Girls Night Out Raises Over $10,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs

June 25, 2013 by SoWal Staff

On Thursday, May 30, 2013, Proffitt PR held its 6th Girls’ Night Out (GNO) event, GNO Does 30A at Pandora’s of Grayton Beach.

Beginning strictly as a holiday party for local women of the area just one year ago, GNO soon culminated into a signature charity event held at venues including Harbor Docks, Marlin Grill, Tuscany Italian Bistro, and The Solaris. GNO quickly garnered a loyal following of 300+ ladies. With such significant growth of the event, Proffitt PR began to incorporate a different beneficiary for each event in order to give back to the community.

For GNO Does 30A, Proffitt PR partnered with local charity, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast, whose mission is ‘To inspire and empower all young people to achieve their full potential.’ Under the organization’s umbrella there are seven Clubs throughout Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton Counties. Boys & Girls Clubs focus in three priority outcomes: Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles. Among targeted programs and high-yield activities, the Club provides a safe, positive environment for young people as well as supportive, meaningful relationships through informal mentorship with caring adults. The money raised from GNO Does 30A will go directly to fund programming costs at the South Walton Club’s new facility, currently under construction and due to open in the fall.

“Everyone at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast feels so blessed for the opportunity to have been chosen as the charity recipient of such a unique and special event. We anticipate substantial growth in the number of youth we’ll serve in our South Walton Club’s new facility. Through the support of Proffitt PR, GNO sponsors and attendees, we’re able to continue providing premier youth development services for our current Club kids and the many more who join, come August. We are incredibly grateful for the support from the South Walton community and look forward to making an even greater impact in the lives of its young people” states Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast Resource Development Specialist, Erin Igram.

The evening featured a silent auction, a $1,000 shopping spree from Perspicacity, a NOOK Simple Touch with Glow Light donated by Dr. Amber Wiebe of Santa Rosa Beach Dental, live music by Hotel Oscar and DJ EXQ, local vendors and a sell-out crowd of over 300 leading ladies of the Emerald Coast in attendance.

For a $30 donation to attend, guests enjoyed heavy hors d’oeuvres by Pandora’s of Grayton Beach and mixology stations, featuring specialty cocktails by Ketel One Vodka and the Honey Hutch, a local honey and beekeeper.

One fundamental aspect of GNO was sponsorship from local businesses through silent auction, raffle, and giveaways. Attendees browsed the array of over 75 silent auction packages including a luxurious weekend stay at The Pearl of Rosemary Beach, a Chastane reverse art painting, golf packages and more. Raffle prizes covered the hallways of Pandora’s where ladies purchased tickets to those items they wished to win. Raffle prizes included an Ultimate Proffitt PR Package, which was filled with an array of various items from Proffitt PR clients.

Attendees were surprised at the end of the evening, when one lucky lady was chosen out of the crowd to win round trip tickets on Southern Airways Express, the new airline operating out of Destin Jet Airport.

After a fun-filled evening of networking and fundraising, all attendees joined together for a large Girls’ Night Out photo, which has been made a GNO tradition.

Photo by Nichole Burnett Photography

GNO’s efforts this May raised $10,031 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast and their new South Walton location. To date, Proffitt PR’s Girls’ Night Out events have raised $31,595.38 for multiple charities in just a year and a half.

“Being able to gather hundreds of the most incredible women in our area into one place on one night is so amazing. The power and confidence of the women in the room exudes throughout. It has been such a blessing to be able to create an outing for women to enjoy themselves, network and have a good time all while giving back to a worthy cause” states Jessica Proffitt.

Given the resounding success of GNO Does 30A, it’s hoped that the upcoming GNO events will provide an even greater chance to raise funds for local charities of the Emerald Coast. The next Girls’ Night Out will take place on Thursday, September 26 at the new Elephant Walk at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.

For more information on Girls’ Night Out and/or sponsorship opportunities, contact Proffitt PR at 850-502-1652 or

Check presentation announcing $10,031 raised for Boys and Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast. From Left to Right – Shervin Rassa (Chief Operating Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast), Erin Igram (Resource Development  Specialist, Boys and Girls Clubs of Emerald Coast), Lexi Holdbrooks (Intern, Proffitt PR), Whitney Ladwig (Vice President, Proffitt PR), Jessica Proffitt (President, Proffitt PR), Brandon and Brandi Montalto (Owner, Pandora’s of Grayton Beach), and daughter Ella Montalto.


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