• August 2015 Business Briefs / Member News Part 1

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    August 04, 2015

    Covenant Hospice Selected to Participate in Medicare Care Choices Model
    Covenant Hospice has been selected to participate in the Medicare Care Choices Model, announced recently by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. The model provides Medicare beneficiaries who qualify for coverage under the Medicare Hospice Benefit and dually eligible beneficiaries who qualify for the Medicaid Hospice Benefit the option to elect to receive supportive care services typically provided by hospice and continue to receive curative services at the same time. This announcement is a part of a larger effort to transform our health care system to deliver better care, spend our dollars in a smarter way, and put patients in the center of their care. Covenant Hospice is one of 140 hospices nationwide and the only hospice provider locally invited to participate in the model. Covenant will begin implementing the Medicare Care Choices Model services Jan. 1, in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton counties. 
    Shelter House Holds Annual Backpack Drive
    Shelter House is collecting school supplies for the children served by the agency. Before the school year begins, Shelter House advocates will set up a store displaying the donated items where kids and their moms can “shop” for exactly what they need to head back to school in style. Items needed include backpacks, lunch boxes, college rule paper, glue and glue sticks, three-ring binders, tabbed dividers, index cards, highlighters, scientific calculators, graph paper, USB thumb drives, protractors, Post-it notes, and pencil pouches. Supplies are needed for both boys and girls. In addition to hosting the school store, Shelter House will bring in hair stylists to provide free haircuts for the children and their mothers. Pampering professionals will also be on hand to offer free waxing and massages to the moms.
    Donations can be dropped off by Aug. 10, at the Shelter House Program Office located at 16 Ferry Road, SE in Fort Walton Beach, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. If your business or civic/religious/professional organization would like to host its own drive, please contact Shelter House at (850) 243-1201.
    Palizzi Joins Sacred Heart Medical Group in Panama City Beach
    Sacred Heart - Dr. Barry PalizziDr. Barry Palizzi, a board-certified family medicine physician, has joined Sacred Heart Medical Group’s practice in Panama City Beach. Palizzi cares for the entire family and has special medical interests in pediatrics. He is passionate about utilizing preventive medicine to help his patients maintain a healthy lifestyle. Palizzi also enjoys treating musculoskeletal injuries in adults and children. He received his medical degree from the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Des Moines, Iowa. He continued his training at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, where he completed his residency program in family medicine. Additionally, Palizzi has been a member of the Army National Guard for six years, serving as a medical corps officer. For details, call (850) 233-6922.

    Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation Receives $10,000
    Grand Boulevard at SandestinOn July 28, founding partners and sponsors of South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival presented $10,000 check to Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) to benefit children’s charities. Seen here (left to right) are Stacey Brady, Grand Boulevard at Sandestin; Chan Cox, Wine World; Tommy Binkely, Southern Wine & Spirits; Meredith Fridley-Young, DCWAF; Karah Fridley-Young; Tina Roberson, South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival; Jordan Lacenski, DCWAF; Richard Ross, Hilton Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort; John Russell, DCWAF; Chelsea Calhoun, Grand Boulevard at Sandestin; Bill Bubel, Grand Boulevard at Sandestin; Myra Williams, Howard Group; Lisa Hales, Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union; Martina Berrios, Grand Boulevard at Sandestin; and Tracy Louthain, Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, Inc. More than 4,000 people attended the festival, which was held April 23 – 26, at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin.
    BBB® Announces “Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics” Winners
    Newman-Dailey Resort Properties - BBB of Northwest FloridaYour BBB Foundation serving Northwest Florida is proud to announce the recipients of the ninth annual Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics program from its District II area: Okaloosa and Walton counties.
    1-10 employees category - Fusion Carpet Care
    Honorable Mention - Fred Astaire Dance Studios
    50+ employees category - Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, Inc. (pictured)
    “These winners exemplify what your BBB stands for: trust, integrity, performance and ethics,” said Norman Wright, president and CEO of your BBB serving northwest Florida. “These organizations stand out in the marketplace against those who don’t always do the right thing.”
    Gulfarium's 60th Anniversary Weekend Celebration 
    On Aug. 14, 1955, the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park opened its doors to locals and tourists for the very first time and now invites the public to help celebrate 60 years of care with historic discounts on park admission and encounters during Gulfarium's 60th Anniversary Celebration Weekend! Between Aug. 14-16, guest can enjoy the following:
    - Buy One, Get One 60% OFF Park Admission
    - 60% OFF Animal Encounters (restrictions apply)
    - Use online code SIXTY at www.Gulfarium.com to get 60% OFF a future animal encounter for any available date through March 2, 2016 (code is only valid online 8/14/15-8/16/15; restrictions apply).

