723 Whiskey Bravo owners, Skip and Victoria Moore, announced an unusual fund raiser that will benefit the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center’s (ECCAC) new Pierce Family Children’s Center slated to open in April in Defuniak Springs. The restaurant will place stuffed animal “Riley Therapy Dogs” on each table and guests can purchase them for $20 each that will directly benefit the new Walton County center. The Riley stuffed animal dog sales will be on-going at 723 Whiskey Bravo on Scenic Highway 30-A in Seagrove Beach.
One might ask, who is Riley? The real Riley, a 10-year old Maltese dog, is a registered AKC Therapy Dog who is on the “staff” of ECCAC. He earned his American Kennel Club credentials by completing over 400 therapy visits with the kids at the Center dealing with abusive situations.
Riley helps the kids learn self-confidence and the kids teach him tricks. In group therapy sessions, he often instinctively sits in front of the child who feels the worst. In fact, according the therapists, the kids will tell Riley things they won’t tell them. The kids will say, “I’ll tell Riley, you can listen if you want.”
“We so appreciate the generous support of the Moore’s and 723 Whiskey Bravo. The Moore’s also donated funds to sponsor the office manager’s room at our new Walton County Center,” said ECCAC CEO Julie Hurst. “The stuffed animal look alike Riley dogs are adorable and will generate additional funds to help our kids.”
For further information, visit www.eccac.org. If abuse is suspected, call the anonymous Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE.