Community Briefs 5-1

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

AAF scholarship applications

The American Advertising Federation Emerald Coast chapter will award one $500 scholarship in the marketing, advertising, and public relations field. Student(s) who will be selected for these merit-based scholarships must attend undergraduate or graduate classes at a community college or university; be a legal resident of Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, or Walton County; enrolled in advertising, marketing, public relations or related major; completed at least one course in advertising or related fields; have a 3.0 grade point average or higher; and also demonstrate proficiency in their chosen area of study.

For information and instructions, call 352-286-8380 or email

JoeCapers appointed to Alaqua Board

Joe Capers, Insurance Zone partner and owner, was recently appointed to the Alaqua Animal Refuge Board of Directors. Alaqua, a nonprofit organization in Northwest Florida, advocates the general welfare and humane treatment of animals by providing shelter, prevention of pet overpopulation and adoption services. Since it formed in 2007, Alaqua has helped find homes for more than 8,000 animals.

“I am so pleased and honored to serve on this Board of Directors for such an amazing and progressive non-profit organization that promotes the security and humane treatment of animals, as well as their safety and general welfare,” said Capers.

EDC's Caroline McCoy advances to director

After excelling as the EDC's director of administration and special projects for the past five years, Caroline McCoy now moves forward to be the council's director of business expansion. Her tenure with the EDC began in 2007 as the administrative assistant advancing to director of administration and special projects in 2008.  

“Caroline has been a true asset for the Economic Development Council since day one,” said Kay Rasmussen, EDC interim president. “She has excelled at every task provided her and has improved her skills sets to help guide businesses through the many channels required for optimal growth; we are fortunate to have her on the EDC team.”