Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Member News: BlazeFest2014, BBB Warning, Mimosas, Job Fair & More

Karen Cook Realty Team Joins ResortQuest Real Estate®
ResortQuest Real Estate announced that Karen Cook and her team of real estate professionals have joined the company. The Karen Cook Realty office, currently located at 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd., on Pensacola Beach, will now be the newest ResortQuest real estate office, effective March 1, 2014. Broker Karen Cook and the firm’s five REALTORS® will join the ResortQuest Real Estate team of more than 100 sales associates from Perdido Key to Panama City Beach, Fla. To search all current real estate listings on Pensacola Beach, visitRQPensacolaBeachRealEstate.com.

Apex Broadcasting Hosts BlazeFest 2014
Apex Broadcasting, comprised of Highway 98 Country, 103.1 The Blaze, 102.1 The Wave, and Q92, along with the City of Niceville, Eglin AFB, and all participating sponsors, are hosting BLAZEFEST 2014 on May 24. Enjoy special advance discount public pre-sale of $30 from March 7 – 16, at www.blazefestrocks.com and www.ticketmaster.com. Military pricing of $20 is also available until March 16, at www.govx.com and the ITT Centers on base. On March 17, general admission will be $40 in advance and $50 on the day of the show. For ticket information and line up, visit www.blazefestrocks.com.

BBB Warns of Misleading “Annual Minutes Requirement” Mailings
Your BBB received reports that misleading mailings from Compliance Services are being sent to businesses across northwest Florida. For a $125 fee, Compliance Services claims they will prepare documents “to satisfy the annual minutes requirement for your corporation.” There is no requirement that you submit the information they’ve requested or any annual minutes to the State of Florida. Compliance Services is not associated with the State of Florida or the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations. Do not confuse these notices with the messages sent by the Division of Corporations reminding each business entity to file its Annual Report by May 1, 2014. For additional information, visit bbb.org.

Belk Charity Day is May 3
Belk announced that its Charity Day is May 3, from 6 – 10 a.m., and all non-profit organizations may pick up charity tickets to sell starting NOW. The charities may keep 100% of its ticket sales. Contact Brandy Hafely, regional administrative assistant – Pensacola region, atbrandy_hafely@belk.com or (850) 650-4091 x202 for more information. Charities are also needed to help sell tickets at the door the morning of the event, and those charities will get to keep 50% of those sales.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast Invites Our Community to Experience the Magic Happening Behind the Blue Door 
The local Boys & Girls Clubs is joining other Boys & Girls Clubs across the country for the annual celebration of National Boys & Girls Club Week, March 23-29. On Friday, March 28, the Destin Club, located at Destin Elementary School, will open its doors to the community for visitors to learn how the Club helps children achieve great futures. Event hours are 4 – 6:30 p.m., and the special guest will be County Commissioner Dave Parisot. For more information, contact Penny Alexander at (850) 833-3132 or palexander@bgcec.com.

Spring Panhandle Job Fair is April 17
The Spring Panhandle Job Fair is Thursday, April 17, at St. Mary’s Parish Life Center in Fort Walton Beach. Doors will be open to the public from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The check-in and registration for employer set-up is from 8 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. You may register at www.panhandlejobfair.com, until one week prior to the event. The event is sponsored in part by CareerSource Okaloosa Walton, Hurlburt Field, Eglin and Tyndall Airman & Family Readiness Centers, and the Northwest Florida Daily News. For more information, emailpanhandlejobfair@gmail.com.
First Judicial Circuit Law Enforcement Assoc. Donates to CIC’s Children
During a donation ceremony last week, the Okaloosa County Sheriff First Judicial Circuit Law Enforcement Association presented a check for $750 to Children In Crisis, Inc., along with several other community charities. Those in this photo include L. A. Woodall, Horizons; Julie Hurst, Children’s Advocacy Center; Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley; Julie Mcnabb, Horizons CEO; Ken Hair, CIC President & CEO; and J. D. Peacock, Okaloosa Sheriff’s Department Administrator. The funds will be used to purchase computer and educational equipment for at risk children living at the CIC Neighborhood. For additional information on CIC or ways to support the CIC vision, please visitwww.childrenincrisisfl.org or call 864-4242.

