The newly formed White-Wilson Community Foundation sets the stage for the Fourth Annual Little Black Dress Party May 18 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center. 

The annual event was formed in 2010 to raise money for local charities to help raise awareness and education of the importance of preventive health and early detection.

“Over the past couple of years, we have seen a 30 percent nationwide decline in preventive health screenings, like mammograms,” said Alan Gieseman, CEO of White-Wilson Medical Center. “Early detection is the most effective way to save lives and fight against diseases like breast cancer, osteoporosis, and heart disease.”

Since the first event in 2010, the Little Black Dress Party has raised more than $85,000, and organizers hope to greatly add to that number this year.

“This year, we are changing the program up a little to be more engaging with the attendees,” said Promotion Chair, Nicole Scott.  “We will still feature the latest and hottest fashion trends, courtesy of Silver Sands Premium Outlets. However, we will replace the fashion show aspect with new activities such as blackjack. This, too, will help us to accomplish our goal of raising additional funds during the event.”

Last year’s event garnered more than 400 attendees and more are expected this year.

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