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Each month we use this section to educate everyone on the various parts of the Emerald Cost Children's Advocacy Center (ECCAC). So many organizations and people come together at ECCAC to make the process run smoothly and easier for those families going through a traumatic situation. This month we want to share with you a loss of one of our own.
 Annabelle, and her handler Diane Berger, have been a Therapy Animal Volunteer Team at the ECCAC since the fall of 2015.  In April, Diane said had to say goodbye to Annabelle. She touched many lives during her time at ECCAC,  doing "meet and greets" in the lobby to help children and families feel more at ease during the rough storms of their lives, as well as being a therapy supporter with children during many trauma-focused treatment sessions. We are very blessed to have the time we did with Annabelle, and know she and Diane will forever be a part of the ECCAC team. 

Stubbs Ortho Paddle Board Raffle
We would like to thank Stubbs Ortho for hosting a BOTE Drift Inflatable Paddle Board Raffle, with proceeds benefitting the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center! From now through June, purchase 1 ticket for $5, 3 tickets for $10 or 8 tickets for $20 for your chance to WIN this board! To purchase yours,  CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE PADDLEBOARD TICKETS

May Eating for Advocacy
Panera Bread on the Mary Esther Cuttoff in Mary Esther will be hosting a Fund Raising on May 31. From 4 to 8 p.m., the restaurant will donate a portion of their proceeds to the ECCAC. Diners must bring a hard copy, or show an electronic version of Panera Bread's flyer which can be found HERE.
Check out next month's newsletter for the June Eating for Advocacy partner.
T he Northwest Florida Daily News will host their 38th Annual Marvin DeBolt Junior Golf Classic on Wednesday, July 12 and Thursday, July 13 at Eglin's Eagle Golf Course. Tee times start at 8 a.m. The tournament is open to boys and girls ages 8 - 18. The deadline for entry is July 18, 2017.

Smoke on the Coast at Destin Commons
Monday, July 3, 2017, have a fun-filled evening prior to the Fourth of July holiday at the 7th Annual Smoke on the Coast  BBQ and Fireworks Festival. Destin Commons' annual event has a unique twist this year. 15 area restaurants and BBQ aficionados will light up their grills to prepare their best dishes in hopes to win up to $15,000 for their partner charity, including the ECCAC! Starting at 6 pm, for $1 per sampling, people get to vote for People's Choice winners. 
See additional participants and more event info here.

ECCAC Center Tours
We invite you to tour our centers! Tours will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  the last Tuesday of every month in DeFuniak Springs and the last Thursday of every month in Niceville. Upcoming tour dates are in Niceville  May 25th and DeFuniak Springs, May 30. Can't make either, contact Kim (850-833-9237 x283) or Chelsea (x256) for a private tour.

North Walton Chamber Business After Hours
Mark you calendars, because the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center , along with Chelco, will be hosting the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce's North Business After Hours on May 23 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.! Located at our Pierce Family Center in DeFuniak Springs, this event will feature networking, light bites from Bogeys Restaurant, cold brews from Grayton Beer Company and much more! Need a lift? Sunshine Shuttle & Limousine  has graciously agreed to shuttle anyone leaving from South Walton to the north end for the event. Shuttle service is complimentary and will leave at 5:15 p.m. and will start its return home at 7 p.m. To R.s.v.p. contact Kim at 850-833-9237 x283.

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!

The ECCAC has a number of volunteer opportunities available. If you are interested in any of the opportunities below or have questions, please email or call (850) 833-9237 ext. 256.

The ECCAC relies on volunteers to keep our front desk staffed at both of our centers. We are looking for front desk volunteers for our center in DeFuniak Springs. If you are interested in volunteering at the front desk, we will be having a training class on Thursday, May 25 th at 10 a.m. at The Pierce Family Children's Advocacy Center.
Front desk volunteers are also needed at the Niceville center, both for day shifts as well as 4-6p.m. every Thursday starting in July. Contact Chelsea to set up training or for any questions.
As a beneficiary of Destin Commons' Smoke on the Coast, the ECCAC is in need of 20 volunteers  from 4-9pm for the July 3 event . Duties will include staffing our booth and serving delicious BBQ!
 Love to landscape, garden or just be outdoors? We are in need of volunteers to help keep our new Pierce Family Children's Advocacy Center Courtyard in pristine condition. If you have a green thumb and can spare a couple of hours a month, please let us know. 
Our Niceville center is in need of a weekly volunteer to help our office staff with law enforcement thank yous, preparing back to school packages, making copies, and more! Every week is different, but the need is always there. Shifts are from 10-12pm, one day a week.  

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

ECCAC is excited to be involved in another year of the Destin Charity Cornhole Tournament on October 1. In advance of the tournament, we are seeking board sponsors. Your $200 donation will provide one corn hole set for volunteer artists to decorate for the event. In return, your name will be listed in our e-advertising leading up to the event, as well as with the board on event day. These fabulous corn hole sets will be auctioned off at the end of the event.
A BIG THANKS to LAH Real Estate for being our first sponsor!

Recently there were 2 children in the ECCAC offices that were removed from their home and were waiting to be placed in temporary housing. While this doesn't happen every day, it does happen and these kids really needed a place to take a nap. We are looking for a donation of the following items to help make their time with us more comfortable.
Four to five of the marshmallow furniture pieces, pictured above and linked here.
One portable, folding bed, pictured above and linked here.

Diapers all sizes, but particularly sizes 3, 4, 5, 6
Teen boy & girl undergarments (underwear & bras)
Toiletries - toothpaste, deodorant, toothbrushes & toiletry bags
Size 3,4,5 summer girl's clothes
Flip flops for girls and boys
Shaving cream and razors for teens
Bottled Water
Individually wrapped snacks such as cookies, crackers, etc
Large boxes of Goldfish crackers
4 th of July decorations, including red, white, and blue candy and  Red, white, and blue tootsie pops
If you can donate any of the above, please drop off at either of the ECCAC locations, or contact Chelsea or 850-833-9237 x256 to arrange pick up.
Thank you so much for helping us support all our kids and their families!

Thank you everyone that participated in one of the many Child Abuse Prevention Month activities. Not only did your monetary donation help us support kids and families in need, you also helped spread the word that abuse is in our community and it takes all of us to stop it.   DID YOU KNOW in the last 2 weeks, there have been 6 sexual assault cases on young girls in our community? Three  of which were from Niceville.

The following people/businesses participated in Paint the Town Blue, bringing awareness to the problem and hopefully helping to stop it. A big thanks to all of you!
A-1 Mini Storage |  Another Broken Egg As You Like It Salon & Spa |  CCB Community Bank Dermatology Specialists of Florida Discovery Learning Academy |  Emerald Coast Compounding Pharmacy |  Eglin Federal Credit Union | The Tree House Episcopal Montessori School  |  FFN |  Goff's Ready To Wear |  GPL Landscaping |  Huggins Design |  Insurance Zone |  J & B Medical |  Kids Discovery |  Mark Harber MD LLC |  Matthews & Jones LLP |  McCaskill & Company |  Naumann Group Real Estate |  Northwest Florida Woman Care |  O'Donnell Eye Inst & Great FL Smiles & Ortho |  Prescription Place  |  Proffitt PR |  Representative Brad Drake |  Southland Utility Services |  Striving for Protection Ministries |  Tony's Paint & Body Shop |  Town Planters Society of Freeport |  Triangle Chevrolet Buick |  Trustmark Bank |  Walton Area Chamber of Commerce |  Walton County School District

Thanks to the Emerald Coast Hog and Emerald Coast Harley Davidson for hosting their annual Emerald Coast Bike Fest poker run to start raising money for children's Christmas toys. 

Thanks to the Tree House Episcopal Montessori School for their donation to Paint the Town Blue. These students raised funds during the month of April by selling plants and bracelets they made themselves! 

Sandestin Wine Festival
May FRESH BAKED sponsor

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