting April 1st.
Please stay tuned for other upcoming April events in the coming weeks.  

Held in memory of Kieran May, the annual gala will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. For this year only, the gala will be held in May and the memorial golf tournament later in the year, September 10, at Kelly Plantation. More details coming soon.

Join the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center on Monday, July 3, 2017, for the 7th Annual Smoke on the Coast BBQ and Fireworks Festival. As part of this year's unique twist, area charities are partnering with community businesses to compete for BEST BBQ and other prizes. Your votes help ECCAC win so mark your calendars now and make plans to attend.

  We are so grateful to be partnering with BrightView as our BBQ TEAM. The winning BBQ team for 3 years in a row, we hope to help them win back the trophy in 2017.

This two hour training gives you proactive steps to protect children. Ending sexual abuse takes a community effort. If you or your organization/business work or volunteer with children, this free training is available to you. Darkness to Light is a national nonprofit organization committed to empowering people to prevent child sexual abuse.  Guided by their vision, Darkness to Light aims to create a world for children where child sexual abuse does not exist. For more information, or to schedule the training, contact Jennifer Clark at Jennifer@eccac.org or 850-833-9237 x 250.

The ECCAC has a number of volunteer opportunities available. 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.

March 31 Chi Chi Miguel Golf Tournament
As a beneficiary of the 2017 ChiChi Miguel Golf Tournament, presented by the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center is looking for volunteers to assist with various needs the week leading up to and on the day of the Golf Invitational.

April 28 - 30 Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation
As a beneficiary  of the work of the 2017 Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center is seeking volunteers to help with shifts throughout the weekend. Please keep an eye out for more information to come.

May 20 Cocktails & Camo Gala
Held in memory of Kieran May, the annual gala will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. For this year only, the gala will be held in May and the memorial golf tournament later in the year, September 10, at Kelly Plantation. Mark your calendars to assist with these great events, as they are our largest of the year and could not be held without fabulous volunteers. Volunteers currently needed to assist with the auction committee. If you can help us collect donations, or are great at making baskets, please contact us!

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

Holiday Treats Help us give our clients a sweet treat. Individually packaged St. Patrick's Day and Easter candy may be dropped off at either our Niceville or DeFuniak Springs location.

Easter Baskets The ECCAC is seeking donations of Easter baskets and little goodies to hand out to our clients who visit the center.  Donations may be dropped off at either our Niceville or DeFuniak Springs location.

Sponsorships and Donations needed
So many of our fabulous donors generously gave to The Pierce Family Children's Advocacy Center building campaign in the last couple years, that we are close to having it paid off. THANK YOU! This is a great accomplishment, but now we need to get back to raising funds for operating both centers. Since many donations that would have normally gone to operations were designated to the building fund, we are now in need of donations to help with operations. If you are interested/able to help with any of the following sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kim@eccac.org or 850-833-9237 x283 for more information.
Screens The Niceville center is in desperate need of new screens for all the windows. Many are torn, rotted or gone altogether. We have a handyman who is willing to donate his time to replace them all, but we need $500 to purchase all the needed supplies. One donor for that amount or two donors willing to give $250, will help us make it happen. Contact Kim or make your donation online. A little fresh air flowing through the windows this spring would be great!

Staff Surprises Not only does ECCAC do all they can to help child victims of abuse, we do our best to take care of all the folks that help these kids through their journey to healing. These folks see a lot of bad stuff on a daily basis, so if we can bring a little sunshine to their day, that's what we want to do. We are currently looking for individuals/organizations to provide meals at each of our centers for the wonderful staff. Meals can be as simple as dropping off pizza, or can be prepared in our kitchens. Breakfast, lunch or dinner is needed monthly at both centers. Not only does this bring a smile to the adults in the building, any families or children there at the same time are always welcome to join in, or take a plate home. Can't provide the meal but still want to help? Sponsorships are available for $100/month per center.

 "Juiced" Sponsor Donors are needed to provide funds for the juice we give out to each child that comes through our doors. You can adopt one center or both, for a month or longer. Sponsorships are $250 per center per month and your name will be posted in our kitchen for the month of your sponsorship.

Cocktails & Camo Gala Sponsorship We are currently seeking sponsorships and auction items for the 17th annual Kieran May Memorial Golf and Gala event. Coming up fast, the gala and auction will be held at the Sandestin Hilton on May 20. For the 1st time, the golf tournament will be moved to the fall, scheduled for Sept 10 at Kelly Plantation. The separation of these events is for 2017 only and provides a unique opportunity for sponsors. Instead of being promoted during one time of the year, businesses will be highlighted from now until September. Sponsorships range from $15,000 to $100, so there is something for everyone. Contact  Kim@eccac.org  or 850-833-9237 x283 to find out how you can be a part of our largest fundraising event. Commit to a sponsorship and pay by March 31 and receive a 10% discount.

Upcoming Event Sponsorships We have a number of other opportunities slated for 2017 that you can be a part of. Contact Kim for more information on the following.  
July 12 & 13: Northwest Florida Daily News Jr. Golf Tournament
September 7: Wiggin' Out For A Cause at Grand Boulevard
October 1: Destin Commons 2nd Annual Charity Cornhole Tournament

A big thank you to the staff and clients at Zook Chiropractic for raising $1,655 for the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center.

Thanks to Frank Flautt and the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, our Niceville Center received two new flat screen televisions. These TVs are used daily when kids are undergoing interviews. They enable the kids to only tell their story one time while all the people that need to see and hear it are behind 1 way glass observing and watching. Tapes from these interviews can be used in court, so they need to be the best quality we can provide. 

We are so thankful for LuLu's Destin for kicking off our first Eating for Advocacy at the end of last month. LuLu's donated 10% of their proceeds back to our centers. If you know of an area restaurant that would be interested in hosting a future Eating for Advocacy, please contact Kim Henderson at 850-833-9237 x283 or email Kim@ECCAC.org.

Sandestin Wine Festival
February FRESH BAKED sponsor

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