Recently one of our center's Mental Health Therapists passed along a story to our staff that really exemplifies why we do what we do, and just how much support from the community means to the ECCAC staff and our mission....
"I had a young man graduate today from therapy. His peer perpetrator will not be prosecuted, but this young man worked his treatment, learned how brave he really is, and was able to say,
'It was not my fault. I don't have to be embarrassed for something a *bad guy* did. It's his fault. I'm brave and I'm loved.'"
Our therapist also noted that the young man had amazing family who helped facilitate his speedy treatment.
It is stories like these that keep us fighting for our children. Without community support, moments like this would not be possible. So THANK YOU for you continued support and we look forward to meeting you at one of our next events.
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 in Niceville are July 27th and August 31st, and in DeFuniak Springs, July 25th and August 29th. Can't make either, contact Kim (850-833-9237 x283) or Chelsea (x256) for a private tour.
is NOW OPEN for the
6th Annual Alys Beach 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run
, presented by
Visit South Walton
Sunday, September 3
! Located along Scenic Hwy. 30A, the course winds through the resort town and ends with an oversized bounce house for kids of all ages, music, food, and beverages available in the Amphitheatre.
The price to participate in the certified 5K is $35 and the 1 Mile Fun Run is $15 (kids 12 and younger only, please) online in advance until Sunday, August 27 at midnight. From Monday, August 28 until Friday, September 1 at 11pm the price to participate in the 5K is $50 and the 1 Miler is $25. Any remaining registrations will be sold on Saturday, September 2 from 10am-2pm at
during Packet Pick-up. NOTE: The 5K is limited to 450 participants and the 1 Mile Fun Run is limited to 100 participants.
3rd Annual Wiggin' Out For A Cause
On Thursday, September 7, from 6 to 10 p.m., the 3rd Annual Wiggin' Out For A Cause will take place at Grand Boulevard in the
Emerald Coast Theater Company's space with an 80's psychedelic rock 'n roll theme based on the musical, "Hair". The entertaining lady's
night out will be filled with wine, food, fun, music and happenings. Upon arriving, ladies will select a mystery swag bag with a
wig inside. She will then be whisked away into the style lounge to transform her look with hair and make-up touch up by
Avantgarde Salon Spa. Ladies will go on to mix, mingle and partake in many activities throughout the evening, such as live
karaoke, photo booth, and more. There will be a silent auction and ladies will be waited on by an outstanding group of men on
hand pouring wine.
Guests are encouraged to pre-purchase tickets now at $75 each, tickets at the door are $100 per person.
VIP tickets that include a designer wig are $125 if pre-purchased, and $150 at the door. All proceeds benefit the ECCAC.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.eccac.org, or call 850-833- 9237, ext. 283.
Thanks to our sponsors V. LALA Galleries, Proffitt PR, Red8 Creative, Silver Sands Premium Outlets, Emerald Ladies Journal, Inside the Gates, N2 Publishing, 30A-TV, Community Broadcasters, LLC. (103.1 The Blaze, Highway 98.1 Country, 102.1 The Wave and Q92).
Saturday, September 9
, at 6 p.m., the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center will host our
Team Up & Tailgate Party
. The first time event will be held on the top floor of the office building adjacent to the parking garage in
event will take the place of ECCAC's annual Gala and will be casual attire with guests pretending they're at a real tailgate party. A football theme décor will prevail with many activities to include corn hole, wine pong, live and silent auctions and plenty of music, food and drinks...just like a tailgate party.
Purchase a table for 10 for $1,000 and it will be decorated in your choice of team colors. Individual tickets are also available at $125 per person.
The next day, Sunday, September 10, at 11 a.m. is the annual Kieran May Memorial Golf Classic at the Kelly Plantation Golf Club.
For a $1,700 donation, donors will receive 8 Team Up & Tailgate Party tickets, plus a foursome for the golf tournament. Ticket price for an individual golfer is $400. Event tickets can be purchased online at
available. For more information, call
at (850) 833-9237, ext. 283.
The ECCAC is excited to be involved in another year of the
Destin Charity Cornhole Tournament on Sunday, October 1 at 12:30 p.m. at Destin Commons. Participants in the double elimination tournament will enjoy a beer garden, compliments of World of Beer, with bottomless craft beer, mimosas, Bloody Marys, belgian pretzels, wings and corndogs. Winners will receive cash prizes including a Grand Prize of $500! Teams of two can register for $100. Spectators can also enjoy the beer garden by purchasing a wristband for $25.
During the tournament, spectators and cornhole enthusiasts will be able to bid on the custom painted boards decorated by local artists Melanie Moore, Alex Pottinger, Velia Lala, Patti Gillespie, and Travis Gibbs). These are one of a kind corn hole sets and you will want to be the winning bidder!
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.
Front Desk Volunteers
The ECCAC relies on volunteers to keep our front desk staffed at both of our Niceville and DeFuniak Springs centers. We currently have a great need for volunteers at both. Three hour shifts Monday-Friday are available at both centers.
Additionally, front desk volunteers are needed from 5-7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays at our Niceville location.
