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Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center April Newsletter
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National Child Abuse Prevention Month, also known as Child Abuse Prevention Month in America, is an annual observance in the United States dedicated to raising awareness and preventing child abuse. April has been designated Child Abuse Prevention Month in the United States since 1983.

There are approximately 1,100 cases of child sexual and physical abuse reported annually in Okaloosa and Walton Counties, an average of three a day. Despite those big numbers, nearly 2/3 of the actual needs to help child victims go unmet due to lack of reporting to authorities. It is estimated that for every one child ECCAC helps, there are two children out there who are not helped. 

If you see something, call 1-800-96-ABUSE.

How Can You Help? 
Show your support of National Child Abuse Prevention Month by participating in any or all of the following events...

Paint the Town Blue
For a $100 donation, you will have a yard sign and a blue front door wreath to display at your home or business, creating awareness in your community, while also benefiting ECCAC. Each package also includes a stuffed animal for a special child in your life.

Is your business already Painting the Town Blue? Please share the following post on your social media channels to help us spread the word, "{Insert company name, your name, etc.} is a proud supporter of the @Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center, which is why we are helping to Paint the Town Blue! 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 their centers in 2016. http://bit.ly/PaintTheTownBlue2017"

Strand Against Abuse
 During the month of April, As You Like It Salon (323 Page Bacon Road in Mary Esther), will be providing blue hair extensions for ladies (and gentlemen). For only a $25 donation, or $35 for two blue hair extensions, you can wear your support proudly. As You Like It Salon is donating their time and the products for the extensions, so all money donated will benefit ECCAC. Make your appointment now by calling As You Like It Salon at 850.664.2954. It only takes a few minutes for the extension, so one will be in and out the door quickly while creating awareness for kids in our community.

McCafe for a Cause
For the entire month of April Costa Enterprises - McDonald's will host McCafe for a Cause, benefitting the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center. Proceeds from their Monday coffee sales will be donated. Stop by any one of Costa's 21 locations for your morning cup of Joe and enjoy as a portion of the sales will benefit our mission.

Donate Your Dime
Did you know that Whole Foods Market gives 10 cents per bag to customers who re-use their own shopping bags for their purchased groceries? Starting on April 10th and going through July 2nd, Whole Foods Market by Destin Commons will be hosting the Donate Your Dime fundraiser for ECCAC. Every time you shop, Donate Your Dime and help a child in need!

Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation Weekend
Destin Charity Wine Auction is the #3 charity wine auctions in the US by Wine Spectator Magazine, raising over $13 million for children in need in northwest Florida. Next weekend is full of charitable events that we hope you can attend!

Patron Dinner - Friday, April 28 | 6 PM
Some of the most exquisite homes and restaurants on the Emerald Coast set the stage for the 2017 Patron Dinners. Each Patron Dinner will feature a nationally recognized chef paired with world-class celebrity vintners. Each dinner will benefit one of the 15 charities and allow a chance to see firsthand how your generosity is changing the lives of children in need within our community.

Reserve Tasting & Live Auction - Saturday, April 29 | 1 PM
The Reserve Tasting and Live Auction will be held under an air- conditioned tent at Sandestin Town Center's North Lawn within Grand Boulevard. It will feature distinctive wines from internationally acclaimed vintners, poured and paired with cuisine created by a selection of the area's top local restaurants. The Reserve Tasting is accompanied by a silent auction as well as an almost live auction featuring wine, autographed large format bottles, art and more. 

1:00 PM - Reserve Tasting & Silent Auction
3:00 PM - Live Auction
ATTIRE - Resort Casual

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival - Sunday, April 30 | 1 PM - 5 PM
Patrons are invited to enjoy even more wine at the 5th Annual South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival.  The South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival also benefits our mission. Tickets to the festival are available for purchase at sowalwine.com

Volunteer Appreciation Kicks Off Monthly Tours
The week of April 24th is designated as Volunteer Appreciation Week and volunteers are a vital part of our organization. If you are a current volunteer or someone who has volunteered in the past, please stop by so we can thank you. If you are interested in learning more about our volunteer opportunities, stop by and we will happily give you a tour and all the info on how to be a part of our team. Volunteers are always needed to staff our front desk as well as assist with all events. In addition, we will kick off monthly tours of our centers. Starting in April, we will set aside one day each month at each center to provide tours and info for anyone that wants to stop by. No appointment necessary, just come by to see the center, ask questions, learn about volunteering or drop off a donation. Tours will take place from 10a.m. to 2p.m. the last Tuesday of every month in DeFuniak Springs and the last Thursday of every month in Niceville.
Volunteer Appreciation Day and tours will kick off April 25 in DeFuniak Springs and April 27 in Niceville. No need to R.s.vp. just stop in and allow us to show our appreciation. 

