August 16, 2016

Santa Rosa Beach, FL

By: Jessica Roberts



Kids Edition: Local Charity Highlights Young Artists

Tickets are on sale for Food For Thought Outreach’s 4th Annual Art of Giving presented by Porath & Associates to be held on Thursday, September 15th at 6:30pm at Churchill Oaks on the Choctawhatchee Bay. Lite bites will be provided by Brotula’s Seafood House and Steamer.

In previous years, the annual art auction has raised over $180,000 and featured local artists such as Justin Gaffrey, Allison Wickey, Justin Lyons, Chandler Williams, Matt Lyons, Marisol Gullo, and Velia Lala. This year the local nonprofit is switching it up and turning the event over to the kids for the Art of Giving - Kids Art Edition! Local schools have partnered with local artists and this year, the students will be auctioning off their pieces to help raise funds to fight child hunger!

Ohana Institute will be working with the Institute’s Director of Events, Julie Martin, as their Artist Partner as well as returning Art of Giving Artist, Allison Wickey. Cecilia Yglesias Haught has partnered with Noah’s Ark Preschool, Mya Schilder will be guiding the Northwest Florida Ballet, and Gulf Place Artist, Billie Gaffrey has partnered with the Seaside Neighborhood School. The students’ pieces along with their Artist Partners will be part of a silent auction alongside many other exciting packages and exclusive local items!

“We really wanted to bring the focus back to the kids. This is why we’re all here - to help fight child hunger, to fight food insecurity, and give our local students the best chance to succeed.,” says Tiffanie Nelson, Founder and Executive Director of Food For Thought Outreach. “We’re excited to be back at Churchill Oaks and we are excited to feature these young artists. Support from community partners like Churchill Oaks is so amazing - they’ve already committed to hosting next year’s event as well!”

In their sixth year, local charity Food For Thought Outreach has gone from serving 6 children at one school to over 1,500 children a week across 18 elementary, middle, and high schools in Okaloosa and Walton counties during the 2016-2017 school year and recently served record numbers of families through their summer outreach programs. Food For Thought Outreach provides backpacks filled with healthy, easy to prepare food for students who are dependent on free or reduced school meals to help bridge the gap between school meals during weekends.

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About Food For Thought Outreach

Food For Thought is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in Santa Rosa Beach, FL that provides backpacks filled with healthy, easy to prepare food for students who are dependent on free or reduced school meals. Our goal is to support a child’s development and educational experience by bridging the gap between school meals during weekends and holiday breaks. Food For Thought has been working to fight child hunger since 2010, and currently serves 20 schools in Walton and Okaloosa Counties, providing backpacks for 1,500 students each week. For more information, such as donation locations, pantry items needed, and opportunities to volunteer, please email

About Churchill Oaks

Nestled on 40 acres in the bend of Churchill Bayou and Hogtown Bayou in the Choctawhatchee Bay, you’ll find Churchill Oaks, a new residential community designed to embrace all the beauty that nature has to offer. With over half a mile of common area access to South Walton’s ultimate playground, the Choctawhatchee Bay, Churchill Oaks offers a lifestyle like no other. All homesites feature amazing water views and are large enough to accommodate courtyards, outdoor kitchens, and gardens so each home connects with its natural setting. An environment well suited for the community’s Colonial and Low-Country architecture that accentuates the style and grandeur of the south. Churchill Oaks is thoughtfully designed around Southern magnolias, live oaks, and long-leaf pines, leaving 46% of the property untouched, timeless, and awe-inspiring.