August Advocacy Alert 2017

August Advocacy Alert
Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center August Newsletter
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Each day is a day to celebrate at the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center. While what we do is not a cause for celebration, each day our staff, partner organizations and volunteers help children and families during a very traumatic time in their lives.

Thanks to the ECCAC team, during the month of July, seven cases were settled in court, with all but one of them being sexual in nature. Three were found guilty by a jury of their peers. Two of these are awaiting sentencing, while one already received life in prison. The other four pled guilty and were sentenced to a total of over eighty five years.

This is a testament to the brave children and the ECCAC team, as well as everyone that supports the ECCAC's mission. Without the staff, partners, volunteers and supporters, ECCAC would not have the resources or ability to help these children. So thank you for your continued support and give yourself a little pat on the back. Children in our community are a little bit safer, and those affected can now start to heal.
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. Our DeFuniak location will host tours on August 29 and September 26.Upcoming tour dates in Niceville are August 31 and September 28. No need to call ahead or make a reservation, just stop in and see what your support allows us to do.

Registration is NOW OPEN for the 6th Annual Alys Beach 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run, presented by Visit South Walton, on 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 Fonville Press 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 ladies 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, or call 850-833- 9237, ext. 283.


On 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 Destin Commons. This
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

Thanks to our sponsors  PublixDestin CommonsDixie RV, Cumulus ( NASH 105.5NewsTalk 126099 ROCKCoast 93.3Z96)
More SPONSOR OPPORTUNITIES available. For more information, call Kim Henderson 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.
REGISTRATION is now open and is limited to the first 50 teams, so get yours in now.

Special thanks to all our sponsors:  LAH Real Estate, Dr. Jennifer Heegard and A Superior Air Conditioning Company
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!

This November, a new wine and food festival is coming to the South Walton area. Harvest Wine & Food Festival will provide patrons the opportunity to sip and savor some of the world's finest wine and culinary selections while enjoying the iconic beach town of WaterColor.  

Harvest Wine & Food Festival will feature some of the world's premier vintners, proprietors, and award-winning chefs showcased throughout four eventful days that are sure to delight food and wine enthusiasts alike. The festival kicks off Thursday evening with a variety of wine dinners held along iconic Highway 30a each featuring a celebrity winemaker. Dinner locations and participating vintners will be announced later this summer. Read more and purchase tickets here.

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 Volunteers
We rely on volunteers to keep our front desk staffed at both of our centers. We have 3 shifts a day, Monday - Friday. They are 8-11am, 11am-2pm, and 2-5pm. We also have a NEW shift on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-7pm at our Niceville center. Front desk volunteers must complete a short training session. Upcoming dates for training include August 29 at 9am and September 26 at 3pm in DeFuniak Springs and August 31 at 4pm and September 28 at 9am in Niceville.
If you would be interested in volunteering at the front desk at either of our centers, please contact Chelsea Fox at or 850-833-9237x256 to register.

This year the ECCAC is the benefitting charity for the Alys Beach 5K & Fun Run taking place on Sunday, September 3! We are looking for volunteers to help stuff bags on Wednesday, August 30 from 1pm - 5pm and volunteers to help at the water stations and throughout the race on Sunday, September 3 from 6:30am - 9:30am.

We are searching for volunteers to help us set up for our 3rd Annual Wiggin' Out For A Cause, a fun ladies night out event! Volunteer slots are on Wednesday, September 6 from 1pm - 5pm and during the event on Thursday, September 7 from 5pm - 11pm.

Volunteers are needed on August 30th and 31st to help assemble items for our Team Up & Tailgate Party and Golf Tournament.  Volunteers are needed on September 1st, 5th, and 6th to help set up for the Tailgate Party from 10 am - 4 pm at Destin Commons. We need some strong volunteers on September 1 to help us move tables, fencing, and other big items. This would be a great squadron project!  Additionally, volunteers are needed on actual event day, September 9, to help with set up from 10 am - 2 pm, 2pm - 6 pm and to help during the actual event from 5pm - 11pm.

We are needing volunteers to help us at our Kieran May Memorial Golf Tournament at Kelly Plantation Golf Club on Sunday, September 10 from 10 am - end of tournament. Shifts include set up and registration from 10am - 1pm, and hole monitors from 12pm-6pm.

Are you creative? Do you love Christmas trees? Then we need YOU! Each year ECCAC decorates a tree at the Grand Boulevard Festival of Trees and we need someone to chair the committee to come up with our theme and do the decorating. Please let us know if you are interested. We will provide the help, we just need YOU to spearhead the creativity.

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...

Our  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 information on any of these opportunities, please contact Kim Henderson at or 850-833-9237x 283.

Our staff works long hours and often times can't leave for lunch. To assist them when they can't get away and choose to eat at our center, we are looking for someone to donate a new microwave. Our old one has lasted many years and has recently taken on a new personality that is scaring everyone.


The ECCAC is searching for someone well-versed in general maintenance. Duties would include small repairs and changing lightbulbs. Additionally, we are in need of someone who has a knowledge of plumbing and/or HVAC. Our Niceville locations has 10 units and as you can image we have frequent issues. If you or someone you know is well-versed and able to visit our center, diagnose the issue and provide a solution, that would be great! 
Please contact Kim Henderson at
  or 850-833-9237x283 for more info or to volunteer.

The ECCAC is currently accepting donations of boys clothes sizes 4T and 10/12. 

NOTE: We are not currently accepting stuffed animal donations.
A big thanks goes out to FT WALTON BEACH MEDICAL CENTER. Their donation of a medical exam table brings us one step closer to being able to do medical exams in the Pierce Family Children's Advocacy Center in DeFuniak Springs. Thank you Denise for helping make this happen.
Did you hear that Stubbs Orthodontics recently raised $1,425 for the ECCAC from their paddleboard raffle?! Well, check out the lucky raffle winners. We can't wait to see the Albee family in action on their new BOTE board.

The Emerald Coast Woodworking Group came by for a tour of our DeFuniak Springs center on Friday, August 11 to drop off a number of beautiful, handmade wooden toys for us to pass out to the children who visit our center. Their work is absolutely amazing! We can't wait to see the joy on the children's faces when they receive these wooden cars, planes, and tops.

The Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center gives a big thanks to As You Like It in Mary Esther for their participation in this past April's National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Blue is the national campaign's color. Accordingly, the salon donated their time and products to give ladies blue hair extensions for a $25 donation with ECCAC's Strand Against Abuse program which resulted in an $800 donation to the non-profit. It is through continued community support that we are able to provide life-changing services for children in need!

Thank you Niceville Loc N Stor for donating a storage unit to help with our storage needs. We are proud to have you as community partners!

Sandestin Wine Festival
August FRESH BAKED sponsor

CFC # 28846

Niceville Loc-N-Stor
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