Crane Fund for Widows and Children donates $5,000

Our friends at Crane Aerospace and Electronics just partnered to keep our heroes and their families together, donating $5,000 as a Catbird Sponsorship for 2021.  These kind hearts recognize the impact families make on hope and healing, and when we were there to grab the photo, one of their employees (SPONTANEOUSLY) shared a testimonial where she was blessed at one of the Keesler Fisher Houses during the illness of her mother.

AWESOME to hear we always say yes there is room in our inn because of our generous community. 91 houses now with more coming……#loveisgoodmedicine, Pass it on! 

Hey Mosquito Joe! Mosquito, Tick & Flea Control in Northwest Florida

Meet the Bess family….To support our Eglin Fisher House, Mosquito Joe of Northwest Florida donates $20 for every person that pre-pays and mentions, “give 20.” By doing this they were able to donate $380 in 2018, in 2019 $500 and for 2020, they reached their goal to donate $1,000.  Located in Niceville, we  love to promote the local businesses who give back and hey, they are also a military family = win-win. Recycling our previous photo, this year virtual and social distanced. Here is a link to their business page. 

Annual Bear Bait Ultra donates $2500 from 2020 Event announce 2021 Upgrade

On behalf of Bear Bait Ultras, Dan Landrum presented proceeds from the SOLD OUT 2020 event held in January to the Eglin Fisher House.  As part of the planning, he also shared that the 2021 event would be relocating to a new venue, which would open up slots for even more enthusiastic runners.  Bear Bait Ultras have a long-standing relationship supporting our Fisher House and we look forward to this new location in Santa Rosa County at Adventures Unlimited.  Our treasurer, Jerry Williams, President/CEO of Eglin Federal Credit Union regularly runs this race and is training now for the new race!

Florida Powerboat Club donates $2,000 from 2020 Poker Run

Stu Jones, President and Founder of Florida Powerboat Foundation recently shared the happy news that proceeds from the Emerald Coast Powerboat Week, held August 13-15 would net a $2,000 donation to the local Fisher House at Eglin AFB.  This fun, well attended, annual poker run has blessed not only the Eglin Fisher House for the past three years, but also various other charities across the Emerald Coast.

P.S.  We love that Stu remembers the military and veteran families who stay with us each year, keeping them together for hope and healing because of folks like Stu and his powerboat friends.  Pictured are Mia Hughes, Executive Director, along with Jerry Williams, CEO/President of Eglin Federal Credit Union. 

Mills Heating & Air donates BIG to our local Fisher House at Eglin AFB

Our friends at Mills Heating & Air blessed our Fisher House in a big way this past month. Jackson White, and his sons Chris and Marty phoned to say they would be donating……$50,000 to our local mission to bless military and veteran families. WOWZA…….If you need heating and air, give them your business. They say thank you for service and sacrifice in a very tangible way. Making sure there is comfort at our home on Eglin AFB during a medical event, warm and ready for them. Check out the images here.

Breaking News – DefenseWerx goes Silver for #carecontinues 2020

Local DefenseWerx upgrades from Bronze to Silver for this year’s 2020 #carecontinues campaign.  We were hosted for a tour and learned more about their mission to support the Department of Defense.

What are they?
Established in 2012 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit named in honor of James “Jimmy” Doolittle, commander of WWII’s historic Doolittle Raid, The Doolittle Institute dba DEFENSEWERX (DWX) is headquartered in Niceville, Florida.  DWX has 5 innovation hubs located across the US.  Our current hubs include Doolittle Institute in Niceville, FL, SOFWERX in Tampa, FL, MGMWERX in Montgomery, AL and ERDCWERX in Vicksburg, MS.

Watch here for a VERY informative snipet on their mission.

Crane Aerospace and Electronics leads the way with Title Sponsorship

On this Thankful Thursday, we are practicing an attitude of gratitude for the many partners in the community who love our military like we do. Crane Aerospace and Electronics joined us last year at the Helping Heroes Gala, and after hearing our featured speaker Bobby Dove, they signed up BIGGER for 2020. They presented their BIG love offering this week. We love our Crane family who make the donation from their Crane Family Fund.  Learn more about Bobby here.

Cox Communications Packs the Pantry

This group from Cox Communications is taking PACK the pantry to an all new level. Not only did they shop under a timeline and budget as part of their team building visit, they stacked their goodies into our pantry, organizing and streamlining, then packed themselves in for a famous COX selfie. We love them for blessing our house guests! ❤️

Knights of Columbus Assembly 3236 bless our Fisher House

Friends of Fisher House, John and Richard visited our Fisher House on Tuesday, donating $500 from Knights of Columbus Assembly 3236.  This organization, and these two big hearts are frequent givers to care for our military families during a medical need.  The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic, Family, Fraternal, Service organization.  Their guiding principles are Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism and their rich history include many years of service to the local community, Catholic Church, families, and young people.  We love that they support two of our favorite things….families and patriotism.  #knightsofcolumbusdogood

6th Annual Eggs on the Beach nets Fisher House $16,250

MIRAMAR BEACH — The sixth annual Eggs On the Beach cooking competition raised $40,000 for local nonprofit organizations, including its two nonprofit partners, Fisher House of the Emerald Coast and Food for Thought.
Held at Seascape Resort on Sept. 28, the family-friendly event welcomed more than 750 tasters and volunteers who sampled an array of delicacies cooked on Big Green Eggs by 25 cook teams.
Food for Thought and the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast each received a $16,250 donation from the 2019 EggFest.
“Our sixth annual event was a great success due to our amazing cook teams, volunteers and sponsors,” said Bay Breeze Patio co-owner and event founder Susan Kiley. “We feel proud to have created one of the best food festivals in the area. It is humbling to see the community come together to support these great causes.”
In the nonprofit category, South Walton Academy earned first place and a $3,500 donation. In second place, Sinfonia Gulf Coast earned a $2,500 donation toward its Youth Orchestra. The Rotary Club of Destin placed third and won a $1,500 donation.

Kevin Louthain, cooking for Westonwood Ranch’s Bacon Nation, tends to his grill during the 6th annual Eggs on the Beach Eggfest held at Seascape Resort Saturday.

Tasters voted Saltwater Restaurant Group the winner of the Taster’s Choice award. Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty earned second place and Fort Walton Beach Medical Center’s “Five Wild Blazing Medical Cooks,” placed third.
Judge’s Choice winners for 2019 were first place Saltwater Restaurants Inc., second place Setco Services in partnership with Jackacudas Seafood & Sushi, and third place Westonwood Ranch’s Bacon Nation.
Honorary judges were chef Phil McDonald and Debbie Swenerton of Black Bear Bread Co., chef Nikhil Abuvala of Roux 30a and Jack McGuckin, executive chef Bijoux Destin.
The best booth display was presented to Saltwater Restaurants Inc.