Local Realtor, Hannah Martin 3rd Annual Birthday Bash Raises $65,000 for Special Olympics Florida — Walton County
SANTA ROSA BEACH, FLA. (March 31, 2017) – Broker Associate, Hannah Martin of The Premier Property Group announced today her “La Lumière: A Masquerade Affair”, presented by Destin Plastic Surgery and Duckies Shop of Fun, raised $65,000 for Special Olympics Florida — Walton County.
“I have always dreamt big, but I never thought this event would come to fruition in the way that it has,” said Hannah Martin. “It is a true testament to the strength of friends, family, and this incredibly giving community. My heart is humbled with the joy and the support these athletes have received. They are beautiful individuals that I am incredibly proud to stand with.”
Hosted on February 10, 2017, at St. Joe Club & Resorts’ WaterColor LakeHouse, the 3rd Annual event drew crowds of over 400 in support of the area’s local Special Olympics athletes. The funds raised by La Lumière help cover costs for sports equipment and uniforms along with travel, meals and lodging to area and state competitions, held in Orlando. Additionally, the local Special Olympics are working to provide new equipment to the athletes. Currently Walton County Special Olympics athletes compete in aquatics, basketball, bocce, bowling, golf, powerlifting, soccer, softball, stand up paddle, surfing and tennis.
“We continue to be overwhelmed by the love and support our program and our athletes have received from the Walton County community,” said Mike Schumacher, Special Olympics Florida – Walton County Fundraising Chair. “Each year we are blown away by the number of people that step up to volunteer and donate. These funds support the important work of our program in Walton County, and allows for the program to expand reaching more Special Needs individuals and their families.”
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 it’s conception the party has raised nearly $140,000.
The masquerade themed night of giving included live music by Mr. Big and The Rhythm Sisters, Cirque du Soleil style performers, a choreographed dance by Thi Bod Fitness Group Boomtown Burlesque, oysters on the half shell by 30A Oyster, catering by Signature Catering 30A, wine, cocktails, local brews from Idyll Hounds Brewing Company, craft vodka from Pickers Vodka, and two interactive photo booths courtesy of Epic Photo Co.
Thanks to the generous donation of area businesses the night of giving boasted a live auction, casino themed raffles and an impressive silent auction including local art, private catered dinners and luxurious getaways including a weeklong stay at Tucker’s Point in Bermuda, donated by Royal Destinations and Elite Alliance.
Special thanks to event sponsors who made the evening possible: Destin Plastic Surgery, Duckies Shop of Fun, Royal Destinations, Elite Alliance, VIE Magazine, St. Joe Club & Resorts, Watercolor Inn & Resort, Churchill Oaks, The Premier Property Group, Century Fire Protection, The Market Shops, Family Vest, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Clark Partington, Hancock Bank, Modus Photography, Outright Social, Proffitt PR, 30A, 30A Eats, 30A Kids Club Magazine, 30A Oyster, 30a Valet, Eloquent Signs, Emerald Coast Magazine, Epic Photo Co., Events by Nouveau, Gulf Coast Restaurants, Idyll Hounds Brewing Company, J. Conley Images, Luxury Estates Auction Company, Pickers Vodka, Shore Thing Cigars, Shoreline 30A, Showtime Events, Signature Catering of 30A, Southern Art Exchange, SoWal.com, Trebeaché, VIE Magazine, VIP Destin Magazine, WaveFly and 30A Event Planning.
The 30A Event Planning and the team behind Hannah Martin’s Party are already hard at work planning for the 2018 event. For more information, please visit http://www.hannahmartinsparty.com/. If you’re interested in sponsoring or getting involved in the 2018 event, please email Crystal Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay up to date with news and happenings follow Hannah Martin’s Party on Facebook and Instagram.
Photos Attached. From L to R:
1. Check presentation photo by Lexi Willcoxon, Proffitt PR: Dr. Bill Burden, Hannah Martin, Mike Schumaker, Crystal Smith, Jessica Proffitt Bracken, Chelsea Blaich
2. Event photo by Jamie Conley, J Conley Images: Crystal Smith, Hannah Martin, Jamie Conley
3. Event photo by Jamie Conley, J Conley Images: Elle Ewing, William Holloway, Hannah Martin, Savannah Burden
4. Event photo by Jamie Conley, J Conley Images: Jasper “Shine” Burnham, Mike Schumacher, Nancy Simpler, Anita Massey, Cherie Cain, Mike Ammons
About Special Olympics Florida — Walton County
Special Olympics Florida — Walton County provides year-round sports training and competition to children and adults 8 years of age and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Walton County. We currently serve over 100 athletes in the County who compete in 11 different sports at the local, area and state level area for each sport. There are over 300 potential athletes in Walton County alone. Florida is the first state and Walton County is one of the first programs to offer Stand Up Paddle as a Special Olympics Sport. All programs are provided at no charge to the athletes or their families. Your donations cover sports equipment, uniforms, travel and lodging expenses for local, area and state competitions. To find out more about, please visit http://specialolympicsflorida.org/walton/