Local community leaders rallied together dressed as celebrity servers representing the arts and entertainment industry to raise awareness and more than $8,000 for Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s (MKAF) community outreach program.
Since it formed in 1995, MKAF has empowered more than 304,000 people in 70 schools and United Way agencies, and serving military and veteran warriors through arts education programs throughout Okaloosa and Walton counties.
“MKAF community outreach seeks to make the arts accessible to artists of all abilities in Okaloosa and Walton counties — including K-12 students, children and adults with special needs, at-risk youth, and warriors suffering from visible and invisible injuries,” said MKAF education director Melanie Moore. “We are proud to impact more than 10,000 individuals a year. This fundraising event brings awareness to MKAF’s outreach and the necessary funding to present thoughtfully curated programs to serve the unique needs of these special populations at no cost to the recipients.”
Hosted by Lynnemarie Dunn of Bonefish Grill, celebrity servers dressed in full costume as their favorite film character, superhero or musician to compete for the best dressed and most earned tips and ticket sales. Dion Moniz (Harrison Sale McCloy/Emerald Coast Title Services) and Mindy Moniz (Premier Property Group) were named Top Celebrity Servers as Maverick and Charlie from “Top Gun,” raising the most funds.
Leslie Sullivan and Jacqui Luberto (Century 21/Blue Marlin Realty) were awarded Best Costume by the patrons and fellow servers for their Thelma and Louise outfits; Brian and Jessi Beauchamp (Beauchamp Commercial) dressed as Danny and Sandy from “Grease;” Lisa K. and Chris Kellogg (Coast 93.3 Morning Show) appeared as Wonder Woman and Spider-Man; Caroline Majure and Ron Todd (Deja’ Vu Band) dressed as Sonny and Cher; and Tracy Wood (NextHome Cornerstone Realty) and Alan Wood (CCB Community Bank) came as Dorothy and Scarecrow from “The Wizard of Oz.”