Tuesday, June 17, 2014

June 2014 Business Briefs / Member News Part 1

Wyndham Vacation Rentals® Managed Property Recognized as Top Tennis Resort
Wyndham Vacation Rentals announced that TOPS’L Beach & Racquet Resort, a Wyndham Vacation Rentals professionally managed property, was recently named a Gold Medal Resort by Tennis Resorts Online. Making the list every year since its inception, TOPS’L Beach & Racquet Resort ranked 13th for “Top 100 Tennis Resorts and Camps” and 5th place for “best value for the dollar.” For information about TOPS’L Beach & Racquet Club, visit www.wyndhamvacationrentals.com/vacation-rentals/florida/northwest-florida/destination/resort/topsl-beach-racquet-resort.

Emerald Coast Theatre Company Offers Cost Saving Specials
Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) is reducing the per student price of its musical theater camps by $100. That is more than 25 percent savings off the original cost. Additional savings are available for multiple kids and the military. The 2014 children’s summer series and new pricing is as follows:

July 28-Aug. 8
Musical Theatre Camp — “Willy Wonka Jr”

June 16-19 & June 23-26
Musical Theatre Camp — Disney’s “101 Dalmatians”

July 7-11
Camp Broadway — Seaside Neighborhood School

July 14-19
Drama Camp — “The Wizard of Oz” (with the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation)

For more information, call (850) 687-1637, visit www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org, or follow www.facebook.com/ECTheatreCompany.

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Announces $30 Million Expansion 
Leaders of Sacred Heart Health System announced plans today to launch a $30 million expansion of facilities and services at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. The expansion will increase the capacity of the Emerald Coast hospital for inpatient services, maternity services, emergency services, and pediatric services. For details on the expansion, visit www.sacredheartemerald.org/whatsnew_tree/article.asp?NID=1078.

Gulfarium Seeks Historical Photos
Poised to celebrate 60 years of operation next year, the Gulfarium invites you to be a part of its history with a call for photographs from park visitors and prior employees. It is seeking original photographs, postcards, and brochures from your early visits to use for its 60th anniversary celebration activities in 2015. Photo credit will be given with usage and materials will be returned upon request. Please contact Gulfarium's marketing coordinator, Krista Stouffer at (850) 243-9046 x30 or krista.stouffer@gulfarium.com with inquiries and/or to submit photos.
Twin Cities Woman’s Club Donates Movie Night to CIC Kids
The Twin Cities Woman’s Club (TCWC) presented a donation of $500 to Children in Crisis to sponsor a Movie Night for the at-risk kids living at the CIC Children’s Neighborhood. The Movie Night complete with popcorn, will be enjoyed by over 30 kids. Seen here are Ken Hair, CIC president and CEO; Brenda Brown, TCWC co-chair children concerns; JoAnn Dunnam, TCWC chair childhood concerns; Lillian Lewis, TCWC president; and CIC development director Allie Noah. For more information about CIC, visit www.childrenincrisisfl.org.

New Realtors Join ERA American Realty
ERA American Realty Of Northwest Florida, Inc., welcomes Linda Adams, Karla Del Monaco, and Dave DelDonie. Adams, who has worked in real estate in the area for the past three years, will join the Destin office. Del Monaco and DelDonie, who have worked in real estate in the area for the past 14 year, will work from both the Grayton Corners and Destin offices. For more information, call (850) 837-2181 or visit www.ERA-American.com.

Louthain Joins Newman-Dailey Resort Properties 
Newman-Dailey Resort Properties announces the addition of Tracy Louthain, APR, CPRC, to its team. As the Director of Marketing and Communications, Louthain will oversee Newman-Dailey Resort Properties’ marketing and communications programs for all three divisions: vacation rentals/rental management, real estate sales, and association management. An accredited public relations counselor, Louthain brings extensive knowledge and experience developing strategic communications programs, especially within the tourism industry. For more information on Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, visit www.DestinVacation.com or call (800) 225-7652.

Boyd Named Florida Rising Star
Florida-based law firm Broad and Cassel today announced that Ginger Barry Boyd in the Destin office was named a 2014 Florida Rising Star. Super Lawyers is a research-driven rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. For more information, visit www.broadandcassel.com.

Emerald Coast Magazine Makes Donation From Proceeds of Top Salon Event
The Emerald Ballroom at the newly remodeled Hilton Sandestin was full of excitement on Saturday, April 4, at the Emerald Coast Top Salon event. Local salons showed off their most creative styling tactics on their models. From changing hair color to upending personal style, the runway results were nothing short of spectacular for each of the 10 deserving models. On behalf of event winner Avantgarde Salon, a portion of the event proceeds was donated to Avantgarde's charity of choice Gulf Restoration Network. For more information about the Emerald Coast Top Salon 2014 event, visit EmeraldCoastMagazine.com

Twin Cities Hospital Recognized as a Fit-Friendly Company
The American Heart Association recognized Twin Cities Hospital Tuesday, as the most recent employer in Okaloosa and Walton Counties to achieve Fit-Friendly status. Designed to be a catalyst for positive change in American business, the Fit-Friendly Companies Recognition Program identifies employers who champion the health of their employees by creating physical activity programs within the workplace. Twin Cities Hospital proudly joins CHELCO, Gulf Power, Okaloosa County, and North Okaloosa Medical Center as an American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Company. For more information, visit www.TCHospital.com or www.americanheart.org.

