Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Innovative Firm of Year Named, Refuge Receives Grant, Beer Dinner Scheduled, and More News from Members

Check out the latest news and events from Destin Area Chamber of Commerce members. Follow the link at the bottom for instructions on how to submit your own news items.

Warren Averett Named Innovative Firm of the Year
Warren Averett, LLC, Certified Public Accountants and Advisors, has been named LEA Global’s 2013 Innovative Firm of the Year. This award was announced at the annual conference of LEA Global in San Francisco. For details, visit

“Give a Birthday” Campaign Benefits Children in Crisis
The daughter of Mandy Muncy, general manager for RE/MAX Southern Realty, recently participated in “Give a Birthday,” a local campaign that supports Children in Crisis, The Children’s Neighborhood. By asking for donations in lieu of presents for her birthday this year, Alyssa raised $320 to support children in need right here in Okaloosa and Walton Counties. For more information on this program, please visit

13th Best of the Emerald Coast was a Recordbreaking Event
The 13th Annual Best of the Emerald Coast event, hosted by Emerald Coast magazine and held at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, sold more than 1,140 tickets and raised more than $55,000 for the Junior League of the Emerald Coast. For details, visit

Emerald Coast Parrot Heads Makes Charitable Donations
In October, the Emerald Coast Parrot Head Club made a donation of $1,000 to the Emerald Coast Rescue Mission in October. The mission has served the homeless and hungry since 1985, and the donation will be used to purchase food for the holidays. On Nov. 11, the club presented two $1,000 scholarships to students at Northwest Florida State College. The two recipients are Dana Wright and Caleb King. Wright is an animal lover and volunteers at Alaqua Animal Refuge and the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge. King is working toward an AA degree with a major in Environmental Science. 

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge Receives IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida Grant 
Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge received a 2013 IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida grant for $110,000. IMPACT 100 is a group of women who work to improve the quality of life in five areas – Family; Health and Wellness; Education; Arts and Culture; and Environment, Recreation, and Preservation. The money is to construct a wildlife rehabilitation and medical center on the refuge’s Okaloosa Island property, which would provide improved medical care to the thousands of injured and/or orphaned wildlife it treats every year. Specific medical equipment, such as ultrasound, IV infusion pumps, and incubators, are needed for the new facility.

ERA American Realty Welcomes Allan Burkes
Realtor Allan Burkes recently joined ERA American Realty and will be serving the Destin / 30A / Walton County market. For more information about Burkes, please visit

2nd Year in a Row - Legendary Marine Awarded "#1 Ranked Boat Dealer of the Year"
Legendary Marine was named "Dealer of the Year" for the second consecutive year by Boating Industry Magazine, as part of its annual TOP 100 awards program. The "Dealer of the Year" award is the single most prestigious and most highly coveted recognition in North America for marine retailers and is presented annually to only one dealer at an exclusive gathering of the marine industry elite. 

McGuire’s Annual Beer Dinner
McGuire’s Irish Pub of Destin is now taking reservations for its Annual Beer Dinner! Chef Tim Chyrek will prepare a special menu paired with several of McGuire’s award-winning craft microbrews. Enjoy the dinner on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m., and celebrate the joys of fine beer and fine food, with plenty of Feasting, Imbibery, and Debauchery! Seating for this event is limited, and reservations are required. To make a reservation, please call (850) 654-7002.

Twin Cities Hospital Receives “A” Hospital Safety Score
Twin Cities Hospital was recently recognized with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national non-profit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. To read the full release, please visit

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