Justin Gaffrey and Food for Thought’s Tiffanie Shelton
The South Walton community rallied together on September 26th to enjoy a festive evening of camaraderie and participate in an online auction and art raffle of select works from celebrated artist Justin Gaffrey—all in support of Food For Thought Outreach, a Walton County-based non-profit that provides food to local children in need. Presented by Gaffrey, Beach Beach 30A and Summer House Lifestyle, the widely successful event raised an excess of $100,000 for the non-profit organization.
“I am inspired by the people in my life that move me to help, and I am fortunate to have the opportunity to do so,” said Gaffrey, artist and founder of the Justin Gaffrey Studio Gallery.
Gaffrey generously donated the 100+ paintings that were featured in the online auction and on-site raffles during the event.
The evening included an array of delicious hors d’oeuvres by chef duo Gaffrey and Phil McDonald of Table Five Private Chef + Catering, beverages from Grayton Beer Company and Chan’s Wine World and elegant music from dulcimer player Kyle Paxton. The art auction was executed entirely online via the website Bidding For Good and volunteers helped guests log-in and place final bids on iPads during the event. Plans are already underway for a 2014 ART of Giving event to feature a collaboration of local artists.
PHOTO: Jacqueline Ward Images
In the past month, Food for Thought Outreach has added over 100 children to its service and delivers 250 bags with over 2,000 food items weekly in both Walton and Okaloosa counties. The goal of the organization is to enable area children to focus on their development and education by removing the fear of food insecurity. Through volunteers and donations, Food For Thought provides a simple backpack filled with healthy, easy-to-prepare food for eligible children to take home over the weekend.
For additional info regarding Food For Thought Outreach, please visit www.foodforthoughtfl.org.