• April 2016 Business Briefs / Member News Part 3

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    April 19, 2016
    Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park Set to Celebrate Dolphin's First Birthday
    Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is geared up to celebrate a very special birthday as dolphin Kaya turns one year old on Friday, April 29. The public is invited to join in the fun with a spectacular birthday offer all weekend long. Beginning Friday, April 29, through Sunday, May 1, buy one adult admission and get one child admission free! On Friday only, Gulfarium animal care and training staff will make a splash during the Dolphin Shows at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., presenting Kaya with tasty treats perfect for a dolphin birthday. For tickets and park information, go to www.Gulfarium.com

    Run for the Arts in Sinfonia’s bravo! beat 5k Run/Walk 
    Lace up your shoes and run for the arts in Sinfonia’s bravo! beat 5K run/walk on Saturday, May 7, at 8 a.m., starting and ending at The Village of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin. As the region's only fully professional symphony orchestra, proceeds from the event will benefit Sinfonia's mission to provide music education initiatives and guest artists in the schools of Walton and Okaloosa Counties, support the Sinfonia Gulf Coast Youth Orchestra programs, and support the LINK UP in partnership with Carnegie Hall, in addition to presenting the highest caliber live musical events in Northwest Florida. Patrons may register online at www.Active.com.

    Stanleys Join World Impact Real Estate
    World Impact Real EstateDestin residents since 1990, Jim and Hannah Stanley recently joined World Impact Real Estate. Hannah has been selling real estate in this area since 1994, and Jim joined her in 2002 after working as the golf course superintendent at Indian Bayou Golf Club.  Hannah received her real estate broker’s license in 1994.  She is a graduate of The University of Mississippi, and Jim graduated from Mississippi State University.  Their daughters Catherine and Meredith went to Destin Elementary and Destin Middle schools and graduated from Fort Walton Beach High School. They are now both Certified Public Accountants.  Jim and Hannah are active members of Destin United Methodist Church. The Stanleys specialize in representing their clients in the purchase and sale of single-family residences and income property. They may be reached at (850) 830-9764 or (850) 830-9774.

    Local FASTSIGNS® Expands Product Offering
    Local sign and visual graphics provider FASTSIGNS of Fort Walton Beach/Destin has expanded its product offering with custom awards, which are ideal for recognizing employees, military service men and women, educators, and students. 

    “In addition to the comprehensive signs and visual graphics we provide, we can also help local businesses and organizations acknowledge their employees and enhance engagement using high-end solutions and impressive designs,” said Dick Marks, owner of FASTSIGNS of Fort Walton Beach/Destin. “Whether it’s a military recognition award, employee of the month, or recognizing a job well done, our team at FASTSIGNS is ready to help.”     

    Niceville HS Leadership Miss People’s Choice Donates to CIC Kids
    Children In CrisisKen Hair, Children In Crisis (CIC) president and CEO, receives a donation of $2,000 from Niceville High School Leadership Miss People’s Choice, Nicole Farmer.  The donation will help with school activities of the 50 children living at the CIC Neighborhood.

    OAA Requests Silent Auction Donations
    The Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) is requesting silent auction donations for the Okaloosa Arts & Culture Fest.  The money raised at the Okaloosa Arts & Culture Fest will go to the OAA’s community fund.  The Okaloosa Arts & Culture Fest will be on Sat, May 21, 2016, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., at the FWB Landing.  The Fest is a free family event and will have live entertainment, food, artists and vendors, free activities, a silent auction, and the poster contest display. Please contact Amy Baty at (850) 499-8335 or amybaty1@gmail.com if your business would like to make a donation.  

    Macdonald Joins Children’s Advocacy Center Board
    Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy CenterEd Macdonald recently joined the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center’s (ECCAC) board of directors. He is president and co-founder of Cavanaugh Macdonald Consulting, LLC, an actuarial firm. Macdonald also serves on the consulting company’s board of directors, as well as on the board of Community Newspaper Holdings.

    Lucy Buffet Meet & Greet Cookbook Signing
    Lucy Buffett, sister of famous singer Jimmy Buffett, will be at LuLu’s for a meet and greet Happy Hour cookbook signing from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, April 28, which will also coincide with the Destin Chamber’s Business After Hours event. Back by popular demand, restaurateur and author Lucy Buffett is re-releasing her successful cookbook in paperback. Formerly self-published in 2007 as Crazy Sista Cooking, the new version is entitled LuLu’s Kitchen, A Taste of the Gulf Coast Good Life, published by Grand Central Life & Style Publishing. LuLu’s Kitchen is packed with more than 120 signature recipes from her childhood and from the kitchens of her famous Gulf Coast restaurants in Gulf Shores and Destin.

    Emerald Coast Science Center to Attend Girl's Exhibit Workshop
    Diane Fraser, executive director at the Emerald Coast Science Center, has been selected as a participant for an Exhibit Design for Girls' Engagement (EDGE) Workshop at The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science in Miami, Fla., on Friday, April 22. This professional development workshop is brought to the Frost Museum through a NSF Grant program created to research and analyze museum exhibits to identify the most important attributes for engaging girls at STEM exhibits. This award will allow the science center to improve engagement with our region's girls at our museum and with our mobile programs.

    Sales Professional Earns International Designation for Luxury Home Marketing Expertise
    Gena Bolton with World Impact Real Estate has earned the prestigious Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist® designation in recognition of her experience, knowledge and expertise in the luxury home market. Bolton is an award-winning real estate professional who has gone through special training and met performance standards in the upper tier market.  She has been in real estate since 2010 and specializes in the Sandestin, Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, and 30A areas market. She may be reached at (850) 650-6985 or Gena@SoWal30A.com.  

    Destin Commons Donates to Opportunity Place
    Destin Commons - Opportunity PlaceDestin Commons recently made a $1,000 donation to Debra McDaniel, the executive director of Opportunity Place. McDaniel said the funds will be used to cover the cost of obtaining vital records and items such as car seats, linens and shelter supplies for their residents. Opportunity Place is a homeless shelter offering numerous services to women and their children. The donation was made through Destin Commons’ Coins For A Cause program, which was created to help benefit local charities with the monies collected from the center’s parking meters. 

    EFCU Donates $1,000 to Fisher House
    Eglin Federal Credit Union - Fisher House of the Emerald CoastEglin Federal Credit Union president Jerry Williams presents $1,000 in gift cards to Fisher House of the Emerald Coast house manager Ron Gribble, board administrative director Mia Hughes, and board president Teresa Halverson. The Armed Forces Financial Network partners with federal credit unions to provide the gift cards as a way of saying “Thank You” for the service and sacrifices made by military families. In addition to the gift cards, EFCU provides no-surcharge access with the AFFN ATM network at its base locations for military personnel.
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