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Goodbye, 2018 and Hello, 2019

What. A. Year. It is incredibly difficult to fathom the fact that 2018 has come and gone. This year has brought about so many memories and good times for our company, as well as in the lives of many of our staff. We want to take some time to reflect on some of the many wonderful moments from this past year as we say, “Goodbye 2018”. Here are a few of our favorite memories:

All Of The Weddings 

Weddings and wedding showers are a frequent occurrence here at Eagle Eye considering the stage of life that most of our employees are in. We love celebrating pivotal life events for each of our staff members. This year, we celebrated the marriages of several eaglets. Savannah and Braxton Kennedy were married in the summer at a beautiful venue called Serendipity. Savannah has worked with us for about 3 years as a cashier. Madison and Christopher Williams were married in October. Madison has worked with us for about 2 years as a cashier and with our warehouse team. We were so excited for this sweet couple. Just a few weekends ago, we celebrated the marriage of Madison Quattlebaum and Cody Lee. This relationship came about because of what we like to call, EEO Harmony. Madison has worked at EEO for about four years, on the sales floor and now as our Women’s Buyer. Cody also worked at EEO for a good while. Weddings are so much fun to celebrate. Now, we are just waiting to see who will be next!

The Baby Eaglets

Over this past year we have certainly had the additions of several baby eaglets! David Benton and his wife, Casey welcomed sweet Thomas into the world back in the spring. David is our operations manager and has been with EEO for many years. Josh Lashley and his wife, Whitney also welcomed into the world another sweet eaglet, Finn. Josh works as our assistant warehouse manager. Thomas and Finn were born just a month apart! Lastly, this summer, we welcomed into the world Rhett Merritt. Rhett is the son of Reid and Abby Merritt.  Abby is an assistant to our buying team. The addition of all these eaglets sure does make things more lively around here! We love each of these sweet babies.

ATO Walk Hard Event

One of our favorite events to sponsor is the annual ATO Walk Hard Event. This walk takes place in March each year. The guys from this fraternity walk from Troy, AL, to Panama City Beach, FL. They raise money and awareness for Jeep Sullivan’s Outdoor Adventures for Wounded Warriors. We partnered with several of our brands this year to provide each of the walkers with shirts, socks, shoes, and accessories for their journey. It is always a fun event for us. One of our owners, Mark Anderson, even became an honorary frat boy this year!

TROY Kickoff Party

This year we started carrying TROY University gear! That launch was huge for our company, as TROY is a hometown team that the Wiregrass area loves to cheer on. We carried lots of tees, button-ups for men, pullovers, and accessories from brands like Southern Tide, Southern Collegiate, and Pressbox. All of the products were officially licensed. We also had a huge Kickoff Party for all of this Troy Gear back in August. A few of the TROY cheerleaders, and T-Roy came out for this awesome event.

Houston County Gives Day

Houston County Gives Day is always a favorite event. It takes place mid-April each year. This year, we had around 37 area non-profits come out to share their missions for our community. They set up inside and outside of our store. It was such a fantastic, fun-filled afternoon. Dothan Ice Cream and The Salvation Army’s mobile canteen were on site. Thanks to everyone who came out and supported.

Successful Year Of Wired

Wired 2018 was phenomenal. We here at Eagle Eye love Wired Ministries. Many of our staff serve as track leaders, or in other areas during this eventful week. Both of our owners, Mark and Susan Anderson, are heavily involved with this ministry. This year, we welcomed pastor James Darby and worship leaders from the band Local Sound. There were over 2,000 campers involved this year. Hearts were opened and willingly receptive to the Lord. What a beautiful site that was!

Outreach Weeks

This year we tried something a little different for Outreach Weeks. We ended up shining a spotlight on a different ministry from the Wiregrass each day. We featured each ministry in a blog post and on our social media pages, just listing about the ministry and their needs. This turned out to be highly successful and it had a great response. We love our community, and being able to see the needs that are right in front of us.

Hurricane Michael Efforts 

As many know, our community and many people in the panhandle, were greatly affected by Hurricane Michael. This natural disaster occurred in October of this year. It came in as a Category 4 (almost Category 5) hurricane. It left complete and utter devastation throughout our area. Our hearts were very heavy for all of those that had been affected. Days after the hurricane we set up a hospitality station in an effort to welcome in those without power. We also partnered with the Southeast Alabama Disaster Relief team for a gift card drive. We collected gift cards for those that has been affected by the storm. Thank you to everyone who contributed! It was amazing to see our community rally together during this hard time.

Fields Of Faith 2018

Another event that Eagle Eye helps out with each year is Fields of Faith. Fields of Faith is put on by our Wiregrass Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). This started several years ago, and is typically held at Northcutt Field, over by Westgate. Students and adults from all over the Wiregrass join together for a night of worship. This year, we welcomed speakers Rich Wingo (former linebacker for the University of Alabama) and Rick Burgess (from “Rick & Bubba”). It was a wonderful night of worship! Dothan’s Fields of Faith was the largest in the state of Alabama with over 2,000 people in attendance. How incredible is that?! Some Eagle Eye Staff used VTO hours towards being counselors at this event.

VTO Projects 2018 

People Matter Most. We do truly believe that here at Eagle Eye, and because of that, we put a lot of emphasis on our Volunteer Time Off (VTO) program. This program allows employees to volunteer in the community and be paid per usual. This year we loved being able to serve with Meals On Wheels, The Wiregrass Hope Group, Girls Inc., and many other organizations. Our employees completed countless hours of VTO. Again, we love people and we love our community.

Celebrated 19 Years Of Business

We were so honored and blessed to celebrate 19 years of being in business this summer! Eagle Eye has come such a long way in those 19 years, and we are looking forward to what the Lord has in store for the future. Our goal has always been to love and serve people. We are incredibly thankful for each and every individual that enters our store. Shoutout to everyone that has helped us throughout the years.

Happy New Years to you and your family! It is an absolute honor and delight for us to serve you. All praise goes to the Lord for all that He has done as we say goodbye to 2018 and hello to 2019. We are ready for you! Let’s do this!

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