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Monday, December 9th, 2013
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Author Thompson Talks Southern Christmas Humor for Area Nonprofit

Join bestselling author, speaker and humorist Melinda Rainey Thompson at a “Southern Christmas Humor” luncheon at Northwest Florida State College’s Costa Leadership Room on the Niceville campus Friday, Dec. 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to benefit Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC).

Thompson is the award-winning author of four books, including the bestseller SWAG: Southern Women Aging Gracefully. Her other books include The SWAG Life, I Love You—Now Hush, and I’ve Had It Up To Here With Teenagers.

The southern humorist says she will always be from the small town of Greenville, Alabama, though she has lived in the Birmingham area for over 25 years. She is married to Bill Thompson, a judge on Alabama’s Court of Civil Appeals. They have three children, 10 fish “that were supposed to die by now,” and an 18-year-old cat “that refuses to go into the light.”

ECCAC volunteer Tracy Wood says, “Inviting Melinda Rainey Thompson is the perfect opportunity to kick off the holiday season and create community awareness for ECCAC and its mission. She is really a fun and inspirational lady.”

The organization’s mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect, protect children in Okaloosa and Walton counties, and restore the lives and futures of these impacted children. In 2012, ECCAC served 729 children and their families in a child-friendly environment. Services provided to the children are free, and the 501(c)(3) relies solely on public donations and grants.

Sponsored by Gulf Power, the limited seating luncheon is $20 per person. For reservations, call (850) 833-9237, ext. 222. Discover more at

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