Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Member News - Awards, Grand Re-Opening, Cornhole & Golf Tournaments, & More

Warren Averett Assest Management Rises in National Ranks of Fee-Only RIA Firms 
Warren Averett Asset Management, LLC, is ranked as one of the Top 100 largest Registered Investment Advisory (RIA) Firms in the country, according to Financial Planning (www.financial-planning.com) magazine. The Firm receives several accolades in the financial planning industry trade publication's 2014 "Top 100 Firms" report. On the list, Warren Averett Asset Management is recognized as the 82nd firm among the Top 100 Firms in the nation. The firm is also recognized as one of the fastest growing RIA’s in the nation. For more information, visitwww.warrenaverett.com.

ResortQuest Real Estate Recognizes Top Associates
ResortQuest Real Estate recently announced the November and December 2013 top producers out of more than 100 REALTORS© for its offices from Perdido Key to Panama City Beach. For the month of November, Joe Porter of the Destin office received highest honors for top closed sales and Rick and Dale Martinez of the Miramar Beach office received highest honors for top closed listings. For the month of December, Lauren Cottrell of the Destin office received highest honors for top closed sales and Rick and Dale Martinez of the Miramar Beach office received highest honors for top closed listings. For more on ResortQuest Real Estate, visitwww.resortquestredestin.com

Sandestin Family Retail Shops Announce the Grand Re-Opening of the Ultimate Children’s Shopping Destination 
The Sandestin Family Retail Shops is combining two of its most popular stores to provide guests and locals with the ultimate children’s shopping destination. Coconut Kids, a children’s boutique featuring brand names for the little ones, will be joining Toys & Treasures in an expansion project to become the shopping experience unlike any other, catering to children of all ages. A soft opening took place on Feb. 14. A Grand Reopening - 7 Days of Fun - is slated for March 9 – 15. More details about the grand reopening events can be found atwww.sandestin.com/ExploreSandestin/Shopping/SandestinFamilyRetailShops.aspx or by finding Shop Sandestin on Facebook. 

New Volunteer Orientation/Disaster Services Overview (DSO)
New volunteers can learn about Your Red Cross, explore a variety of volunteer opportunities, meet other volunteers and get credit for their first class (DSO is a prerequisite for all other Disaster Courses).
When: Thursday, February 13, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: ARC Crestview Office, 4100 S. Ferdon St. Crestview, FL
To sign up: ladonna.spivey@redcross.org.

CIC Golfers to Take the $I Million Shot Challenge
The 8th Annual Children in Crisis Charity Golf Classic is set for March 14 and could make one lucky golfer a millionaire! Each golfer will be automatically entered into the drawing for a chance for one golfer to take the “$1 Million Shot” Challenge. Additional hole-in-one prizes will be offered, including a new car. Golfers will enjoy lunch prior to play, refreshments and food stops on the course, and heavy hors d’oeuvres at the awards party immediately following play. Individual trophies will be presented to the top three foursomes. Also, each golfer will get a free logo golf shirt, silent auction, and much more! Visit www.childrenincrisisfl.org.

Destin Woman’s Club Presents Plaque
Recently, the Destin Woman’s Club presented a plaque to the Destin Wal-Mart store for its 2014 Bronze Sponsorship. For more information on the Destin Woman’s Club, visitwww.destinwomansclub.org.

Realtors Recommend Destin City Council Candidates
The Emerald Coast Association of Realtors (ECAR) recommends the election of Jim Foreman, Prebble Ramswell, and Tom Weidenhamer to the Destin City Council. A special screening panel of the Association, in conjunction with Citizens for Good Leadership of Destin, participated in interviews with candidates for the Destin City Council and concluded, following extensive questioning, that Foreman, Ramswell, and Weidenhamer were best qualified for the positions. For more information about ECAR, visit www.emeraldcoastrealtors.com.

2nd Corn Hole Tournament
The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida presents the 2nd Corn Hole Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 22. Enjoy family fun, kids’ activities, raffles, 50-50, and a food truck! The tournament will take place at Twin Oaks Horseshoe Pits at the corner of Highway 85 and College Boulevard. Registration and warm ups are at 11 a.m., and the tournament begins at noon. Masters and beginners divisions available. Call (850) 678-2615 or email info@heritage-museum.org for information.

