Local financial advisor receives honor

Jeff Garrard, a financial advisor of Northwestern Mutual, has qualified for membership for the second year in a row for Million Dollar Roundtable (MDRT), an international, independent association of nearly 19,000 leading financial advisors.

MDRT is a coveted career milestone that indicates sales and service achievement and is a highly recognized mark of excellence for life underwriters. Members must meet strict ethical and production requirements to qualify.

Garrard has been associated with Northwestern Mutual since 2008. As a financial advisor he provides expert guidance and innovative solutions for a variety of financial needs and goals. He has also earned the NAIFA Quality Award in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Currently, Garrard serves as a board member of the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation and is an active member of Point Washington Methodist Church. He resides in Sandestin with his wife Cindy and their two children, Lillian and Sophia.

UA awards degrees in spring 2017 ceremonies

The University of Alabama awarded approximately 5,000 degrees during spring commencement May 5-7.

Santa Rosa Beach students receiving degrees were Alexandra Bakane, bachelor of science in human environmental sciences; Aubrey Del Rio, bachelor of arts in communication & information sciences; and Abigail Tecza, bachelor of arts in communication & information sciences.

Women’s health grant applications

The White-Wilson Community Foundation is currently accepting grant applications for organizations working to impact women’s health in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties. Applications are available at whitewilsoncommunityfoundation.org/how_help_you.html. Interested organizations should submit their grant application and support materials no later than midnight on July 31.

The goal of the White-Wilson Community Foundation is to ensure that community members have access to essential and life-saving health services. Through its grant programs, the 501(C)(3) hopes to build partnerships that impact the health and well-being of those in the communities it serves. Women’s health grant funds are made possible through the White-Wilson Community Foundation’s annual Little Black Dress Party, which was held on May 20. Recipients of these grants will be notified no later than October 2017.