Giving Back

Be a Sweetheart

Shelter House and the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa extend an invitation to the community to enjoy an evening of music, dancing, delicious hors d’oeuvres and a multifaceted auction at the fourth annual Sweetheart Gala and Auction, taking place on Friday, Feb. 9, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Hilton Sandestin. All proceeds help pump up the coffers of Shelter House, a not-for-profit organization that serves victims and survivors of domestic violence and their children in Okaloosa and Walton counties.

The event will feature special guest and Gulf Coast favorite Ted Corcoran, with music by Jones & Co. Business/cocktail attire is recommended, and a cash bar will be available.

Advance tickets are $50 per person or $75 per couple. At the door, the prices are $65 per person and $100 per couple. Purchase tickets by calling Shelter House at (850) 243-1201, or stop by Kitchenique at Market Shops at Sandestin or at Gaia’s Garden ’N Gallery in Fort Walton Beach. A special Hilton Sandestin room rate of $99 for Feb. 9 has been arranged; call (850) 267-9600 for reservations.

Shelter House provides temporary, confidential shelter and a 24-hour hotline, as well as outreach and referral services, while promoting prevention through education and advocacy. The organization’s motto is “All Relationsh  ips Violence-Free.” For more information about programs offered by Shelter House, go to