Local celebrities champion for arts education

Special to The Log
Celebrity servers from 2014 luncheon.

The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation will bring your favorite children's storybook, cartoon, action heroes and movie characters to life to raise awareness and funding to support All Kinds of Art, a K-12 educational outreach program in Okaloosa and Walton counties.

Join the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation for the Fifth Annual Celebrity Server Luncheon at Bonefish Grill in Destin on Sept. 24. Local celebrities will be competing for the best dressed and most earned tips and ticket sales.

Lunch will be served in two seatings at 11:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Enjoy a Bonefish Grill lunch buffet-style served by the following local celebrities: Matt Algarin (The Destin Log), Heidi Blalock (Emerald Coast Autism Center), Nathanael Fisher (Emerald Coast Theatre Company), Allen French (Trees Destin), Erin Igram (Purpose Communications), Jessica Hathorn (Courtyard Sandestin at Grand Boulevard), Alan Jowers (Carr, Riggs & Ingram), Jennifer Lovell (Coastal Bank & Trust), Gail Pelto (Keller Williams Realty), Heather Pike (Destin Commons), Les Porterfield (TEA, Inc.), David Seering (singer/entertainer) and Dr. Alexis Tibbetts (Walton County School District).

Purchase advance tickets for $20/person) from one of the celebrity servers or call MKAF at 850-650-2226. If you are unable to attend the luncheon, advance tips and donations are welcomed. All proceeds will benefit All Kinds of Art to provide cultural experiences for the children in our community.

Research studies have proven that schools producing the highest academic achievement in the United States today are investing 20% to 30% of the day in the arts. The arts provide an avenue of self-expression for children with special needs, and because of heightened sensory needs, they respond well to the multi-sensory stimulation and the hands-on approach inherent in art. Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation continues its 20 year commitment to inspire and motivate children by funding educational outreach programs in over 57 underserved schools and agencies of special needs children in Okaloosa and Walton counties. Regardless of socioeconomic, race or mental/physical handicaps, over 270,000 children have been impacted through All Kinds of Art.

Contact MKAF at 850-650-2226 on how you or your business can become a “Friend of AKA” or donate directly online at www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org.