Fort Walton Beach, FL – Over 400 guests attended the January 31, 2014 event “A Night in the 40’s” hosted by the United Way of Okaloosa and Walton Counties and partnering sponsor, the Hilton at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. Guests arrived in their fabulous attire of the 40’s…women dressed up with 40’s hair all curled and pinned, hats in all sizes, long and short gloves and even Rosie the Riveter showed up in her famous red scarf and red lipstick. The men, not wanting the women to have all the fun dressing up, arrived in dark suites, rim hats and oh yes those WWII outfits jackets were “just the balm”.

Sal Nodjomian, Matric Design Group, was the evenings’s emcee, and the DownBeat Jazz Orchestra” brought back some good music of the 40’s highlighting, Benny Goodman, Glen Miller Band and many others. Special fun throughout the evening was the dance competition by local community leaders under the instruction of Fred Astaire. Our appreciation to the winner of the dance competition, Paul Schreiner, Carrabba’s, for coming in first, and the other fantastic dancers, Jean Dutton of Emerald Ladies Journal, Lynn Yort of Waste Managment and Louis Erickson of Bit-Wizards.

This annual event was made possible through the donations of community supporters and local businesses. Our deepest apprecation to our monetary sponsorss: Cox Communications, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, Gulf Power Company and CHELCO.

Over $55,000 was raised at “A Night in the 40’s” through the dinner, silent auction, dance competition and games. The United Way is deeply grateful to all those who attended and participated, our United Way Board members, Marketing Committee, and everyone that donated their time and support.

The United Way of Okaloosa and Walton Counties’ mission is to provide leadership and resources to those in need. We are a nonprofit organziation focusing on Education/Youth, Financial Stability/Desaster Support, and Health and Wellness. Partnering with the community and 42 local agencies, we continue to make an impact in the community.

If you are interested in any information regarding the local United Way call our office at 850-243-0315.