Sixth annual Chi Chi Miguel Throwdown raises more than $500,000 for Gulf Coast charities

Published: Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 10:22 AM.

The best part of this story is the benefitting charities. They were Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, Alaqua Animal Refuge, Children’s Volunteer Health Network, Emeril Lagasse Foundation, Kidz1st Fund, George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts, and Camille’s Art for Autism. The Thompsons donated 100% of the $528,444 raised this year directly to the respective charities. For example, the Morgan Freeman dinner generated $80,000, which benefited the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center.

“Valerie and Mike Thompson are such kind and giving people. Their generosity is humbling,” said ECCAC’s executive director Julie Hurst. “Through their Chi Chi Miguel Throwdown event, the dollars raised have given our Child Advocacy Center the resources to help restore the often lost childhoods of children who have experienced abuse, abandonment or neglect. The children we serve thank God for people like them every day. They are truly angels.”

Next year’s event will take place on April 6, 2013. For further information, visit, or follow the event on Facebook at


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