Keller Williams Realty Emerald Coast raises over $5,000 for flood victims

Special to The Log
KWEC staff members with donated items at Destin Market Center office are (from left) Jennifer Draper, director of agent services, Fort Walton Beach and Niceville; Jamie Parrett, director of agent services, Destin; Paola Navedo, operations manager/agent services (all KWEC locations); Sher Gammache, director of agent services, 30A; and Dani Coffey, director of agent services, Navarre.

Keller Williams Realty Emerald Coast agents, from Navarre to 30A, recently came together to support the clean-up from the recent devastating floods in Louisiana.

On Wednesday, Aug. 24, the KWEC team hosted a Louisiana Flood Relief Luncheon at their Destin office, with an expansive buffet of food donated by more than 10 area restaurants including LuLu’s, Dewey Destin’s Seafood, Lenny’s Sub Shop-Destin, Fusion Bistro, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Mimmo’s Ristorante Italiano, Donut Hole Café & Bakery, One 20: A Modern Bistro of Niceville, Chick-Fil-A, Panini Pete’s, Ernie’s Dockside Café & Oyster Bar and Olive Garden of Destin.

More than 100 agents, staff members and community guests gathered to donate and indulge in the delicious lunch. Raffle tickets were available for a chance to win a Yeti cooler, donated by KW agent Cindy Cole as well as a $285 Catering Package to Cowgirl Kitchen on 30A, donated by KWEC agent Nikki Nickerson. Agents also brought in gift cards to donate to victims. On this day alone, more than $5,000 in cash and gift cards was raised. Nationally, the Keller Williams “KW Cares” program has also been raising money to aid KW agents affected by the flood, as well as other victims.

Additionally, KWEC Team Leader and Broker Jeff Adamson, and KWEC team members Al Mader and Jamie Parrett, traveled to Walker, La., to join forces with multiple other Keller Williams teams to aid local families in cleaning up their homes and organizing salvageable items. Hundreds of Keller Williams agents from across the southeast were on hand to help and were assigned to countless different homes in the area.

“It was heart wrenching to be there while these families filtered through the remains of some of their most precious heirlooms and other cherished items,” said Adamson. “At the same time, it was incredibly uplifting to see the amount of people who came together to help. We are happy to be a small part of helping these families piecing their lives back together.”

The KWEC Destin office became a central drop-off location for donations of items including cleaning supplies, diapers, toiletries, food and more. KWEC’s lobby was quickly overflowing with hundreds of donations. The items were scheduled to be delivered to Louisiana Aug. 26. Special thanks to other major supporters including Mark Violette, P.A., KW agent Victoria Leos, Drew Messina of Guaranteed Rate Mortgage, Emerald Coast Preferred Property Management, Emerald Coast Lending, Liufau McCall Insurance Group and Jamie Parrett.