October 27, 2014: Ground Breaking News
for the pierce family children's advocacy center!
Walton County’s New Children’s Advocacy Center Breaks Ground and Receives Groundbreaking $1 Million Donation
Tue, Oct 28th, 2014 by Jordan Staggs
Photos and article courtesy of VIE Magazine
October 27, 2014 was a great day for children in Walton County who may be experiencing the ordeal of abuse, abandonment or neglect. Amidst great fanfare, including a $1 million donation by the Pierce Family, the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) held their official ground breaking for a new center that is expected to open in early 2016.
Jim and Tammy Pierce with ECCAC’s Julie Hurst. The Pierce Family generously donated $1 million to help build the new Walton County Children’s Advocacy Center.
Dignitaries present were Secretary Mike Carroll, Department of Children and Families; Senator Don Gaetz; Representative Matt Gaetz; Florida State First Judicial Circuit Attorney Bill Eddins; Walton County Superintendent Carlene Anderson; Walton County Commission Chair Mel Chapman; Sheriff Michael Adkinson, Walton County Sheriff’s Department; and Captain Mike Lolley, Defuniak Springs Police Department.
- Tammy and Jim Pierce
- Allen Ray McGinnis, Architect
- Terry Jones, Compass Builders, Builder
- Tracy Jernigan & Matt Parker, JP Engineering
- Senator Don Gaetz
- Walton County Board of County Commissioners
- Mayor and Council members, City of Defuniak Springs