June 2019 Advocacy Alert
Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center June  Newsletter
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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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It was with much sadness that we had to say goodbye to our fearless COO,  Pat Franklin, at the end of 2017.  Pat touched just about every aspect of the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center. From making sure victims received the care they deserved, to managing repairs in both Centers (she is now an AC technician ), and making sure our staff was cared for, she  did it all with a smile, and a very calming presence. We will miss her tremendously and wish her luck as she continues her career in Tallahassee with DCF.
As Pat steps out, Jennifer Clark steps in. Jennifer has been with ECCAC for many years as a mental health advocate, and most recently as the  child abuse program prevention manager. Congratulations Jennifer!

Did you know? The yearly cost for one therapy dog is $1,000. 
To learn more and get involved, please go online to:

Join us at Island Wing Company on Saturday, February 17 for February Eating for Advocacy! All day, 10% of the sales will benefit the ECCAC! And, if you bring a donation of the following items, you will get a FREE appetizer on your next visit:
New Socks
New Underwear
Bottled Water

Rock the dock with Louis Louis in celebration of their 8th season! On February 24, there will be three seating times available {5 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8:30 p.m.} for guests to drink, dine, and celebrate. Tickets are $40 per person for this private event. Food and beverages extra. All ticket sales will be donated to the ECCAC! Cruise ship attire is a Loveboat theme, and we hope to see everyone there for a fantastic evening! To purchase your tickets, please click here

We invite you to join us for the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce's First Friday Coffee at the First Baptist of Fort Walton Beach on Friday, March 2! Enjoy networking, coffee, and learn more about the ECCAC! 

We're teeing up for the annual Kieran May Memorial Weekend! The weekend will kick off with a Celebration Evening on Friday, March 9 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Then, on Sunday, March 11, the Golf Tournament will take place at Kelly Plantation. This year, we are thankful for the incredible sponsors who have already stepped up: Jim & Tammy Pierce, Coastal Accounting, Krueger, Fosdyck & Associates with Merrill Lynch, My Vacation Haven, America's Swimming Pool Co., Simple HR, Johnny on the Spot, the Donut Hole, Amy Rogers, Regal Stephens Builder-Developer, Hyatt Family, Acentria Insurance, Community Bank, Conerly, Bowman, and Dykes, Kleinfeld, Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC, Trustmark Bank, and Acme Oyster House. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or purchasing tickets to the Gala, please click here

Fiesta like there is no Mañana! Enjoy a flavorful afternoon on Destin Harbor full of tequila tastings, contests, live music and tacos of all kind! Head over to HarborWalk Village on Saturday, March 10 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for the best tacos and tequila on the Emerald Coast. To purchase your tickets, please click here

Smart Device Class

Save the date! The Emeril Lagasse Foundation's Chi Chi Miguel Weekend will be 
  Thursday, April 5 through Saturday, April 7! The weekend kicks off on Thursday, April 5 with the Wine Walkabout, sponsored by Curate. On Friday, April 6 the 
Golf Tournament will tee off, with presenting sponsor Seagar's, and the Sip N Shop will take place, sponsored by Silver Sands Premium Outlets. And, finish the weekend on Saturday, April 7 with the Throwdown Benefit Auction & BBQ, sponsored by Isagenix! We are excited to be a part of this fantastic event again, and can't wait to share more details with you! 


Mark your calendars for the 13th Annual Destin Charity Wine Auction! We invite you to join us April 27 through April 29 for tastes of the best wine, auction opportunities, and much more as we raise money for local children's charities! To learn more and to purchase your tickets, please click here!

Tour Our Centers

We invite you to tour our Centers! Tours will take monthly at each center from 10am until 2pm. February tours will take place on Tuesday, February 27 in DeFuniak Springs and Thursday, February 22 in Niceville. If you can't make either, please contact Kim (850-833-9237 ext 283) or Chelsea (ext 256) for a private tour. We would love to show you what your support means to our community.

We are currently looking for volunteers for the 5th Annual Tequila and Tacos Fest on Saturday, March 10 at Harborwalk Village! All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt as well as food during their shift and an after event pizza/beer party.
Available shifts are:
Fri, Mar 9
Set up 2pm to 6pm
Sat, Mar 10
Set up then move to ticketing 9am to 230pm
Ticketing 11am to 6pm
Drink or food booths 11am to 6pm
Runners 11am to 6pm
Judges helpers 11am to 6pm
Armband checkers 11am to 6pm
To volunteer, please email Kim@ECCAC.org the following information:
Name, email, cell phone,preferred shift and any physical limitations
(so that we can place you properly)
Contact Kim at 850-833-9237x283 for further info

Other volunteer opportunities are:
  •  Volunteers needed to assist with the 4thAnnual Wiggin' Out event procuring auction items
  • Volunteers needed for the Kieran May Memorial Golf & Gala weekend, March 9th and 11th. See Chelsea for shift information
  • Volunteers needed for the upcoming Chi Chi Miguel weekend. Shifts are still being determined, but let Chelsea know if you are interested.
If you are interested in any of these opportunities above or have questions, please email Chelsea@ECCAC.org or call (850) 833-9237 ext. 256.

Furniture For Sale
We are doing some spring cleaning to start off the year, and currently have two desks for sale! The first desk is $100, and the second is $50. You must be able to pick these up from the Niceville Center! 
Please contact Angie at Angie@eccac.org or 850-833-9238x253 for more info.

Other Needs
**individual bags of chips for gift baskets for our local Law Enforcement
**baskets, all shapes and sizes

Seagar's hosted the ECCAC Appreciation Party, and we had a wonderful evening tasting their fine wines and sampling a few of their delectable appetizers! We would like to thank Charlotte, Will, and Chef Laurie for their incredible hospitality and for hosting us! 

A big THANK YOU to the Village of Baytowne Wharf for donating the proceeds of the Baytowne Beer Festival to the ECCAC! $3,000 was raised at this annual festival, and we are so grateful we got to be a part of it! 

Thank you to Northwest Florida State College for donating water to our Centers! Kelsey King with the college dropped off these waters, and we are so grateful for the incredible support from our community! 

The Army Aviation Federal Credit Union dropped by and donated $500 to the ECCAC, and we are so thankful for their continued support! 

Congratulations are in order, because Kelly Henderson was awarded the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office Investigator of the Year! 

Sandestin Wine Festival
February FRESH BAKED sponsor
CFC # 28846

Niceville Loc-N-Stor

Israel Williams of Ziic Outdoors, LLC. 
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