Tuesday, February 9, 2016

February 2016 Business Briefs / Member News Part 2

Art & Craft Vendor Openings for Annual Festival
The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida invites Art, Craft, & Antique Vendors for the 40th Saturday in the Park Heritage Festival, to be held on April 30, 2016.  Art and Craft Vendors must produce quality, hand-crafted, original items only. Vendor space is limited. Register today at Heritage-Museum.orginfo@heritage-museum.org, or call (850) 678-2615.

Volunteers Needed for Valentine Tour of Homes
The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County is seeking volunteers for its Valentine Tour of Homes. Hours needed are as follow:
Saturday, Feb. 13 - 9:45 a.m. to 1:15pm and 1 - 4:15 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 14 - 11:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

For details, please email Renee McCalmont at renee@culturalartsalliance.com. For more information about the Valentine Tour of Homes, visit CulturalArtsAlliance.com/events/valentine-tour-of-homes.

Stanley joins First Florida Bank
First Florida Bank - Barry StanleyFirst Florida Bank announced that Barry Stanley has joined the bank as the senior vice president/director of secondary market lending. Stanley brings more than 15 years’ experience as a mortgage loan originator and director of retail sales. He served with Bank of America in the Georgia division before his elevation to director of mortgage loan origination in the Florida panhandle.  For seven consecutive years, he was a member of the prestigious Pinnacle Club. Originally from Siler City, N.C., Stanley earned a BS in Hospitality Management from East Carolina University, while minoring in Business. His MMLS number is 544522. 

Cultural Arts Alliance Presents A+ Honor Roll Invitational Art Exhibit
The Cultural Arts Alliance (CAA) of Walton County and the A+ Art Series Committee announce an invitational winter show entitled A+ Honor Roll. The show is to be held at the Northwest Florida State College South Walton Center, opening Friday, Feb. 19, with a reception from 5 – 7 p.m., and running through Friday, April 22. The A+ Honor Roll exhibit recognizes the local artists whose talents were awarded during the 2015 Top of the Class juried show, including the Merit Award, Honorable Mentions and People’s Choice Award. For more information about the A+ Art Series, call the CAA at (850) 622-5970 or visit Facebook.com/aplusart andCulturalArtsAlliance.com

Dr. David Martin Joins Sacred Heart Medical Group in Miramar Beach
Sacred Heart Medical Group - Dr. David MartinDr. David Martin, a board-certified rheumatologist, has joined Sacred Heart Medical Group’s practice in Miramar Beach. Martin has special interests in rheumatoid arthritis and helping his patients improve their daily activities and functional capacity. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of rheumatic diseases, including, but not limited to arthritis, autoimmune conditions, and other disorders of the bones, joints, tendons, and muscles. Martin received his medical degree from the Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine in Hershey, Penn. He completed his internal medicine residency at The University of Rochester Associated Hospitals in Rochester, N.Y., and he went on to complete a rheumatology fellowship with the University of California in Irvine, Calif. Martin is board-certified in both rheumatology and internal medicine. 

Pizza Man Helps CIC Children
Children In Crisis - Pizza ManJim Godwin, aka “Pizza Man,” delivered boxes of food and candy to Children in Crisis (CIC) for the children living at the CIC Neighborhood.  The donation was made possible through a donation for the local area Walgreen stores. Pizza Man (right) is seen here with Ken Hair, CIC president and CEO.

“Saturday at the Museum” Offers Something for Everyone
On the last Saturday of each month, the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida offers reduced admission for everyone at the $3 children’s rate.  Visitors can check out all the new exhibits, play in the Discovery Room for kids, enjoy Paradise Gardens, and participate in instructed craft time and history lesson at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. The next “Saturday at the Museum” is Feb. 27, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  For more information, call (850) 678-2615.

Justin Lindsey joins World Impact Real Estate
World Impact Real Estate - Justin LindseyJustin Lindsey, now with World Impact Real Estate, is a combat veteran and native of Northwest Florida. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of West Florida in 2005. After college, began his life of service when he accepted a commission in the United States Army. Seven years later, he returned to Northwest Florida and began his career in Real Estate. You may reach him at (850) 714-4663. Also, Lindsey hosts a FREE monthly Insider Investment Seminar, where he teaches methods and brings lender and title company representatives to answer your questions.  For an updated schedule, visit InvestorSeminar.info.

New Van Given to The Arc of the Emerald Coast Ladies Group Home
Arc of the Emerald Coast VanThanks to longtime supporters of The Arc of the Emerald Coast, a donation was made to purchase new van with a wheelchair lift, for the Ladies Group Home.  The donation made after hearing of the difficulty in transporting all the residents from one home at one time because two residents are in wheelchairs.  Now all residents will be able to go out together on outings, thanks to this new van that will support two wheelchairs on-board at one time.  The clients and staff were all smiles and cheering at the sight of the new van.  

Walton County Pierce Family Children’s Advocacy Center Nearing Completion
Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center Pierce FamilyContractors and construction workers are diligently working away to complete the new Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) facility in DeFuniak Springs. It is slated to open April 8, and will be the second ECCAC location, along with its original Niceville Center in Okaloosa County. ECCAC is one 501-C-3 organization, soon to be operating two Centers.

