Proffitt PR hosts successful Girls’ Night Out

Special to The Log
More than 400 ladies of the Emerald Coast gathered at Elephant Walk to raise money and awareness for Shelter House.

Proffitt PR held it’s seventh Girls’ Night Out, Arabian Nights, on Sept. 26 at Elephant Walk in Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.

What began as a holiday party for local women of the area just over one year ago, GNO has emerged as a signature charity event held at venues including Pandora’s of Grayton Beach, Harbor Docks, Marlin Grill, Tuscany Italian Bistro, and The Solaris.

For this event, Proffitt PR partnered with local charity, Shelter House Domestic and Sexual Violence Center to help fund the anti-domestic violence programs that Shelter House implements throughout the area. Shelter House is the state-certified domestic violence shelter, serving victims of domestic violence in Okaloosa and Walton counties. Services include a 24-hour hotline, crisis counseling, advocacy, outreach, primary prevention, transitional housing and confidential shelter.

 “Shelter House was extremely excited to partner with Proffitt PR on GNO because it is an all women event,” said Shelter House’s Executive Director, Michelle Sperzel. “At least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. Women need to band together to stand up against the violence. The funds raised will go toward starting the new Shelter House Rape Crisis program, a much needed service for Okaloosa and Walton Counties.”

For a $40 donation, ladies of all ages enjoyed a customized wine glass, a pashmina scarf, red carpet photos and specialty cocktails. Two bands, Continuum and Jacob Mohr Band along with DJ EXQ, reigned throughout the pool deck and the entire 8,000 square feet of Elephant Walk.

Ladies enjoyed a display of 95 silent auction items from local businesses, photobooth, angel card readers, Persian face painting, vendor displays, a fire breather and a fireworks show over the beach.

To date, Proffitt PR’s Girls’ Night Out events have raised $44,096.75 for multiple area charities, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast, Food For Thought Outreach, a restricted breast cancer fund for underserved women at the Oncology unit at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast and the international charity, Planting Peace that dewormed and saved 298,866 children around the world.

“The outpouring of support and generosity from the local businesses and attendees has truly made Girls’ Night Out blossom into a movement,” said Jessica Proffitt. “As a women’s event, it’s such a great fit to work with Shelter House. They are changing lives of women right here in our area, and we’re honored to be a small part of that impact.”