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American Legion Auxiliary Unit 378 donates $6,392

Every March, our friends at the American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 378 in Gulf Breeze host a poker run with proceeds donated to our Fisher House on Eglin.  Renae Lister led the event this year, and was joined by board members Jim Fisher and Bryan Creager.  Thanks to Renae’s dedication, they were able to raise $6,392 for our military families.  Way to go!

Eglin Fisher House hosts 4th Annual Volunteer Appreciation

Our home on Eglin was the host of the 4th annual Volunteer Appreciation, held April 18th.  Guests and volunteers alike were serenaded by the 4 for 4 Quartet, fed a yummy meal of barbecue and chicken wraps, leaving with a house shaped cookie, made special by Community Ambassadors Pam Dickson and Lucinda Rogers.  Our new friends at the Invisible Wounds Clinic volunteered to serve.

Video here.

Eglin Fisher House Supports Month of the Military Child April 2019

In partnership with Eglin’s School Liaison Officer, Ms. Elaine LaJeunesse, a special edition of our coloring book, “Our Story of How Fisher House of the Emerald Coast came to Eglin AFB” will be shared with 750 students during the month of April.  The book focuses on education in the areas of history, art, literacy and awareness of resources for our military families. We also hope to engage the community with our nation’s defenders and their loved ones, helping to relationships and deepen bonds for better understanding of how best to support these amazing heroes.  The book is made possible with the help of 35 plus sponsors who support the Fisher House Helping Heroes Gala annually, along with our printing partner, Image Printing and Digital Services.  A copy of the book can be found here. Purple Up!

PS, we think the book is awesome, features our Squirrel named Shalimar, with her friend Stephen the Hawk.  Yes, squirrels and hawks have learned to work together peacefully to bless our families!

Words from Guests, March 20

“I wanted to take a moment and thank you and your organization from the bottom of my heart. Your kindness and help during a very difficult and stressful time is so appreciated by me and my brother. We are 6 hours away from our mother and being able to visit her and have a place to lay our head took one stress away that we were beyond worried about. Both rooms were absolutely beautiful, the entire facility was beautiful and we were taken care of like rock stars.”

Life Happens Everyday

Words from our guest:

“Don, you have really blessed us with your fun filled and thoughtful decorations in our room.  With the health issues I am facing, our anniversary has taken second place so it’s been really wonderful to have you surprise us with flowers and decorations for Valentines Day for our 51st.  We’re going to take 6 of the little hearts and mail one of them to each of our children so they can feel the blessing of Fisher House at Eglin and the thoughtfulness of Donnie and the wonderful staff here. Thank you all for your kindness!”  USN Jacksonville, FL

Afterhours Customs host bike raffle benefiting Eglin Fisher House

Tickets now available for a chance to win “REDEMPTION”, a custom 2003 Harley Davidson Anniversary Fatboy, transformed by AfterHours Customs into this softail into a Dirty Bird Concepts dirtytail! They spared no expense to give you the opportunity to own a full custom Harley while helping an outstanding organization! Drawing will be October 2019 during our Helping Heroes Gala at the Henderson Beach Resort. Tickets available at Afterhours customs, located at 203 Truman st, Fort Walton beach FL 32547
8503742129 | | For raffle rules contact Afterhours Customs.
More about AfterHours Customs here.

Meet the Team – John Stephens

John Stephens is a Fisher House Assistant Manager, and started in his position in 2018. His favorite part of the job is assisting military families in their time of need.

John is happily married to Christy. They have six children, and one grandchild. He enjoys camping, reading, and spending time with his family. His biggest hobbies are watching sports and traveling.

John retired after serving in the US Air Force for over 21 years as a Health Services Manager. His last role as an active duty member was filling in as manager at the Eglin Fisher House, which is where his passion for the job came from.

Carolyn Espinoza, Community Ambassador continues to make a difference

From Mia Hughes, Executive Director:  “Tony and I are so blessed to call many of our nations defenders family….we attended the celebration last Friday of a 26 year career serving our country, the Espinoza team, Colonel Ed Espinoza, his wife Carolyn and their awesome son. Carolyn Ellis Espinoza is a community ambassador with our Fisher House, giving countless hours to our mission on Eglin and in the community, for many years now. She always answers the call and always says yes. What a dynamic and awesome family and it was touching to be in the audience Friday, feeling the love that pours over this family. So glad they will be joining us in the community as Ed embarks on his next great adventure.”

Cookies and Kindness February 2019

Cookies and kindness happens the first Wednesday of each month = today’s dose of YUM. Appreciate our Phantom cookie baker who dropped these iced blue sugar cookies off and Sweet Choice Bakery LLC for the cupcakes!