December 2018 Advocacy Alert

December 2018 Advocacy Alert
Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center December  Newsletter
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Meet Audie Rowell!

With an extensive career in law enforcement since 1986, and the recipient of numerous awards, Major Rowell has worked with the Leon County Sheriff's Office, Tallahassee Police Department, and now the Walton County Sheriff's Office. He has served Walton County as the Internal Affairs Commander, Professional Standards Bureau Chief, Support Services Bureau Chief, Patrol Bureau Chief, and is currently the Director of Emergency Services. Being involved in the community is high on Major Rowell's priorities as he serves on the Walton County Area Chamber Board, the Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers Board, and now ECCAC's Board. He and his wife, Cheri, have four children.

"The Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center is dedicated to helping abused children through the horrific events that occur in their lives," commented Major Rowell. "I am honored to be a part of such a tremendous organization that puts children first. 


Start 2019 off right by taking the plunge at Juana's Pagodas and Sailors' Grill! There will be food, hot drinks, t-shirts, draft beer, a SUP Adventure Course, and live music by Stevie Hall! To register online,  please click here .

Save the date for the 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! Stay tuned for more details! 

Front Desk Volunteers

We are in need of front desk volunteers at the Pierce Family Children's Advocacy Center in DeFuniak Springs! We are having a front desk training class on Thursday, January 24  at 10am at the Pierce Family Children's Advocacy Center. If you are interested in attending, please contact Angie Harder at  or at (850) 833-9237 Ext. 253

We are accepting donations of new underwear for boys and girls in all sizes.

Winter Clothes
The ECCAC is in need of new or gently used {no holes or stains, please} clothing, from 24 months up to large junior sizes!

With colder weather, we will need coats for boys and girls in all sizes.

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 

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

We'd like to give a big THANK YOU to Grand Boulevard for letting us participate in the Festival of Trees this year! Our lovely Christmas tree, decorated by the extremely talented Velia Lala, will be on display until Christmas!

Thank you to Team Sandestin for sponsoring nine of our families this year for Adopt-A-Family! Because of them and all of our other amazing sponsors, our children in need and their families will be able to have a Christmas this year!

Dr. Brodie Bowman and his team stepped up as Adopt-A-Family volunteers this year, and we are so thankful for all of their help this Christmas!

It was another great turnout for our annual Children's Christmas Party. Thank you to Crosspoint Church in Niceville for hosting us. The families that attended all had a wonderful time! 

We give PetSmart two paws up! We'd  like  to thank them for donating tons of stuffed animals. Our children are going to love receiving these furry friends!

We are so thankful to Debbie Hollis for all the amazing work she has done as our Clinical Supervisor for the past 15 years.  We wish her a very happy retirement! 

Thank you to the Northwest State College Pre Professional Education Association for creating a Christmas wonderland at our Niceville Center! 

Meet Andrew! He is a son of one of our Adopt-A-Family sponsors. He was super excited because he helped his mom pick out the gifts for one of our families that they adopted. This little guy is learning the true meaning of Christmas early on in life!

A special thank you to Board Member Tom Saffel for leading our Development Retreat. His guidance will help us to grow and leverage our resources to ensure services 
for our children!

We cannot thank The Village of Baytowne Wharf enough for their generous donation! They raised $5,000 for the ECCAC at their Baytowne Beer Festival and at the Sparkling Wine and Holiday Lights Festival!

A big THANK YOU to Joe and Cassie Freitas, they donated 96 new backpacks, socks, and underwear for our children! 

Sandestin Wine Festival
December FRESH BAKED sponsor

Niceville Loc-N-Stor

Israel Williams of Ziic Outdoors, LLC. 
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