Tuesday, September 2, 2014

September 2014 Business Briefs / Member News Part 1

Boshamps Hosts Benefit Concert for Local Waterways
On Sept. 20, Boshamps Seafood & Oyster House will host the inaugural Choctawhatchee WATERSHED Music Festival, a benefit concert to promote the health and sustainability of local waterways via the mission and objectives of the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) of Northwest Florida State College. The 8-hour festival will consist of non-stop music from five different artists, all for the wristband price of $20. There will also be a silent auction to raise additional funding for CBA programs, consisting of a BOTE paddle board, an electric guitar signed by the performing artists, and more. For more information about the Choctawhatchee WATERSHED Music Festival and the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, please visitBasinAlliance.org.

Three Destin Councilmembers Appointed to Florida League of Cities cCommittees
Destin Councilmembers Sandy Trammell, Prebble Ramswell, and Jim Wood were recently appointed to serve on Florida League of Cities Legislative Policy Committees for 2014-2015. The committees are tasked to discuss issues facing Florida cities that will come before the legislature in the 2015 Session and decide upon policy direction for the Florida League of Cities’ legislative efforts. Trammell will serve on the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Legislative Policy Committee, Ramswell will serve on the Growth Management and Economic Affairs Legislative Policy Committee, and Wood will serve on the Finance, Taxation, and Personnel Legislative Policy Committee. To read more, visitCityOfDestin.com/civicalerts.aspx?AID=360.

Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Seeks Artists for 19th Annual Festival of the Arts
The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) is now accepting applications for the Adult Collaborative Exhibit component of the 19th annual Festival of the Arts, on Oct. 25-26, at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. Artwork should be of an artistic caliber associated with a juried fine art show. Artists selected to show in the Adult Collaborative Exhibit can display and sell up to three pieces of artwork. Judges will award $10,000 in cash prizes to artists in four categories. The competition is open to the first 20 eligible applicants entry fee is $30 per person. The application deadline is Thursday, Sept. 25. To receive an application, contact Deb Nissley at the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation at (850) 650-2226.

RE/MAX Southern Realty Congratulates July’s Top Earning Agents
RE/MAX Southern Realty congratulates its top earning agents, teams and individuals, who have been awarded with some of RE/MAX’s highest achievements. Claire Gagne, a member of the RE/MAX Southern team since 2000, has been presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors highly successful agents who have earned more than $3 million in commissions and have completed seven years of service with the company. Less than five percent of the RE/MAX network has achieved this prestigious award. Fellow RE/MAX Southern agent Mandy Cooper has qualified for the RE/MAX 100% Club, which recognizes agents who have earned $100,000 in commissions in the past year. Cooper, a licensed agent since 2003 and a RE/MAX Southern member since 2008, specializes in foreclosures, new construction, and luxury home sales.

For more information about RE/MAX Southern Realty or to reach these agents, visit REMAXSouthern.comor call (800) 879-0309.
Vue on 30A Announces Marcey will Lead Weddings and Events
Vue on 30a announced that Cherryl Marcey has joined the management team to lead weddings and events for 30A’s acclaimed Gulf front dining restaurant. Marcey is known in the hospitality and restaurant industry for her creative and thoughtful approach to hospitality and events. Prior to joining the Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club, Marcey held management and executive positions in the restaurant and event industry for Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort; Hearty Restaurant located in Chicago, Illinois; Broadway Cellars located in Chicago, Illinois; and more. For more information about Vue on 30a weddings, visit VueOn30a.com or call (850) 267-1240. To reach Marcey directly, email her at Cherryl@SantaRosaClub.com.

Emerald Coast Theatre Company Launches Fall Theater Programs 
After a second successful summer season, Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) continues its mission of providing art education to the Northwest Florida region with three after school/weekend opportunities this fall. Upcoming productions include “Yes, Virginia The Musical” (Saturday Theater Production) and “Alice in Wonderland” (After School Destin Elementary and Butler Elementary School). For details, including dates and tuition, click here.

