La Lumière: Party of the Gods, presented by Destin Plastic Surgery and Duckies Shop of Fun, was held February 8-10, 2019 at the Hilton Sandestin Golf Beach Resort & Spa. Broker Associate Hannah Martin of The Premier Property Group hosted her 5th Annual Birthday Fundraiser benefitting South Walton Academy, Special Olympics Florida Walton County and Westonwood Ranch.

The gods descended upon South Walton on Friday, February 8 at the Feast of the Gods celebration at the Hilton Sandestin Golf Beach Resort & Spa. This VIP Dinner was held in the Coastal Ballroom and featured an elegant dining experience alongside wines from Fleury Estate Winery. After the intimate dinner, guests had the chance to bid during the live auction, and later, everyone got down on the dance floor with plenty of live entertainment including a live painting from renowned artist, Justin Gaffrey.

The weekend’s main event, “La Lumière: Party of the Gods”, was an evening of other-wordly decadence on Saturday, February 9. There were live musical performances, live theatrical acts, interactive guest experiences and a late-night DJ. The gorgeous photo opportunity was built and sponsored by Destin’s newest interior design firm, Bontemps Interiors and the pictures were shot by Epic Photo Co.

La Lumière started as a way for Hannah Martin, the founder of La Lumière Foundation, to turn her birthday celebration into an opportunity to give back to her community. Five years and over $185,000 later, Hannah and the foundation have created an advocacy network for the Walton County special needs community. It is the hope that with continued success of this annual event, this fund will develop into a steadfast support system where all members of the special needs community can grow and prosper without the need of funding.

The goal is to be able to expand the community of beneficiaries and create an environment that encourages collaboration and support. La Lumière is honored to have a relationship with Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, a local arts agency that supports the arts through leadership, advocacy, funding, programing and education. In keeping with the focus of Hannah’s motto “Live to Give”, La Lumière is an avid supporter of the Special Olympics program. The Walton County Special Olympics is unique in its own right as their athletes are teens and adolescents.

Donations such as these make it possible for these athletes to believe that nothing is impossible if you put your mind to it. Among our current beneficiaries is Westonwood Ranch. Our local community is extremely fortunate to have a program that offers a unique learning curriculum to improve life skills and vocational skills to young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Hannah is in awe that one birthday party themed with an act of kindness has turned into an annual event with continuous support. We look forward to many more La Lumière parties!