Tuesday, October 7, 2014

October 2014 Business Briefs / Member News Part 1

Students Establish Salt Marsh Nurseries at Local Schools
The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) of Northwest Florida State College, in partnership with the AmeriCorps program, is implementing 20 Grasses in Classes Programs throughout Okaloosa and Walton counties. This is a hands-on, environmental education project that gives students a direct role in the restoration of Choctawhatchee Bay. On Oct. 1, CBA and AmeriCorps kicked off the 2014-2015 Grasses in Classes program by establishing saltmarsh nurseries with 3rd and 5th graders. Throughout October, students will participate in their first lesson, which includes the planting and establishment of the salt marsh nurseries at their individual schools. At the end of the year-long program, students will travel to a restoration site along the Choctawhatchee Bay to transplant their matured smooth cordgrass. For details, contact Brittany Tate at (850) 217-5382 or tateb@nwfsc.edu.
Destin Commons’ supports Breast Cancer AwarenessIn recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Destin Commons and its stores are showing their support by offering many ways one can support Breast Cancer Awareness with a portion of sales of jewelry, pins, clothing, sneakers, and other items going towards the cause. Some participating stores include Belk, Tervis, Apricot Lane, Boston Proper, Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl & Grill, and more. A list of all the store offerings is available at the Guest Services kiosk. Destin Commons is also a major sponsor of the local American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

Shoppers may also purchase a pink ribbon pin for $5 at Destin Commons Guest Service Center, located across from AMC14, throughout October with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. For additional information, call (850) 337-8700 or visit DestinCommons.com.

Professional Actor Auditions for “A Dickens Christmas”
Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) will hold auditions for its upcoming production of “A Dickens Christmas,” directed by ECTC’s Producing Artistic Director Nathanael Fisher. Auditions will be held Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Production dates will be Dec. 11-21, 2014 in Destin and Sandestin, with rehearsals beginning in early November.

“A Dickens Christmas” is an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday classic “A Christmas Carol.” In this version, three actors will play multiple roles as they bring to life the tale of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformational night with the three ghosts. Please prepare a one-minute comedic monologue using a Standard British dialect. Actors may be asked to participate in improv games and cold readings. For details, visit EmeraldCoastTheatre.org. To schedule an audition, email ECTC’s audition coordinator at auditions@emeraldcoasttheatre.org (preferred) or call (850) 687-1637.

2014 GCOP Vendor Show
Enjoy free samples, prizes, entertainment, food, and more during Gulf Coast Office Products 2014 Vendor Show! The event is Thursday, Oct. 23, from 2 – 6 p.m., at its Main Showroom, located at 6020 Enterprise Dr., in Pensacola. The event is free, but registration is requested. Call (850) 434-5588 or email receptionist@gcop.com.

Food For Thought Receives $100K Contribution
Food for Thought is grateful to the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation for its contribution of $100,000. For more information, visit FoodForThoughtFL.org.

Kiwanis Club of Fort Walton Beach helps Children in Crisis
The Kiwanis Club of Fort Walton Beach recently presented Children in Crisis, Inc. (CIC), a donation of $1,200 to help feed, clothe, and care for the children living at the CIC Children’s Neighborhood. Seen here, Diane Keller, Kiwanis Club president, presents a check for $1,200 to Ken Hair, CIC president & CEO, assisted by Cindy Corsentino. To learn more about Children in Crisis call (850) 864-4242 or visit ChildrenInCrisisFL.org.

Local Realtor Named 2014 Realtor Magazine Good Neighbor 
Local realtor Tricia Carlisle-Northcutt was one of five named a 2014 Good Neighbor Award winner by Realtor Magazine. The award brings national recognition and a $10,000 grant to the winner’s charity. She was chosen for her unwavering support and dedication to the Children’s Volunteer Health Network, a faith-based non-profit organization she founded to help meet the medical, dental, mental, and vision needs of children throughout Okaloosa and Walton counties. She added her foundation was double-blessed because the Dugas Family Foundation Inc. had previously agreed to match any new funds earned this year, turning the $10,000 grant into $20,000. Carlisle-Northcutt, a realtor member of the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors, will receive her crystal trophy Saturday, Nov. 8, during the 2014 National Association of Realtors Conference & Expo in New Orleans.