Local Businesses Partner to Employ Persons with Disabilities
The Arc of the Emerald Coast supports people with developmental and intellectual disabilities with programs that help them live, learn, and work in their communities. One of our many programs is Supported Employment and through this program we are committed to including people with disabilities in the workforce. Supported Employment Coaches assist adults with disabilities to obtain and retain employment in the community by providing skill assessments, vocational training, resume writing, and on-the-job personalized training alongside our clients until the employer is satisfied the client is ready to work independently in their workplace. We currently partner with employers, such as LowesWalmartPublixWinn Dixie, Pizza Hut, Sam's ClubCarmike Boulevard 10, and many other local businesses. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

February 2016 Business Briefs / Member News Part 1

OAA Wine Tasting a Success & Grants Awarded
Okaloosa Arts AllianceThe Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) thanks the Twisted Grape for hosting a wine tasting on Jan. 24, and to Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Emerald Coast Theatre Company, and the OAA Board for donating items to the drawings. Everyone enjoyed live entertainment by the Emerald Coast Chorus, Pyramid Players, and the Fort Walton Beach High School Drama Club. The OAA also awarded two $1,000 grants on Sunday to Emerald Coast Theatre Company (seen here) and to Pyramid Inc.  Both organizations will be using the grant money toward their theater productions this year.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast Summer Youth Development Program Registration 
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast announces enrollment for its summer youth development programming. Programs offer members something fun, educational, and exciting to do during the school break at an affordable price. Because of the high demand of Boys & Girls Clubs intentional impact programming, early registration is highly recommended. Registration opens to all current Club Members on Feb. 16, to 2015 summer members on Feb. 29, and to the general public on March 7. It is on a first come, first serve basis until each club has reached capacity. Visit EmeraldCoastBGC.org for details.

World Impact Real Estate Welcomes Realtor Ricardo Betanzo
World Impact Real Estate - Ricardo BetanzoRealtor Ricardo Betanzo is an active duty military member and has become extremely passionate about real estate. He was born in Mexico and moved to the United States when he was 11 years old. He studied at Radford University, where he earned a double major in Business Management and Marketing. He then began his career in Florida, but shortly after decided to join the Army. He has now settled back in Florida and is fortunate enough to be able to do two things he enjoys - serve in the military and be a realtor. Now with World Impact Real Estate, Bentanzo may be contacted at (214) 842-9878.

Unusual Fundraiser Benefits Pierce Family Children’s Advocacy Center
Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center723 Whiskey Bravo owners Skip and Victoria Moore announced an unusual fundraiser that will benefit the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center’s (ECCAC) new Pierce Family Children’s Center slated to open in April in Defuniak Springs. The restaurant will be placing stuffed animal “Riley Therapy Dogs” on each table and guests can purchase them for $20 each that will directly benefit the new Walton County center. The Riley stuffed animal dog sales will be on-going at 723 Whiskey Bravo. The real Riley, a 10-year old Maltese dog, is a registered AKC Therapy Dog who is on the “staff” of ECCAC. He earned his American Kennel Club credentials by completing more than 400 therapy visits with the kids at the Center dealing with abusive situations. The Moores are seen here with ECCAC CEO Julie Hurst (left).

Shelter House Receives Economic Empowerment Grant
The Allstate Foundation recently awarded Shelter House a grant for $30,625 to continue its economic empowerment program. Shelter House first received this grant in 2009, and has since earned recognition and offered training to other domestic violence centers on its innovative programs.

Employees Recognized for 10 Years of Service
The Arc of the Emerald Coast wishes to congratulate and recognize three outstanding dedicated employees for their 10 years of service to the agency. Nikki Owen, director of quality management, originally started in 1994 as receptionist/administrative assistant and worked off and on as both direct care and supervisor in various programs until 2004.  Nikki returned in 2005 as a manager for group homes and then supported living program until her promotion to her current position in August 2015. Linda Murphy, adult day treatment program coordinator Fort Walton Beach, began in 1994 as an on call staff person. Linda worked there until 2004 and then returned in 2005. Since starting she has been a group home manager, certified behavior analyst, supported employment coach, and now program coordinator. Michael Bauchwitz, support employment Santa Rosa County, grew up in the agency because his mother has worked with the agency through many transitions during 30 years. He began his career with the agency directly after high school and has worked with the mobile work crew, in home supports, and supported employment.  

Emerald Coast Foundation Announces New Board President
Arc of the Emerald CoastFounded in 1992, the Emerald Coast Foundation (ECF) is a charitable organization committed to "investing in the youth" of Northwest Florida. Its 2016 president is LA Woodall. Woodall has served as Horizons director of community development the last six years and now serves as director of the Horizons Foundation.  He has served on the ECF Board for many years and held the vice president position in 2015.  

CIC Breaks Ground on Pennington Foster Home
Children In CrisisChildren in Crisis (CIC) broke ground on its seventh foster home, the Ty Pennington Home.  The Pennington Family and CIC Board and staff celebrated the groundbreaking at the CIC Children’s Neighborhood located in Fort Walton Beach.  This is another giant step forward and a significant milestone for CIC. Seen here are Bill and Bobbi Pennington, Brian and Kim Pennington, and other members of the Pennington Family, along with the CIC Board of Directors and staff. The new home, which is in memory of Ty Author Pennington, is scheduled to open in the fall 2016.

Apply for 2016 ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival
The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County invites artists to apply to exhibit in the 28th annual ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival happening May 7-8, 2016, at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin’s Town Center. Located along the Scenic Hwy. 98 Corridor, Grand Boulevard is easily accessible from regional drive and fly markets, including Houston, Memphis, Atlanta, Nashville, Birmingham, Mobile, Pensacola, and Tallahassee. There will be a preview night on Friday, May 6.