16th Annual Hooters of Destin Charity Golf Tournament
The 16th Annual Hooters of Destin Charity Golf Tournament benefits Destin Little League, the Destin Fisherman’s Fund, and Hooter Community Endowment Fund. It takes place Friday, March 14, at Regatta Bay Golf & Country Club. Registration is at 10 a.m., and tee off is at noon. Price is $600 for a team of four and $650 for a team of four and hole sponsorship. Sign up at Hooters or call (850) 654-1007.

Rescheduled Due to Popular Demand: DiSC for Personal Growth and Improved Communication
The Costa Leadership Institute at Northwest Florida State College rescheduled its DiSC training for Wednesday, Feb. 19. The first step to true understanding of other people is to first understand oneself. The Classic DiSC is an easy to interpret tool, which can enable a person to understand their basic personality and tendencies. With that valuable knowledge, a participant will have a foundation for interpreting how others perceive and react to the world. The program is 3 ½ hours and includes a DiSC Profile and an accompanying personalized 30 page detailed report. Fee is $105, and the class takes place at NWF State College in the Student Services Center. Call (850) 729-6880 to register.

Okaloosa Arts Alliance School Poster Contest
The Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) would like to invite all Okaloosa County School students to participate in the 6th Annual OAA Okaloosa County School Poster Contest. The OAA wants to know what you consider “Summer Fun.” It can be anything you can create on paper with markers, pencils, paint, pastels, charcoal, or crayons. There will be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner for three elementary school students (K-4), for three middle school students (5-7), and for three high school students (8-12) in Okaloosa County. The poster contest deadline is April 15, 2014. Please contact Amy Baty at (850) 499-8335 or amybaty1@gmail.com if you have any questions.

EMT Barbara Chestnut Receives HERO Award 
Okaloosa County Board of Commissioners awarded Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Barbara Chestnut with the HERO Award for a truly humanitarian act performed while on duty on Nov. 23, 2013. She transported a sick child from North Okaloosa Medical Center to Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. The child was accompanied by her great grandmother and legal guardian. Chestnut took note that the grandmother was in a tired and weakened state, and upon inquiry learned she had no money and had not eaten all day. Barbara took her to a nearby Wendy’s and bought her dinner. “This is a true act of kindness,” said County Administrator Ernie Padgett.

Women and Money Conference Focuses on Economic Empowerment
Is 2014 the year you finally get your financial house in order? Then the 4th Annual WAM! Conference is for you. This free Women and Money Conference will take place on Feb. 22, at the Costa Leadership Institute located on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College. The WAM! Conference offers a full day of breakout workshops on organizing your finances, making your money work for you, credit repair, insurance, the Affordable Care Act and more. Registration is free, but seating is limited. Pre-registration is required. Visit www.shelterhousenwfl.org or call (850) 243-1201 to reserve a seat. Breakfast, lunch and childcare will be provided for conference attendees.

World Impact Real Estate Agent of the Month - Scott Dauphin
Whether you are looking to buy or sell, real Eestate agent Scott Dauphin’s familiarity with the real estate market in the panhandle is priceless. His experience gives his clients confidence that their real estate decisions will be coming from his knowledge and expertise of this local market that is ever changing. Scott grew up in Georgia and moved to the Emerald Coast in 1985. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Troy University in 1995 then became a Realtor in 1997. Scott’s 16 years of real estate experience has been primarily in residential real estate in the Destin, FWB, Niceville, Crestview, Navarre, and Santa Rosa Beach areas. Call him at (850) 376-7268 or email ScottDauphin@yahoo.com.

Healthy Kids Day
On Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., the YMCA of Florida's Emerald Coast is celebrating YMCA's Healthy Kids Day with a community event at the Destin YMCA. Healthy Kids Day is the Y's national initiative to improve the health and well-being of families, featuring fun play and educational activities to help kids be healthy and reach their full potential. The YMCA is looking for vendors and is open to all who want to be involved. It especially wants hands-on activities for families or booths about healthy lifestyles and activities. Sponsors and goody bag donations are also needed. Interested parties should call (850) 650-9622 or email cwagnon@ecymca.org

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