April showers bring May flowers, which makes us want to spend as much time as possible out and about doing good things for others in the South Walton community whether it’s by attending an event, volunteering, or making a donation. Check out some of the great ways to give back on and around 30A in May.
Volunteer or Give to Youth Village
Youth Village is an organization that makes huge differences in the lives of South Walton County children through outreach efforts that nurture mentor, and educate children ages Kindergarten through eighth grade. As their 10-week summer camp program gets ready to kick off, they need the support of volunteers and donations of monetary funds as well as items like paper towels, plates, juice boxes, veggie chips, soap, computer paper, and more.
Don’t Miss First Mondays at the Bistro for Food for Thought
Every first Monday, when you dine at the Bistro at the Courtyard by Marriott Sandestin located at Grand Boulevard, the Courtyard generously donates 10% of all proceeds to Food for Thought, so plan to dine in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner on May 7.
Do Burning Up the Beaches 2018 for The ARC of the Emerald Coast
The most awesome classic car weekend, Burning Up the Beaches 2018, happens on the weekend of May 3 – May 6. Join fellow auto enthusiasts for a fun weekend of live music, dinner, prizes, and more all for the benefit of The ARC of the Emerald Coast.
Join the Smile Mile and 5K Race for Children
On May 12, the Children’s Volunteer Health Network will host their 2nd Annual Smile Mile and 5K race. The race will be held at Watercolor Marina Park. This family-fun event for all ages will race proceeds to benefit the CVHN, which provides dental, visual, and medical care for children.
Attend Princess Ball 2018 to Benefit The ARC
Join the fun on May 18 at 6 p.m. for the Princess Ball 2018. This event is sponsored by Emerald Coast Hospice and is one that allows your little one to have an unforgettable fairytale experience. The ticket includes a tiara and wand, a picture, and food and dancing. Get more information by calling 850-863-1531.
Experience the ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival
Support the local arts by attending the ArtsQuest Fine Arts & Music Festival at the Town Center of Grand Boulevard at Sandestin on May 12 – May 13. The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County Event allows patrons to purchase original works from over 200 artists while enjoying live music, delicious food, beverages, and more. A multi-media juried art show is also part of the event with $10,000 in cash prizes being awarded.
Join the 2018 Billy Bowlegs Poker Run for the Emerald Coast Autism Center
On May 12, the Legendary Marine is hosting the Billy Bowlegs Pirate Poker Run. The family-fun run features stops on the bayous, Destin Harbor, and at LuLu’s. All proceeds will benefit the Emerald Coast Autism Center and the William Augustus Bowles Museum & Historical Foundation.
Give Coins for a Cause at Destin Commons to Benefit Local Charities
When you shop at the Delta Commons, you have the option to park in a premium spot for $1 per hour ($.25 per 15 minutes). Going over the meter merits earning a “parking ticket” where you’re encouraged to make a $3 donation to Coins for a Cause, an effort that has enabled Destin Commons to donate over $1 million to surrounding charities like Opportunity Place in the past decade.