May 9 – 16
The City of Defuniak Springs Fire and Police Departments have challenged the City of Crestview’s Fire and Police Departments to compete in the friendly competition of “Battle of the Badges.” Our departments will go head-to-head in collecting food for Food for Thought Outreach, that supplies kids and youth in Okaloosa and Walton County with food to take home on the weekends when they otherwise may not have a meal waiting for them. The competition will kick-off on Monday May 9 and run until Monday May 16.
Support your favorite department today by dropping the specific food items off at one of their designated locations and partner alongside them as they help reduce the number of kids who may go hungry.
Meigs Golf Tournament is May 14th with an 8:30 am shot gun start at Fort Walton Beach Gold Course. All proceeds raised during the fundraiser will go to the Meigs Athletic programs. For more information, contact Josh at 850.461.3283 or Tim at 850.240.9112
It’s rally time! Join A Bed 4 Me Foundation for their annual food truck event, Rally 4 Rest. Saturday May 14th 5:00 to 9:00pm. Local favorites B’s Smoking BBQ, Kookn, Thai 2 Go, Curry In A Hurry, Cafe Rico and Dippin’ Dots Okaloosa will be at 3rd Planet, in Niceville, for an evening of food and live music. All participating food trucks will be serving smaller portions so you can visit each and not miss any of the great food. And of course 3rd Planet will have their beer and wine. A portion of all food sales to benefit A Bed 4 Me. Come out for some great food and an opportunity to help get children without beds into one of their own. More information at a www.abed4me.org
The Emerald Coast Fitness Foundation (ECFF) is pleased to announce their upcoming fundraising event, Sip and Splash: An Aquatic Affair presented by Tim Smith Acura. A first of its kind, the event will take place on Saturday, May 14 at the Aquatic Center, located at 4345 Commons Drive West, in Destin.
The community is invited to the Destin pool, which will be transformed into an elegant event space, to enjoy a sunset cocktail hour followed by an upscale wine dinner under the stars. Attendees will indulge in a five-course seated dinner featuring five of the Emerald Coast’s most iconic restaurants. Each restaurant will create a dish for their course including hand rolled sushi by Destin’s own Yoshi from Harbor Docks, dessert by Bitterroot, and additional courses by Brotula’s Seafood House and Steamer, Camille’s at Crystal Beach, Café Rico, and Dewey Destin’s Seafood. Dishes will be both gulf and farm-to-table, showcasing the various cuisines of each restaurant and will be paired with unlimited craft cocktails, craft beers, and wine.
Guests will enjoy live music by the Emerald Coast’s own, Reed Waddle, throughout the evening as well as a photo booth sponsored by Dr. Bawa & Associates, a cigar bar sponsored by Studio 6 Twenty5, live painting sponsored by Saltmarsh CPA, and an extensive silent auction featuring fine art, jewelry, gift cards, and other sought-after items, including a week-long vacation to Colorado. ECFF will also raffle off the centerpieces from the evening, each created by local swim teams from Okaloosa County. All proceeds raised from the auction, raffle, ticket sales, and sponsorship will go directly to ECFF to help them in operating the various facilities, upgrading equipment, and offering numerous aquatic programs.
The Emerald Coast Fitness Foundation is a public charity formed to develop physical fitness and water safety among the youth and adults of Okaloosa County. ECFF provides facilities and programs to Destin, Crestview, and Fort Walton Beach communities that deliver opportunities for instruction, training, and competitive excellence, primarily in the sports of swimming, running, and cycling. ECFF manages the Destin Aquatic Center, the Bernie R. Lefebvre Aquatic Center in Fort Walton Beach, and the ROC Pool in Crestview.
Tickets and tables are currently on sale through 850Tix.com for the price of $125 per individual or $1,000 for a table of ten. Only a few sponsorship opportunities remain, however ECFF is collecting silent auction items from area businesses and individuals wanting to support the event. To learn more about the evening, please visit https://ecfitnessfoundation.org.
The Veterans Tribute Tower Committee presents Dr. David Ott as he conducts the Philarmonic Orchestra and Chorus in A Salute To Those Who Serve on Sunday, May fifteenth at two thirty in the afternoon at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fort Walton Beach. This is a free concert with a Love Offering to Benefit Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida, The Salvation Army, and the Bob Hope Air Force Enlisted Village…It’s A Salute To Those Who Serve, on Sunday May fifteenth at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fort Walton Beach.
On May 21, from 2:00PM-6:00PM, the Police Department will be hosting a Carnival style event at Chester Pruitt Park on Hollywood Blvd next to the Police Department. The event will be free to attend and will have games and activities for families and children. We are encouraging everyone in the community to stop in. We will be handing out snacks and candy. There will also be the B’s Smoking BBQ Food truck and the Krustee Krab food truck present. During the event we will also have a raffle, with various items. Tickets for the raffle range in price from $1-$5 depending on the item you bid for. We are excited to announce that we have just received an autographed guitar from Sheryl Crow to add to our list of raffle items. All proceeds from the raffle will be donated directly to the non profit organization First H.E.L.P. The non profit promotes mental health awareness and suicide prevention among first responders. They assist in counseling after responders are involved in critical incidents. They also provide support to families who have lost a first responder family member to suicide.