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Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Celebrated 5th Annual Celebrity Server Lunch

Special to The Log

Local celebrities rallied together this week at Bonefish Grill to support arts education and raised more than $11,700 to fund the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s All Kinds of Art; an education outreach program serving students and children with special needs in Okaloosa and Walton counties.

Hosted by Phil Lorusso of Bonefish Grill, celebrity servers dressed in full costume as their favorite childhood characters to compete for the best-dressed celebrity, as well as most earned tips and ticket sales.

Jennifer Lovell (Coastal Bank &Trust) was crowned Top Celebrity Server, raising the most money dressed as Wonder Woman; and Gail Pelto (Keller Williams Realty) was voted by her peers for Best Costume as the Wicked Witch of the West.

Other local celebrities included Matt Algarin (The Destin Log), Heidi Blalock (Emerald Coast Autism Center), Nathanael Fisher (Emerald Coast Theatre Company), Allen French (Trees Destin), Jessica Hathorn (Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard), Erin Igram (Purpose Communications), Alan Jowers (Carr, Riggs & Ingram), Heather Pike (Destin Commons), Les Porterfield (TEA), David Seering (Singer/Entertainer), and Alexis Tibbetts (Walton County School District).

Event proceeds will benefit All Kinds of Art to bring art enrichment programs to youth.

“We are grateful for the support of all the celebrity servers and attendees, whose generosity will assist in fulfilling our mission of inspiring youth through arts and culture,” said MKAF Education Director, Melanie Moore.

“Funding allows All Kinds of Art to facilitate meaningful cultural experiences for children, including touring theatre and musical performances and workshops, art exhibits, and mentoring programs. In addition, we seek to implement arts programming where we can make the greatest impact, including areas where art curriculum is severely limited,” Moore said.

Since 1995, All Kinds of Art has inspired more than 265,000 students in 57 schools and agencies across Okaloosa and Walton Counties, including partnerships with the Emerald Coast Autism Center and local United Way Agencies.

Become a “Friend of AKA” today by contacting the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation at 650-2226 or donating directly online at www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org.

The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable organization founded on the beliefs of the late Destin matriarch, Mattie Kelly, with a mission to be a champion for cultural arts and education in Northwest Florida.