The Tribal Charity Paddle Race benefited the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC).

DESTIN — Paddle Tribe Co. and LuLu’s teamed up to host the first paddle board event this past weekend. The Tribal Charity Paddle Race benefited the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC).


After having to cancel the event on Saturday because of the tropical depression passing by, the event was held at LuLu’s on the Choctawhatchee Bay on Sunday, a sunny, rain free day. While spectators looked on, registrants took part in paddle board races that included an adult 1-mile; a 3-mile adult; kids 12 and under; and a big board race with teams of four.


"We so appreciate Julia Vijacka, owner of Paddle Tribe Co., choosing ECCAC as a beneficiary to help the children we serve," said ECCAC’s CEO, Julie Hurst-Porterfield in a press release. "it’s always so enjoyable to see the community come out and support our worthy cause."


The non-profit organization provides services in a child-friendly environment to help identify, treat and support children in abusive situations, as well as helping to prevent child abuse through education and prevention programs. With Centers in Okaloosa County and the Pierce Family Center in Walton County, in ECCAC’s 19-year history, over 12,000 children have received more than 60,000 services at no cost.


For further information about the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, visit www.eccac.org. If abuse is suspected, call the anonymous Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE.