Giving Back

The 2015 “Hunks and Hounds” Calendar to Benefit Alaqua Animal Refuge Is Available for Pre-Order!

Alaqua Animal Refuge is proud announce the 2015 Hunks and Hounds calendar! Animal lovers can now pre-purchase the much-anticipated calendar for just $24.99.

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In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Newman-Dailey Resort Properties in partnership with Silver Sands Premium Outlets is introducing the Celebration Vacation package, celebrating the many moms, daughters, sisters, aunts, spouses and friends who have been impacted by breast cancer.

Don’t forget to come out to Alys Beach on Saturday August 31st for the 3rd Annual 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run starting at 7:00 AM with the 5K Race and the 1 Mile Fun Run starting at 8:30 AM. Cost of participating in the 5K is $35 for all ages, and $15 for kids 12 and under for the 1 Mile Fun Run.

We couldn’t be more delighted to feature this organization and founder Laurie Hood as our Animal Issue cover story, and in honor of the great work they are doing, VIE will donate 10 percent of its advertisement sales revenue for this issue to Alaqua Animal Refuge. We hope you also enjoy this little sneak peek of photos of Laurie from our cover shoot at the refuge, taken by Dawn Chapman Whitty!

The weekend kicks off with the Gala at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 1 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. The popular golf tournament follows on Sunday, March 2, at Kelly Plantation Golf course with a noon tee time.

This Thanksgiving, Harbor Docks, their tirelessly hardworking staff, along with support of the Destin community, over 200 volunteers, and the dedication of Charles Morgan, fed 1,475 people a free Thanksgiving dinner. Proceeds from the day broke the record of the most successful Thanksgiving hosted by Harbor Docks to date raising $20,565 for the Okaloosa County Habitat for Humanity and Destin Harvest.

On Thursday, November 28, from 11 am – 7 pm Harbor Docks invites family, friends, locals and tourists to join the celebration and enjoy a traditional, home-style Thanksgiving Day meal. In an effort to help eliminate substandard local living conditions, Charles Morgan III, owner of Harbor Docks, partners with Okaloosa Habitat for Humanity and Destin Harvest to serve the feast.

The campaign aims for more than 2,000 events across America the first weekend of November, calling Christians to adoption, foster care and global orphan ministry.

During this event, you can take part in the Wine Tasting, the Silent & Live Auctions, and taste fantastic Seasonal Cuisines prepared by local Celebrity Chefs!

American Cancer Society volunteers will be hosting their annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC) event for the entire Emerald Coast on Saturday, October 26, 9:00 a.m. at the Village Baptist Church on Matthews Boulevard in Destin. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.