LIFESTYLE

Emerald Coast Community Cares Foundation hosts Wounded Warrior Weekend Retreat

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
The Funches family enjoys a day on the Destin harbor during the Wounded Warrior Weekend Retreat.

Local nonprofit organization, Emerald Coast Community Cares Foundation hosted eight families local to the Destin and Fort Walton Beach area for a Wounded Warrior Weekend retreat May 2-4. The mission of the retreat was to give local service veterans returning from their time overseas an opportunity to not only relax, but to also reconnect with their wives, children and the local community.

 The families were treated to a two-night stay at Sundestin Beach Resort and Hotel in the heart of Destin. Upon arrival they were greeted with a welcome event at the Cabana Café within Sundestin Resort to meet the other families and enjoy a low country boil. On Saturday the families were given several options of local activities to explore together including dolphin cruises aboard the Southern Star, bumper boats, go-karts and more at The Track, a day at Big Kahuna’s Water Park and more.  That evening the veterans and their spouses enjoyed a date night while childcare was provided. Couples indulged in dinner at the local restaurant of their choice including Elephant Walk at Sandestin, Harry T’s, Wine World and several others. After dinner, the couples were able to select their evening entertainment with options like movie tickets, dessert and wine on the beach, sunset cruises and more. On Sunday, the families attended a church service on the beach before a farewell breakfast at Cabana Café.  

All aspects of the retreat were donated by the local businesses and restaurants or funded by the annual golf tournament hosted by the Emerald Coast Community Cares Foundation. This year’s tournament will be hosted Sept. 4-5 at Burnt Pine Golf Club within Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Any funds remaining after the Wounded Warrior Weekend will be donated to other local non-profit organizations.

Those interested in participation or sponsorship of the golf tournament can inquire on www.ecccf.org or find Emerald Coast Community Cares Foundation on Facebook.