October 2018 Advocacy Alert

October 2018 Advocacy Alert
Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center October  Newsletter
Pierce Family /   Donate  /   Events  /   Services
Join us as we welcome our newest board member:
Janet Parker

Meet Janet Parker, the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center newest board member. She retired this year as an executive vice president from Regions Bank in Birmingham, Alabama, where she had strategic HR oversight in numerous corporate areas.

Parker is a member of SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) and past chair, national board of directors, for SHRM. She is former chair of the Workplace Subcommittee for the President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy. She also served on the Personal Finance Employer Education Foundation Board, SHRM Foundation Board, the Alabama Career and Technical Advisory Committee, and the Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) board.  

Holding a bachelor's degree from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama, Parker is a graduate of the American Banking Institution's Graduate Human Resources School. She also has a Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification. 

Originally from Birmingham, Parker moved to Watersound, Florida, with her husband, Gary Parker, a retired attorney and mortgage banker, and their three grown children.

"I have a passion for children," said Parker. "When I took the tour of ECCAC's center in Niceville, I became so excited and we determined the areas I could be of the greatest assistance, particularly in the HR realm." Share


Enjoy a fun, flavorful afternoon at #TequilaLive  at the Seascape Towne Centre with a tequila tasting, live music and light, accompanying fare from Mezcal Mexican Grill. Experience several varieties of specialized tequila while listening to the sounds of Mark Gillespie. Tasting tickets are $25, and proceeds benefit the  Emerald Coast 
Children's Advocacy Center!

Produced by the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, the Harvest Wine & Food Festival provides 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.  Labeled as one of the premier fall wine events in the Southeast, Harvest Wine & Food Festival showcases over 400 wines paired with food stations designed to highlight the best in Gulf Coast fare. Each event during the three-day festival is tailored to fit the different tastes and preferences of wine and food aficionados! To learn more about the three days, and to purchase your tickets, please click here.


Start the holiday season off right at the 6th Annual Sparkling Wine & Holiday Lights celebration on Saturday, November 17. This event will feature more than 30 different champagnes, delicious appetizers, and beautiful lights. Enjoy the sounds of the season with carolers, the first tree lighting of the year, and more!  To purchase your tickets, 
please click here

Join us on Sunday, November 18 for the 39th Annual Toys 4 Tots Ride! Sponsored by Emerald Coast Harley-Davidson, this ride is open to the public. Cost to participate is $10 per person, or a toy donation! Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Sam's Club parking lot, and all bikes will leave at 11:00 a.m. 

Adopt-A-Family Program

We are gearing up for Christmas, which means that we're starting to prep for our Adopt-A-Family Program! If you are interested in adopting a family, please contact Chelsea at Chelsea@ECCAC.org or call (850) 833-9237 ext. 256. 

Harvest Wine & Food Festival
We are looking for volunteers to help pour wine during the Festival on Saturday, October 27 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.!

Sparkling Wine & Holiday Lights
The ECCAC is needing volunteers to help pour champagne on Saturday, November 17.

Toys 4 Tots Ride
This year, the ECCAC is looking for volunteers to help with set up, parking, selling waters and sodas, and helping with Hi-Lo Games at the Mullet Festival Site in Niceville on Sunday, November 18! Shifts vary between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Chelsea Fox at Chelsea@ECCAC.org or at (850) 833-9237 ext. 256

The Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center in Panama City is in bad shape from Hurricane Michael, and they need our help. Our commitment is to help them any way that we can. The Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center is in need of the following items:
Paper Plates
Plastic Utensils
Paper Towels
Toilet Paper
Hand Sanitizer
Baby Wipes
Ready-To-Eat Food
Peanut Butter
Nonperishable Items
Their team will possibly be without electricity for weeks. If you or your group can do a drive for these items, all items can be delivered to the Pierce Family Advocacy Center {336 College Avenue, DeFuniak Springs} OR to the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy {401 McEwen Drive, Niceville}. When we receive supplies, we will begin delivering them to Panama City. Every little bit is appreciated!

Christmas Themed Gift Bags
We are in need of about 200 medium sized Christmas themed gift bags for the pajamas we give to the children at our Center.

Red Santa Bag Sponsor
Cost to be a sponsor is around $200. 

Candy Canes
We are in need of 300 candy canes for our Christmas party!

Christmas Table Decor
The ECCAC needs rolls of white butcher paper and several big Christmas bows.

Bottled water and soda bottles are needed for the ECCAC's Christmas party.

Stocking Stuffers
We are looking for stocking stuffers! From crayons to candy to small toys, any little gift is greatly appreciated.

We accept donations at both of our Centers, and we appreciate your support! 

We are so thankful for the Alys Beach 5K, which raised $15,000 for the ECCAC over Labor Day weekend! A big THANK YOU to all of the runners, volunteers, and organizers of this incredible race!

The Destin Charity Cornhole Tournament was a huge success! We'd like to thank World of Beer, along with Destin Commons, for hosting such a wonderful, family friendly event. 

A big thank you to the "Friends of Freeport"! They were our volunteer scorekeepers at the 3rd Annual Destin Charity Cornhole Tournament!

We'd like to thank CRC Data Technology for their generous donation of supplies to the ECCAC! 

Thank you to Ana Silva and her family for donating to the ECCAC. Her husband, Rafael Silva, passed away in January and was one of our best volunteers and advocates. We miss him dearly! 

We're feeling extra spooky at the ECCAC, thanks to The Premier Property Group! They donated candy for us to pass out to the 
 children this Halloween! 

Sandestin Wine Festival
October FRESH BAKED sponsor

Niceville Loc-N-Stor

Israel Williams of Ziic Outdoors, LLC. 
See what's happening on our social sites: