Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
The Children's Center in Fort Walton Beach recently received a $1,600 cash donation from the Emerald Coast Performance Boat Club Inc. The boat club held a poker run to raise money for The Children’s Center, which is a division of The Arc of the Emerald Coast that has an inclusive environment where children with and without development delays can learn, play, and grow together.
Merrill Lynch announced that Collin McCall of Merrill Lynch’s Destin office earned the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER certification, awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board), and is allowed to use the CFP® certification mark as an educational credential. The CFP® designation is awarded to individuals who meet rigorous education, examination, experience, ethics, and other requirements set by the CFP Board. McCall, a resident of Santa Rosa Beach, received a Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and joined Merrill Lynch in 2012. He is in the Destin Merrill Lynch office, located at 12337 Emerald Coast Pkwy., on the 4th Floor, and may be reached at (850) 269-7009 or https://www.ml.com/mlwm/system/viewfapage.aspx?pageurl=collin.a.mccall&locator=2C8C74AC-04AB-4D14-95D4-50E05906016C.
Covenant Care publicly launched a new brand and logo last week throughout its service area, which includes Northwest Florida and South Alabama. Formerly known as Covenant Hospice and Covenant Alzheimer’s Services respectively, Covenant Care’s new logo is the promise knot, which symbolizes the strength of Covenant’s commitment to those the not-for-profit organization serves. The new promise knot logo is also a visual representation of Covenant’s seamless continuum of care.
Covenant Care is seeking individuals who are interested in making a difference in the lives of patients and families and in supporting the organization. A volunteer training will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 3, and Friday, Feb. 5, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Covenant Care office, located at 220 Eglin Pkwy. N.E., in Ft. Walton Beach. The workshop is free and open to the public. Interested volunteers will need to attend both days and lunch will be provided. Call (850) 863-6165 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA), alongside NWF Environmental Stewards, will kick off its “From Shelves to the Shores” Program with three community libraries—Niceville Public Library, Destin Library, and the Coastal Branch Library in South Walton. Over the next three months, CBA will host activities every other week at these libraries for children aged 4-12. The children will participate in array of activities that range from growing a native, shoreline grass to observing live animals to creating their very own oyster. The project is free and open to the public. Children are encouraged to come to their closest library to learn something new about the Choctawhatchee Bay and the local environment. For details, visit BasinAlliance.org.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
On Thursday, Jan. 7, Niceville High School Student Tyler Russell was announced as this year’sTaylor Haugen Trophy winner. Tyler is the 8th person to win this coveted award. High school seniors are nominated from their school, one nominee per school, in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties. Nominees are considered based on the character traits of the trophy’s namesake, Taylor Haugen, who passed away on Aug 30, 2008, of abdominal injuries suffered during a football game. Those traits are Academics, Athletics, Community Service, Leadership, and Christian Faith. Additionally, each nominee must write an essay that speaks to their perseverance in keeping with Taylor’s motto of ‘Don’t Quit … Never Give Up.’ This year’s winner is the first trophy winner from Niceville High School, where Haugen was a student. Russell is pictured here with past trophy winners Charlie Shackelford, Mary Kate Myrick, and Collin Myrick.
SunQuest Cruises announced that its client reviews have earned the SOLARIS yacht the Knot Best of Weddings Award for the 7th consecutive year and the 2016 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award. Both prestigious awards represent the highest-rated wedding professionals throughout the nation as reviewed by real couples, their families, and wedding guests. In 2016, only two percent of the 250,000 local wedding professionals listed on TheKnot.com received the distinguished Best of Weddings accolade. The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016 recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism.
White-Wilson Community Foundation recently awarded Shelter House a grant for $22,542 to expand the agency’s sexual violence services. Shelter House currently provides services including a 24/7 rape crisis hotline, peer counseling, and victim accompaniment during medical exams and law enforcement interviews. The White-Wilson Community Foundation grant enables Shelter House to create an on-site sexual assault forensic exam room at the agency’s program office in Fort Walton Beach. The funds will also be used to establish a certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program in Okaloosa and Walton counties with plans to train and certify five local nurses in the first year. Seen here, Shelter House Executive Director Rosalyn Iovieno (left) accepts a check from White-Wilson Community Foundation board members, Dr. Janet Niemi Chubb and Dr. Jack Azzaretto.
In August 2015, Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative marked 75 years of providing electricity to rural Walton and Okaloosa, as well as portions of Holmes and Santa Rosa counties. Through Jan. 22, 2016, you can view its special traveling exhibit at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida. The display includes historic artifacts featuring household items used in the days before and after electrification.
Brett Bianca, a Miramar Beach-based Realtor with ResortQuest Real Estate, announced the launch of his new website BrettSellsDestin.com. This beautifully designed website offers a user-friendly interface and powerful real estate search engine for Destin and South Walton properties. It also contains useful information, tips, contact information, and tools, such as closing cost calculators, and offers resources for those unfamiliar with the area to learn more about each beach community.
Warren Averett hired Todd Decker as chief marketing officer and head of business development. Decker comes to Warren Averett from Stifel, where he was chief marketing officer. Prior to Stifel, Decker spent nearly a decade holding leadership roles in banks, including Regions, BBVA Compass, and Bank of America. He began his marketing career at Johnson & Johnson, where he served as marketing director for several leading consumer brands. Decker graduated from Duke University, where he was a quarterback on the football team, and he earned an MBA from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Warren Averett continues to strengthen its Gulf Coast presence by expanding the Daily Money Management Division to the Pensacola office. Warren Averett’s Daily Money Management services offer assistance with personal financial affairs and provide specialized needs to families of private wealth, high net worth individuals, executives, and retired executives. These services include record keeping and oversight assistance with safety of financial data. Dee Dee Ward will be leading the new Gulf Coast Daily Money Management Division. Ward joined the firm as a manager in 2015 and brings more than 25 years of banking experience to Warren Averett, primarily in private banking. She offers special expertise in family office services. Ward earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Troy University in Montgomery, Ala.
IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida, Inc., recently announced AMI Kids Emerald Coast as one of the three organizations set to receive $107,667 in grant money. With these awards, IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida has now contributed a total of $921,000 to the nonprofits of Okaloosa and Walton counties for projects that benefit the community.
AMI Kids Emerald Coast will use the grant to implement its AMI Kids Careers program to offer quality vocational training, as well as teaching job readiness skills to students. The other two organizations receiving money include Grace Rides and Matrix Community Outreach Center, Inc.
Previous IMPACT 100 grant award recipients include:
2013 - Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge ($110,000) and Destin Harvest ($110,000)
2014 - Shelter House ($125,000) and The Arc of the Emerald Coast ($125,000)