La Lumière: A Metropolitan Affair
A most spectacular event graced the Emerald Coast on Saturday, the La Lumière: A Metropolitan Affair. Held at Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach, this giant and illustrious affair featured some of the greatest artistry of the area. Aerial dancers, models, musicians, and other artists demonstrated their talents in a variety of different ways with differing roles of costume. The event’s owner and director, Ms. Hannah Martin of The Premier Property Group and Hannah Martin’s Party of whom’s birthday was celebrated with the event. Her occasion benefitted Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, Special Olympics Florida — Walton County, and Westonwood Ranch. This was her 4th annual event, all of which was success after success. This one definitely hit it out of the park. Countless people coming and supporting these marvelous causes through entertaining ways to dutch funds such as gambling in Blackjack, food from places such as Jackacudas and 30A Oysters, raffles, and various other ways. With all proceeds going to benefit these organizations. Some of the Emerald Coast’s most prominent names attended, and also attending this event were some rather prominent people in association with AB+Production. We attended and I photographed this amazing ball; among us was Ada Bowman of AB+Production, Brodie Bowman of Brodie Bowman Orthodontics, Lucas and Sonia Fenik of Silver Fenik, Chris and Ewa Ruyan of Cuvée Kitchen + Wine Bar, Mara and Jim Clark of Just Stay and Wear in Destin, Renee Launiere and Vladimir Babich of Bijoux De Mer, Justin and Sandra Myers of World Impact Real Estate and Coast2Coast Insurance Agency. Shoutout to Land • Air • Sea Productions, Walborsky & Bradley, Ducky’s Shop of Fun, VIP Destin Magazine, M&B Photography, Elite Alliance, Royal Destinations, and special mention to the Aerial Dragons for their marvelous aerial dancers’ performance and the Henderson Beach resort for the fantastic afterparty!
- Sponsors of this awesome event included Destin Plastic Surgery, Duckies Shop of Fun, The Premier Property Group, Royal Destinations, Elite Alliance, and Grand Boulevard.
- 30A • 30AEats • Emerald Coast Magazine • The Premier Property Group •Royal Destinations • SoWal • VIP Destin Magazine • VIE Magazine •Northwest Florida Daily News • Destin Log • The Walton Sun • Setco Services – Florida Title Company
Excerpt from the event’s Facebook Page
Broker Associate, Hannah Martin, of The Premier Property Group announced today her 4th Annual Birthday Fundraiser benefitting Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, Special Olympics Florida — Walton County, and Westonwood Ranch. “La Lumière: A Metropolitan Affair”, presented by Destin Plastic Surgery and Duckies Shop of Fun, will take place Saturday, February 10, 2018, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. under the stars at Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach, FL.
“La Lumière: A Metropolitan Affair” will be Hannah’s 4th Annual fundraiser. New this year, the event will be benefitting Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA), Special Olympics Florida — Walton County, and Westonwood Ranch. Hannah Martin’s connection with the Special Olympics started long before La Lumière derived, but her help in aiding CAA and Westonwood Ranch is new to this year’s fundraising efforts.
“I’m very excited to announce our beneficiaries to this year’s event,” says Martin. “When we were introduced to Westonwood Ranch, a new organization in this area, we immediately fell in love with their mission and goals to give back and better our community. Autism is such a prevalent part of the world today that touches so many people. It is very rare that communities are able to provide such a cultural and progressive atmosphere for individuals with special needs. I am also thrilled to announce I am a new board member for the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County and am proud to have their support to help create these multi-faceted programs. We saw a huge calling to bring these three organizations together to help create a better tomorrow for Walton County and our special needs community.”
As the creative core of Walton County, the Cultural Arts Alliance offers support, connection and access opportunities for all forms of art, every variety of maker, all levels of learners, and especially, art lovers. Through sponsorship, performance, and educational programs, the organization directly connects the people of Walton County with the broader view, the critical exploration, and the answers only the Arts have the power to provide.
Westonwood Ranch is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 2017 by the Wood family. Named after their son Weston, who was diagnosed with Autism at the early age of 2, mother, Lindy, noticed a change in her son when he was exposed to nature and animals. Thus, Westonwood Ranch became a unique center for children, just like Weston, to help fill the gap in transition services as young adolescents enter adulthood. Hands on mentoring and specific skill training are used to expand their interests in hopes of providing meaningful pre-vocational training and social opportunities in a safe, nurturing, green farm environment. Westonwood Ranch is currently seeking grant money and donations in hopes of starting construction on the learning facility to be able to open their doors to more than 100 children in late 2018.
The “La Lumière” event series have raised over $120,000 to-date, and Hannah Martin hopes to grow the event to be even bigger than in years past.
“Through ticket sales, raffle, auction, and other facets of the event, we hope to set the bar even higher than before,” says Martin. “We have amazing charities that we are raising funds for this year, and with the help of our community, I know we can make a huge impact in their programs.”
“La Lumière: A Metropolitan Affair” will be unlike any of the past fundraising events. For a $200 donation to attend, the metropolitan themed event will include dinner, drinks, and entertainment for all, including roulette, blackjack and craps. Those looking to try their luck can do so by purchasing raffle tickets in exchange for chips. Mr. Big and The Rhythm Sister’s will be back on stage along with live performers. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, oysters on the half shell by 30A Oyster, wine, cocktails, spirits and local brews will be available for guests to enjoy. Epic Photo Co.’s interactive photo booths will commemorate this “Metropolitan Affair”.
Guests are highly encouraged to dress in the metropolitan theme. Personal stylist, Amy Giles, of Wardrobe Made Simple is available prior to the event to style guests. 20% of proceeds from styling sessions with Wardrobe Made Simple will the cause. Merry Beth Myrick Designs will also be crafting hand-forged pieces, special to the event, with 25% of proceeds benefitting the three charities.
Tickets are $200 in advance and $250 at the door. For Ticket purchases, sponsorship or for more information, please visitwww.hannahmartinsparty.com or call Crystal Smith at (850) 714-4271. To date sponsors include Destin Plastic Surgery, Duckies Shop of Fun ~ Seaside, FL, 30A Event Planning, 30AEats, Emerald Coast Magazine,Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, Modus Photography, The Premier Property Group, Proffitt PR, Royal Destinations and Elite Alliance, SoWal and VIP Destin Magazine.