Complete Signs Adds Economy LED to its Inventory
Complete Signs is excited to introduce the latest addition to our LED sign inventory--the Economy LED. This is your opportunity to save thousands and still capture the attention you deserve. The latest LED sign is designed to allow any business to have great communication regardless of budget. For information, click here

Covenant Hospice Offers Free Evening Education Series 
Covenant Hospice will offer a free seminar, “Prevention of Medical Errors and Methods to Improve Patient Safety,” on Tuesday, March 18, at 5:15 p.m. at its Fort Walton Beach office, located at 220 Eglin Parkway NE. Kathleen Doran, R.N., and Edie Henley, R.N., CHPN, will present the course. Seminar attendees can expect to learn about “Failure Mode,” “Effects Analysis,” and “Root Cause Analysis.” The course is required for Florida nursing licensure. Two (2.0) Credit Hours will be awarded to Florida nurses, Florida social workers, LMHC, and MFT, as well as Florida nursing home administrators. Reservations are required by Thursday, March 13. Call (850) 598-0861 to RSVP. For details, visit www.covenanthospice.org.

Destin Women’s Club Spring Event to Benefit Shelter House
Come and join the Destin Woman’s Club for a night out on the bay to Wine, Dine & Dance the night away all to benefit Shelter House. On Wednesday, April 9, board the Solaris, which is docked at the Baytowne Wharf Marina, for an evening of fun. Boarding time is 6:15 p.m., and the cruise is 7 – 9 p.m. Dress is resort attire. Tickets are on sale now and are only $75 per person. They are available by emailing JoAnne@JandJChandler.com or at Today's Boutique in Destin. Activities include a Silent Auction and a 50/50 Raffle. Net proceeds will directly benefit Shelter House. For details, visit www.destinwomansclub.org

Mimosas in the Morning
Join Emerald Coast Wealth Advisors of Raymond James for mimosas and insightful discussion of “Estate Planning – Preserving Your Legacy” with guest speaker Joy Marler Masters, Esq., of Burke Blue Hutchinson Walters & Smith, P.A. The event is Wednesday, March 12, at 9 a.m.m, at the Vue on 30A. Call (850) 650-0990 for reservations.

Gulf Coast Electric Earns Esteemed 2013 Angie's List Super Service Award
Gulf Coast Electric, a 34-year-old Destin Electrical Contracting firm, earned the service industry's coveted Angie's List Super Service Award for the third year in a row. The award reflects an exemplary year of service provided to members of the consumer review service in 2013. 

"Only about 5 percent of the companies Gulf Coast Electric competes with in North West Florida are able to earn our Super Service Award" said Aggie's List Founder Angie Hicks. "its a mark of consistently great customer service."

Learn more about Gulf Coast Electric at www.gcedestin.com.

McCaskill & Company
On March 28 – 29, McCaskill & Company will host a Konstantino Trunk Show, featuring the extraordinary collection of handcrafted jewelry from Greece. Event is 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

On May 2 – 3, McCaskill & Company will host a David Yurman Special Event with an opportunity to win a unique piece of David Yurman jewelry. Event is from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. For additional information on either event, call (850) 650-2262.

Mid-Bay Rotary Donates to Heritage Museum
The Mid-Bay Rotary Club recently donated $500 to the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida in support of its upcoming 38th Saturday in the Park event, planned for April 26, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday in the Park is a family oriented festival that includes the Heritage 5k Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run, live entertainment, historic exhibits, demonstrations, re-enactors, craft & food vendors, and a kid zone. Additional sponsors and craft vendors are invited to participate. For event information, contact info@heritage-museum.org or call (850) 678-2615. Seen in this photo are Dave Underwood, Mid-Bay Rotary; Harold Peek, Mid-Bay Rotary; Gordon King, Museum Chairman; Gina Marini, Museum Manger; and Don Bohler, Mid-Bay Rotary.