    The Sonder Project Nears Completion of First Water Well
    The Sonder ProjectThe Sonder Project announced that it has begun construction on a water well for the village of Bagyame in Burkina Faso, Africa. The people of this village have been walking nearly four miles one way just to retrieve the muddy, filthy water that they so desperately need to survive, a distance that will only become greater as they near the end of their rainy season. This photo shows some of the work as the well is being constructed. In September, representatives of the Sonder Project will be traveling to the village to help construct a school and bring deworming medication in hopes of setting this community up for success and thus breaking the cycle of poverty. 
    MKAF Presents Dynamic Lineup for Bluegrass at the Beach Festival
    Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation - Bluegrass on the BeachFrom seasoned Bluegrass veteran bands to contemporary twists on Bluegrass sound to sensational rising stars, the inaugural Bluegrass at the Beach produced by Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) will be a sizzling, family-friendly musical showcase that appeals to all ages. Presented with support from ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals and Real Estate as part of MKAF’s 20th anniversary celebration, the daylong Bluegrass at the Beach music festival will be presented at the Cultural Arts Village on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    Blue Highway will headline this year’s event, which also features performances by The HillBenders, Willie Sugarcapps, Run Boy Run, Moore Brothers Band, Dread Clampitt, and Dismal Creek, along with a special guest appearance by 16 year-old rising bluegrass star, Danielle Yother.  For details, visit www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org/pr/newsreleases-bluegrass.htm.
    United Way of Okaloosa and Walton Counties Trains 45 Loaned Executives
    The Air Force Enlisted Village's Bob Hope Village hosted 45 executives on loan from local businesses July 28 and 29 as they began their campaign representative duties for the 2015 United Way of Okaloosa and Walton Counties Campaign. This year’s Loaned Executive line-up includes these volunteers: Alex Rowe, Darrell Smith, and Tiffany Howell of the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa; Allie Noah, Arian Shockley, and Ken Hair of Children in Crisis, Inc.; Audra Ray of AMIkids; Anita Wolcott and Ashley Isaak of AVG Technologies; Anthony Lanier and Mick Leatherwood of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast; Brooke Kenton of Trustmark National Bank; Carrie Warf of Shelter House; Larry Carter and Shannon Tait of the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office; Connie Watson and Michelle Hooper of the Early Learning Coalition of Okaloosa and Walton Counties; Danny Smith of CCB Community Bank; Denise McKinion and Mary Head of CHELCO; Diane Fraser of the Emerald Coast Science Center; Donna Simmet of Jacobs; Gayle Vann of the Arc of the Emerald Coast; Glenn Langan, Wesley Hudgens, Sonya Powers, and Pete Ratliff of Gulf Power Company; Gwen Stephenson of Beach Community Bank; Jackie Matichuk of Okaloosa Gas; Jimmy Chambers of Hancock Bank; Jonathan Slater of LPL Financial; Kate Scanlan of Northwest Florida State College; Katie Crowell and Lisa Cotton of the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center; Lindsay Maxey of Okaloosa County Schools; Michael Anderson of Okaloosa County Public Works; Nicole Brewer and Sharon Rogers of Safe Connections; Shawn Daugherty of the Boeing Company; Stacey Rivers of Walton County Schools; Dawn Stapelton and Steve Holland of Emerald Transformer (formerly Florida Transformer); Tina Moore of Okaloosa County Public Works; and Valerie Broxson of Okaloosa County Water and Sewer.
    Last Chance to Win Paddle Board & Support Covenant Hospice
    This week is the last chance to win a one of a kind paddle board. Tickets are on sale until 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7, for the Paddle for the Promise prize drawing to benefit Covenant Hospice. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 and are available at Covenant Hospice, Dog House Surf Shop, Big Rooster Co. Cycles and Tattoos, or online at eventsatcovenant.org/paddle. Drawing will be held Saturday, Aug. 8, and you do not have to be present to win.
    "Camp Walton Schoolhouse"
    Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Okaloosa County all year long… the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida presents "Camp Walton Schoolhouse," a free kid-friendly lecture, Aug. 14, at noon.  Guest speaker Michael Weech, a local historian and programming coordinator for the City of Fort Walton Beach’s Heritage Park & Cultural Center, will talk about the old Camp Walton Schoolhouse and a day-in-the-life of a student who went to a school in Okaloosa County 100 years ago. Bring a sandwich and take your lunch break at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida for History Sandwiched-In, a free lunch-time education program. Please call (850) 678-2615 to reserve a seat.
    Designer Purse Bingo charity event to benefit Children’s Advocacy Center
    The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) will host a Designer Purse Bingo charity fundraising event at Warrior Hall in Crestview on Saturday, Aug. 29.  Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. In addition to food and beverages, guests will receive a chance to win a door prize and 12 games of bingo for 12 chances to win a designer purse or a gift basket. Tickets will also be available at the event for raffle prizes or additional games of bingo. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Centers in Niceville or DeFuniak Springs. Call Katie Crowell for more information at (850) 833-9237 or email katie@eccac.org.
    Emerald Coast Magazine Top Salon 2015
    Emerald Coast Magazine - Top Salon - Children's Advocacy Center - Avantgarde SalonEmerald Coast Magazine recently held its Top Salon event at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. The winning model was Dayna Iscano, and for the second year in a row, the Top Salon was Avantgarde Salon.  Iscano chose the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center as her charity.  The Center received a very generous donation along with a media sponsorship from Emerald Coast Magazine. 

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