Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce

John Mollison

John Mollison is a writer, artist, and filmmaker participating in two local events honoring military veterans and their families over the weekend. WUWF’s Danielle Freeman had the opportunity to talk with him about his body of work and its significance.

Mollison says he became interested in military history at a time when there wasn’t as much support for the nation’s defenders, and over the years he’s learned that it’s really cool to love your country.

TODAY: Winter Guest Fest 2016

Jan 15, 2016

The Greater FWB Chamber of Commerce and ResortQuest are hosting the Winter Guest Fest Friday morning, January 15th from 8 a.m. to noon. The trade show is held each year to acquaint winter visitors or “snow birds” with local services on the Emerald Coast.

One Hopeful Place Breaks Ground In Okaloosa County

Dec 16, 2015
Community Solutions

  Community Solutions, partnered with the Greater Ft. Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce recently broke ground on One Hopeful Place, a facility intended to aid the homeless in Okaloosa County. WUWF’s Danielle Freeman reports although the groundbreaking is just the beginning of several phases the center will go through before completion in 2016, the community is eager about its potential.

One Hopeful Night In Okaloosa County

Dec 3, 2015
Photo via Flickr// Franco Folini / https://flic.kr/p/jbskb

Community Solutions, partnered with the Greater Ft. Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce will host an overnight event called One Hopeful Night. The purpose of the event is to allow participants to experience what it’s like to be homeless for a night while raising awareness and funds for a new resource center for the homeless opening next year.

Greater FWB Chamber of Commerce

The 60th Annual Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival will be held in Ft. Walton Beach this weekend. Since 1955 pirates have run amok in the city during the three-day pirate-themed event. 

Grand Opening Of The Bud And Dorie Day Patriots' Trail

Jun 3, 2015
Danielle Freeman

The Bud and Dorie Day Patriots’ Trail is officially open in Ft. Walton Beach.

The trail is named in honor of Vietnam War hero Col. Bud Day, who died in July of 2013 at the age of 88, and his wife Dorie. It winds down Staff Drive, Nebraska Avenue, and California Drive and features 16 historical markers comprised of information highlighting their life together.

There’s a marker detailing Bud’s childhood, another on how he met the woman who would become the love of his life.

Several local organizations have teamed up to address homelessness in Okaloosa and Walton counties. Their immediate goal is to end 'veteran' homelessness by the end of this year.

 “And, it’s going to take our whole community and all of our community partners to unite and provide a crisis response system to help veteran homelessness.”

That’s Sarah Yelverton, Executive Director of the Okaloosa Walton Homeless Continuum of Care. The organization has formed a homeless task force called the “Initiative for Veterans of Okaloosa and Walton” or IVOW.

Abby Freeman

 

  Participants in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy in Okaloosa County have spent the past several months learning what it takes to start a business. The program concludes Monday night when the final 7 students present their ideas to potential local investors. WUWF’s Danielle Freeman has this preview.

Originating in Rochester, New York, The Young Entrepreneurs Academy is in its second year in Okaloosa County and is sponsored by the FWB Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Destin Chamber as well as other community groups.

Bud & Dorie Day Patriots' Trail Coming To FWB

May 22, 2014
Photo via Flickr//FWB Chamber

The Bud and Dorie Day Patriots' Trail will wind through a neighborhood behind Uptown Station on Eglin Parkway. The trail has been a community effort from the very start. The city of Ft. Walton Beach donated the land and the greater FWB Chamber of Commerce has taken charge of fundraising the $100,000 needed to build it. Ted Corcoran, the Chamber of Commerce President said the community was looking for a unique way to honor Bud Day who called the area home for over three decades until his death last year, "He has statues; he has airports around the country named after him.