• November 2015 Business Briefs / Member News Part 4

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    November 24, 2015
    Newman-Dailey Announces Top Agent for 3Q 2015
    Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, Inc. - Diane GreenDiane Green has been named Newman-Dailey Resort Properties Real Estate Division’s top producer for the third quarter of 2015. Green was awarded both the Top Listing Agent and Top Sales Agent for the third quarter, ending on Sept. 30, 2015. Green also achieved Top Sales Agent for the month of September, and Mark DeSalvo was Top Listing Agent for the month of September. A Top Producer in Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee with 35 years of real estate experience, Green is passionate about assisting customers in finding their “happy place” at the beach. She holds Broker’s licenses in both Florida and Georgia and has earned rigorous industry designations, including Graduate of the Realtor Institute (GRI), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES), and short sale and REO (bank-owned properties) certification. 

    Destin's Annual Holiday Decorating Contest
    The City of Destin’s Holiday Committee will be forming to survey and select the best Christmas Holiday Decorations in six major categories:
    • Best Decorated Home: includes single homes, duplexes (best side), mobile homes, etc.
    • Best Decorated Business: includes restaurants, shops, department stores, schools, professional offices, etc.
    • Best Decorated Organization: includes entrances to homeowners’ associations, golf courses, etc.
    • Best Overall Holiday: includes all homes, business, and organizations throughout the city limits that go above and beyond.
    • Best on the Harbor: includes homes on the harbor.
    • Best Decorated Condominiums: includes entrances to condominiums and the property as a whole.

    Judging will take place Dec. 1-15, only within the city limits of Destin. All decorations must remain up from Dec. 1-31. Winners will be announced Dec. 19, in the Destin Log and will be recognized by the mayor at the Jan. 4, city council meeting. Make nominations by calling (850) 650-1241 or email recreation@cityofdestin.com.

    CHELCO Presents Check to United Way
    United Way of Okaloosa Walton Counties - ChelcoSteve Rhodes, CEO of CHELCO in DeFuniak Springs, presents check for $30,838.94 to Ronda Davenport of United Way of Okaloosa Walton County. CHELCO participated in the United Way's “Pacesetter Campaign." CHELCO was committed to having its campaign early to help set the pace for the community campaign and to increase its campaign by 20%. 

    Belk Contributes $5,000 to United Way
    United Way of Okaloosa-Walton Counties - BelkJohn Eller, store manager for Belk Department Store in Destin, presents a $5,000 corporate contribution to Betty Brassell of First City Bank, the 2015 Campaign Chair for the United Way of Okaloosa Walton County. This contribution represents one of the core values at Belk, which is to be involved in the local community and to give back in ways that will make a positive difference in the lives of its associates and customers. 

    Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Earns Top Performer Recognition
    Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast has been recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in the United States. Sacred Heart Hospital was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, and perinatal care accountability performance measures. 

    All American Jeep Show Raises Money for Shelter House
    Shelter House, Inc.More than 500 Jeep enthusiasts turned out to the 2nd All American Jeep Show at Old Spanish Trail Park in Crestview to show off their vehicles and raise money for Shelter House. The weekend-long event brought in $12,514 to support domestic and sexual violence victims in Okaloosa and Walton counties. Jeep show attendees were treated to a broad range of Jeeps on display, awards, a silent auction, Jeep poker run, bounce houses, and a demonstration by the Crestview Fire Department. 

    Tuscany Italian Bistro Helps Raise $50,000 for Children in Crisis
    Children In Crisis - Tuscany Italian BistroThe Sugar Sands Charity Golf Classic benefiting Children in Crisis (CIC) and sponsored by Tuscany Italian Bistro raised more than $50,000 to help give a home to local foster children.  The funds will be used to help feed, clothe, and care for the at-risk children living at the CIC Children's Home. The tournament was held at Kelly Plantation, and golfers from all around the panhandle came to enjoy the awesome event.  The day began with a barbeque lunch followed by the Florida Scramble shot-gun start. There was also a pre-registration party the night before hosted by Tommy Bahama's Restaurant, Bar & Store.  The tournament cumulated with more than 140 golfers and supporters enjoying a delicious Italian family-style dinner hosted by Tuscany Italian Bistro located in Destin. Seen here, Ken Hair, CIC president and CEO, and Allie Noah, CIC development director, receive the donation from Michelle and “Gug” Guglielmo, owner of Tuscany Italian Bistro of Destin.

