Local Realtor Hannah Martin Hosts 3rd Annual Birthday Bash and Raises $65,000 for Special Olympics Florida’s Walton County Program

Broker Associate Hannah Martin, of The Premier Property Group, announced today that her third annual birthday celebration, “La Lumière: A Masquerade Affair,” presented by Destin Plastic Surgery and Duckies Shop of Fun, raised $65,000 for the Walton County branch of Special Olympics Florida. 

“I have always dreamt big, but I never thought this event would come to fruition in the way that it has,” said Martin. “It is a true testament to the strength of friends, family and this incredibly giving community. My heart is humbled with the joy and the support these athletes have received. They are beautiful individuals that I am incredibly proud to stand with.”

Hosted on February 10, 2017 at St. Joe Club & Resorts’ WaterColor LakeHouse, the event drew a crowd of over 400 in support of local Special Olympics athletes. The funds raised by La Lumière will help to cover the cost of sports equipment, uniforms and travel to area and state competitions. Currently Walton County Special Olympics athletes compete in aquatics, basketball, bocce, bowling, golf, powerlifting, soccer, softball, stand-up paddleboarding, surfing and tennis.

“We continue to be overwhelmed by the love and support our program and our athletes have received from the Walton County community,” said Mike Schumacher, Special Olympics Florida – Walton County’s fundraising committee chairman. “Each year we are blown away by the number of people that step up to volunteer and donate. These funds support the important work of our program in Walton County, and allows for the program to expand, reaching more Special Needs individuals and their families.”

The annual birthday bash was started in 2014 after Martin’s mentor and business partner, Jimbo Holloway, approached her about raising seed money for Special Olympics Florida – Walton County. Since it’s inception, the party has raised nearly $140,000.

This year’s masquerade-themed night of giving included live music by Mr. Big and The Rhythm Sisters; Cirque du Soleil-style performers; a choreographed dance by Thi Bod Fitness Group Boomtown Burlesque; oysters on the half shell by 30A Oyster; catering by Signature Catering 30A; wine, cocktails and local brews from Idyll Hounds Brewing Company; craft vodka from Pickers Vodka; and two interactive photo booths, courtesy of Epic Photo Co.

Thanks to generous donations from area businesses, the night of giving also boasted a live auction, casino-themed raffles and an impressive silent auction. Auction items included local art; private, catered dinners; and luxurious getaways, such as a weeklong stay at Tucker’s Point in Bermuda, donated by Royal Destinations and Elite Alliance.

Special thanks to event sponsors who made the evening possible: 30A, 30A Eats, 30A Event Planning, 30A Kids Club Magazine, 30A Oyster, 30A Valet, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Century Fire Protection, Churchill Oaks, Clark Partington, Destin Plastic Surgery, Duckies Shop of Fun, Elite Alliance, Eloquent Signs, Emerald Coast Magazine, Epic Photo Co., Events by Nouveau, Family Vest, Gulf Coast Restaurants, Hancock Bank, Idyll Hounds Brewing Company, J. Conley Images, Luxury Estates Auction Company, The Market Shops, Modus Photography, Outright Social, Pickers Vodka, The Premier Property Group, Proffitt PR, Royal Destinations, Shoreline 30A, Shore Thing Cigars, Showtime Events, Signature Catering of 30A, Southern Art Exchange, SoWal.com, St. Joe Club & Resorts, Trebeaché, VIE Magazine, VIP Destin Magazine, Watercolor Inn & Resort, WaveFly.

30A Event Planning and the team behind Hannah Martin’s unforgettable birthday bashes are already hard at work planning for the 2018 event. For more information, please visit http://www.hannahmartinsparty.com/. If you’re interested in sponsoring or in getting involved in the 2018 event, please email Crystal Smith at lalumieregeneral@gmail.com. Stay up to date with news and happenings by following Hannah Martin’s Party on Facebook and Instagram.