Celebrate Hope and a life: Graffiti owner fulfills bet to friend who was killed in a car accident

Stiles Fundraiser

Matt Marsteller and Chuck Stiles became fast friends.

Special to The Log
Published: Friday, December 27, 2013 at 04:51 PM.

When Charles “Chuck” Stiles, owner of Graffiti& The Funky Blues Shack in Destin, gets a haircut Jan. 4, it will fulfill a New Year’s Eve 2012 bet he made with Matt Marsteller, who lost his life in a tragic car accident in Walton County on March 20, 2013.

Almost a year ago, Matt bet Chuck $500 that he couldn’t grow his hair for a year.

“I laughed and replied ‘I’ll do it for $5,000,’ ” Chuck told The Log. So Matt raised the money in pledges by the next day from all their friends, but said that the money should be donated to a charity.

After Matt died, Chuck was determined to see the bet through.

“At that point, I knew that the life I had known over the past 17 years had changed in a heartbeat,” Chuck said. “When you lose somebody you love, they’re with you everyday and through certain events, whether happy or sad, their memory helps coping become a little bit easier.”

A good cause

When it was time for Stiles to name the charity he wanted the money to go to, he thought of his friend, Dr. Sam Traughber, who donates his time to Hope Medical Clinic at Destin Church of Christ.

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