• November 2015 Business Briefs / Member News Part 2

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    November 10, 2015
    Volunteer Call for Flutterby Children’s Arts Festival
    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County is calling on our community to come have fun and help children participate in this memorable weekend of arts, crafts, music, dance, and much much more! The Flutterby Children’s Arts Festival will be Nov. 14-15, in Rosemary Beach. Individuals, families, groups, and student organizations - get involved NOW by volunteering. Volunteers are needed for every aspect of the festival, from workshop assistance and merchandise sales to set up and tear down. Help is also needed before the festival to assemble the wings. Click here to volunteer. 

    Sacred Heart to Host Community Education Classes in November
    Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast is offering community education/support group opportunities throughout November, including stroke and breast-cancer support groups, classes in diabetes management and tobacco cessation, and seminars on financial matters and healthy living to senior adults. The hospital also hosts a monthly blood drive by OneBlood, including wellness checks for participants.

    Nov. 11 – Blood Drive

    Nov. 16
     – “Maintaining Financial Health & Balance in Retirement” 
    (850) 416-1620 / (877) 416-1620

    Nov. 17
     – Breast-Cancer Support Group
    (850) 278-3980

    Nov. 18
     – “Healthy Holiday Eating” 
    (850) 416-1620 / (877) 416-1620

    Nov. 24
     – Alzheimer’s Support Group 
    (850) 499-3390

    November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month
    November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, and Covenant Hospice is joining hospices across the country to raise awareness about the highest quality care for all people coping with life-limiting illness. According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, every year nearly 1.6 million people receive care from hospice and palliative care providers in this country. Covenant Care serves more than 850 patients daily throughout Northwest Florida and South Alabama. In addition to the traditional medical and palliative care delivered to patients, special programs, such as spiritual care, children’s support, volunteer services, and bereavement care, extend to the entire family and community at large. 

    Blue Jean Ball Raises More than $44,500 for Hospice Patients
    Covenant Hospice thanks the community for its tremendous support of the 9th Annual Blue Jean Ball, which raised more than $44,500 to support patients and families in Okaloosa and Walton counties. More than 200 attendees enjoyed a Gatsby-themed night of dinner, libations, swanky entertainment, and casino games combined with an amazing silent auction, diamond jewelry drawing, and local celebrity dance competition. Funds raised from Blue Jean Ball help to fund programs, including bereavement services, children’s support programs, spiritual support services, and charity care. Covenant Hospice accepts patients regardless of ability to pay. In 2014, the organization provided more than $1.7 million in care for uninsured or under-insured patients facing a terminal illness.

    Realtor Diane Cheng Joins World Impact Real Estate
    World Impact Real EstateDiane Cheng is a seasoned professional in real estate services, business development, program management, and business strategy. She is currently licensed in both Georgia and Florida. She works with buyers, sellers, and investors. As an honors graduate of Duke University in the fields of mathematics and computer science, Cheng’s 30+ year career has included real estate since 1983, and she has held many executive positions in Fortune 500 companies in the fields of healthcare, telecommunications, retail, sales, and marketing. Now with World Impact Real Estate, you may reach Cheng at (404) 713-0071.

    Air Force Enlisted Village Celebrates 10 Years of Assisted Living at Hawthorn House
    In 2005, the missing link in the continuum of care at the Air Force Enlisted Village (AFEV) was completed. Hawthorn House, AFEV’s 64-apartment assisted living facility, provides a home for residents who need a bit of extra help with day-to-day tasks, but who still wish to live independently. In 2011, the memory care wing at Hawthorn House was opened, featuring 16 apartments and a specialized program for residents coping with memory-related health issues. The late Chief James C. Binnicker often referred to Hawthorn House as the “missing piece in the continuum of care” at Bob Hope Village. On Nov. 10, 2015, we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Hawthorn House with a reception for residents, their families, staff, and special guests. Assisted living gives older adults the freedom to continue to live independently without the worries of housekeeping, cooking, or managing medication. Thanks to the support of generous donors and volunteers, we plan to continue our current programs and look forward to the future progression of Hawthorn House and the Air Force Enlisted Village community. Thank you for 10 great years and counting!

    Okaloosa Arts Alliance Receives $6000 Grant 
    The Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) received a $6,000 grant from the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. The Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) is the officially designated non-profit arts agency for Okaloosa County with the mission of supporting and promoting art and culture in Okaloosa County.  The Okaloosa Arts Alliance enhances the cultural environment of its community, and promotes, coordinates, and nurtures high quality arts and cultural resources that enrich the lives of residents and visitors. The OAA is supported in part by the Florida Department of State and from arts auto license tag revenues, but could not exist without its members and community support.  

    Five-year Old Donates Birthday Presents to CIC Children
    Children In CrisisFive-year old Robert Begay already knows how to be charitable.  During his recent birthday party, he told his parents that he wanted to donate all his gifts to Children in Crisis to help the kids.  He asked everyone attending the party to donate an item or toy for the CIC children. He is seen here with his gifts.

    Tax Bills in the Mail
    Okaloosa County property tax bills should be arriving any day now, and, if paid by the end of the month, property owners may take advantage of a 4% early payment discount. A variety of payment options are available. One option is the secure and fast online payment system at www.OkaloosaTax.com, where there is no charge for using Echeck. Another payment option is to visit one of our conveniently located offices around the county. 

    Dugas Family Foundation Donates to Children’s Advocacy Center 
    The construction progress of the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center’s (ECCAC) new Walton County Pierce Family Children’s Advocacy Center in DeFuniak Springs is moving along well, especially with the help of a generous donation of $500,000 by Steve and Lynn Dugas, representing the Dugas Family Foundation. The Dugas Family Foundation is a philanthropy and grant-making organization with a focus on giving to Walton and Okaloosa County charitable groups. The Dugas recently met for a check presentation with Julie Hurst, CEO of ECCAC, and several board members and took a tour of the 15,000-square-foot facility that is now under roof with interior sheetrock commencing. The new Center is slated to open in April, 2016, just in time to coincide with national child abuse prevention month.

    Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer Offers 50% Off to Veterans
    In celebration of Veterans Day, Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer invites all military veterans to enjoy 50% off their meals Wednesday, Nov. 11, through Friday, Nov. 13. Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer is a locally owned and operated full-service restaurant located on the historic Destin Harbor. Visit it at 210 Harbor Blvd., in Destin, or call (850) 460-8900.
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