September 2018 Advocacy Alert

September 2018 Advocacy Alert
Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center September  Newsletter
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Meet Velia Lala

This month, get to know the creator of our annual Wiggin' Out For A Cause event: Velia Lala! 

From Louisiana, Lala permanently moved to this area in 2011. With a background in sales and management, Lala is now the artist/owner of Velia Lala Art & Design based in Shalimar. She knew that moving here would lead her to her first love - art. Growing up, she did not always have the easiest childhood and art was her way to escape the negative and find a happy place. Lala often donates her art to area charities.

 "Besides creating my own paintings, sculpture, clothing, furniture and faux wall décor, I teach classes and do corporate team building experiences...always trying to tie in how creativity can break down barriers and build positive energy in each person," commented Lala. "I am honored to be serving on the board of ECCAC, children's well-being is a high priority of mine. I hope to help grow community awareness, support and be an enthusiastic advocate for ECCAC."

For the past three years, Lala has been co-chair for Sinfonia Gulf Coast's largest annual fund raiser, Wine, Women & Shoes. In Louisiana, she served on the board of directors for United Way in Lafayette, and she was also involved with committee work there for Kiwanis, Special Olympics, and Junior League.

And, this year, at the 4th Annual Wiggin' Out For A Cause ladies night out, Velia helped us to raise over $20,000! It was a record breaking year! 

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.

We're gearing up for the 11th Annual Baytowne Beer Fest at The Village of Baytowne Wharf! On October 12 and 13, discover American specialty brews from around the nation as you sip and sample your way through the festival.  The event will feature over 200 domestic and international craft beers available at the event, offering an opportunity to learn about the different types of lagers and ales from a variety of styles. To purchase your tickets, please click here.

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.

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}!

Harvest Wine & Food Festival
Volunteers are needed to help with the three days of events at the Harvest Wine & Food Festival! Stay tuned to learn more about volunteering opportunities.

Festival of Trees
This year, the ECCAC is benefitting from Grand Boulevard's Festival of Trees! We are needing volunteers to be on a committee who are wanting to help us come up with a theme for our tree, gather decorations, and help us decorate!

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

We're feeling spooky at the ECCAC, because Halloween is right around the corner! We are currently accepting donations of candy to give to our kids at each Center!

Toothbrushes and Toothpaste 
Oral hygiene is important, which is why the ECCAC is currently seeking donations of Toothbrushes and Toothpaste.

We accept donations at both of our Centers, and thank you for your support! 
Another year, another amazingly successful Wiggin' Out For A Cause ladies night out! This year, we raised over $20,000! We are so grateful for all of the support, and we are especially thankful for all of the help from Velia Lala and Dana Saffel!

We are humbled and honored, words just are not enough. Thank you to the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation f or raising $280,000 dollars for our kids!! Let no child be a victim of abuse or neglect. Thank you for helping us in the fight to STOP CHILD ABUSE!

We would like to thank the Shalimar United Methodist Church for blessing the First Responders on September 11.

Thank you to Tyler Fuller and Crosspoint United Methodist Church for helping to create an informational video for the Center.  They will be sharing it at their Orphan Sunday Service along with other amazing missions they support.  

Jennifer Clark, Chief of Operations of the Pierce Family Children's Advocacy Center, had the pleasure of speaking to the Walton County Garden Club. Thank you for the opportunity to pass along our Center's mission to all of you!

We'd like to send a big shoutout to Stubbs Orthodontics! They raised over $600 for the ECCAC in June's Check in for a Cause event!

The Prescription Place in Niceville gave the ECCAC a generous donation of much needed supplies for our Centers! Our children and families thank you!

Our incredible volunteers were up bright and early for the Alys Beach 5K! We cannot thank them enough for all of their handwork and help!

Sandestin Wine Festival
September FRESH BAKED sponsor

Niceville Loc-N-Stor

Israel Williams of Ziic Outdoors, LLC. 
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