The Destin Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual non-profit appreciation and learning luncheon at Destin United Methodist Church on Tuesday afternoon.

The church offered a catered lunch for Destin Chamber members as they listened to 18 local non-profits talk for several minutes about their organization and how the community can help bolster their causes.

“This is one of our leadership and business lunches for the non-profits to talk a little bit about what they do and how people can get involved,” said Destin Chamber Membership & Events Coordinator Bryana Bahmer. “Most of the attendees are chamber members or are a part of Leadership Okaloosa.”

The Destin History & Fishing Museum, the Children’s Volunteer Health Network, Children in Crisis, the Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida, the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation, The Arc of the Emerald Coast, Food for Thought, Habitat for Humanity, and the Children’s Advocacy Center were just a handful of the non-profits that presented to the audience.

Destin Boys & Girls Club Director Bert Little said that events like the Destin Chamber's non-profit luncheon are important for overall community awareness.

"They're very important to us so that we can connect with the community and make sure the community is aware of our services that we provide. We try to stay in the forefront of peoples' minds," he said.

Little spoke to the crowd about their second annual crawfish boil coming up on May 19 at Harry T's Lighthouse. Tickets are $20 per person and all proceeds will directly benefit the Destin Boys & Girls Club.