On behalf of the Gulf County Domestic Violence Task Force, we would like to express our extreme gratitude for all the attendees who were able to come to our Third Annual Ladies Night Out Event on May 9 in Gulf County.

Dear Editor,

On behalf of the Gulf County Domestic Violence Task Force, we would like to express our extreme gratitude for all the attendees who were able to come to our Third Annual Ladies Night Out Event on May 9 in Gulf County. The event was a huge success and raised over $4,500 in contributions and generous donations. Our auction was a huge success thanks to each and every person! On behalf of the board and many volunteers we wanted to send our appreciation for your participation and support.

We’d also like to thank the special individuals who gave tirelessly to help make the event such a success:  Patricia Mamoran, Chairman of Ladies Night Out; Lindsey McCrary, Co-Chair; Georgene Brinkley, Past Chairman, Pat and Henry Horst, Director and Treasurer; Cathi Rigdon, Director; Joyce Downard, Director; Charlie Brock, Volunteer; Ann Jarozs, Volunteer; Liz Brenner, Volunteer; Martika Albino, Volunteer; Diane Pierett, Volunteer; Bobby, Volunteer; Olga, Volunteer; Alexander, Volunteer; Ebony and Elis, Volunteers; Larry Gay, Volunteer and Jerry Arhelger and Bill Small for our entertainment.

The Task Force could not do what it does without the generous support of a caring community, therefore we want recognize our local businesses and citizens who donated auction and food items for our cause:

Thank you to the following friends and merchants for our door and game prizes, gift bag items and financial support:

Coast2Coast Printing, Coastal Connection TV 17- Gina Vicari, Host of Talk of the Coast; Dillards, El Governor Motel, Gulf County Sheriff’s Office, Mimi’s Upscale Resale, Krispy Kreme, Parker Realty of Mexico Beach, 7th Street Salon, Subway, Sunset Coastal Grill, TGIF, Lookout Lounge, The Thirsty Goat Bar and Grill, Port Inn, Main Stay Suites, Thirsty Goat, Debbie Ashbrook, and Carol Dow, Joyce Downard, Pat Horst, The Star and Editor Tim Croft, and Ann Jarosz.

Thank you to the following merchants who provided to our silent and live auctions items:

Ace Hardware, Applebee’s Restaurant, Antiques on Reid Ave, Amy Walton (Scentsy), Bay Breeze Antiques, Beachwalk Resorts, Blue Water Outriggers, Bob Evans, Bo Knows, Bow Wow Beach Shop, Bobbe Johnson, Cathey’s Ace Hardware, Centennial Bank, Coconut Creek Family Park, Coneheads, Christina Adams-Volpe, Capital City Bank, A Design by Dorann, Dillard's, David Ashbrook, Mrs. Debbie, Dixie Hester, Daphne Howington, Fishhouse Restaurant, Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative, Gulf Food, Haughty Heron, Holly Atkins, Indian Pass Raw Bar, Josesph's Cottage, Judi McNeil, Jeannie Davis, Kelly Rene's Hair/Day Studio, Leanna Knapp, Leslie Wentzell, Lorinda Gingell, McDonalds, Mango Marley's, MainStay Suites, Melody Meschino, Mary Baird, No Name Café, Newk's Bistro, Piggly Wiggly, Portside Trading Company, Port Saint Joe Mariana, Pat Van West, Port Inn, Penny Weining, Radio Shack, Rock It Lanes, Ronnie B's, Regina Washabaugh, Salon Lux, Sharon's Café, Seashore Water Safaris, Sacred Heart Hospital, Seagrass Gallery, Sassy Nails, The Grove, Tammy Croft, Toucan's Restaurant Bar and Grill, The Antique Cottage, Zoo World, Sunglass Hut P.C Mall.

Thank you to the following merchants who donated and provided the food: Bailey’s Crab House for the She Crab Soup, Provisions for the Pasta Salad and Shell Shack for all of our Shrimp.

We would like give a special thank you to First Presbyterian Church who allowed us to use their facility for all necessary needs. We would like to recognize First Baptist Church who allowed us to borrow 120 chairs for the event and to the First United Methodist of Mexico Beach and Highland View Church of God for providing us with extra tables. Without any of them, this event would not have been possible.

We would also like to recognize the Senior Citizen and Community Center who allowed us to use their venue. It was absolutely perfect and we are very thankful.

In our final sincere appreciation, we would like to recognize Kelly Faircloth, Department of Juvenile Justice for providing his youth to help with several aspects of service. They were absolutely amazing and provided an intricate part to the success of our event.

Our purpose of the event was to raise local awareness of our services; and to raise funds to support and assist victims of domestic violence in Gulf County. The support was absolutely priceless.

Lindsey McCrary

Gulf County Domestic Violence Task Force