Up to $1K Off Destin Weddings
Reserve the SOLARIS for 3-hour private chartered evening wedding and/or reception and receive the 4th hour for free. You must book by Oct. 10. Call (850) 650-2519 or visit SunQuestCruises.com/Request-Information.

Call to Craft/Art Vendors: Yule of Yesteryear Christmas Celebration
The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida announces its “Call to Craft/Art Vendors” for the annual Yule of Yesteryear - Christmas Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. For an application and to reserve a 10x10 space, visit Heritage-Museum.org, call (850) 678-2615 or email info@heritage-museum.org.

Rock the Yacht this Halloween on the SOLARIS
After the kids enter a candy coma, it’s time for the adults to brew up some mischief on the SOLARIS “Rock the Yacht” Halloween Party Cruise on Friday, Oct. 31, from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Guests should come dressed in their best costume for a contest and bring their dancing shoes for live music by Cadillac Willy. The party begins at 9 p.m., as guests dressed in their Halloween best board the SOLARIS by the light of the eerie moon. The SOLARIS “Rock the Yacht” Halloween Cruise is $28.50 per person, which includes a three and a half hour cruise and live entertainment. Must be 21 years or older. Tickets are pre-sold only atSunQuestCruises.com or by calling (850) 650-2519.

2014 “Coats for Kids at Christmas…Share the Warmth”
It’s that time of the year for the United Way of Okaloosa-Walton Counties and their partners A & A Transfer & Storage, Bangkok Cleaners, The French Laundry, and Destin Cleaners to collect coats for the Annual Coat Drive… “Coats for Kids at Christmas…Share the Warmth.” Last year more than 2,000 coats were distributed to many families throughout the community and schools in Okaloosa and Walton counties. Drop off your coats from now until Nov. 7. For more information, including drop box locations, please visit United-Way.org/Coats.htm. For more information, please contact the United Way at (850) 243-0315.

Wyndham Vacation Rentals Voted "Best of the Emerald Coast”
Wyndham Vacation Rentals announced today that its ResortQuest brand was named the "Best Vacation Rental Company/Service Firm" on the Emerald Coast for the sixth year in a row by Emerald Coast Magazine readers. In addition, the company was also recognized as “Best Property Management Firm.” Each year, readers of Emerald Coast magazine cast votes for their favorite Northwest Florida businesses for the "Best of the Emerald Coast" awards. The results of this year's voting were recently published in the magazine's October/November issue. For more information about ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, call (888) 909-6807 or visit WyndhamVacationRentals.com/Vacation-Rentals/Florida/Northwest-Florida/.

BBB Partners to Combat Identity Theft
Your BBB, along with Gilmore Services, CatCountry 98.7 FM, and WEAR-TV3, are offering individuals an opportunity to shred their sensitive data on Friday, Nov. 14. This shredding event is free to the public and will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Cordova Mall in Pensacola and Santa Rosa Mall in Mary Esther. In addition to shredding, resources on how to protect your identity will be provided. For additional information on identity theft prevention and advice you can trust, start with BBB.org.

Shelter House Receives $20,000 Grant from the Mary Kay Foundation
Shelter House received a $20,000 grant from the Mary Kay Foundation as part of the organization’s annual Shelter Grant program to maintain critical services and programs. The Mary Kay Foundation awarded a total of $3 million in funding to 150 domestic violence shelters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam leading up to Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. The funds received from The Mary Kay Foundation will allow Shelter House to provide the comforts of home, such as pillows, linens, and food, to shelter residents. For more information, visit ShelterHouseNWFL.org.

McCaskill & Company Hosts Trunk Show
On the weekend of Oct. 31 – Nov. 1, McCaskill & Company will be hosting a Trunk Show with collections from Alex Sepkus, New York-based jewelry designer. Join us at McCaskill & Company for a weekend of beautifully handcrafted platinum and gold jewelry. For details, visit McCaskillAndCompany.com or call (850) 650-2262.

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