January 2018 Advocacy Alert

January Advocacy Alert
Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center January Newsletter
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The ECCAC is saddened and heartbroken to have the life of a most valuable and exceptional volunteer, lost. Rafael Silva (pictured with his wife Ana Silva) was very passionate about the ECCAC and always went above and beyond for us. He leaves behind his wife and two precious daughters, Noemi and Eliana Silva.
Rafael was the Warehouse Ops Superintendent, Part of the 96th Logistics Readiness Squadron in the United States Air Force. He was deployed to South Korea where he passed away on January 7, 2018.
The family is asking that instead of people sending flowers, that they make a donation instead to the ECCAC. To donate in Rafael's memory, please click HERE.

Did you know? The yearly cost for one therapy dog is $1,000. 
To learn more and get involved, please go online to:

We  cordially invite you to an   ECCAC Appreciation Party It will be held Thursday, February 1  from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Seagar's Prime Steaks & Seafood.  Please come out and enjoy complimentary beverages and hors d'oeuvres, provided by the wonderful people at Seagar's, and allow us to show our appreciation. Because we are a charitable organization, we rely on the generosity of kind individuals and businesses who want to support abused and neglected children in our community.  On behalf of these children, and their families, THANK YOU, and we hope to see you on the 1st.  Please share this invitation with any folks you would like to bring along to learn more about the ECCAC, including your significant other.  We are limited on the number of attendees so please  R.S.V.P. no later than Monday, January 29 th  at 5pm by emailing  Kim@eccac.org  or calling (850) 833-9237 ext 283. 

Zook Chiropractic 

Our friends at Zook Chiropractic are continuing to give back to the ECCAC in 2018! 
 New Patient Specials range from $30 to $60, and patients are encouraged to donate to the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center! To make your appointment, please call 
 Zook Chiropractic at (850) 678-4155.

The community is invited to join us on Thursday, January 18 for Eating for Advocacy at Panera Bread in Niceville, Florida, with proceeds benefitting the ECCAC! Bring this flyer or show an electric version to the cashier when you place your order at  Panera Bread  and they will generously donate a portion of their sales to our organization from
4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dine out for a cause with us!

January is a month for dining out, because  LuLu's Destin is also hosting  Eating for Advocacy on Tuesday, January 30! All day,  LuLu's Destin will be giving back 10% of their food and beverage sales to the ECCAC, so dine out for a cause with us! 

  South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival presents the 2018 Tasting of Champions on Friday, February 2 from 6:00 p.m  .to 8:00 p.m.!  The Tasting of Champions is the early preview to the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival in April. Sample from the 500+ wine entries, including newly named medal winners in more than 70 categories and gourmet food stations. Invite your friends and be the first to pamper your palettes! Proceeds from this event benefit the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation. To purchase your tickets, please click here!

We're teeing up for the annual Kieran May Memorial Weekend! The weekend will kick off with a Celebration Evening on Friday, March 9 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Then, on Sunday, March 11, the Golf Tournament will take place at Kelly Plantation. This year, we are thankful for the incredible sponsors who have already stepped up: Jim & Tammy Pierce, Coastal Accounting, Krueger, Fosdyck & Associates with Merrill Lynch, and My Vacation Haven. 

Chi Chi Miguel Throwdown

Save the date! The Emeril Lagasse Foundation's Chi Chi Miguel Weekend will be 
  Thursday, April 5 through Saturday, April 7! The weekend kicks off on Thursday, April 5 with the Wine Walkabout, sponsored by Curate. On Friday, April 6 the 
Golf Tournament will tee off, with presenting sponsor Seagar's, and the Sip N Shop will take place, sponsored by Silver Sands Premium Outlets. And, finish the weekend on Saturday, April 7 with the Throwdown Benefit Auction & BBQ, sponsored by Isagenix! We are excited to be a part of this fantastic event again, and can't wait to share more details with you! 

Tour Our Centers
We invite you to tour our Centers!  Tours will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 30 in DeFuniak Springs and  Thursday, January 25 in Niceville. If you can't make either, please contact Kim (850-833-9237 x283) or Chelsea (x256) for a private tour.

Front Desk  v olunteers are currently needed at both of our Centers! In DeFuniak Springs, weekly and on-call volunteer shifts are available. At our Niceville Center, weekly volunteers are needed from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

We are currently looking for volunteers to help pour wine during 

If you are interested in any of the opportunities above or have questions, please email Chelsea@ECCAC.org or call (850) 833-9237 ext. 256.

Law Enforcement Gifts

The ECCAC is accepting donations for our Law Enforcement Gifts. We are collecting bags of chips and medium-sized baskets, which we will give to Law Enforcement along with a tag that reads: "We think you are all that and a bag of chips!" 

Donations can be dropped at either of our Centers!

Furniture For Sale
We are doing some spring cleaning to start off the year and have some furniture available for a small donation of $10 per chair and $50 for the desk. There are 5 rolling office chairs available in various colors, including black, purple and green. There are 2 black fabric chairs and 1 desk. You must be able to pick up your items at the Niceville Center.


Thank you to everyone that participated in our Adopt A Family program. Your donations provided a Christmas to 212 children, plus an additional 232 children who were shopped for in our toy room by caseworkers and law enforcement. On top of that, over 125 kids attended our client Christmas parties. Thank you to Silver Sands Premium Outlets for providing reusable bags for the kids to tote home their goodies in. 

A big thank you goes out the Baytowne Beer Fest who donated $3000 to our Centers! ECCAC is so grateful for their support and their donation will help so many kids in our community.

Restaurant Paradis raised $800 for the ECCAC at their 3rd Annual Prohibition Repeal Wine Dinner last month!  We are so grateful for their generous donation, and for their continued support of our Centers!

We would like to thank Clotilde Abrams and her class at Eglin School Age Care for making and donating scarves and hats to the ECCAC! It warms our hearts seeing children helping other children in need! 

We had a great time Freezin' for a Reason at the 2018 Penguin Plunge 'N Paddle, hosted by Juana's Pagodas and Sailors' Grill! $6,428 was raised at this annual event with over 400 people attending from 14 different states, and the ECCAC is so thankful to be a beneficiary! 

A big thanks to Bonnie Tierney and all the elves of the Girl Scout Troop 748! These ladies dropped these decorated canvas bags filled with a handmade blanket, stuffed animal, game and a book for our kids!

We would like to thank everyone who donated and supported the 
3rd Annual ECCAC Telethon with 30A Television! It was another incredibly successful event, and raised $4700 to help our kids. We would like to thank our amazing sponsors, including: 30A Television, AJ's Grayton Beach, Eloquent Signs, Emerald Coast Compounding Pharmacy, Kiwanis Club, Silver Sands Premium Outlets, and St. Joe Community Foundation! To re-watch the Telethon, please click HERE

Sandestin Wine Festival
January FRESH BAKED sponsor
CFC # 28846

Niceville Loc-N-Stor

Israel Williams of Ziic Outdoors, LLC. 
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