• March 2016 Business Briefs / Member News Part 5

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    March 29, 2016
    United Way Announces Fund Allocations from 2015 Campaign
    United Way of Okaloosa-Walton Counties has approved the allocation of funds from the 2015 Campaign to be disbursed to the 40 United Way Partner Agencies. These 40 Partner Agencies will receive the following allocations: 
    2-1-1 of Northwest Florida - $5,500
    American Red Cross - $11,293
    AMIkids of the Emerald Coast - $12,789
    The Arc of the Emerald Coast - $30,646
    The Arc of Walton County - $14,531
    Big Brothers Big Sister of NWF - $10,903
    Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast - $25,664
    Boy Scouts of America Gulf Coast - $13,045
    Bridgeway Center - $10,787
    Catholic Charities of NWF - $21,165
    Chautauqua Offices of Psychotherapy (COPE) - $19,146
    Children in Crisis - $43,132
    Children’s Home Society of Florida - $16,836
    Children’s Volunteer Health Network - $15,748
    Covenant Alzheimer’s Care - $6,267
    Covenant Hospice - $39,177
    Crossroads Medical Center - $20,336
    Early Learning Coalition of Okaloosa-Walton - $26,985
    Elder Services of Okaloosa - $15,360
    Eleanor J. Johnson Youth Center - $28,638
    Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center - $34,975
    Emerald Coast Science Center - $5,790
    Feeding the Gulf Coast - $8,896
    Fresh Start for Children and Families - $25,378
    Girl Scouts of the Florida Panhandle - $5,581
    Habitat for Humanity in Okaloosa County - $22,667
    Habitat for Humanity of Walton County - $4,187
    Harvest House - $11,357
    Independence for the Blind of West Florida - $6,573
    Mental Health Assoc. of Okaloosa-Walton - $21,910
    Okaloosa AIDS Support & Information (OASIS) - $10,602
    Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation - $5,061
    Ronald McDonald House Charities of NWF - $18,474
    Ronda Coon Women’s Home - $8,248
    S4P Synergy - $28,836
    Safe Connections - $11,731
    Salvation Army of Okaloosa-Walton Counties - $16,698
    Sharing & Caring of Okaloosa County - $46,223
    Shelter House - $48,744
    Walton Education Foundation - $15,831
    Walton-Okaloosa Advisory Council on Aging - $19,194
    Students to Restore the Dunes
    Beginning at the end of March, middle school students across Okaloosa and Walton counties are taking a field trip to restore the local dune ecosystem. Throughout the 2015-2016 school year, 950 students at five middle schools participated in Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance’s (CBA) Dunes in Schools Program. Dunes in Schools encourages students to develop an interest in the local coastal environment by growing sea oats at their school. In addition to growing sea oats, students participated in monthly lessons about the coast. All of the lessons are assigned to state education standards. On the field trip, these students will see the hands-on, science program full circle by taking a field trip to the beach to plant their sea oats.  Students will also explore the habitat they have learned about all year by conducting field observations and experiments along the beach.  

    Field Trip Calendar
    March 24: Emerald Coast Middle School at Topsail Hill State Park from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    March 25: Seaside Neighborhood School at Topsail Hill State Park from 9:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    April 1: Bruner Middle School at Beasley Park from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    April 4: Shoal River Middle School at Topsail Hill State Park from 9:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    April 8: Destin Middle School at Henderson Beach State Park from 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

    ResortQuest Real Estate® Congratulates Top Producers of 2015
    ResortQuest Real Estate announced its 2015 top producing sales associates at its annual banquet at the Emerald Coast Convention Center earlier this month. The complete list of “Top 10 Producers for 2015” includes the following: 
    -    The Nathan Abbott Team, Miramar Beach - $41M
    -    The Mary Stephens Team, Seagrove Beach - $23M
    -    Caroline and Chip Wasson, “The Wasson Group,” Destin - $16.8M
    -    Janette Klein & Team, Miramar Beach – $16.6M
    -    The Dehlinger & McKnight Team, Panama City Beach - $14.9M
    -    Mary Fletcher, Tops’l Beach & Racquet Resort - $11.5M
    -    Eddie Krasauskas, Santa Rosa Beach - $9.8M
    -    Matt Osgood, Destin - $8.8M
    -    Denise Stegner, Destin - $7M
    -    Kevin Kramer, Kevin Kramer Group, Destin - $7M
    Paramedic Recognized by Twin Cities Elks Lodge
    Okaloosa County EMSTwin Cities Elks Lodge has recognized Paramedic Dana Marlow (left), Okaloosa County EMS, for Outstanding Community Service. Acting Exalted Ruler Julie Biladeau (right) presented Marlow with the award at the Elks Club Annual Awards Dinner. Marlow has worked for Okaloosa County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for 13 years. She has been presented with many performance awards by EMS for her service to the residents and visitors of Okaloosa County. Just two shifts into her career, Marlow was tasked with facilitating a last resort shelter during Hurricane Ivan. She expertly accomplished this task, continues to teach others in her field when not on calls, and serves her community through various outreach activities. 

    Santa Rosa Women’s Club Tour CIC Neighborhood
    Children In CrisisMembers from the Santa Rosa Women’s Club toured Children in Crisis (CIC) and donated $210 to help feed, clothe, and care for the children living at the CIC Children’s Neighborhood.  Additionally, the membership donated toiletries for the CIC Teen Transition Home. Seen here, Allie Noah, CIC development director, and Ken Hair, CIC president and CEO, receive the donation from Martha Brenenstahl, Santa Rosa Women’s Club president, and members Karen Pehek and Sheree Northrup.

    New Air Carrier GLO Launches Inaugural Flight from VPS to Little Rock
    New Orleans-based GLO restored non-stop, commercial air service between Destin-Fort Walton Beach and Little Rock, Ark., for the first time since 2011 as the inaugural flight between Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) and Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport (LIT) launched on March 25. This seasonal route, operating Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through Labor Day Weekend, is the fourth for the Mid-South and Gulf regional air service startup, which also services Memphis and New Orleans. To celebrate its launch, GLO is offering promotional one-way $149 “GLOforIt” fares for all flights on this route through May 15, 2016. The fares include taxes, fees, and up to three checked backs, plus a carry-on.

    MKAF Announces Concerts in the Village Line Up
    Mattie Kelly Arts FoundationThe Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation presents the 21st annual installation of Concerts in the Village series every Thursday from May 5 through June 30, at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village. Some of the finest local and regional touring artists will hit the Dugas Pavilion stage to perform everything from Motown to rhythm & blues, jazz, and funk to classic and modern rock. The 2016 season schedule opens on May 5, The House Rockers, photo left, (Mississippi blues); May 12, Moos Bros. (Emerald Coast’s premier party band); May 19, Emerald Gold (Motown revue); May 26, Supernatural (Santana tribute band); June 2, Lava Lamp (‘70s soul, funk and disco); June 9, Faithfully (Journey tribute band); June 16, The Joe Band (Joe Cocker tribute band); June 23, The Maxx (a blend of oldies with pop tunes); June 30, Todd Allen Herendeen: Legends in Concert (tribute to legends such as Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly and Elvis).  Visit www.MattieKellyArtsFoundation.org for details.
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