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2023 36th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival Results

We are SPEECHLESS! 🤩 The 36th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival & The Village of Baytowne Wharf are able to donate $45,000 to Fisher House of The Emerald Coast! A record breaking amount! 🤍 THANK YOU to all those who attended this year’s festival and we can’t wait to see you in 2024! 🍷

Stats: 330 Volunteers, 1608 hours, 76% Show Up Rate,
Thanks to all including our A Team, Bruce, Wayne, Sheila, Steven, and the Captains!

Progressive Health Clinic donates $1100

Dr. Godwin hosted a Patient Appreciation Day March 16 and named our Eglin Fisher House as a beneficiary.  They raised awareness, celebrated their patience on their health journey AND netted an $1110 donation to bless military and veteran families staying with us for hope and 

healing.  They received a tour of our house where the love happens and we were able to showcase  them in this check presentation.  Why Dr Godwin?  EXPERIENCE THE DIFFERENCE AT THE PROGRESSIVE HEALTH CLINIC! They exist to help people like you and your family be the best you can be and they love our mission at Fisher House.   Dr. Godwin is known for his Specificity, Customized Care, and Long-Term Results!  CALL TODAY! (850) 374-3926, or online.

Dr. Andrew Godwin is a chiropractor, acupuncturist, and functional medicine doctor who serves Fort Walton Beach and the surrounding communities in Florida. He uses chiropractic care to improve the health and wellness in all areas of patient’s lives, whether they are having problems with back pain or neck pain, or just want to start feeling better when they wake up in the morning. Dr. Godwin takes a “whole person” approach in chiropractic care, which means looking for the underlying causes of disease, discomfort, and pain, as opposed to just treating the symptoms. Many seemingly unrelated symptoms often arise from imbalances in the spinal column.  AND he loves our military  like we do! 

First Nation Group prepares a meal for our guests

Our friends at First Nation Group have been a part of our mission locally and also a part of the Fisher Houses across the U.S. They will be celebrating brunch with our families. Be like First Nation Group- bless a random stranger, the blessings you receive will be great too!

Tequlia and Tacos

Thanks to the 100 plus folks who showed up on the busiest Saturday in May to help us raise $15,000 for our Fisher House!

Rice receives President’s Volunteer Service Award

Local restaurant owner and community leader Tom Rice has been recognized with one of the nation’s highest volunteer awards.  David Goetsch, vice president emeritus of Northwest Florida State College, surprised Rice during last Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony with the announcement that he had received the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award.

Created in 2003, the President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes people whose service positively impacts their communities and inspires those around them to take action. The award has several levels of recognition, depending on the number of volunteer hours served. The Lifetime Achievement Award that Rice received requires documentation of more than 4,000 hours.

David Goetsch (right) presents Army veteran and longtime community leader Tom Rice with the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award during the Memorial Day Ceremony at Beal Memorial Cemetery in Fort Walton Beach.

“This is the highest level, and not that many people reach that level,” Goetsch said. “But for Tom it was easy; he’s probably done 40,000 hours.”

It was a fitting venue to honor Rice, a retired Army first sergeant who has served as master of ceremonies for the city’s Memorial Day services for about a decade. With 27 years of active and reserve duty, veterans issues are near and dear to his heart.  Rice was a founding board member of the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast, a 12-suite residential facility opened in 2010 near Eglin Hospital where military service members can stay with their families while awaiting, receiving or recovering from medical care.

He also served on the board of directors and helped raise money for the Emerald Coast Honor Flight, a program that flew local World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the nation’s World War II memorials.

Rice also is president of the Veterans Tribute Tower Committee, which led the community-wide effort to raise $300,000 for the 30-foot clock and bell tower that stands at the front of Beal Memorial Cemetery.  Rice also serves as chair of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, helping the organization with it Christmas Red Kettle campaign and the Empty Stocking Fund, and is secretary of Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida.

“Each of those groups is doing a lot of good in the community,” he said. “Things that would be difficult for me to do personally, but there are things that I can help them do.”

National Selfie Day 2022

It’s National Selfie Day and Robert our House Manager is at our lovely Fisher House on Eglin this morning welcoming military and veteran families coming to stay with us for hope and healing during a medical event. #loveisgoodmedicine today and every day!

All American Thursdays recognizes Nathaniel Johns

All American Thursdays happen every week with a Vintage Flyover, hero salute, live entertainment, free beer/seltzer tastings and fireworks ending the night at 9pm. Meet our hero for June 9, Staff Sergeant Nathaniel Johns.

Staff Sergeant Nathaniel S. Johns is the NCOIC of Supply for the 96th Security Forces Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. He is tasked to maintain accountability of all Security Forces equipment with a total cost of $1 million. He is responsible for issuing gear, and controls the Government Processing Card for the unit to sustain the Units supplies to maintain readiness for all members.

We work closely with the 96th SFS who volunteer for events in the community and also keep our installation and PEOPLE safe at the gate!  We appreciate the 1 percent of our population who voluntarily serve our nation in the armed services.

Military Organizations give big!

We were with the VFW in Milton on Saturday when they made a $500 donation to our Fisher House at Eglin.  The Military Order of the Cooties PT 59 are faithful supporters of our house at Eglin and give faithfully.  They are veterans, helping veterans and their families.  #winning

CEFCO featuring kitchen, opens new store – donates to Fisher House





Wes and Jerry, representing CEFCO presented $1500 to our Fisher House this week in celebration of their new store. We love when new business comes to town and makes a splash with military blessing as soon as they are open!  Go visit and tell them it’s because they love our military like we do.  #loveisgoodmedicine and #CEFCOGIVESBACK

More about the store:
FT. WALTON BEACH, FL (December 23, 2021) – CEFCO Convenience Stores announced the grand opening of its newest store featuring CEFCO Kitchen located at 325 Eglin Parkway N in Ft. Walton Beach, FL


Excited to open another CEFCO Kitchen in the portfolio, customers will be pleased to find a wide variety of hot and cold food items, including made-to-order burritos, tacos, and bowls, as well as hand-breaded chicken tenders, pizzas, breakfast sandwiches, and many other signature food offerings. This store will be open 24 hours a day.

Conveniently located on Eglin Parkway N, this location has 49 auto parking spaces and square footage of 6,054 square feet.

“We are excited to open another location with our newest store in Ft. Walton Beach, FL and we look forward to serving and partnering with the local community as we do in our other cities.” said Rick Schneider, Regional Vice President of Operations.

CEFCO operates over 200 locations in 6 states.


Samantha Newbold
Marketing Manager