Over 60 tennis enthusiasts of all levels gathered together at Tops’l Beach and Racquet Resort last month for the Love All tennis fundraiser to support local nonprofit, Food For Thought Outreach, in their mission to fight child hunger in our community.
Local tennis pros, Joe D’aleo and Christoffer Fasth, led this year’s doubles challenge and expanded the event to include both men and women.
In it’s fifth year, the event was able to more than double what was raised in years’ past.
Food For Thought Outreach founder and executive director, Tiffanie Nelson, said she continues to be amazed at the community support her organization receives.
“Every event is a chance to make a difference in our community, make a difference in the lives of our local kids who go home hungry Friday and may not eat again until Monday,” she said.
Funds received from event registration and silent auction donations will go directly back into the program.
Players raised a total of $8,325 which is enough money donated to send home 1,665 backpacks filled with 16,650 food items.
“100% of donations are spent within two weeks to purchase food for the 1,200 students we serve,” said Nelson.
Food For Thought has nearly doubled in the number of students served each year since its inception in 2010.
Today, Food For Thought delivers backpacks full of healthy, kid-friendly food items to 16 schools in Okaloosa and Walton counties, from Fort Walton Beach to Freeport.
The organization is also moving into a newly renovated pantry in Destin to accommodate the growth across Okaloosa County.
“The need is out there and we are here to say ‘Yes’ to every student who asks for help,” said Nelson.