• November 2018 Business Briefs / Member News

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    November 28, 2018
    Cox Communications Funds Tech Center for Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast
    Cox Communications - Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald CoastIn October, Cox Communications and The James M. Cox Foundation awarded a grant to the Boys and Girls Club of Fort Walton Beach to fund an upgrade to the club’s technology center located at 923 Denton Blvd, behind Choctaw High School. The donation is part of a $150,000 grant Cox Communications and The James M. Cox Foundation provided to create and enhance seven Cox Technology Centers across the nation. The technology centers are the centerpiece of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Club Tech program, which provides students access to curriculum to advance their computer literacy skills. These technology centers also help bridge the digital divide for children who have no access to a computer or Internet connection at home.
    Mommapoolooza Helps Children in Crisis
    Children In CrisisEighteen months ago, a group of mothers from all over the country formed “Mommapoolooza,” which now has more than 1300 members.  These go-getters are moms of high school and college-aged children who travel all over on the country on “mom trips” and vacation together.  Part of their mission is to fellowship, travel, talk about their kids, and support a local charity wherever they go. This year, the moms vacationed in Destin and chose Children In Crisis (CIC) as their charity of choice. The moms donated multiple laptop computers, huge outdoor games for the kids, a massive amount of pajamas, and many other much-needed items for the children living at the CIC Children’s Neighborhood.  The donation of gifts and funds well exceeded $5,000.
    Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Announces 2018 Festival of the Arts Artist Award Winners
    Mattie Kelly Arts FoundationFine art and perfect weather welcomed more than 4,300 art lovers to the 23rd annual Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) Festival of the Arts. The two-day signature art celebration held Oct. 27 and 28 in the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village featured exhibits of more than 100 artists from across the United States and Europe showcasing a diverse palette of artistic style. 
    The winners were as follows:
    Best in Show Winner ($1,600)
    Kelly Nicole Garner - Eufaula, AL
    Award of Excellence Winners ($800)
    Joey Blazek - Beaumont, TX
    Gary Worthington- Destin, FL
    John H. C. Davis - Pensacola, FL
    Award of Merit Winners ($400)
    Melanie Moore - Ponce de Leon, FL
    Thomas Radca - Port Washington, OH
    Melanie Blackerby - Mobile, AL
    Kathleen Broaderick - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
    Kelly Pierre - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
    Judge's Recognition Award Winners ($200)
    Jeff Waldorff - Navarre, FL
    Lesha Porche - Niceville, FL
    Inka Smith - Holt, FL
    Nick Cantrell - Orange Beach, AL
    Paul Hoffrenning - Minneapolis, MN
    Roger & Renae Poer - Slyvan Springs, AL
    Michael Fagan - Pensacola, FL
    Terri Cadman & Martha Cummins - New Market, TN
    Michael Davis - Homewood, AL
    Daniel Lai - St. Petersburg, FL
    People's Choice Award ($800)
    Estelle Grengs - Freeport, FL
    Poster Art Contest Winner ($500)
    Estelle Grengs - Freeport, FL
    Collaborative Exhibit Winners
    Best in Show ($250) Ora Wolfgram (seen here) of Fort Walton Beach High School
    Adult 1st Place ($100) Kathleen Simpson
    Adult 2nd Place ($75) Ian Fagan
    Adult 3rd Place ($50) Angie Sellers
    Student 1st Place ($100) Claire Mesta - Crestview H.S.
    Student 2nd Place ($75) Brooks Biegler - South Walton H.S.
    Student 3rd Place ($50) Maggie Wollard - Niceville H.S. 
    Become a Certified Community Partner With United Way
    The United Way of Okaloosa & Walton Counties opened its 2019 Community Partner Certification process on Nov. 1. The United Way of Okaloosa & Walton Counties accepts requests for funding on an annual basis. All agencies must first be certified by the United Way prior to submitting a funding request. Certification packets must be submitted by closing of business day on Dec. 31, 2018. The certification process and deadline pertain to both currently funded partners, as well as potential partners. All interested non-profit organizations are invited to apply online at https://united-way.org/. For more information, please contact Amariles Rosado, Director of Community Impact and Investments, at (850) 243-0315 or email at Amariles@united-way.org.
    Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Guild Hosts Holiday Gift Shop Sale 
     ‘Tis the holiday season as Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast hosts its annual Guild Holiday Gift Shop Sale. The event runs weekdays beginning Friday, Nov. 9, through Thursday, Dec. 20, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Unique gifts, holiday decorations, nativity sets, angels, jewelry, and much more will be available for purchase at 20% off regularly marked prices. All proceeds support new and expanded healthcare services for our community. 
    Early Payment Property Tax Discount
    According to the Okaloosa County Tax Collector, It’s that time of year when Okaloosa County property owners can take advantage of an early payment discount on property taxes. Last November, property owners saved more than $7.12 million off their tax bills through our discount program. Payments postmarked on or before Nov. 30, will receive the 4% discount. 
    Grayton Beer Company Announces Rebound American Lager & Fundraising Concert
    Grayton Beer Company announced the launch of its Rebound American Lager in cans to benefit those affected by Hurricane Michael, the catastrophic storm that made landfall on the Florida Panhandle on Oct. 10, 2018. For every six-pack sold, $1 will be donated to Volunteer Florida. Money raised will go directly to its Florida Disaster Fund, set up to aid affected communities in their disaster recovery efforts. In the coming weeks, the Rebound American Lager will be available for purchase at retailers throughout Grayton Beer’s six-state footprint, including the Florida Panhandle, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia and Tennessee.
    Destin Commons Announces Holiday Hours and Jolly Jubilee Celebration
    Destin CommonsJolly Jubilee is an enjoyable series of holiday happenings set to take place at Destin Commons through Christmas. With the lifestyle center's spectacular 50' Christmas tree as an anchor, Destin Commons creates the premier holiday atmosphere with 12 large reindeer topiary shrubs, multiple Christmas trees, Christmas carolers, and live performances.
    Jolly Jubilee features an array of holiday entertainment to include the following performance schedule:  
    Saturday, December 1, 2018 (3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.): Emerald Coast Chorus & Sugar Beach Chorus and (5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.): Fort Walton Beach Community Choir
    Sunday, December 2, 2018 (1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.): Emerald Coast Theatre Carolers
    Saturday, December 8, 2018 (2:00 p.m.): Kidz on the Coast
    Sunday, December 9, 2018 (1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.): 4 for 4 Quartet
    Saturday, December 15, 2018 (3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.): Emerald Coast Chorus & Sugar Beach Chorus
    Saturday, December 22, 2018 (1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.): Emerald Coast Theatre Carolers
    Sunday, December 23, 2018 (1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.): 4 for 4 Quartet and (3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.): Emerald Coast Theatre Carolers
    As always, children can visit Santa's Wonderland in Bass Pro Shops and have a free photo taken. The Santa's Wonderland schedule is as follows:
    November 11 to December 11
    o Monday - Friday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    o Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    o Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.
    December 12 to December 23
    o Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    o Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    o Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    December 24, Christmas Eve, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    For center and store holiday hours, please visit www.DestinCommons.com.
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Auxiliary Donates to CIC
    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center - Children In CrisisGinger Kelley, (center) president of the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Auxiliary, donates $1,000 to Children in Crisis, represented by Laura Moore (left), CIC volunteer and events director, and Allie Noah (right), CIC development director.  The donation will help feed, clothe and give a home to the more than 100 at-risk children that will call the CIC Neighborhood home this year.