    Blue Marlin Realty Group Hosts Toy Drive Drop
    Blue Marlin Realty Group has partnered with Porsche of Destin and GREGG ORR Auto to collect toys for children who will visit the Emergency Room at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast this holiday season. Whether the children are at the local hospital to receive care themselves or for a loved one, the toys bring joy to the children and help make their time in the hospital a little brighter. The community is encouraged to drop unwrapped new or gently used toys at Blue Marlin Realty Group’s Destin or Santa Rosa Beach offices or the GREGG ORR Auto and Porsche of Destin locations before Dec. 18.  The Blue Marlin Realty Group staff will deliver the collected toys prior to Christmas. This is the sixth consecutive year for Blue Marlin Realty Group to host the toy drive, with each year the team collecting more than 150 toys.  

    Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Welcomes New Director of Rehabilitation 
    Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast - Mary Kay CattaneoSacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast announced Mary Kay Cattaneo as the new director of rehabilitation services. Sacred Heart Rehabilitation provides inpatient services at both Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast and Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf, in addition to outpatient physical, occupation, and speech therapy services at clinics in Miramar Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, Panama City Beach, Port St. Joe, and Apalachicola. Cattaneo joined Sacred Heart Health System in January 2015 as team leader for pediatric therapy. She has experience as a physical therapist, orthopedic program coordinator, and inpatient therapy supervisor. 

    36th Emerald Coast HOG Toy Run Helps Kids
    Emerald Coast Harley Davidson - Children In Crisis - Children's Advocacy CenterThe 36th Annual Emerald Coast Harley Owners Group Chapter #3605 Toy Run raised more than $13,000 to help the abused children served by the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) and the at-risk abused and neglected children living at the Children in Crisis (CIC) Neighborhood. More than 600 bikers met at the Sam’s Club parking lot in Ft. Walton Beach and paraded to the Niceville Mullet Festival grounds. Entry fee was $10, and each participant donated a new toy or gift card.  Emerald Coast Harley Davidson of Fort Walton Beach and Sam’s Club sponsored the event again this year. 

    Pack 522 Cub Scouts Visit Heritage Museum
    Heritage Museum of Northwest FloridaCub Scout Pack 522 toured the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida on Saturday, Nov. 21.  During the program, the scouts learned about Northwest Florida history, the historical significance of the Museum’s building, and created their own Native American pinch pots.  The purpose of the visit was to satisfy one of five requirements needed to earn the Paws for Action badge. The pack is seen here with Amanda Lanum, museum education coordinator. 

    20th Annual Sounds of the Season Concert
    The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) will present the 20th Annual Sounds of the Season on Friday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m., at Village Baptist Church in Destin. This spectacular holiday concert features six Destin churches collaborating with sacred and Christmas classics from Coastline Calvary Chapel, Destin United Methodist, Destin Assembly of God, First Baptist of Destin, Grace Lutheran, and Village Baptist churches.  Each church will perform on stage with special musical soloists and ensembles and accompanied by more than 60 singing voices participating in the Community Chorus. The Emerald Coast Theatre Company will be present to welcome attendees in full Charles Dickens costumes to add a festive atmosphere in celebration of the 20th anniversary season finale concert. Admission is a donation of an unwrapped child’s toy to be distributed among the participating church’s outreach ministries. The toy donations have provided a brighter Christmas to more than 1,200 disadvantaged families during the holidays. A love offering at intermission will benefit the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s “All Kinds of Art,” an educational outreach program. For more information, call (850) 650-2226 or visit online at www.MattieKellyArtsFoundation.org.  

    Santa Arrives at Destin Commons with Fireworks Finalé
    Destin Commons - Bass Pro ShopsOn a perfect fall evening in November, thousands of families came out to welcome Santa at Destin Commons. Santa arrived in a parade and magically lit the enormous 50’ holiday tree. The evening concluded with an exhilarating fireworks finalé. Miles Williams and siblings Chloe and Seth Mountcastle won a Facebook contest and got the thrill of riding with Santa in the parade in a Bass Pro boat. Kids can visit Santa at Bass Pro Shops Winter Wonderland throughout the holidays.

    Young Marines Donate to Children in Crisis
    Children In CrisisMembers of the Young Marines presented a donation check for $500 to Children in Crisis (CIC). The donation will help provide a home, food, clothing, and care for the foster children living at the CIC Neighborhood. Each year about 100 foster children have a safe, secure home at CIC thanks to the great support of the community. Seen here, Lauren Walls (center), CIC volunteer and events director, receives the donation from YM/Sgt Ashton Norman (left) and YM/SSgt Michaela Cantwell.

    First Command Donates to Museum to Keep History Alive!
    Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida - First Command FinancialFirst Command Financial Advisor Fred Semasko presents a check for $1,200 to Gina Marini of the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida.  The sponsorship and charitable contribution is to support historic preservation and education in our community.
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