During the summer, ECTC held four theater camps. Young thespians from 30A to Niceville had their chance to shine on stage. Three production camps and one musical theater camp encompassed the 29 days of educational theater and more than 70 children were involved. For more information on Emerald Coast Theatre Company, call (850) 687-1637 email info@emeraldcoasttheatre.org or visit EmeraldCoastTheatre.org. Find ECTC on Facebook at ECTheatreCompany.

Local Realtor Named as a Top 10 Finalist for National Community Service Award
Nine years ago, Tricia Carlisle-Northcutt’s life changed when she met a young boy named Tyler at an after-school program at Point Washington United Methodist Church in Santa Rosa Beach. He was in desperate need of dental and orthodontics care, and she and other volunteers joined together to provide it. After helping Tyler, Carlisle-Northcutt and other members of the church prayer group realized there were many other kids just like Tyler who needed medical and dental care. Before long, the group led by Carlisle-Northcutt had founded a faith-based non-profit, Children’s Volunteer Health Network, to help meet the needs of children throughout Okaloosa and Walton counties who needed assistance. Ten years later, the foundation has grown and provides medical, dental, mental, and vision care to children in need. It runs a stand-alone dental clinic and a dental bus to meet the dental needs of children throughout the community. Since its inception, CVHN has treated more than 7,000 children and provided 50,000 free procedures a value or $3.7 million. 

Carlisle-Northcutt, a realtor and member of the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors, was recently chosen as one of 10 national finalists for Realtor Magazine’s Good Neighbor Awards. The Good Neighbor Awards recognize Realtors who help build up and enrich the lives of the people in their communities through volunteerism. The top five will be announced in October and will be invited to the 2014 Realtors Conference & Expo in New Orleans, where they will each be awarded with a $10,000 grant and national exposure for their charity.

Tommy Bahama Supports Children in Crisis for 7th Year
For the seventh year, Tommy Bahama Tropical CafĂ© will help sponsor the Sugar Sands Charity Golf Classic benefiting the kids of Children in Crisis, Inc (CIC). The tournament will be held at Kelly Plantation Golf Course on Columbus Day, Oct. 13. On the evening prior to the tournament, Tommy Bahama will host the golfers and guest to an awesome pre-registration party at the Grand Boulevard Sandestin location. Seen here, Ken Hair, CIC president and CEO, presents Mario Mardones, Tommy Bahama’s general manager, with a memento to thank the restaurant for its support. For more information, visitChildrenInCrisisFL.org.

Hilton Sandestin Beach Partners with Warrior Beach Retreat 2014 to Host Wives of Wounded Warriors 
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is partnering with Warrior Beach Retreat for part of the organization’s annual, week-long retreat. On Sept. 19, Hilton Sandestin will host a group of 25 women that consists of wounded warriors, wounded warrior spouses, and caregivers, providing breakfast and lunch on property, as well as spa treatments at Serenity by the sea Spa. For more information, visit WarriorBeachRetreat.org. For more information about Hilton Sandestin Beach, visitHiltonSandestinBeach.com or call (850) 267-9500.

ResortQuest Real Estate® Welcomes New Sales Associates 
ResortQuest Real Estate® has welcomed eight REALTORS® in recent months to its team of more than 100 sales associates throughout Northwest Florida. Alysa Riddle joined the company’s Perdido Key team; Brenda Coffee joined the Fort Walton Beach team; Laura Rich, Tina Kasten, and Jay Martin joined the Destin team; Janet Hays and Liz Nicolucci joined the Santa Rosa Beach team; and Bridgette Johnson joined the 30A East team. For the latest information on real estate in the resort and residential markets throughout Northwest Florida or to find contact information for these news associates, visit ResortQuestGulfCoast.com or followFacebook.com/ResortQuestGulfCoast

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