4th Annual Little Black Dress Party Accrues Heft Auction Items

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Fort Walton Beach, Fla. - May 6, 2013- The newly formed White-Wilson Community Foundation continues to rack in auction donations for the 4th Annual Little Black Dress Party women's health fundraiser on May 18, 2013, at the Emerald Coast Convention Center.
The local chapter of the American Cancer Society, one of five benefiting organizations from the event, contributed a 1 1/2 carat white gold diamond ring engagement set and two round trip airline tickets aboard Southwest Airlines. Additionally, renown artist Justin Gaffrey will be producing art on site that will be auctioned off in the live auction.

"Over the past couple of years, we have seen a 30 percent nationwide decline in preventive health screenings, like mammograms," says Andi Mahoney, Marketing Director at White-Wilson Medical Center. "Early detection is the most effective way to save lives and fight against diseases like breast cancer, osteoporosis, and heart disease."

Other highly coveted auction items will include a 3 or 4 night Carnival cruise, courtesy of Shelter House, and a one night stay at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in New Orleans. These two items will directly benefit the Shelter House of Northwest Florida. There will also be a one year membership to the Freedom Boat Club available for auction bidders!

The annual Little Black Dress Party was formed in 2010 to raise money for local charities to help raise awareness and education of the importance of preventive health and early detection. This year's event will benefit Shelter House, Opportunity Place, the local chapters of the American Cancer Society and American Heart Association and the new White-Wilson Community Foundation.

Since the first event in 2010, the Little Black Dress Party has raised over $85,000, and organizers hope to greatly add to that number this year.

"This year, we are changing the program up a little to be more engaging with attendees," says Promotion Chair, Nicole Scott.

"We have a new spin on the fashion show with a voting element for fan favorite, courtesy of Silver Sands Premium Outlets. We will also have a 1920s speak-easy style room with casino gambling, as well as a photo booth and other interactive entertainment set up at the event."

"Pure & Couture Salon will be onsite to give the ladies a 20's curl hair style. This will be available for a $5 donation that will go right back to the charities as well."

Last year's event garnered more than 400 attendees and more are expected this year, so attendees are encouraged to get their tickets now. We're offering reserved seating this year an additional $10 donation per ticket. This guarantees a reserved seat at the event with anyone else in your party that purchases a reserved ticket; open seating is first come first serve.

We are in need of auction items for our live and silent auctions. If you would like to donate an item, please contact Lauren Haggett at 850-863-8111 or lhaggett@white-wilson.com

For more information on the Little Black Dress Party, sponsorship and ticket information, please visit www.FWBLittleBlackDressParty.com.

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