DESTIN — Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer packed the deck last Saturday with big-hearted locals, family and friends of Danielle Maudlin.

Danielle is a longtime employee of Brotula’s who has recently undergone multiple emergency surgeries due to life-threatening blood clots discovered in May. She was originally given 24 hours to live, but has since fought the odds and is in Cleveland, Ohio, awaiting a transplant.

Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer organized the event to celebrate her birthday while raising money to assist her and her family with medical expenses. With local favorite Flash Flood rocking the stage, Brotula's raised $10,386 through raffles, silent auction packages, bar sales and donations. Owners Chris Ruyan and Tyler Jarvis generously matched the donations to bring the total funds raised for the evening to $20,386.

“There are some really big hearts in this town. We are blessed to live in a community where, when one of our own is in need, we step up.,” said Tyler Jarvis, co-owner of the Bald & The Beard Restaurant Group.

Danielle’s journey to recovery continues as she awaits a viable transplant and continues physical therapy to gain the strength she will need to accept surgery. She celebrated her 25th birthday this past weekend, a mere 36 days after being told she would not live through the night and continues to surprise doctors with her recovery.

Donations can still be made online at