Tuesday, July 7, 2015

July 2015 Business Briefs / Member News Part 1

Cox Pools Offers Exclusive Promo to Chamber Members
Make your summer sizzle with our Cox Hot Tubs July Promo! All Chamber Members that come in and purchase a Classic Kamado Joe Ceramic Grill will receive $56 in FREE product. Members will receive a bag of Hardwood Lump Charcoal, one Fire Starter, one Electric Starter, and one 7.2 ounce Steak Seasoning. For more information call (850) 650-9138 or visit www.Coxpools.com!
 
Destin Harvest Seeks Sponsors for Emerald Coast Con
Destin Harvest is creating an annual fundraiser called Emerald Coast Con. It will be a three-day gaming and computer science event at the Emerald Coast Convention Center in October. Destin Harvest needs local business sponsors to make the event happen. Click here for details.
 
Children in Crisis Welcomes New Volunteer/Events Director 
Children In Crisis - Lauren WallsChildren in Crisis (CIC) is pleased to announced Lauren Walls as its new volunteer and events director. Walls will be responsible for managing the volunteer program and coordinating community events and fundraising efforts. She joins the CIC team from an extensive list of volunteer and non-profit positions, including experience in public relations and marketing. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Barton College in 2010 and attended graduate school at the University of Florida, where she earned her Master of Arts in Political Science and Public Affairs in 2013.


20th Annual Festival of the Arts is Oct. 24-25
Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation - Festival of the Arts 2015Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation continues its 20th anniversary with the 20th annual Festival of the Arts on Oct. 24-25, 2015, at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village. One of the Southeast’s premier festivals, the event showcases the original artwork of more than 100 artists from across the U.S., who will compete for $10,000 in cash award prizes. The Festival is a celebration of art, music, food, and fun. Special features include a live music lineup, art activities for kids, souvenir posters and t-shirts, art raffle, and more. A food bistro and wine and beer garden, as well as convenient parking and free shuttle, are also available. Admission is $5/adult, and children under 12 are free. For more information, visit www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org/pr/newsreleases-foa.htm or call (850) 650-2226. 
 
Twin Cities Hospital Donates to Boggy Bayou Fireworks Fund
Twin Cities Hospital - Boggy Bayou FireworksTwin Cities Hospital hosted a fish fry luncheon fundraiser June 5, 2015, with all proceeds benefitting the Boggy Bayou Fireworks.  Community leaders, hospital visitors, employees, and many more participated in this festive event that raised $770! 

 
Blue Marlin Realty Group Announces 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament
Blue Marlin Realty Group will host its third annual Charity Golf Tournament on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, at Regatta Bay Golf and Yacht Club. The tournament will begin with registration at 11 a.m. and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Entrance fees are $150 for individual players or $500 to sign up a foursome. The tournament and after party are open to the public. Golfers can register a team or individually at Blue Marlin Realty Group’s office located on Holiday Isle in Destin or at the Regatta Bay Clubhouse. Proceeds will benefit the Emerald Coast Golden Retriever Rescue, a 501c3 non-profit organization focused on providing medical care and finding loving homes for Golden Retrievers and other lab breeds that have been abandoned, abused or surrendered. To date, $27,089.32 has been raised for local charities by Blue Marlin Realty Charity Golf Tournaments. To inquire regarding sponsorship, please contact Chelsea Blaich atChelsea@ProffittPR.com or (850) 832-4161.
 
Burns Joins World Impact Real Estate
World Impact Real Estate - Robert BurnsOriginally from Oklahoma, Robert Burns first lived in the Panhandle when he was a member of the United States Air Force from 1970-1979. He has been in various applications of the real estate profession. He has worked with the first time home buyer, as well as the more experienced person in the sale and purchasing of residential properties, vacant land, vacation, and commercial property in Navarre, Crestview, Destin, Fort Walton Beach, and surrounding areas. Burns has also worked with area builders in single family home construction and the development of residential condominiums.  He has been involved in property management of various size condominium projects. Now Burns is part of World Impact Real Estate. Contact him at (850) 803-6386 orrb4realestate@aol.com.
 

Girl Scouts Troop 977 Donates Food to CIC Children
Children In Crisis - Girl Scouts Troup 977Girl Scouts Troop 977 held a food drive to benefit Children In Crisis (CIC).  The Girl Scouts and Girl Scout Leaders worked with their local schools to collect cereal and snacks, along with other needed items, for the children living at the CIC Neighborhood. Seen here, Troop 977 delivered these items and brought a special snack of cookies for the children.  They also enjoyed time playing with the CIC children on CIC/Aunt Bill’s playground located in the neighborhood. 
 
Covenant Hospice Offers Grief Support Group
Coping with the death of a loved one is extremely difficult and the feelings of grief and loss can be overwhelming. Covenant Hospice is offering a six-week grief support group beginning July 14, meeting every Tuesday morning from 10 – 11:30 a.m., through Aug. 18, at Covenant Hospice (220 Eglin Parkway NE, Fort Walton Beach, FL). Those who are both newly bereaved and those who are still coping from a previous loss are encouraged to attend the Covenant Hospice Grief Support Group. The support group is free of charge and registration is required by July 10. For more information or to register, call (850) 729-1800.
 
Building Homes For Heroes Wins Double Victory at Smoke on the Coast
The 5th Annual Smoke on the Coast BBQ & Fireworks Festival at Destin Commons was an energy-filled happening for the community with 15,000+ attending to sample delicious BBQ from more than 20 area vendors and enjoy live entertainment, kid’s activities, and spectacular Independence Day fireworks over the Center’s skyline. The big news of the night was the announcement of both the Judge’s Pick BBQ winners and the People’s Choice winners. With only 64 votes separating the top two, an impressive 20,000 People’s Choice votes were cast with the #1 winner being Building Homes for Heroes and ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance coming in at a close #2. Benefitting charities, collectively receiving $25,000 through proceeds from Smoke on the Coast and Destin Commons’ Coins For A Cause were Building Homes For Heroes, Children in Crisis, and Food For Thought.
 
ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals® Associates Selected for VISIT FLORIDA 2015-2016 Board and Committees 
Wyndham Vacation Rentals announced that three associates from its ResortQuest brand, Lino Maldonado, Martin Owen, and Jennifer Frost, were recently recognized as members of VISIT FLORIDA’s 2015-2016 Tourism Industry Leadership team. With the start of its new fiscal year on July 1, VISIT FLORIDA – the state’s official tourism marketing corporation – ushers in new leadership to serve on its executive committee, board of directors and industry committees. Maldonado will serve as the secretary of the board of director’s executive committee, Owen will serve as a member of the international committee, and Frost will serve as a member of the industry relations committee.

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