August 2018 Advocacy Alert

August 2018 Advocacy Alert
Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center August  Newsletter
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Meet James Jaquess

Jim Jaquess was elected to the ECCAC Board in 2016.  He is a Director of the Northwest Florida State College Institute for Senior Professionals, has served as a Director of USA Water Ski, a member organization of the USOC for 25 years, and is a Director of the Walton County Taxpayers Association.  He is a member of the Republican National Lawyers Association. He was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by the Governor of the State of Kentucky in 2015.

Jim is a globally recognized consultant to the energy industry, including nuclear, fossil and renewable power generation, transmission & distribution, and gas pipeline construction/operations.  He has worked on projects throughout North America, South America, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

Admitted to the Georgia Bar (1987) and elected Fellow of the American Society for Quality.  He is a former Chairman, Atlanta Section of the American Nuclear Society and currently serves on the Editorial Review Board of  Quality Progress  magazine.

Jim is a member of the Emerald Coast Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and is a member of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Jim received his Juris Doctorate from the Georgia State University College of Law.  He holds an MBA in marketing & finance from the Scott College of Business at Indiana State University and a BS degree in Industrial Management from the Romain College of Business at the University of Southern Indiana

He resides in Santa Rosa Beach and has two daughters (Renee & Regina) that compete at the international level in competition water skiing.  Regina holds the World Slalom Record and is a five time World Overall Champion.  She owns Emerald Coast Compounding Pharmacy in Santa Rosa Beach.


Calling all women! Join us for Women's Expo at BizLounge on Saturday, August 18th from 9am-12pm! Vendor proceeds will benefit  Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center.


Dine out for a cause with us on Thursday, August 23 at Tisano's Garlic Grill! 15% of the lunch sales will benefit the ECCAC, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Warehouse 360 Benefit Concert featuring Alex Guthrie

The Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center invites you to join us on Thursday, August 23 at  Warehouse 360 for a benefit concert featuring  Alex Guthrie! A singer-songwriter from Atlanta,  Alex Guthrie has recently been featured on an  American Family Insurance commercial singing with  Jennifer HudsonGuthrie and his band have also performed at numerous festivals, including the Milwaukee Summerfest, 30A Songwriter's Festival, and Wire and Wood Songwriter's Festival!  The concert starts at 6:00 p.m., and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the ECCAC! To purchase your tickets, please click  HERE !

Alys Beach 5 K & 1 Mile Fun Run

Lace up those running shoes and get ready for the 7th Annual Alys Beach 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run on Sunday, September 2! Fun for the whole family, this race will feature a stunning course alongside food, drinks, and more! To register for this race, please click here.

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.

Warehouse 360 Concert featuring Alex Guthrie
We are currently looking for volunteers to help on August 23 at the Warehouse 360 Concert, featuring Alex Guthrie! The show starts at 6:00 p.m., and we'll need volunteers before and after the concert.

Alys Beach 5k 
On August 29 we are requesting volunteers from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to help stuff goody bags. We are also looking for volunteers to help during the race on Sunday, September 2, either helping at the water stations or at the finish line from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Wiggin' Out 
We are eagerly looking for volunteers to help us with set up on September 5 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. We are also needing volunteers to help during the event on September 6 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Destin Charity Cornhole Tournament
On September 30 we will need volunteers to help with registration and scorekeeping at the annual Destin Charity Cornhole Tournament.

Baytowne Beer Festival
We will need LOTS of volunteers to help with this event! On October 13 we will need volunteers to help in the morning {this shift provides a free ticket to the event} and we will need volunteers to help in the afternoon {this shift provides a free six pack of craft beer}!

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

Our Annual Training is coming up on September 27-28 . This is training for all personnel that deal with child abuse victims, from Law Enforcement to Department of Children and Families to therapists, etc. We are looking for snacks/water/and soda donations.

We accept donations at both of our Centers, and thank you for your support! 
The ECCAC would like to send our sincere thanks to The Able Trust for their generous donation! This $35,000 grant will go towards our mission to end child abuse across the Emerald Coast. The  ECCAC received $15,000 from the Gladys M. Thomas Ability Fund, $15,000 from the Donald F. Gallimore Endowment Fund and $5,000 from the John R. Pettengill Ability Fund. The Able Trust began supporting the ECCAC in 2011 and has donated over $130,000 during this time period!

The Kiwanis Club of Niceville-Valparaiso gave a generous gift of $1,500 to the ECCAC! We cannot thank them enough for their generous donation! 

Shoutout to the Girl Scout Troop 748, they donated hand-decorated bags filled with overnight necessities! These bags also include a stuffed animal so that each child who needs one will have it forever as their very own!

We'd like to thank the Air Force Research Laboratory and Doolittle Institute, they donated backpacks and school supplies to the ECCAC!

The Local American Society of Military Comptrollers Chapter recently donated backpacks and school supplies to the ECCAC, and we couldn't be more grateful! 

Sandestin Wine Festival
August FRESH BAKED sponsor

Niceville Loc-N-Stor

Israel Williams of Ziic Outdoors, LLC. 
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