Community Briefs March 29

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Nominations for Women’s Wall of Honor

The Okaloosa County Commission on the Status of Women will take nominations from the community for the 2014 Women’s Wall of Honor.  Nominations are due April 15.

“We encourage friends, family members, co-workers and employers to nominate the special women in our county who enrich their lives,” says Valerie McLaughlin, chair of the OCCSW. “Women in our community have made tremendous contributions to our county’s growth, health, education, welfare and culture.  Each year we want to continually recognize these women in a permanent way.”

The nomination form and more information can be found at  The form, a short paragraph (100 words or less) about the woman you wish to honor, her photo and a $100 donation to the OCCSW should be submitted to the Okaloosa County Commission on the Status of Women, Post Office Box 681, Niceville, FL32588. For more information and a nomination form, call 496-1142 or email

CPR Anytime

The American Heart Association in Okaloosa/Walton and Emerald Coast Hospice will provide free CPR training to community organizations and local citizens. Each CPR Anytime kit includes an inflatable CPR manikin (“Mini Anne”), a skills practice DVD, instruction manual and program accessories. Interested individuals or groups may call 862-1069 or 689-0300 to schedule time with a CPR Anytime Coordinator.

Shelter House now rape crisis center

Shelter House is now the certified rape crisis center for Okaloosa and Walton counties after receiving official notification from the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence.

Shelter House added a full-time sexual violence program coordinator to our staff and put all of the existing advocates through rigorous training on working with sexual violence victims. As always, all domestic and sexual violence services are confidential and provided at no charge to participants.

The 24/7 hotline number for domestic and sexual violence victims is 850-863-4777.

Poosh it Forward

Pooshme Daily with Jeanie Zepponi, radio talk show on Talk Radio 101, has partnered with Southern Vacation Rentals to offer a Poosh it Forward contest to one couple or family that shares one act of kindness they have done for another or that someone has done for them.

Win a five night stay in a gulf view condo in Destin by Southern Vacation Rentals, a sunset dinner cruise by Sunquest Cruise, waverunner rides, parasail rides, glass bottom boat ride by Boogies Watersports, breakfast at Another Broken Egg Café, lunch at Osaka’s Restaurant, dinner at Fat Clemenza’s, dinner on the gulf at Beach Walk Café, a couples massage by The Spa at Silver Shells and gift cards by The Fresh Market and Magnolia House.  

The winner will be selected randomly, and for every friend you invite that enters the contest, you will get one bonus entry, increasing your chances of wining. 

Enter to win at by March 31. The winner will be announced April 5 on the Pooshme Daily with Jeanie Zepponi radio show.

Info for Children’s Summer Fun Guidebook

The United Way of Okaloosa and Walton Counties is gathering information on children’s summer programs for the “2014 Children’s Summer Fun Guidebook,” designed to help parents find safe, fun and educational daytime summer activities for children. The criteria for the guidebook includes: programs offered to youth ages 4–18 during the months of June, July and August.

Send a general description of the programs to have listed including dates, times, cost and any items the children may need to bring. Download forms at Send to United Way, Attn.: 2014 Summer Fun Guidebook   112 Tupelo Ave., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548; fax:  243-6625; or e-mail to Deadline to submit information is April 4. The last days for schools are May 23 in Walton County and June 5 in Okaloosa County.

Guidebooks will be available May 1. Call the United Way at 243-0315 to request a copy or download at

DCWA one of top 10 in country

The Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation recently announced that Wine Spectator magazine has ranked the 2013 Destin Charity Wine Auction as sixth in the nation. Proceeds from last year’s event allowed the DCWAF to collectively donate more than $1.37 million to 14 different children’s charities in Northwest Florida.

Proceeds from last year’s DCWA allowed the DCWAF to collectively donate more than $1.37 million to 14 different children’s charities in Northwest Florida.

“We are continually mindful that it is the support and generosity of our patrons, sponsors and volunteers that has powered our growth and enlarged our capacity for giving. Our ongoing success is testament to their generosity and loyal support.”

Destin Harvest and Darden Restaurants partner

Destin Harvest, a non-profit food harvest organization servicing Okaloosa and Walton County, recently announced it has been selected to receive a $4,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Restaurants Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants. The grants program, now in its third year, empowers each restaurant in the Darden family of brands to help award a $1,000 grant to support local community programs. The donation will enable Destin Harvest’s project to continue supplementing feeding programs in Crestview, focusing on rural areas north of Highway 90.

Darden’s Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V’s and Yard House brands participated in the program. Many restaurants and brands worked together to award one nonprofit organization with a larger grant and make a greater impact in their community. Nonprofits receiving grants support one of Darden’s three key focus areas: education, preservation of natural resources and hunger relief.