Local celebrities champion for arts education

Special to The Log
Last year’s celebrities included Superman, Popeye, Wonder Woman, the Cat in the Hat and the Scarecrow.

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 sixth annual Celebrity Server Luncheon, Pirates, Poppins & Potatoheads Lunch for the Arts, at Bonefish Grill in Destin on Sept. 8. Local celebrities will compete 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: Steve Barber (VIP Destin Magazine), Joe Capers (Insurance Zone), Allen French (Trees Destin), Rebecca Job (Dale E. Peterson Vacations), Whitney Lee (Lee IMC), Jennifer Lovell (Coastal Bank & Trust), Brittany Matthews (Beachy Beach Real Estate) Bob McGill (McGill Escrow & Title), Leah McGill (Okaloosa County School teacher), Dion Moniz (Harrison Sale McCloy, Attorneys at Law), Heather Ruiz (Destin Commons), Lisa Snuggs (The Lisa Snuggs Real Estate Group) and Alexis Tibbetts (South Walton High School principal).

Purchase your advance tickets for $20 per person from one of the above 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 children and adults in our community, including local wounded warriors and disabled veterans.

Research has proven that schools producing the highest academic achievement in the United States today are investing 20 to 30 percent of the day in the arts. The arts also provide an avenue of self-expression for children and adults 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 21-year commitment to inspire and motivate by funding innovative arts outreach programs in more than 60 schools and agencies in Okaloosa and Walton counties, including those serving people of all abilities. Regardless of socioeconomic status, race or mental/physical disabilities, more than 280,000 people 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.