FORT WALTON BEACH —As the sun went down Sunday, things lightened up at Fort Walton Landing.
Twilight in White, an inaugural event raising funds for 90Works, drew 152 people decked out in all-white attire for an evening of dining and dancing for charity.
Under large white event tents, the event offered food from venues including Market 21, a seafood market that will open sometime this fall, as well as a bar and live music by the Moss Brothers.
Popularly known as "diner en blanc" (French for "dinner in white"), the tradition began when a Parisian invited friends to an elegant outdoor dinner. So the strangers could recognize one another once they arrived, he requested they each wear all-white clothing. Diner en blanc events are now held across the globe.
Sunday's event raised money for 90Works, a local nonprofit organization that helps abused and neglected children and their families. Cate Jordan, the organization's executive director, with the help of Anthony Sawyer, the director of outreach, created Project Impact to help vulnerable members of a community become self-sufficient in 90 days.
"We have a 90 percent success rate helping people get self-sufficient in 90 days," said Jordan.
Due to the success of Sunday's event, organizers expect Twilight in White to return. Tickets to the inaugural event cost $30.
"With the number of people who came tonight, we will probably end up doing this again next year," Sawyer said. "This was the first time we've tried it here in Fort Walton. We actually use this model across the panhandle of Florida, part of Alabama (one county) and in southern Georgia."
For more information on 90Works, visit www.theproject90impact.com.