Broker Associate, Hannah Martin, of Coastal Luxury Real Estate announced “La Lumière: Madly Giving,” presented by Destin Plastic Surgery and Duckies Shop of Fun, raised $50,000 for three local charities, Special Olympics Florida — Walton County, Westonwood Ranch and Princesses of Paradise.
Held on Sunday, February 9, 2020, in The WaterColor LakeHouse at Watercolor Inn & Resort, the sixth annual event featured an exotic yet entertaining “Alice in Wonderland” dining and interactive experience. The funds raised by La Lumière will provide Westonwood Ranch and Special Olympics Florida — Walton County each with $20,000 and Princesses of Paradise with $3,000. The remaining $7,000 raised will be distributed to additional special needs programs locally throughout the year.
“We are incredibly grateful to Hannah Martin and the La LumièreFoundation for their continued support of our mission,” said Lindy Wood, founder of Westonwood Ranch. “Hannah came alongside us prior to even breaking ground on our campus and has remained a strong supporter and advocate. The money raised through Madly Giving will go into our In-House Scholarship Fund, which allows us to provide learning opportunities to individuals who may not have been able to access life skills or job skills programming prior to Westonwood Ranch.”
The annual birthday bash was started in 2014 after Martin’s mentor and business partner, Jimbo Holloway, approached her about raising seed money for Special Olympics Florida — Walton County. Since its inception, the party has raised nearly $350,000 and over the course of six years has generously donated to a multitude of local charities.
“On behalf of our athletes, coaches, volunteers and management team we were thrilled to receive the generous donation of $20,000 to support our Special Olympics Florida- Walton County Program,” said Nancy Simpler, county director of Special Olympics Florida – Walton County. “All of our sports programs are provided at no cost to our athletes or their families, so these funds will enable us to buy equipment, uniforms and secure facilities to host our practices and competitions. This program has a huge impact on the lives of our athletes and their families.”
This year’s party was unlike any other held before. Only a select number of seats were sold creating an intimate celebration that was first of its kind to the area. Event goers donned their best “Alice in Wonderland”- themed cocktail attire before heading down the rabbit hole into Hannah Martin’s own Wonderland. Guests delighted in whimsical craft cocktails and decadent, over-the-top food, plus plenty of entertainment experiences beyond their wildest dreams. Guests also had the opportunity to purchase exclusive food and beverage items for their table that were accompanied by special performances and theatrical experiences provided by Aerial Dragons Entertainment. 100% of the proceeds from these sales went directly to the cause.
“This year was unlike anything ever hosted before. It was truly a culmination of love, hard work and kindhearted souls living to give,” Martin said. “I will never stop being amazed or humbled by the generous people in our area with the ability to come together for a greater cause. It is such an honor to be able to share my birthday and passion of enriching our special needs programs with this beautiful community.”
The La Lumière Foundation would like to give special thanks to event sponsors who made the evening possible. Presenting Sponsors: Destin Plastic Surgery and Duckies Shop of Fun; In Kind Sponsors: Cathead Vodka, Clutch Media Works, Coastal Insurance, Coastal Luxury Real Estate, Epic Photo Co., Fisher’s Flowers, Land • Air • Sea Productions, Proffitt PR, St. Joe Club & Resorts, and WaveFly.
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