    Sacred Heart Foundation Recognized Again for Excellence in Philanthropy
    For the second year in a row, the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) has named Sacred Heart Foundation a “High Performer.” The foundation is one of only 54 recognized as a “High Performer” based on analysis of a survey AHP conducted related to fiscal year (FY) 2017. Each year, AHP identifies survey participants who have shown high efficiency and effectiveness as they relate to bottom-line returns. AHP recognizes high performance based on net production returns in the top 75th percentile. For FY 2017, being a High Performer means that participating organizations raised more than $12.4 million and more than $14 million in net production returns. (Net production returns are calculated by subtracting total fundraising expenses from total production returns.) 
    Become a Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) Supporter
    Across the Choctawhatchee Bay, CBA works to improve swimmable, fishable waterways through education, research, monitoring, and restoration. We could not fulfill our mission without dedicated supporters like you, becoming CBA sponsors through monetary gifts of $25 or more. Add CBA to your end-of-year-giving plan today!
    Sacred Heart Foundation Board Welcomes New Members
    Sacred Heart Foundation announces the appointment of six new members to its board of directors. Joining the Foundation’s board of directors are Aaron Ball, Nina Hess Campbell, Tamara Fountain, James Hosman, Kerry Ann Schultz and Mallory Studer. The full slate of Foundation officers and board members for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 is as follows:
    Chair Michael Johnson, State Farm Insurance; Vice-Chair Justin A. Beck, Beck Partners; Secretary Michael Baggett, Mazeno/Baggett Group Merrill Lynch; Treasurer Steve Clark, New School Selling; Past-Chair H. Wesley Reeder, Emmanuel, Sheppard & Condon; Aaron Ball, Ballpoint Communications Group; Autumn Blackledge, Autumn Beck Blackledge PLLC; Tamara Fountain, Navarre Beach Area Chamber; Pamela S. Heinold, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate; Nina Hess Campbell, Aqua Décor & Design; James Hosman, Centennial Bank; Sister Ellen Kron, Daughters of Charity; Jane Lauter, The Kugelman Family Foundation; Ric Nickelsen, Smartbank; Wes Payne, Cordova Mall; Kerry Anne Schultz, Fountain, Schultz & Associates, P.L.; and Mallory Studer, Bodacious Shops.
    Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Receives an ‘A’ Grade for Patient Safety
    Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald CoastSacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections, and other harms among patients in their care. 
    Earlier this year Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast also received the highest Overall Top Performer Award for its Intensive Care Unit (ICU) services and a 5-Star Award in the category of Emergency Department Services Overall Quality of Care from Professional Research Consultants, Inc. 
    Burnt Pine Ladies Golf Association Raises Funds for Women’s Health Services at Sacred Heart
    Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald CoastBurnt Pine Ladies Golf Association (LGA) hosted a benefit tournament on Saturday, Oct. 20, which raised $5,252 for the Women’s Health Services Fund at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast.  This fund helps provide free screening mammograms, diagnostic mammograms and breast ultrasounds for underserved women each year. Burnt Pine LGA consistently rallies for various causes and has provided support annually to those battling breast cancers since 2011.   

