Rosemary Beach Foundation donated $40,894.54 to eight local educational, cultural and charitable organizations. These agencies served as volunteers for the Coastal Living Ultimate Beach House in Rosemary Beach that was open for tours from June 28 to Oct. 7.

"When Stan Benecki, builder of the 15th Anniversary Coastal Living Ultimate Beach House, and Coastal Living Magazine selected Rosemary Beach Foundation to be the designated host organization, we were thrilled at this most wonderful and very generous opportunity, said Steve Stevens, vice-president of the Rosemary Beach Foundation.             

We then realized the magnitude of this endeavor: A 58-day home tour period with an estimated 6,000 to 10,000 tour guests requiring 700 home tour volunteers. It quickly became a 30A community event with participating organizations supplying volunteers. This would not have happened without the dedicated commitment of our 30A host partners representing education, cultural arts, youth health services, and animal refuge. Such a combined effort of 30A organizations could become a model for similar community endeavors in the future."  

The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County is honored to have been chosen by Rosemary Beach Foundation as a non-profit partner for the Coastal Living Ultimate Beach House, said Jennifer Steele, executive director. We are extremely grateful for the generous spirit of the foundation board and staff and proud to be associated with so many other important organizations. The proceeds received by the CAA will enable us to continue to fulfill our vision of making Walton County a destination for artistic and cultural excellence through which lives are enriched, economy is stimulated and community