Jan. 3, 2024
Special to 30A Food & Wine
SEAGROVE BEACH – Café Thirty-A’s annual Christmas Charity Ball raised a record-breaking $64,000 for Caring and Sharing of South Walton, an organization that provides food and financial assistance to area families and individuals in need.
The sold-out Dec. 2 event welcomed over 300 guests to the festively decorated restaurant, courtesy of The Grove Salon. Ticket holders were greeted with complimentary valet, sponsored by Centennial Bank, and a glass of champagne, courtesy of Corcoran Reverie. Inside, event-goers enjoyed heavy hors d’oeuvres, a gourmet dinner buffet, a cash bar sponsored by Hannah Martin of Coastal Luxury, and dessert courtesy of Coastal Insurance. Sponsors and VIP attendees also received exclusive access to a pre-party event presented by Bert Summerville of Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty.
Throughout the night, guests had the opportunity to view and bid on various pieces of art, jewelry, gift baskets, and other luxurious items featured in the extensive silent auction. There was also a photo booth, courtesy of A BOHEME Design, for guests to commemorate the evening and a DJ, sponsored by 30A Luxury Vacations, which kept the dance floor going all night long. Isacks Imagery was also there to capture the evening, courtesy of Theresa Russo Felton of La Florida Coastal Properties.
This was the first charity ball held since longtime owner, Harriet Crommelin, passed away in early 2023. In honor of her memory, Café Thirty-A would like to thank Mercantile and All Access Coach Leasing for supporting this year’s event as the two Harriet Crommelin Honorary Sponsors.
“It is a privilege and honor to host this event for Caring and Sharing of South Walton,” said Jackie Maliszewski, co-owner of Café Thirty-A. “I know it meant a lot to Harriet and we are proud to continue her legacy year after year.”
Money raised through ticket sales, sponsorship, donations, and funds raised from the silent auction will be used to provide local families with access to food, financial assistance, case management, and connection to other resources.
“The $64,000 raised will help us continue providing necessary resources to Walton County families,” said Carly Barnes, executive director of Caring and Sharing of South Walton. “Thanks to the support of Cafe Thirty-A, the event sponsors, and the attendees, the event continues to get better and better. We are so thankful for the continued support!”
Photos courtesy of Isacks Imagery