Giving Back

Alaqua Animal Refuge is $75,000 closer to reaching its Relocation Goal

The vision for the new Alaqua Animal Refuge is to create a wildlife preserve that will strive to stop human-induced animal suffering and abuse before it happens, through exposure and education. The proposed 85-acre facility will include some hands-on interactive learning opportunities and close-up wildlife experiences for children and adults alike.

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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Chef Kevin Korman will present a delectable five-course meal thoughtfully prepared with ultimate cancer-fighting ingredients throughout the month of October at Caliza Restaurant in Alys Beach, Florida.

Congratulations to Food For Thought Outreach, Inc. on their recent successful fund-raisers, including the annual Art of Giving and Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation!


Proceeds go to Food For Thought Outreach in order to fight child hunger in our community. Auction items feature original works by Chandler Williams, Allison Wickey, and Justin Lyons! Start bidding today! The live event takes place Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Churchill Oaks.


The Veteran’s Tribute Tower Board of Directors is pleased to announce the casting of the 250-pound bronze Freedom Bell that will hang in honor of all veterans at Beal Memorial Cemetery.


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


We are excited to announce our new upcoming event Puppypalooza at Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater in Panama City Beach on September 20 from 1-9pm. The event will benefit the Unconditional Love Program of Alaqua Animal Refuge!


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!