June 2019 Advocacy Alert

June 2019 Advocacy Alert
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Get to know our Board Member, Tom Saffel!
Tom Saffel, a Santa Rosa Beach resident in South Walton County for the past 13 years, recently retired and joined the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center's Board of Directors. 
Saffel retired as a Business Development Manager working in sales coordination with key national customers for Kimberly Clark. He and his wife of 37 years, Dana, have made Santa Rosa Beach their "forever home". They have two grown sons. The Saffel's are annual contributors to Alaqua Animal Rescue, Sinfonia, American Cancer Society and Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation.
"I hope to bring my marketing, sales, interpersonal skills and financial background to the ECCAC Board," said Saffel. "When we moved here, we discovered how amazing this community is at giving back, unlike we've ever experienced in previous locations. I am motivated to be a part of the team and help the centers expand their support of abused children and get a little closer to there no longer being a need for ECCAC to exist. That would be a good thing."

We are excited to be partnering with Cook Family Dentistry in Santa Rosa Beach as they host a Summer Toothbrush Drive for us! They will match all donations of toothbrushes that are donated between now and August 1, 2019. Dental hygiene is so important and we are thankful that they are willing to help our children in this aspect that need it. Please consider donating one or two toothbrushes this summer!

 Bring yourself and your BFF's to this entertaining ladies night out at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, upstairs in the 560 space on Thursday, September 5th.

We're changing up the theme this year to Great Gatsby. So get your flapper dresses, sequins, ruffled skirts, pearls, etc. together for a night you don't want to miss out on!

Ladies will pick from an assortment of wigs and will be whisked off to the Avant Garde Aveda styling station to make sure they are all glamoured up for the evening.

Filled with libations, food, fun, DJ Vladi, and other happenings, the 5th Annual Wiggin' Out For A Cause will benefit the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center.

VIP tickets will start out at $100 and General Admission tickets will start out at $75.
VIP Private Party will be from 5:30-6:30pm and the Main Event will be from 6:30-9:30pm.

Click here to purchase your ticket!

There are also sponsorship opportunities available! If you are interested in being a sponsor for this fun event, please email Chelsea Fox at Chelsea@eccac.org or call her at (850) 833-9237 Ext. 256

Want to win up to $750? Do you love Cornhole? Then this event's for you!

Join us Sunday, September 29th for the 4th Annual Destin Charity Cornhole Tournament benefitting the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center.

This double elimination tournament is limited to 100 teams and registration will open soon so stay tuned!

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 will need volunteers for both Wiggin' Out (September 5th) and the Destin Charity Cornhole Tournament (September 29th). More volunteer information and details coming soon.

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

Seasonal appropriate clothes(No holes or stains) for sizes 6-9 months boys
Girls summer bottoms, sizes 2T-8
Boys t-shirts
Boys shorts, sizes 4-7
Gas and Walmart gift cards-$10-$25
New underwear, any size, any gender
(Particularly teen/adult size underwear)
New socks for teens
Feminine products
Individually wrapped snacks
Chocolate chip cookie dough
Juice boxes
Sodas (in cans please)
Cases of water bottles
Diapers, primarily training pull-ups, size newborn, size 1, and size 5
Baby wipes
Facial tissues
Lysol aerosol cans and wipes
Pack n play beds (new or gently used)
New or gently used duffel bags or backpacks

Also, feel free to check out our Amazon Wishlist!

You can also start donating while you shop by signing into your Amazon account at smile.amazon.com
On your first visit to AmazonSmile ( smile.amazon.com), you are prompted to select a charitable organization from our list of eligible organizations. 
Select Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center to support and they will donate to us each time you buy from Amazon. 

We accept donations at both of our Centers, and we appreciate your support! 
Thank you to the Ruckel Middle School Cheerleaders for collecting juice boxes, snacks, and booster seats! 

 Thank you to Danielle Barta who was representing Campbell Charitable Trust, Joseph Campbell-trustee and Davis Campbell-trustee for donating snacks, water, juice boxes, duffel bags, backpacks, underwear, socks, feminine products, Lysol wipes and spray.

A big thank you to the school district and Sharon Duron - Induction Facilitator for ensuring that all new school employees know the Florida State Child Abuse Mandated Reporting Laws. We look forward to another successful school year in 2019-2020!

Our amazing therapy team was recognized as Community Provider of the Year by our partners - the First Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program! We think this award truly exemplifies the souls of our therapists. 

The Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation's trophy for most funds raised at our 2019 Patron Dinner hosted by Candis and Jack Wilson was given to a child for their graduation from our Mental Health Program last month!

A note from their therapist:

"I wanted to let you know that the trophy found a great home today....

Today I greeted a child in the lobby knowing it may be the last time I ever see them. It's always a bittersweet feeling, but feelings of pride and joy take over, knowing they stuck it out and worked so hard for almost a year to get to this point. Before celebrating with a paint party, this child was presented with this trophy and a certificate of completion for being so brave and strong through this difficult process and to show them how amazing it is that they crossed the finish line! So please help me wish them a Happy Graduation!"

Thank you to everyone who came out and participated in our 2019 Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). The MOA is ECCAC's annual interdisciplinary commitment to sharing information and resources to enhance the investigation and prosecution of child physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect cases as well as to facilitate treatment of child victims and their families between various agencies in Okaloosa and Walton Counties.

Sandestin Wine Festival
June FRESH BAKED sponsor

Supports our Young Ambassadors


Niceville Loc-N-Stor

Israel Williams of Ziic Outdoors, LLC. 

Thank you to our ECCAC Club Members!

Guardian Angel
Jim and Tammy Pierce
Jim Karian
Don and Nancy Roberts
Lea Capers
Julie Porterfield
Jackson Wilson
Carmen Konert
Michael C. Thompson
Dana Saffel
John Smith
Sarah Vorgert
Carolyn Brigman (McCaskill and Company)
Eldon Diamond
Patrick Reily (2)
MaryAnn K Jones
Patricia Castelli
Hanya Bluestone
Lauren Thompson
Lee Shaw
Thomas Cooper
Renee Pellegrino
Randall Leggett
Jeffery Pierce (2)
Tara Johnson
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
Leslie Fuller
Melissa Bowles
Jennifer Clark (2)
Caitlin Archer
James Stevens (2)
Allen and Marie Courtney (2)
Latosha Pinckney
Kathryn Newton
Chris and Heather Beasley
Nancy Graham
Friend Of The Center (Individual )
Kay Pelhan
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
Megan Abreu
Alexis Poff
Ta'ki Brown
William Blanken
Brook Spires
Nancy Brown
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