30A TV aired the 2nd Annual Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) Telethon broadcasting live last week from 723 Whiskey Bravo in Seagrove Beach. The telethon benefited the two ECCAC locations in Niceville and the Pierce Family Children’s Advocacy Center in DeFuniak Springs.
Beachcomber Music Award winner David Seering (Best Male Vocalist, 2008-09) hosted the telethon. He was particularly moved interviewing young Isabella Rose, who had a life altering experience when she was seven and her family turned to ECCAC for help.
Isabella is now a vibrant 13-year-old who touts her positive and helpful experience with ECCAC. She’s quite the singer, too. In fact, Seering asked her to sing on the telethon, which she very capably did. He also asked her to perform a song with him at ECCAC’s March 11 annual signature fundraising gala, and she agreed.
“I want to bring awareness and let people know I am in a good place with my past because of what ECCAC did for me and my family,” said Isabella.
“It’s children like Isabella who shine a light in our hearts—it is why we do what we do,” said ECCAC CEO Julie Hurst. “To see how far she has come reinforces the work of our therapists, law enforcement and others that help to make a difference in the lives of children who have experienced a challenging time in their lives. Our thanks go to all the telethon viewers and their donations to support the center and our kids.”
With the purpose of creating awareness and raising funds for ECCAC, the telethon featured interviews with locals, entertainment, and information about how viewers can make a difference. ECCAC’s board of directors were on hand answering phones and taking donations.
In the spirit of giving, 723 Whiskey Bravo owners Skip and Victoria Moore donated $1,000 of the restaurant’s profits the day of the telethon for the cause. Breaking last year’s amount raised, the telethon night raised over $31,000, which included a generous donation of $25,000 from the Walton County Sheriff’s Department.
Donations are still being accepted, the telethon will continue to be re-broadcast periodically through February and can be seen any time in its entirety on 30A TV’s website. Sponsors of the telethon were the Freeport Kiwanis, Silver Sands Premium Outlets, Julie Hurst, Emerald Coast Compounding Pharmacy and Insurance Zone.
Learn more at eccac.org.
– Kay Phelan
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