April Eating for Advocacy
Trebeaché will generously donate 10% of their sales to ECCAC on Sunday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., a day to enjoy a delicious brunch. Many call the restaurant the "Best Brunch on 30A" with live music, an enticing menu, and seasonal Mimosa and Bloody Mary specials.

Stubbs Ortho Paddle Board Giveaway
We are so thankful to have Stubbs Ortho as a community partner. Last year Stubbs Ortho hosted a giveaway to benefit the ECCAC, and they are doing another one this year! Beginning May 1 - June 30, you have the chance to win a beautiful paddle board. Follow along on Facebook for giveaway announcements. 

  Cocktails and Camo Gala
Due to numerous scheduling conflicts, we are rescheduling the gala to the Fall, date still yet to be determined. With so many great charities and events in the area, we felt moving would be best so as not to conflict with others. Watch for more details coming soon! It's going to be an event you will not want to miss!

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.

Pressure Washing the Niceville Center
Volunteers needed to assist on Saturday April 22 . Thinking it will take most of the day to complete, we are looking for people to fill shifts from 8-12pm and 12-4pm. All supplies will be provided.

Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation Weekend
Silent Auction Set Up on  Friday, April 28th  from 2pm - 6pm.

We are looking for 1 volunteer to be a server at the Patron Dinner on Friday, April 28 from 5:30-9:30pm. This volunteer will be helping serve food, clean dishes, and help with whatever is needed throughout the evening.

Event Flooring Set Up on  Saturday, April 29 from 9am - TILL. 

Live Auction Servers on  Saturday, April 29th from 2pm - 7pm.
Silent Auction Breakdown on  Saturday, April 29th from 5pm - 9pm.

Event Flooring Breakdown on Sunday, April 30th from 9am - 12pm.
*Anyone who volunteers will get one free ticket to the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival on Sunday, April 30th.

16th Annual Child Abuse Prevention Training Conference 
at Warrior Hall in Crestview, FL.

3 volunteers needed to help set up and assist with breakfast on 
May 3rd from 7am - 11am.

3 volunteers needed to help with set up and assist with breakfast on 
May 4th from 7am - 11am.

3 volunteers needed to help set up and serve lunch on 
May 4th from 11 am - 2pm.
*Anyone who volunteers will get to stay and attend the conference for free.
Emerald Coast HOG Poker Run - Saturday May 6
Volunteers needed to assist with staffing stops along the route.
830-11am  Harley Davidson Dealership in FWB
11-230pm   HelenBack in Niceville

Green Thumbs Needed
Our DeFuniak Springs location is in need of volunteers to assist with our garden area. Volunteers are needed to to weed, trim and plant azaleas.

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

Gas Cards: We are currently seeking donors to contribute $10 and $20 gas cards for our clients who cannot afford to come back and forth to therapy. We have services available to help kids and their families through this traumatic time, but sometimes they need a little support to get to us.
Annual Training Conference: This two day conference is coordinated by ECCAC and there are a few things needed to help make it a success. Pipe cleaners, 4 white coffee mugs, color pencils and 10 blue gift bags.

Special thanks to Jenn and Brent Auriemma for donating and installing a MUCH NEEDED new dishwasher at our Niceville center. Now dishes only need washed one time! Thanks Jen and Brent!

Thank you to Freeport Middle School AVID's for hosting Donuts for Donations on Friday, April 7.

Members of the International Wood Collectors Society donated toys and the Emerald Coast Woodturners helped assemble them and brought them to the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center at the end of last this month. Mr. Harry Wheeler was the member instrumental in putting this together. If you are interested in getting involved with this handy group, they  meet on the second Saturday in Freeport at the Community Center coming from 9am to 12pm.

Sandestin Wine Festival
April FRESH BAKED sponsor

CFC # 28846

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