Bay Buzz Events March 2023


International Women’s Day Celebration
The American Business Women Association – Emerald Coast Chapter presents the International Women’s Day Emerald Coast Celebration Saturday, March 4, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., hosted by University of West Florida’s Fort Walton Beach Campus. The theme for 2023 is Embracing Innovation and Technology. The event will feature guest speakers, hands-on activities, workshops and roundtable discussions. A limited number of vendor booths are available for non-profits, women entrepreneurs and corporate sponsors.

ECCAC Gala in the Garden and Golf Weekend
The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) will hold its annual signature Gala in the Garden and Golf Weekend, presented by George and Janice Hendricks. The Gala features a cocktail hour starting at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 10, at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Guests will enjoy live entertainment by The Will Thompson Band, live auction and a featured guest speaker.

The Golf Tournament, also to benefit ECCAC, will take place Sunday, March 12, at Kelly Plantation Golf Club with registration and a cookout meal 10:30-11:45 a.m. for a tournament shotgun start at noon. Cost is $400, which includes two tickets to the Gala. Gala tickets only are $250 per couple.Make reservations online at Sponsorships are still available. Contact Lee Curtis at (850) 684-4422, or email

2nd Annual Soiree on the Bay
Enjoy a lavish gathering with fine wine, food and spirits at the 2nd Annual Soiree on the Bay, benefiting Children’s Volunteer Health Network, Friday, March 10, 6- 9 p.m., and Saturday, March 11, 1:30-7 p.m. This weekend event is presented by the Dugas Family and will take place on their stunning family estate overlooking the Choctawhatchee Bay in Santa Rosa Beach. Guests will indulge in cuisine by Cafe Thirty-A, wine tastings featuring Thompson 31Fifty Wines and Etude Winery, as well as an assortment of beverages provided by Mighty Swell. The evening will feature a live auction.
Proceeds will go toward CVHN mission to eliminate the barriers to accessible and affordable healthcare for children in need through mobile solutions to provide free restorative dental services to children in need across Okaloosa and Walton counties. Visit for more information or to purchase tickets for the event. The Dugas Family Estate is located at 38 West Hodge Road, Santa Rosa Beach.

Peter Pan at Mattie Kelly Arts Center
The Mattie Kelly Arts Center hosts the Northwest Florida Ballet as they perform Peter Pan, March 11 and 12. Purchase tickets online at or by calling the box office at (850) 729-6000. Showtimes Saturday, March 11, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 12, 2:30 p.m. The Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center is located at 100 College Blvd. E., Niceville.

9th Annual Tea Fore Her Fundraiser
The ninth annual Tea Fore Her fundraiser presented by Emerald Coast Hospice is set for Sunday, March 5, noon-2 p.m. at The Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa. Guests are encouraged to dress up in their “tea party best” including their most fabulous hats to enjoy lunch and tea with great company while raising funds for those battling breast cancer on the Emerald Coast. This year’s soiree will feature breast cancer survivor, Jessica Foster from WJHG-TV, as the emcee for the event.

Tickets are $65 per person, or $60 for breast cancer survivors, and includes a plated lunch, live music, photo booth, complimentary glass of champagne, silent auction, and a prize for “Best Hat.” Tickets can be purchased online at
Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please email or visit for more information.

Spring Up for CALM 2023
The 7th annual spring fundraiser to benefit CALM is Saturday, April 15th from 5 to 8 p.m. at Christ our Redeemer Catholic Church in Niceville. Tickets are on sale for $75 per person. The Spring Up for CALM event will feature music by The John Galt Band, food courtesy of local eateries and live and silent auctions. The ticket price reserves your seat and includes food and two beverage tickets. All funds raised benefit CALM, including CALM Village, the exciting new phase of affordable housing. Visit for tickets, donations and more and the Facebook page at (1) CALM | Niceville FL | Facebook.