The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) put on their most successful annual Kieran May Memorial Gala & Golf event yet in early March, raising more than $230,000. Guests were moved by a now grown up Katelyn Pendleton sharing her tragic childhood experiences and how ECCAC was instrumental in changing her life for the better.

David Seering emceed the Gala, held at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, with an energetic live auction. With an impressive $100,000 raised from the live and silent auctions alone, paddles also went up in the air to help both centers in Okaloosa and Walton counties. Mr. Big provided live entertainment throughout the evening.

The Kieran May Memorial Golf Classic was held two days after the Gala at Kelly Plantation Golf Club with 116 golfers braving a rain laden day.

Both events benefited children by raising funds to provide ECCAC services at no cost to help identify, treat and support children and their families in abusive situations.