• March 2016 Business Briefs / Member News Part 4

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    March 22, 2016
    Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Kicks Off 21st Season with ABBAFAB
    Mattie Kelly Arts FoundationIn partnership with Ocean Reef Vacation Rentals & Real Estate, Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation kicks off its 21st season with a special performance by critically acclaimed ABBAFAB, a talented, high-energy tribute band for the Swedish pop group sensation, ABBA. The concert is set for Saturday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in the Dugas Pavilion, located in the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village, located at 4323 Commons Drive West in Destin. For details, visit www.MattieKellyArtsFoundation.org.

    CD Williamson Karate Makes Donation to Fore Her
    CD Williamson Karate recently raised funds by way of a t-shirt fundraiser and donated the proceeds of the fundraiser to the Fore Her, Inc., cancer foundation. Seen here, Williamson, along with members of several of his classes, present a $750 check to Fore Her founder Amy Walsh. 

    World Impact Real Estate Announces New Contract Compliance Review Coordinator
    World Impact Real EstateWorld Impact Real Estate announced Dwight Atchley as the new contract review coordinator, responsible for reviewing all submitted contract documents for accuracy and completeness.  With the new TRID guidelines that took effect in October 2015, there are a new set of guidelines and responsibilities for lenders, title companies, buyers, sellers, and real estate agents.  These new guidelines are in addition to the already existing contract, agency, and property disclosure rules required by the Real Estate Commission of the State of Florida that exist in the normal course of business related to the buying and selling of real estate. Atchley has been with World Impact since its inception in 2012.  

    Destin Rotary Tours Newly Renovated Food for Thought Outreach Pantry
    Destin Rotary - Food for ThoughtThe Rotary Club of Destin’s weekly breakfast meeting included a tour of the newly renovated Destin Food For Thought Outreach pantry located on Airport Road. Nearly 30 Destin Rotarians joined Tiffanie Nelson, Founder of Food for Thought and lead construction organizer, Jon Kazek of DKM Custom Homes. More than $188,000 has been contributed to this project with nearly $150,000 donated in product or service through the generous hearts of countless donors.  

    Keeping History Alive! - First Command Donates to Museum
    Heritage Museum of Northwest FloridaSeen here, Fred Semasko of First Command Financial Services presents a check for $5,000 to Gina Marini, Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida museum manager, and Steve Czonstka, museum board chairman. First Command Financial Services will be promoted through all museum’s public programs, tours, and signature annual events, including Saturday in the Park, Night at the Museum, Biker’s Blast for the Past, and Yule of Yesteryear. 

    Walton County Snowbirds Donate $2,000 to Children
    Children In CrisisThe Walton County Snowbirds showed they are true residents of the area by presenting Children in Crisis (CIC) with a check for $2,000. Funding for the donation came from proceeds generated during the ladies luncheon and 50/50 drawings. Seen here, Ken Hair, CIC president and CEO, receives the check from Joe Moosekian, Walton Snowbirds president, and his wife Karen. Also pictured is Allie Noah, CIC development director.  

    Delinquent Business Tax Receipts
    Okaloosa County Tax Collector Ben Anderson would like to remind citizens that March 31 is the deadline to pay their 2015 Real Estate Property Taxes and Tangible Personal Property Taxes. Property taxes not paid by March 31 become delinquent and will be subject to delinquency interest and advertising fees, which are added to the gross amount due. For details, www.OkaloosaTax.com.

    Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer Celebrates One-Year Anniversary 
    Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer will celebrate its one-year anniversary on Thursday, April 7, from 5-8 p.m. The community is invited to commemorate the restaurant’s anniversary by enjoying $1 drink specials, live music, and a raffle Food For Thought Outreach, Inc. Raffle items include free beer, lunch, brunch, and dinners for a year, an Apple Watch, Beats by Dre headphones, a guitar donated by 99Rock, a 4-hour fishing charter with Best In Destin 2016 BackDown2 Captain Gary Jarvis, and more. 

    VPS and DAR Commemorate 50th Anniversary of Vietnam War at Airport
    Destin - Fort Walton Beach AirportThe Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport recently held a dedication ceremony to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War and unveiled a commemoration plaque for these unsung heroes at the Airport. An accompanying video can be seen as well, entitled “Vietnam Veterans, 50 Years Later.” Spearheading the effort was Okaloosa County Commissioner Carolyn Ketchel, liaison for the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport, as well as representing the Choctawhatchee Bay Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). 

    Sinfonia Gulf Coast Presents The Hot Sardines
    Sinfonia Gulf CoastKeeping the tempo on the Emerald Coast’s cultural scene since its founding in 2005, Sinfonia Gulf Coast continues its milestone 10th season as the region’s only fully professional symphony orchestra by offering a stellar lineup of concerts and educational initiatives featuring the orchestra and world-renowned guest artists. The 10th season finale features the incredible jazz band, The Hot Sardines. The Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island will be transformed in to a candle-lit jazz club on Saturday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. All tickets are $35 and will be configured as tables to add to the jazz club vibe. Tickets may be purchased online at www.SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or by calling the box office at (850) 460-8800.

    New Community Development Coordinator for The Arc of the Emerald Coast Santa Rosa
    The Arc of the Emerald Coast, formerly known as Horizons of Okaloosa County, is proud to welcome Carol Lutz as the new community development coordinator for its Milton location, The Arc of the Emerald Coast Santa Rosa. Lutz will work throughout Santa Rosa County to establish relationships and awareness to the needs and the mission of The Arc of the Emerald Coast Santa Rosa.  She will be the main contact for all fundraising, sponsorship, and charitable events or programs that will benefit the clients of The Arc of the Emerald Coast Santa Rosa. Lutz is a graduate of the Santa Rosa Leadership Class 27; member, Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce; member, Rotary Club of Milton; former committee member, Milton/Pace Relay for Life; former board member, Santa Rosa Kids House; and board member, American Cancer Society Volunteer Leadership Board.
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