June 2018 Advocacy Alert

June 2018 Advocacy Alert
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Meet Artie Rodriguez

Artie Rodriguez, a native of Northwest Florida his whole life, recently joined the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center (ECCAC) board of directors.
Rodriguez has over 18 years of Walton County government experience. He is currently the Director of Administration with the Walton County Tax Collector's Office. Previously, he served the citizens as a law enforcement officer with the Walton County Sheriff's Department. He is a Certified Police Applicant Background Investigator and a 2014 graduate of the Certified Public Manager's Course offered through the Center for Public Management at Florida State University. Rodriguez is also a Certified Forensic Polygraphist through the Academy of Polygraph Science, which he studied under Dr. Richard R. Poe.
He is a recipient of the Law Enforcement Purple Heart from the American Police Hall of Fame. He was injured in the line of duty after being struck by a drunk driver back in 2002. Since then, Rodriguez has presented numerous speaking engagements at several Walton County schools to students and staff regarding the effects of driving under the influence and how it can affect someone's life. Rodriguez is also a mentor for I Take Stock in Children and on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Walton and Okaloosa counties. 
In his past time, Rodriguez loves to spend time with his wife, Kristen and their two boys, Alex and Jake. He enjoys singing country music and has been recognized by the music industry for several prestigious awards. In 2000, Rodriguez was asked to perform in front of 50,000 Korean War veterans and President Bill Clinton for the 50th Anniversary Korean War Commemorative Ceremony in Washington DC.  In 2016, Rodriguez received a letter of accommodation from Florida Senator Rick Scott for writing the song "If It Wasn't for the Badge" in honor of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Rodriguez recently was asked to perform his song in Washington DC for President Donald J. Trump and hundreds of law enforcement survivors during next year's 2019 Police Week ceremony.  
"I like to treat people like I would want to be treated, especially through customer service and giving back to the community," Rodriguez said. "I like serving the citizens of Walton County and especially participating singing in several telethons to raise money for ECCAC. As a new board member, I hope to bring my law enforcement background expertise from helping children in the past, to work within the schools and throughout the community."

 Stubbs Orthodontics Gives Back

Donate a dollar without spending a dime!  Stubbs Ortho dontics
 is donating a dollar to the  Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center  when you check into  Stubbs Ortho  on facebook anytime in June!

Smart Device Class 

PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN! We are partnering with Verizon and the Okaloosa and Walton County Sheriff's office for the Smart Device Class on Friday, June 22nd 2018. This class will take place in order to educate parents on how to protect their children from  smart devices. It will be held at 5:30pm located at Nellie's Youth Village. 312 Pelham Rd, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547. 

Junior Golf Classic 

Summer is in full swing! So come swing your clubs with us July 11th and 12th at the 39th Annual Northwest Florida Daily News Marvin DeBolt Junior Golf Classic!  The event will benefit Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center and is open to kids and teens ages 8 to 18. Make a difference and join in on the fun! 

Women's Expo

Do you love to shop? Join us for Women's Expo on Saturday, August 18th from 9am-12pm! Vendor proceeds will benefit  Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center.  Location:  Biz Lounge at 652 Beal Parkway, Fort Walton Beach

Wiggin' Out 

Calling all Ladies! September 6th, 2018 from 5-10pm you won't want to miss the 4th Annual Wiggin' Out Event! There will be wigs, cocktails, food, dancing, makeup artists, hair dressers and photographers!  The event benefits Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center and  is located in the upstairs of Grand Boulevard. The entrance and elevator access is located on the highway 98 side of the building.

Destin Charity Cornhole Tournament

Join us Sunday, September 30th for the 3rd annual Destin Charity Cornhole Tournament benefitting the  Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center !   Registration includes  World of Beer  Beer Garden access with bottomless Craft Beer, Mimosas, Bloody Mary's, Belgian Pretzels, Wings, and Corndogs. This double elimination tournament is limited to 75 teams, early registration required! Teams have the chance to win $750 in cash & prizes! Each team of two will receive a swag bag with event t-shirts and other goodies from our sponsors.   Team check-in day-of is from 10:00am-11:30am.

Junior Golf Tournament Volunteers 

We need volunteers to help with set up and being score takers at the upcoming 39th Annual Marvin DeBolt Junior Golf Classic on July 11-12 at Eglin Golf Course. If interested, please contact Chelsea Fox at  Chelsea@eccac.org

ECCAC Volunteers 

The ECCAC is looking for volunteers to assist at the front desks at both of our centers! If you are interested in this position, please email Angie Harder  at Angie@eccac.org

We have sponsorship opportunities available! If you are interested in getting involved in any way, please contact Chelsea Fox at  Chelsea@eccac.org or 
 (850) 833-9237 Ext. 256

We are still in need of sponsors for our upcoming annual Wiggin' Out for a Cause event!! If interested in information on sponsoring this event, please contact Chelsea Fox at  Chelsea@eccac.org  or (850) 833-9237 Ext. 256

School Supplies! Even though school just let out for the summer, it is never too early to make sure we are ready to send our children back to school in the fall with all of the supplies they need to succeed next school year. 

Our kids are in need of summer clothes!
  Boys shorts - sizes 2T-10 |  Boys small underwear |    Girls 3T Shorts
 Girls Summer Clothes  0-3, 3mo, 6mo, 3-5 

We accept donations at both of our Centers, and thank you for your support! 
Thank you to everyone who came out to the Vineyard Vines Event! 
 We raised $224.55! 

The Episcopal Church Women, St. Simon's on the Sound Episcopal Church, Fort Walton Beach delivered a $500.00 check to our kids! Thank you ladies! 

   New board members Artie Rodriguez,  Katrina Puri, and Tom Saffel officially
sworn in by President Bill Fletcher. Kudos guys!!  

Joe Capers, on behalf of the Men of Resurrection, recently presented the
Center with a very generous gift! Thank you Joe!

Sandestin Wine Festival
June FRESH BAKED sponsor

Niceville Loc-N-Stor

Israel Williams of Ziic Outdoors, LLC. 
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