Volunteers are the first person to greet visitors and clients that come into the centers and are responsible for watching children as their parents/caregivers are meeting with staff, baking cookies and answering phones plus much more. Interested volunteers must be fingerprinted and take a short class before working a shift. Upcoming classes are scheduled for:
Niceville - Tuesday, August 1st at 10am
Niceville, Thursday, August 31st at 4pm
DeFuniak Springs - Thursday, August 3rd at 2pm
DeFuniak Springs - Tuesday, August 29th at 9am
Please contact Chelsea to register.
Alys Beach 5K
Volunteer slots include:
Stuffing goody bags from 1-5pm on Wednesday, August 30th
Packet Pick up from 9:30am-2:30pm on Saturday, September 2nd
Staffing the race water stations 6:30-9:30am on
Sunday, September 3rd.
Wiggin Out For A Cause
Tailgate and Golf Volunteers
Volunteers are needed Aug 30 & 31 anytime between 10-2pm to help assemble items for the upcoming Tailgate party and golf tournament.
Volunteers are needed Sept 1st, 5th and 6th to help set up for the Tailgate Party from 10am to 4pm. Looking for a group of strong volunteers on the 1st to move tables, fencing and others items. This would be a great squadron project!
Volunteers needed Sept 9 for set up from 10-2pm and 2-6pm and for the Tailgate event from 5-11pm.
Volunteers are needed Sept 10 for the Kieran May Memorial Golf Classic and to tear down the Tailgate party. More information on shifts will be in the August Advocacy Alert.
The ECCAC is looking for donations of the following items...
School may be out for summer, but with the 2017 new school year beginning next month, it's important to send children back prepared to learn. Our clients have a lot going on and we want to help them get all the supplies they need to start school off right. The ECCAC is now accepting school supplies for all school-aged children. For specific school supplies, please visit Walton County's School Supply List or Okaloosa County's School Supply List.
Commons items needed are:
Wide ruled paper (NOT college ruled) Glue Sticks
Sharpened Pencils-Ticonderoga brand is requested for all grades K-7
12 count colored pencils
Blue, red, black ink pens
24 count crayons
12 count washable markers
Plastic folders with fasteners
1 inch binders
Pencil pouch or pencil box
Post -it notes
10 digit Scientific Calculator
If you can donate any of the above, please contact
or (850) 833-9237 ext. 256 or drop them at either center.
The ECCAC is currently not in need of baby formula or baby food. If you have unopened amounts of these items in excess and are seeking to donate them, please contact Caring and Sharing or another organization of your choice.
3rd Annual Wiggin' Out For A Cause
is set for Thursday, September 7. Hosted by Grand Boulevard the event will take place from 6-10 p.m. at the Emerald Coast Theater Company's space on the second story above Brooks Brothers. Sponsorships range from $500 to $1,000. For those looking to make in-kind donations, we are seeking a business and/or individual to donate wine and beer for the night's attendees as well as items for the silent auction.
The ECCAC has a multiple sponsorship opportunities available for our
Team Up & Tailgate
event on Saturday, September 9 and the Kieran May Memorial Golf Classic on Sept 10. Opportunities start at $1000.
ECCAC is excited to be involved in another year of the Destin Charity Corn Hole 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. Additionally, we are in need of a $300 wristband sponsor. Recognition for this sponsor will be given in our e-advertising as well as having your logo on each of the player and beer garden wristbands.
For more info on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kim Henderson at (850) 833-9237 ext. 283
The ECCAC would like to extend thanks to Stubbs Orthodontics for their recent raffle benefitting the ECCAC. The stand up paddleboard giveaway generated $1,425 for our centers!
This amazing group of individuals from the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors (ECAR) Leadership group spent their Saturday giving much needed love to our Niceville center by cleaning the play therapy rooms, repairing our pavers in the courtyard, trimming trees, pressure washing and landscaping and mulch. We are so appreciative of their service to our center!
Thanks to Brightview Landscaping and our awesome volunteers and staff that worked the July 3 Smoke on the Coast at Destin Commons, the ECCAC was able to take home 3rd Place People's Choice! Special thanks to all who made the event a success for us including SETCO and Mist Works!
A big thanks to Niceville Whataburger, Helen Back, Chick Fil A and Costa McDonalds for donating food to feed our junior golfers at the NW Florida Daily News Marvin DeBolt Junior Golf Classic held at the Eglin Golf Course.
A special thanks and congratulations goes out to all of the participants in the NW Florida Daily News Marvin DeBolt Junior Golf Classic, benefitting the ECCAC.
Boys' age 16-18 winners were:
First and overall winner - Cameron Bonner
2nd - Cam Page
3rd - Colby Goodwin
Boys age 14-15 winners were:
1st - Justin Burroughs
2nd - Blake Rigdon
Tied for 3rd - Nicholas Dimitroff and Turner Smith!
Boys age 12-13 winners were:
1st - Justus Jones
2nd - Hunter Lark
3rd - Parker Seagle
Boys age 8-9 winners were:
1st - Jayden Williams
2nd - Garrett Zingaretti
Girls age 15-18 winners were:
1st - Madison Tenore
2nd - Empress Hawkins-Kimmel
3rd - Payton Pacheco
Girls age 12-14 winner was:
Boys and girls age 10-11 winners were:
1st - Jack Roberts
2nd - Gracie Grant
3rd - Marianne Johnson
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