Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard’s Gallery Night adds purpose to celebration through fundraising for fine arts education
Miramar Beach, Fla (March 5, 2019) – The recently opened Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard hosted a “Gallery Night” grand opening celebration and fundraiser on Thursday, February 21, 2019. Hotel management company Howard Hospitality announces the new hotel, along with a multitude of community partners, raised $15,000 during the event to benefit the fine arts programs at Port St. Joe High School and Wewahitchka High School.
Gallery Night Celebrates Local Art
Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard has been designed with local art and artists of South Walton in mind. Thus, the artwork in the hotel highlights the talent and diversity of some of Walton County’s greatest artists. These include Chandler Williams, Mary Hong, Velia Lala, Linda Kernick, Raul Pardo, Amy
Giving Back to the Community
Both Port St. Joe High School and Wewahitchka High School in Gulf County, FL were severely impacted by Hurricane Michael last October. Building damage, flooding, and temporary school closures affected both staff and students in the months following the storm. “About 15% of the students at the school were from Mexico Beach” where Hurricane Michael made landfall, said Principal Josh Dailey of Port St. Joe High School.
Therefore, the hotel team made a decision before the property opened. They decided to use the platform of their Grand Opening to bring awareness to the needs of students in Gulf County in the aftermath of the storm. “Now more than ever, it is imperative that these students have access to enriching afterschool programs and arts education in their classrooms,” said Hyatt Place Sandestin General Manager Megan Suggs.
Both schools reported damage to their
Making an Impact as a Community
Support in Walton County has been strong for its neighbors to the east in the months since Michael devastated Northwest Florida. “The entire community has been so generous and dedicated to the success of this event,” Ms. Suggs explained. In addition to the local artists, many retailers and restaurants in the Grand Boulevard Town Center partnered with the hotel for the event. These included Cantina Laredo, Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar, Emeril’s Coastal Italian, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, Wine World, UPS Store 4873, Emerald Coast Theatre Company, The Zoo Gallery, Vin’tij Food & Wine, New Vision Theatres Boulevard 10, Emerald Coast Chiropractic, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, and Black Bear Bread Company.
Moreover, local friends beyond Grand Boulevard at Bella Flora 30A, Mingle Modern Gatherings & Gifts, and 850 Events assisted with décor. Also, DJ30A and Sinfonia Gulf Coast provided the entertainment for the evening. Other partners included Visit South Walton who provided drinkware. Grayton Beer, Emerald Coast Catering, Oyster Bay Wines, Cheney Brothers also donated food and beverage for the event. Additional event partners were Silver Sands Premium Outlets, South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival, Pedego 30A, 30A Songwriters Festival, Isabelle Ambrose, Petar Petrov, Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium, Sevier Distilling Company, Emerald Coast Luxury Transportation, and Chautauqua Vineyards & Winery.
Moving Forward Together
Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard, which is a Howard Group development operated by local hotel management company Howard Hospitality, committed to matching up to $5,000 in donations from the event. The funds raised during the night surpassed that amount, bringing the total amount raised to $15,000 that will be divided by the two high schools. However, Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard’s relationship with these two schools won’t end with the Grand Opening celebration explained Ms. Suggs, “We are actively looking for additional ways to support [the students] and if anyone in the community is interested in partnering with us, please let us know.”
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