Broker Associate Hannah Martin, of The Premier Property Group, has announced that La Lumière: A Metropolitan Affair presented by Destin Plastic Surgery and Duckies Shop of Fun, raised $50,000 for three local charities, Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, Special Olympics Florida — Walton County, and Westonwood Ranch.
“To see the community come together in this way, year after year, is truly extraordinary,” said Martin. “I feel so blessed and inspired to live in a community that stands up with you. This started as such a tiny little ask that has turned into a mission for change and brightening our special needs future. I cannot wait to see the impact that will take place from the support of everyone that took part in La Lumière this year.”
Hosted on Feb. 10 under the stars at Grand Boulevard, the fourth annual event drew crowds of more than 600 in support of the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, Special Olympics Florida — Walton County, and Westonwood Ranch. The funds raised by La Lumière will provide Westonwood ranch with $25,000 to help cover costs for their new facility, along with $10,000 each for the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County and Special Olympics Florida — Walton County. La Lumière will not be stopping there, however, as the additional $5,000 will be distributed to support other local events throughout the year.
“Saying ‘thank you’ isn’t quite enough for this amazing amount raised by La Lumière,” said Lindy Wood, founder of Westonwood Ranch. “When you are building a charity from the ground up, every single cent needed to construct the foundation of what will begin a lifetime of change for the special needs community counts. The most wonderful aspect of this donation is that the La Lumière Foundation will be able to say that they helped build our facility. Our organization feels humbled and blessed that this generous gift came along at a time when we needed it the most, so we cannot thank Hannah and every person who donated their gifts and their time enough to make La Lumière a huge success.”
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 $190,000 and has begun generously donating to a multitude of local charities.
The metropolitan-themed night of giving included interactive décor by Hermatic Productions, live music by Mr. Big and The Rhythm Sisters, performances by the Aerial Dragons, a choreographed dance by Thi Bod Fitness Group Boomtown Burlesque, oysters on the half shell by 30A Oyster, catering by Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer, Cuvée Kitchen + Wine Bar, and Jackacuda’s Seafood & Sushi, desserts by Kilwin’s, a cigar bar provided by Shore Thing Cigars, local brews from Grayton Beer Company, craft vodka from Pickers Vodka, wine, cocktails, and interactive photo booths courtesy of Epic Photo Co.
Thanks to the generous donations of area businesses, the night of giving boasted casino themed raffles and a live auction including custom Nicole Paloma dresses, NASCAR pit passes, Luke Bryan VIP tickets, an exclusive Emeril Lagasse dinner, and a luxurious getaway including a week-long stay in Mammoth, California, donated by Royal Destinations and Elite Alliance.
After the main event, guests were transported by Gulf Coast Go to The Henderson for the official after party where late-night bites, a cash bar, and dancing awaited. DJ 30A was there to set the tone for the dance floor where M&B Photography captured all the after-party had to offer.