Regatta Chiropractic and Laser Center Hosts Posture, Purses and Prosecco
Regatta Chiropractic and Laser Center will host Posture, Purses and Prosecco on Thursday, March 27, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., to benefit the Junior League of the Emerald Coast. Enjoy wine tastings by Deliver my Wine, hors d’oeuvres provided by Elephant Walk, and live music by Bo Adams. LuxExchange will be present designer handbags and wallets available for purchase with a portion of proceeds benefiting Junior League. All attendees may have a free chair massage with Orlando Branch, voted “Best Massage Therapist” by the readers of Destin Magazine. There will be a silent auction with packages valued over $1,000 and a swag bag for everyone. RSVP tojessica@proffittpr.com.

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Named One of the Nation’s Top 100 
Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics for the third year in a row and the fourth time since opening in 2003. Truven Health Analytics, formerly Thomson Reuters, is a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® study identifies hospitals and leadership teams that provide the highest level of value to their communities, based on a national balanced scorecard. For more information about Sacred Heart, please visit www.sacredheartemerald.org

Sandcastle Escapes Expands Into Real Estate
Sandcastle Escapes Vacation Rentals announced its recent expansion into real estate sales with the launch of www.SandcastleEscapesRealty.com and the introduction of Ash Caswell as the Licensed Real Estate Broker. From its inception in 2006, Sandcastle Escapes’ vision has been to offer only the best in vacation rental services to homeowners and guests alike, and now it can also proudly extend its professional services to customers looking to sell or buy real estate in the area. Whether it is to expand a portfolio of rental investment properties or to sell a home, the team at Sandcastle Escapes vacation rentals and sales can make the process a breeze. For more information, visit www.sandcastleescapesrealty.com or call (855) 544-5934.

Purses with a Purpose Returns to Silver Sands
Clutch, satchel, tote or hobo – whatever type of handbag you prefer, you'll find it at Purses with a Purpose. The much-anticipated purse extravaganza returns to Silver Sands Premium Outlets on March 21 - 22. Purses with a Purpose is a two-day purse sale and auction where new and gently used designer handbags are donated to be sold and auctioned off with all proceeds benefiting Shelter House, the domestic and sexual violence center serving Okaloosa and Walton counties. For more information about Purses with a Purpose or donating, please contact Shelter House at (850) 243-1201.

Champagne & Gulf Coast Seafood Cruise | SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS Yacht
Celebrate the opening of the Sandestin Wine Festival with a Champagne & Gulf Coast Seafood Cruise aboard the SOLARIS yacht on Friday, April 11, from 12 – 3 p.m. Docked at Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina, the SOLARIS is an elegant dining and entertainment yacht offering three decks of fun. The celebration begins with a dockside reception, introducing Moet & Chandon champagne paired with Fresh Mint-infused Diver Scallops and Lime & Grapefruit Ahi Tuna Ceviche. During the cruise, enjoy three additional premium champagnes coupled with salads, Lobster Claws, Jumbo Gulf Shrimp, and dessert. $69/pp including food, champagne & a two hour cruise. Reservations required at www.SunQuestCruises.com or (850) 650-2519.

2013 Dr. Frist Humanitarian Award Recipients Announced
Twin Cities Hospital announced its recipients of the 2013 Dr. Frist Humanitarian Awards. At a luncheon in Niceville, David Whalen, CEO, presented awards to Dr. Thomas Fox, Jackie Vogler (volunteer), and David Bennett (employee). These individuals are now eligible for the Nationwide 2013 Dr. Frist Humanitarian Award, the highest honor an employee, volunteer, and physician can receive at HCA, the parent company of Twin Cities Hospital. In addition to a framed certificate and lapel pin, the recipients also received monetary allocations to be donated to the charitable organization(s) of their choice. For more information, visit www.TCHospital.com or call (850) 678-4131.

United Way Celebrates Accomplishments at 2013 Annual Meeting
More than 200 people gathered at Shalimar United Methodist Church on Feb. 27, to celebrate and to recognize United Way of Okaloosa-Walton Counties accomplishments and the conclusion of the 2013 campaign. The United Way, led by Ed Taylor and 35 board members, is a volunteer-driven organization and could not operate without these volunteers. Those recognized included Loaned Executives, Okaloosa Fund Distribution, Walton Fund Distribution, Marketing, and Board of Directors. The Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Brice Horwell, a Covenant Hospice volunteer for seven years. For more information, visit www.United-Way.org

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