February 2019 Advocacy Alert

February 2019 Advocacy Alert
Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center February  Newsletter
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The ECCAC lost an earthly angel. Joyce Gean wasn't just a volunteer, she was a member of our family. 
Joyce started volunteering at the front desk in 2005. After volunteering for 14 years she gave over 31,000 hours of her time bringing hope to everyone who walked through our doors! She was always there unless she was sick and never ever wanted anyone to take her shifts! She baked thousands of cookies and she was known as the Christmas Stocking Lady at our Children's Christmas Party every year. Tuesday and Friday afternoons will never quite be the same for us. 
Although she is no longer with us, we have no doubt she is now our guardian angel in Heaven. We can only imagine Jesus greeted her with a hug and said job well done.
Joyce, we love you dearly and will miss you greatly.
We pray for comfort for her family. They lost an amazing woman.

Save the date for the 20th Annual Kieran May Memorial Gala & Golf Weekend! We invite you to join us on March 9 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa for our Gala, followed by the Golf Tournament on March 10 at Kelly Plantation!

To purchase your tickets, please click here

Save the date! The Emeril Lagasse Foundation's Chi Chi Miguel Weekend will be Thursday, April 4 through Saturday, April 6! The weekend kicks off on Thursday, April 4 with the Wine Walkabout and Dine & Wine event. On Friday, April 5, the Golf Tournament will tee off, and the Sip N Shop will take place. To finish the weekend off, the Throwdown Benefit Auction & BBQ will take place on Saturday, April 6 at Churchill Oaks. We are excited to be a part of this fantastic event again, and can't wait to share more details with you! 

Registration is now open for the 2019 Destin Charity Wine Auction. To purchase your tickets please click here!
Destin Charity Wine Auction is ranked #3 on the list of "Top 10 Charity Wine Auctions in the US" by 
Wine Spectator Magazine  for the second consecutive year, raising $18 million for children in need in Northwest Florida since it's inception in 2005. 
Front Desk Volunteers

We are in need of front desk volunteers at the Pierce Family Children's Advocacy Center in DeFuniak Springs! If you are interested, please contact Angie Harder at  Angie@ECCAC.org  or at (850) 833-9237 Ext. 253

Event Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to help with the Kieran May Memorial Golf & Gala on March 9 and 10. There are various volunteer shifts and duties. If this is something you would want more information on, please let us know! 

We are looking for volunteers for the Chi Chi Miguel Weekend. We need volunteers for the Wine Walkabout (April 4), the Golf Tournament (April 5) and the Throwdown event (April 6). If interested, please let us know and we will share with you the details!

If you are interested in volunteering for any of these events or future events, please contact Chelsea Fox at Chelsea@ECCAC.org or at (850) 833-9237 Ext. 256

Girls and boys clothes, sizes 5-10 (for all clothes donations, no holes, stains, clean)

Baby clothes, sizes NB-6 months

Baby lotion, baby wash, diaper rash cream

Feminine products for teens (pads/tampons)

Size 5-6 diapers
We are in need of individually wrapped snacks.

Baby Wipes

Gas & Walmart Gift Cards
If you would like to donate a gift card, please purchase cards in either $10 or $25 amounts. 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

In cans, please!

Cases of Water

Pack 'n Play Beds

Easter Candy & Easter Baskets 

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

On January 27th we had our annual Staff Retreat at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Our staff created vision boards and mapped out our goals for 2019!

Thank you to our Board Member, Tom Saffel, for going over our development strategy with our Young Ambassador Board at their January meeting at 3rd Planet Brewery!

Sadly, Dave's Cafe & Gifts in Paxton, FL has to close their doors on April 19th, because their landlord will not renew their lease. Owner, Dave Palmer, reached out to us looking to turn his misfortune into a positive impact by supporting us.
Dave's Cafe & Gifts is full of classic toys and activities that we can use to comfort and counsel these fragile child abuse victims.
How can you help? You can shop in person to buy toys and activ ities and donate them to either our Defuniak Springs or Niceville location. Can't shop in person? You can call Dave at 850-708-9195 from anywhere and make your donation over the phone. He will gather items we have spoken about that best fit our needs and deliver them to us for you. He is even offering a 25% off discount to make donations go farther. A tax deductible donation receipt can be provided to you for your donation upon request.
Let's help empty those shelves, and bring hope and healing to child abuse victims!

We want to continuously thank Whiskey Bravo on 30A for constantly raising awareness for us and selling our Riley pups at their restaurant!

In January we celebrated Dozer the Therapy Dog
and his retirement! He and his mom Angie have given so much of their time to bring smiles and hope to the children we see at the Pierce Family CAC in DeFuniak! We are forever thankful for them and will miss them greatly!

Sandestin Wine Festival
February FRESH BAKED sponsor

Niceville Loc-N-Stor

Israel Williams of Ziic Outdoors, LLC. 

Thank you to our ECCAC Club Members!
Guardian Angel
Jim and Tammy Pierce
Lea Capers
Julie Porterfield
Jackson Wilson
Carmen Konert
Michael C. Thompson
Dana Saffel
John Smith
Eldon Diamond
Patrick Reily
MaryAnn K Jones
Patricia Castelli
Hanya Bluestone
Lauren Thompson
Lee Shaw
Thomas Cooper
Renee Pellegrino
Randall Leggett
Jeffery Pierce
  Friends Of The Center (Couple)
Janet Parker
Bernadette Williams
Bridget Keepman
Keri Atchley
Eric Aden
Alan Wood
Cheryl Pawelczyk
James Rowell
Bill Fletcher
Brian Plott
Sydney Harper
Kathleen Jarvis
Friend Of The Center (Individual )
Kay Phelan
Solange Jones
Rosa Fleming
Laura Renna
Erin Hoover
Leighann Elliott
Alex Jordan
Corbin Miller
Cadey Moody
Lindsey Smith
Whitney Whidden
Artie Rodriguez
Shaun Eubanks
Megan White
Alexis Poff
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