January 2019 Advocacy Alert

January 2019 Advocacy Alert
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Meet ECCAC's Young Ambassadors!

We are excited to announce that in August we created a Young Ambassador Board. The goal of this program is to try and get younger professionals involved in our organization to help spread more awareness. Over the course of this year, we will introduce you to each of our Young Ambassadors. Any young professionals in the community that are interested in serving and giving back are eligible to join the board. If interested, contact Chelsea Fox at Chelsea@eccac.org

With that being said, we are honored to introduce our
Young Ambassador President, Laura Renna!
Laura Renna moved to Niceville in June 2017 with her husband Michael and toddler son Garrison. Her professiona l background is in non-profit fundraising, event planning, and volunteer management. She is currently employed with the Kids Ministry at Crosspoint Church. Laura is also the owner of Insightful Interiors, an organizing/decluttering and decorating business operating out of Niceville. Laura is serving on the Steering Team of a local MOPS group, and enjoys taking pound classes at the gym, interior decorating, organizing, and spending time with her family. Laura is thrilled to be serving as the Young Ambassador Board President, and helping to raise awareness and funds for the ECCAC.

Please help us support our biggest charity partner! DCWAF is excited to bring a unique opportunity to the Emerald Coast! Please join us at the Henderson Beach Resort & Spa on February 8 for this fascinating Riedel Wine Glass Tasting.

In this educational seminar, Riedel will demonstrate the relationship between the shape of a glass and the perception and enjoyment of wine. To showcase wine in its finest form, Riedel's varietal-specific glasses enhance the aromas and taste components, while finding a wine's maximum complexity by featuring the best possible harmony. When all these elements are in place, the glass becomes the wine's 'loudspeaker,' transmitting the message of the beverage to the human senses. Discover the effect of shape and size on the perception of wine in a glass & wine tasting tutorial.

Tickets include a Riedel glass tasting set for guests to utilize during the seminar and take home for further enjoyment. The tasting set will feature glasses from the new Veritas collection. Veritas is a machine blown lead crystal of unsurpassed thinness and lightness combining the charm of a handmade glass with the consistent accuracy only a machine made glass can achieve.
To purchase your tickets, please click here.

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival presents the 2019 Tasting of Champions on Friday, February 15 from 6:00-8:00PM. The Tasting of Champions is the early preview to the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival in April. Sample from the 500+ wines, including newly named medal winners in more than 70 categories and gourmet food stations. Invite your friends and be the first to pamper your palettes! Proceeds from this event benefit the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation who is our biggest charity partner. To purchase your tickets, please click here!

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 7! The weekend kicks off on Thursday, April 4 with the Wine Walkabout and Dine & Wine event. On Friday, April 6, 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 7 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! 

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  Angie@ECCAC.org  or at (850) 833-9237 Ext. 253

Event Volunteers

We are currently looking for volunteers to help pour wine during Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation's Tasting of Champions on Friday, February 15 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa from 5 - 8PM.

We are also 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! 

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 Winter Clothes
sizes 5-10 (for all clothes donations, no holes, stains, clean)

Newborn Girl Clothes
6-12 Month Clothes

Baby Lotion, Baby Wash, Diaper Rash Cream

Feminine Products for Teens (Pads/Tampons)

Size 5-6 Diapers

We are accepting donations of new underwear 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! 

From our entire staff, we hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and we wish all of you a very Happy 2019! 

A HUGE thank you to Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast for all of these Christmas gifts and bikes for some of the children that we see AND $900! All of this was spearheaded by Jamie Webster and we are so grateful to have people in our community with such BIG hearts!

Thank you Kiwanis Club of Freeport - South Walton for the generous $1,000 donation. We are so thankful for their continuous support!

Thank you to everyone who came out and participated in the 10th Annual Penguin Plunge at Juana's Pagodas and Sailors' Grill! The event raised $8,000 that will be split between us and Santa Rosa Kids' House! A special thanks to our token Penguin and Chicken, Matt Hewatt and Brenda Barre!


Sandestin Wine Festival
January FRESH BAKED sponsor

Niceville Loc-N-Stor

Israel Williams of Ziic Outdoors, LLC. 

Thank you to our ECCAC Club Members!
Guardian Angel
Tammy & Jim Pierce
Carmen Konert
Julie & Les Porterfield
Dana & Tom Saffel
John Smith
Valerie & Mike Thompson
Jackson Wilson
Hanya Bluestone
Tom Cooper
Eldon Diamond
MaryAnn K Jones
Randall Leggett
Renee Pellegrino
Jeffery Pierce
Patrick Reily
Lee Shaw
Lauren Thompson
Friends of the Center
Eric Aden
Keri & Greg Atchley
Leighann Elliott
Bill Fletcher
Kathleen Jarvis
Alex Jordan
Bridget Keepman
Corbin Miller
Cady Moody
Janet Parker
Kay Phelan
Brian Plott
Audie Rowell
Lindsey Smith
Whitney Whidden
Bernadette Williams
Tracy & Alan Wood
Friend of the Center
Shaun Eubanks
Solange Jones
Artie Rodriguez 
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