Tickets Now on Sale for the Third Annual Art of Giving Benefit

Food For Thought Outreach Executive Director/Founder Tiffanie Nelson with 2014 Art of Giving Artists Justin Lyons, Allison Wickey, and Chandler Williams. Photo credit: Jacqueline Ward Images

Food For Thought Outreach is proud to announce its Third Annual Art of Giving benefit, scheduled for Thursday, September 17, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the v. lala Gallery at 30Avenue in Inlet Beach.

Three local South Walton artists, Velia Lala, Matt Lyons and Marisol Gullo, will auction off their pieces to help fight child hunger in Okaloosa and Walton counties.

Hosted at v. Lala Galleries in the newly opened 30Avenue shopping center, heavy hors d’oeuvres will be catered by Jackacudas Seafood and Sushi with wine provided by McNeese Distributing.

As Food For Thought Outreach has grown exponentially as an organization, so have their events and fundraisers. In less than five years, Food For Thought Outreach has gone from serving 6 children at one elementary school to over 1,200 children a week across 15 elementary, middle, and high schools in two counties during the school year and recently served record numbers of families through their summer outreach programs.


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This benefit will help kick off the 2015-16 school year in a big way, and all of their artists are motivated to help the cause.

“I like the idea that those who ‘have’ come together to support those who ‘have not,’ ” said Lyons, who was raised in the Panhandle. “I want to use my art to help spread awareness in the area where I grew up.”

Tiffanie Nelson, Food For Thought’s founder and executive director,  said she is happy to have this year’s artists on board with the fundraising effort.

“Every year I am astonished and so grateful for the growing amount of support,: she said. “We are so lucky as an organization, and as a community, to have these artists willing to donate these pieces and their time to give back to those around them.”

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