COMMUNITY BRIEFS May 21

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
Andy Schmitz

IMPACT 100 increases membership

IMPACT 100 finished it’s membership drive on May 1 and increased its membership to 369 ladies. What that means is that IMPACT 100 can award three grants of $123,000 each to three nonprofits in Okaloosa and Walton counties.

Nonprofits will attend a grant writing workshop on June 7 at Grace Lutheran Church in Destin. Then IMPACT 100 members will review all the grants and proposals, followed up with site visits. Five nonprofits will become finalists and then IMPACT 100 members will vote for the three winners in November 2016.

Because of the generosity of the ladies of IMPACT 100, the group has granted $921,000 in the last four years to eight charities.

Sacred Heart earns ‘A’ grade for patient safety

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast earned an A grade for patient safety, according to an official announcement by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Sacred Heart was one of 41 hospitals in Florida and 798 hospitals nationally to receive an A, ranking it among the safest hospitals in the nation.

“Patient safety is our highest priority at Sacred Heart,” said Roger Hall, president of Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. “Our physicians, associates and team practice 200 percent accountability to keep our patients and healthcare providers safe. It is a great honor to receive this distinction from The Leapfrog Group.”

Grayton Beer Company unveils canned beer

Grayton Beer Company recently announced that the beer currently packaged as 30A Beach Blonde Ale is now available in 12 oz. cans as Beach Permit Blonde Ale. Appropriately named, the new aluminum packaging allows the popular local brew to be iced down and taken to the beach.

The shiny new packaging of the blonde ale will be an obvious choice for beachgoers heading to the glass-free beaches. Reminiscent of the permits placed on 4x4 trucks allowed to drive on the beaches in South Walton County, the Beach Permit Blonde Ale will be easily recognizable with the Walton County Beach Permit #26178 on one side and the Grayton Beer Company logo on the other.

As production is underway, cans will be cooler-ready in time for summer and offered throughout Northwest Florida for the first couple of months, and then throughout Alabama, Georgia and middle Tennessee. For those who prefer glass, Grayton Beer Company’s 30A Beach Blonde Ale will still be available for purchase in 12 oz. bottles.

Schmitz receives Premier Advisor designation

Andy Schmitz, senior financial advisor and registered principal, has once again earned the distinction of Premier Advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network.

He is among a select group of Financial Advisors who meet or exceed Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network’s high standards as measured by one or more of the firms’ criteria for revenue generation, educational attainment, and client-service best practices.

Collegiate High School graduates

Ryen Goebel of Destin is one of 101 students who will graduate from the Collegiate High School at Northwest Florida State College May 20.

Goebel’s achievements include graduating Summa Cum Laude and receiving a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship.

OSU graduate

Andrew Keil of Destin will receive a bachelor of science degree, graduating Summa Cum Laude in food science and technology, from Oregon State University on June 11.

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Grayton Beer Company unveils canned beer

Special to The Sun

Grayton Beer Company recently announced that the beer currently packaged as 30A Beach Blonde Ale is now available in 12 oz. cans as Beach Permit Blonde Ale. Appropriately named, the new aluminum packaging allows the popular local brew to be iced down and taken to the beach.

The shiny new packaging of the blonde ale will be an obvious choice for beachgoers heading to the glass-free beaches. Reminiscent of the permits placed on 4x4 trucks allowed to drive on the beaches in South Walton County, the Beach Permit Blonde Ale will be easily recognizable with the Walton County Beach Permit #26178 on one side and the Grayton Beer Company logo on the other.

“Canning is something we always intended to do at Grayton Beer Company,” said founder Jamey Price. “Our blonde ale was a natural choice to can first, because it is the lightest body beer in our portfolio that we currently have in production. We are excited that all of the local and visiting beachgoers will have a canned option to enjoy from Grayton Beer Company.”

As production is underway, cans will be cooler-ready in time for summer and offered throughout Northwest Florida for the first couple of months, and then throughout Alabama, Georgia and middle Tennessee. For those who prefer glass, Grayton Beer Company’s 30A Beach Blonde Ale will still be available for purchase in 12 oz. bottles.