Hildebrand Joins Newman-Dailey’s Real Estate Sales Division
Real estate sales agent Rhonda Hildebrand recently joined the team at Newman–Dailey Resort Properties. Originally from Maine, Hildebrand brought her warm personality to the Destin area in 1989. Working first in luxury vacation rentals with many of those years focused at Hidden Dunes Beach and Tennis Resort, she became very familiar with what the area had to offer and was captivated by the active beach lifestyle. She is a member of the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. For more information, visit DestinSales.com or call (850) 837-1071.

Legendary Marine Awards Inaugural College Scholarships to Four Regional Winners 
Legendary Marine announced the winners of its inaugural 2014 Legendary Marine College Scholarships. From an impressive field of 48 submissions in the combined markets, 2014 Legendary Marine Scholarship Winners included Blythe Greene and Kerri Andre, both from Fort Walton Beach High School; Avalon Dudinsky from North Bay Charter High School in Panama City; and Kaitlyn Hickman, Fairhope High School in Fairhope. Each receives a $1000 scholarship. For more information, visit www.legendarymarine.com. Seen here, Destin and Fort Walton Beach winners of the Legendary Marine Scholarship Awards included Greene, left, and Andre, right, with Destin Sales Manager Bob Peavler, far left; Legendary Marine Managing Partner Fred Pace, center; and Fort Walton Beach Sales Manager Jeff Henley, far right.

YESS Program Equips Choctaw High School Football Team
On May 21, the Choctaw High School Indians became the first Okaloosa County High School outfitted with EvoShield’s next generation, high tech abdominal injury protection shirts funded completely by the Taylor Haugen Foundation and the Dugas Family Foundation grant. Thanks to the generosity of the Dugas Family, more than 100 Choctaw football players received the same compression rib shirts commonly worn by many professional and collegiate athletes, including Jadeveon Clowney and RG III. For more information, visit www.taylorhaugen.org.

“Stamp Out Hunger” Collects More Than 157,000 Pounds of Food
United Way of Okaloosa-Walton Counties would like to express its sincere thanks to the entire Okaloosa and Walton communities for their response to the Annual National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Food Drive. The United Way received 157,823 pounds of food collected along mail routes in these two counties. That response was more than 9,000 more pounds from last year. For details, visit www.united-way.org.

Emerald Coast Exchange Club Helps Children in Crisis
The Emerald Coast Exchange Club of Ft. Walton Beach continued its great support to Children in Crisis by presenting a $1,000 donation to help feed, clothe and care for the children living at the CIC Children’s Neighborhood. The focus of this year’s contribution was prevention of child abuse and giving a home to those children who are victims. Seen here, Gale Jones, Greg Givens, Shannon Swan-Sapp, Karen Helms, and Bill Allen present the donation to CIC president and CEO Ken Hair. For more information, visit www.childrenincrisisfl.org.

Two Northwest Florida Properties Earn 2014 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence
Wyndham Vacation Rentals announced that two of its professionally managed vacation rental properties received TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence awards. Waterscape Condominiums in Fort Walton Beach and Sunrise Beach Condominium in Panama City Beach were both honored with this accolade for hospitality excellence, which is awarded to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Only the top-performing 10 percent of qualifying businesses listed on the site receive this prestigious award. For more information, visit http://www.wyndhamvacationrentals.com/vacation-rentals/florida/northwest-florida.

Expansion Grand Opening and Smoke on the Coast at Destin Commons
On July 3, from 1 – 10 p.m., have a fun-filled day and evening celebrating Destin Commons’ expansion grand opening with 22 more stores and restaurants, the 4th Annual Smoke on the Coast BBQ competition, kid’s activities, and street performers. Enjoy continuous live bands performing on two stages, including THE MAXX, Heritage, Jones & Company, Coconut Radio, and Chris Alvarado. Twenty area restaurants and BBQ aficionados will light up their grills to prepare their best dishes. Starting at 6 pm, for $1 per sampling, people get to vote for People’s Choice winners with proceeds benefitting military and local charities. The evening concludes with an Independence Day firework extravaganza. Beginning at 4 p.m., free shuttle services will run from Destiny Worship Center and Mattie Kelly Arts Cultural Village/Grace Lutheran church parking areas during Festival hours. For more information, visit www.DestinCommons.com.

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