    Emerald Coast Harley-Davidson Team Helps CIC Kids
    Children In CrisisKen Hair (center), president and CEO of Children In Crisis, is presented a donation of $3,546.70 from the very successful 3-day Emerald Coast Harley-Davidson fundraising event.  The funds will help give a home to the more than 100 children that will have a safe, loving home at the CIC Neighborhood this year.


    Newman-Dailey Resort Properties Housekeeping Manager Honored as Executive Housekeeper of the Year
    Newman-Dailey Resort PropertiesThe Vacation Rental Housekeeping Professionals Association recently honored Newman-Dailey Resort Properties Housekeeping Manager Eddie Gray as 2018 Executive Housekeeper of the Year. Gray was honored at the Vacation Rental Managers Association (VRMA) international conference in Las Vegas last month. Gray started with Newman-Dailey in 2005 and has been an innovator in the industry. He served on the board of directors for Pro Resorts, which was founded by the former VRHP president Steve Craig. Gray was also part of Pro Resorts inaugural week-long boot camp for Housekeeping Vacation Rental Housekeeping Professionals Association and is also a graduate of the Dale Carnegie program where he was awarded top honors. At Newman-Dailey, he has established many processes and systems to ensure all quality standards are met and exceeded. Embracing technology, Gray and his team added the Breezeway App to improve communication among team members and exceed client expectations.  
    Christmas Gift Cards for CIC Kids
    Children In CrisisFormer Children in Crisis (CIC) board members and long-time CIC supporters Judy and Omar Wiseman donated more than $500 in gift cards for CIC kids’ Christmas presents.  They conducted the gift card campaign for those children living at the CIC Neighborhood that arrive close to Christmas or don’t have a Christmas present Santa sponsor. They are seen here presenting the cards to Ken Hair (left), CIC president and CEO.

    Boeing Awards $50,000 Grant to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast for STEM Outreach Program
    Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald CoastBoeing has awarded the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast a $50,000 grant for BGCEC’s STEM Outreach Program. The funding will help expand Boys & Girls Club’s STEM programming in 2019. The goal of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast STEM Outreach Program is to broaden science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming at BGCEC’s eight Club sites in Northwest Florida and to bring together community organizations that share a common goal of providing high-quality STEM and technology-based programming to our community’s youth during school breaks and summer. In addition, BGCEC’s STEM programming exposes students to high-tech, 21st century learning with equipment and curriculum that our public schools and other programs cannot offer. 
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